Best Selling Author Koch coming to USM for Katrina Book Signing

HATTIESBURG, MS (THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI) – A University of Southern Mississippi alumna will be on the Hattiesburg campus to sign copies of her popular book on Hurricane Katrina Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5-7 p.m. and Friday Nov. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Kathleen Koch, a native of Bay St. Louis and member of the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame, is the author of "Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered." Released earlier this year, it made and Southern Independent Bestsellers List in their non-fiction categories.

As a reporter for the Cable News Network (CNN), Koch was on the ground covering Katrina's impact on the Gulf Coast, including her hometown. Her coverage was the subject of her acclaimed CNN documentary "Saving My Town: The Fight for Bay St. Louis" followed by the sequel "The Town that Fought Back."

"I'm really excited about coming back to campus for this event, and to share my experiences with students about what happened during Hurricane Katrina," said Koch, who will also speak to Southern Miss journalism students on Thursday about her work.

To learn more about Koch's book, online visit; for more information about the book signing, call Barnes and Noble at Southern Miss at 601.266.4381.

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