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Heroic Efforts Empty New Orleans of Floodwaters

Pump operator Ricky Ray has remained at New Orleans Pumping Station Number Seven (seen in enlargement) almost since Hurricane Katrina struck.
Anne Hawke, NPR
Pump operator Ricky Ray has remained at New Orleans Pumping Station Number Seven (seen in enlargement) almost since Hurricane Katrina struck.

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As NPR's Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, he won national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat. In 2020, Burnett along with other NPR journalists, were finalists for a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico program. In December 2018, Burnett was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.