Kim Henderson

Kim is a World Journalism Institute graduate and senior correspondent for WORLD. During her career as a homeschool mom, she worked as a freelance writer. Kim resides in Mississippi with her family. Follow her on Twitter @kimhenderson319.

Photo by Hannah Henderson

Hurricane Laura leaves a long road to recovery

Disasters | Some Louisiana residents face weeks of uncertainty during a pandemic
by Kim Henderson
Posted 8/31/20, 09:37 pm

Mary Sensat is quick to admit her mistakes. Seated in a plastic patio chair with her knock-off Crocs barely touching the ground, the 80-year-old said she knew she’d made a big one about 2 a.m. Thursday.  That’s when Hurricane Laura roared over a closed portion of I-10 within sight of Sensat’s Lake Charles, La., home, rattling rafters, snapping trees, and landing her porch swing against a fence 20 yards away. 

“The lights went out, and it was like we were in a barrel, being turned around and around,” she recalled.  “I’ll never stay through something like that again.” 

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Reasonable accommodation

Policy | The Americans With Disabilities Act, which turns 30 this month, steered Jim Terry toward a more accessible career
by Kim Henderson
Posted 7/02/20, 03:20 pm

The day in 1990 President George H.W. Bush inked the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), history and weather cooperated in a fitting way. At least, that’s what Irving King Jordan remembers.

Back then, he was president of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States devoted specifically to the education of the deaf. Jordan—the first deaf president of Gallaudet—took his place on the South Lawn of the White House among 3,000 spectators soaking up sun and ceremonial signing alike. He smiles at the memory: “It was a shining moment and a shining day.” 

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Lydia Brooks

Storms and a pandemic create double trouble for the South

Disaster relief | The coronavirus is complicating recovery efforts after deadly Easter storms
by Kim Henderson
Posted 4/16/20, 04:06 pm

Just before deadly twin tornadoes surprised Seminary, Miss., Lydia Brooks made sure to snap an Easter afternoon photograph of her front yard. Dappled sun shone through the leaves of hundred-year-old live oaks, and a passel of kids smiled from an octagonal swing set built for 10. A pair of cowboy boots, caked with mud, sat tossed aside in the grass. 

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