Arthel Neville was a West Coast reporter for A Current Affair, covering the usual Hollywood, murder and scandal stories, until the last week of August when Hurricane Katrina hit and her hometown, New Orleans, got flooded.
Arthel spent the next few weeks covering the aftermath. Being a member of the first family of New Orleans music, the story was especially personal to her. She lost possessions, memories and friends.
Meanwhile, Geraldo Rivera showed up in New Orleans at the end of that first week and stole a lot of attention by grabbing babies, weeping and other hammy ploys. A couple of months later, A Current Affair got canceled and Roger Ailes gave his boy Geraldo the time slots.
How and why sexagenarian Geraldo Rivera replaced A Current Affair is a different story. Look at his dud of a show to see what he did with it.
Arthel has gotten a lot of response because of her connection to the story. And because of the way she covered the story.
She covered the story because she had to. Not because it was an opportunity. She covered it regretfully and with a real piece of her heart. And when it was over--when the gig was over-- she did some good with it.
She started a website. Check it out.
CLICK here to visit Arthel's Angels website
"The mission of Arthel's Angels is to provide information and easy access to established charity organizations that will effectively get donations to relief efforts and specific causes to help heal and rebuild the people, businesses, and cities that were deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina."