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Robin Roberts has screening of ABC special on Katrina

After hearing the reaction to her special on Katrina, Robin Roberts says she feels much better about Sunday's airing. After hearing the reaction to her special on Katrina, Robin Roberts says she feels much better about Sunday's airing.
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

The Boys and Girls Club's Qatar Center in Pass Christian was filled with not only people, but also their stories.

Robin Roberts gave family members, friends and officials an early review of her upcoming ABC Special, "Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm," by her own company: Rockin' Robin productions.

It was a hit.

“I was on pins and needles,” she said. “I think I’ve finally exhaled. This executive producing stuff. I don’t know if I’m cut out for it. It was very important to share the story with the people who are the story. And to witness their reaction and to feel their emotion. I feel a little bit better about Sunday when the rest of the country will see it.”

The special airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.

About 120 people saw the documentary that told personal stories that until now, had not been heard.

Like that of Diane Brugger, who lost her home and her husband.

Her sister, Dorothy Roberts, also was a big part of the project.

“I’m terribly proud of my baby sister and her love for Pass Christian, Miss.,” she said. “She continues to keep us in the forefront of people’s minds about Hurricane Katrina that came through 10 years ago.”

The plaudits for her project and her long-term work as a journalist and a friend.

“Any time Robin comes to town it's a good day,” said Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott. “Without her, I don't know if we'd gotten the message out. So, she’s as important as you can get.”

But it’s not the end for Roberts.

“Katrina is a story that’s still unfolding,” she said. “Ten years we’re marking a significant milestone. I don’t even like to use the word anniversary. We’re not celebrating what happened 10 years ago, but celebrating spirit, celebrating the strength of people that are still and what we have done.”

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