One of the recurring themes in conversations I’ve had over the last two months has been Sandra Hester, a beloved local watchdog of sorts who appeared weekly on her cable access show “The Hester Report” on Cox channel 8. The show was classic; one solid hour of trash talk, politician bashing, and entertaining call-ins. She had no reservations, commonly lashing out at the city government and school board, calling people “honkeys”, “uncle toms”, and “bourgey blacks.” Hester said whatever the hell she wanted to, and lambasted anyone who tried to complain about it. The show’s production values were enchantingly low. The show was actually produced by her husband, whom Hester assaulted in a domestic dispute this year. She was arrested in that incident. Needless to say, Sandra Hester is one of our favorite New Orleanians. A friend saw her in public this year and tried to introduce himself, to which she responded “I don’t need to know any more crazy people.”
In watching the news coverage following the storm, and the lack of government response, a frequent question that popped up was “I wonder what Hester is thinking right now.” Some of us surmised that her stubbornness and mistrust of government may have caused her to ignore the pleas for evacuation and stay behind. Others surmised that even if she had evacuated, her anger at the government probably caused her to die from sheer rage.
Having been back for a month now, I’ve seen no sign of her– the Cox 8 studio was flooded and the station is not on the air. So, curiosity finally got the best of me and I got on google. This is what I found:
Turns out Sandra is “critical” of FEMA as of 9/15/05. I’m sure that’s an understatement. But that’s all I could find. We’re eager to know when she’ll return and if the show will ever be back on television. Someone should set her up with a blog.