Hi Amy, welcome to OPR! I just got back from Joplin and was there with Robin Meade when they did the filming. I'm so glad you got to see it as it was broadcast at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. CDT. What I wish would have happened is that all three of us would have had our interview connected. Thad Beeler, is head coordinator at the First Baptist Church, where all the lost photos were brought in. Nanda Sparks, found her photos (one wrapped around a pole) and called Lost Photos of Joplin to see who she could pay to restore her photos. She was told about us and that it was free.
Thad's interview was great and you got the feeling how overwhelming a job it was to copy over 30,000 displaced photos and put them in boxes with a specific number for each one. They are also saved to thumb drives and on an external hard drive. Parts are shown on Flckr and on Facebook. Now copies of all of them are in notebooks that are shown at the Joplin Public Library on certain dates.
While I also was interviewed and either the camera broke or they didn't have a spot---I was happy that Nanda's interview was shown. HLN was great to work with and a week before the interview we discussed who to bring in and also uploaded their before/after photos to be shown. Those photos tell the story.
If you ever have a chance to volunteer on a copy run, take it and you will gain so much! Plus, I always encourage volunteers to be a contact person if a disaster hits in your neighborhood.
Hope to see more of you on the forum.