Keith O'Brien

Keith O'Brien appears in the following:

Chess Wars: 20 Inmates, 5 Weeks, 1 Champion

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Deep in the woods of New Hampshire, 20 inmates are engaged in a fierce chess tournament in a secluded prison. The prize may be just a paper certificate, but even then, winning means a lot.


Go Ahead, Sing 'Auld Lang Syne' Badly Tonight

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Even if you don't know the words, you know the song. Or ... do you? Is the iconic holiday staple slipping away?


Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

Thursday, November 06, 2014

In May, we shared the story of a New Orleans high school marching band. Two students earned scholarships to play for Jackson State University's marching band, the Sonic Boom of the South.


The End Of Summer Means The End Of 'Snowballs' In New Orleans

Monday, September 29, 2014

The snowball is just crushed ice and syrup. Legal battles have been waged over snowball patents and recipes, and locals understand why — it's because the snowball is worth fighting for.


At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Reporter Keith O'Brien spent a year following the Edna Karr High School marching band. Being a member is more than just a way to be popular; the band offers students a pathway to college.


New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In a city notorious for its murder rate, more than 90 percent of victims are black. To help break the cycle, police are testing a new approach: trying to win the hearts and minds of middle-schoolers.


A Common Story: Bullet's Trajectory Interrupts Child's Path

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Murders are down in New Orleans this year, bucking a national trend. Still, gun violence remains a problem — and children can't escape it. They're left with scars both physical and emotional.

What happens after the bullets stop flying? How does a child get up after being gunned down?

One ...


Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle

Friday, September 06, 2013

When Devon Walker returned to the Tulane University campus last week, he was greeted with kisses in the hallways. Students and faculty applauded him.

One year ago this weekend, in the second game of the football season, Walker, a team captain for Tulane, went in for a tackle and broke ...


Ole Miss Turns Scary Racial Incident Into Teachable Moment

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

At new-student orientation this summer, University of Mississippi students are learning about the usual: meal plans and financial aid. But they're also hearing something else: a seminar born out of an incident on election night last November.

On Nov. 6, right after President Obama won the election, a small group ...


In La., Families Still Searching For Storm-Scattered Remains

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lionel Alverez is in the Promised Land Cemetery again, taking inventory. He has been coming to this cemetery in Plaquemines Parish, La., all his life. The graveyard is hemmed in between the Mississippi River and the marsh on a lonely stretch of highway.

Promised Land has been the final resting ...