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Emily Metzgar
Blogger and PhD student, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Emily Metzgar received her bachelor's degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan in 1993. Upon graduation, she taught English in Japan for two years as a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program sponsored by the Japanese government.

She earned a master's degree in international politics from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 1997. While completing that degree, Metzgar served editor-in-chief of the International Affairs Review, a publication of the Elliott School. She also worked as a research assistant at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies and performed editorial work for Joint Forces Quarterly, a publication of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After graduating from The George Washington University, Metzgar joined the United States Foreign Service, eventually working for the Department of State at the American Embassy in Beijing where she served as a liaison between the embassy and China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon returning to the United States, she conducted research as a program officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC focusing on East Asian and European issues.

Since mid-2001, Metzgar has been working as a freelance writer and community volunteer in Shreveport, Louisiana. She wrote the Northwest Louisiana Health Care Summit Report which was submitted to the governor in February 2004. She also writes a weekly editorial column for The Shreveport Times. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and the International Herald Tribune.

Current Topic


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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