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Panelist Bio


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.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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