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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


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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