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Karen Rowley
Special Projects Manager, Public Affairs Research Council, Louisiana, Online Chat

Karen Rowley joined the staff of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana in 2006 as Special Projects Manager to oversee the GulfGov Reports project – a longitudinal study of the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that has resulted in seven reports examining various aspects of the recovery. Her current research focus is on state education policy developments.

Dr. Rowley’s background is in journalism. She worked for daily newspapers in Florida and North Carolina, and served as managing editor of The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report for eight years.

She has presented research papers at several conferences, and she has been the lead author on articles published in such academic journals as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism and The Howard journal of Communications.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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