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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.

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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