McLeod Lecture Series: Louisiana Politics and the Fourth Estate »»»Published: May 05, 2006

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  • McLeod Lecture Series: Lecture 3: Louisiana Politics and the Fourth Estate...A Behind the Scenes Look

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and McNeese State University present the third annual McLeod Lecture Series: Lecture 3: Louisiana Politics and the Fourth Estate...A Behind the Scenes Look with Press Secretaries and Reporters on the Capitol Beat (2006).

A Behind the Scenes Look with Press Secretaries and Reporters on the Capitol Beat

The lecture’s focus is on the impact of the statewide media on the governor, the legislature and state government of our current generation. Veteran statehouse journalists and former gubernatorial press secretaries gather to share their insider’s perspectives on how government operates in Baton Rouge. Beth Courtney, the President of LPB and a former capitol correspondent in her own right, will moderate the discussion. The annual lecture series honors the late Bill McLeod.

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The Panel:

Jim Beam is the retired editor of the Lake Charles American Press who has been with the newspaper for 45 years. He continues to write a political column on Sundays and Thursdays.

Karla Swacker is the Industrial Waste Sales Manager for BFI’s Colonial Landfill in Sorrento, Louisiana. She was a press aide to Governor Edwin Edwards in his second term of office.

Robert Mann is Communications Director to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. In July, Mann will leave Governor Blanco’s staff to become the Manship Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

Marsanne Golsby is the Managing Director of Cote & D’Anbrosio’s Baton Rouge office. She served for eight years as press secretary to former Governor Mike Foster.

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Sally Nungesser is a finance consultant for Republican candidates and served in the administration of former Governor Dave Treen as director of his Office of Public Relations. Nungesser was chief fundraiser for former Governor Mike Foster.

Lanny Keller is an editorial writer for The Advocate in Baton Rouge. He also served as a press aide in the administration of former Governor David C. Treen in 1982-84.

Ruth Bailey Wesley is now an Assistant Attorney General with the Louisiana Department of Justice. She serve as a press secretary and assistant press secretary to former Governor Edwin Edwards.

Rusty Jabour is the Associate Vice President for Communications and Policy for the University of Louisiana System, based in Baton Rouge. In that role, Rusty is the chief communications official for the state’s largest university system. He served as communications director for former governor Buddy Roemer.


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The Moderator:

Beth Courtney, president and CEO, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is the moderator. Courtney started her career in broadcasting as a capitol Correspondent, reporting on state government and moderating numerous political debates. Among her many accomplishments, Courtney was inducted into the Louisiana Center for Women in Government Hall of Fame in 1999.
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Louisiana Politics and the Fourth Estate...A Behind the Scenes Look with Press Secretaries and Reporters on the Capitol Beat is part of the McLeod Lecture Series at McNeese State University.

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