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Celebrating Beth Courtney

Beth Courtney in LPB studios



Beth Courtney, the president and CEO of LPB, is retiring after 45 years of service at Louisiana’s statewide public television network.  In her early years at LPB, she created and hosted Louisiana: The State We’re In, a series now in its 45th season.  Through the years, she has hosted numerous news and public affairs programs that captured Louisiana history as it happened.  Start exploring her wide range of work that has left an indelible mark on LPB here: 



Beth Courtney hosting Louisiana: The State We're In in 1977


Louisiana: The State We’re In (1976-1985)

Courtney created and hosted LPB’s flagship news and public affairs series for nine years. It is now one of the longest-running statewide newsmagazines in the nation.



Beth Courtney moderating Treen - Edwards Debate in 1983


Gubernatorial Debates (1979-2019)

For over 40 years, Courtney moderated 13 LPB gubernatorial debates helping Louisiana voters understand the issues and decide on their next leader. 



Beth Courtney and Ron Blome hosting Inauguration 1980


Inaugurations (1980-2020)

Courtney co-hosted LPB’s live coverage of nine gubernatorial inaugurations covering Louisiana political history from Dave Treen to John Bel Edwards.



Beth Courtney reporting from Versailles



Louisiana: The French Connection (1984)

Courtney and her husband Bob visited France to explore the enduring connection between France & Louisiana and to cover Edwin Edwards’ fundraising trip to Paris.


Beth Courtney moderating 1986 U.S. Senate Debate


U.S. Senate Debates (1986-2016)

Courtney moderated six LPB U.S. Senate debates starting with John Breaux and Henson Moore in 1986.




Beth Courtney at the Louisiana Legends Gala


Louisiana Legends Gala (1990-2021)

Courtney hosted the annual Louisiana Legends Gala honoring Louisiana’s best and brightest in a wide range of fields.



Buddy Roemer, Dave Treen, John McKeithen & Beth Courtney


Louisiana's Old State Capitol: The Grand Opening (1994)

Courtney hosted a Governor’s Symposium with John McKeithen, Dave Treen, and Buddy Roemer in honor of the rededication of the Old State Capitol.



Beth Courtney & Louisiana Young Hero


Louisiana Young Heroes (1996-2021)

Courtney hosted the annual Young Heroes awards honoring Louisiana middle and high school students who have overcome adversity and served their communities.



Beth Courtney interviewing World War II veterans


Louisiana Honors Its Veterans (2000)

Courtney co-hosted a three hour live broadcast honoring Louisiana’s World War II veterans and previewing the opening of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans.



Beth Courtney & Craig Freeman hosting Louisiana Public Square


Louisiana Public Square (2004-2021)

Courtney co-hosted this monthly public affairs program aimed at giving Louisiana citizens a chance to discuss important issues facing our state.



Beth Courtney and former Louisiana Lieutenant Governors


McLeod Lecture Series (2005-2014)

Courtney moderated nine of these discussions on Louisiana politics, including panels with past governors, lieutenant governors, and speakers of the house.



Filmmaker Ken Burns


A Conversation with Ken Burns (2007)

Courtney interviewed award-winning PBS filmmaker Ken Burns prior to the premiere of The War, his seven-part documentary series on World War II.



Beth Courtney & Mike Foster


Louisiana Legends (2010-2020)

Following in the footsteps of original host Gus Weill, Courtney interviewed Louisianans who made their mark in a variety of fields.



CC '73 Panel Discussion



CC ’73 Panel Discussion (2013)

Courtney moderated a panel discussion with delegates and leaders from the 1973 Constitutional Convention.



Beth Courtney & First Lady Donna Edwards


Education & Recovery: LPB Gives Back (2016)

Following the 2016 floods, Courtney co-hosted a live pledge drive to raise money for school supplies for the teachers and students impacted by the flood.



Bob & Beth Courtney remembering Edwin Edwards


Remembering Edwin Edwards (2021)

Courtney and her husband Bob shared their memories of covering former Governor Edwin Edwards during his four terms in office.


Beth Courtney: Fearless Visionary


Beth Courtney: Fearless Visionary (2022)

Watch LPB's look back at the groundbreaking career of Courtney and the development of LPB into a statewide network.