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Louisiana Politics and the Fourth Estate: Behind the Scenes (2006)

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-04-30

Duration: 00:58:31

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | Edwards, Edwin W. | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Roemer, Buddy | Louisiana Governors | Press secretaries | Press | Technology | Politics | Government


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Beam, Jim Panelist
  • Swacker, Karla Panelist
  • Mann, Bob Panelist
  • Golsby, Marsanne Panelist
  • Nungesser, Sally Panelist
  • Keller, Lanny Panelist
  • Wesley, Ruth Bailey Panelist
  • Jabour, Rusty Panelist
  • Reed, Ed Panelist


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from April 30, 2006, features moderator Beth Courtney leading a discussion with former gubernatorial press secretaries and members of the capitol press corps. The panelists are: Jim Beam, a political columnist and retired editor of the Lake Charles American Press; Karla Swacker, a former press aide to Governor Edwin Edwards; Robert Mann, the communications director for Governor Kathleen Blanco; Marsanne Golsby, the former press secretary for Governor Mike Foster; Sally Nungesser, a former press aide for Governor Dave Treen; Lanny Keller, an editorial writer for the Baton Rouge Advocate and a former assistant press secretary to Governor Treen; Ruth Bailey Wesley, a former press secretary to Governor Edwards; and Rusty Jabour, the former communications director for Governor Buddy Roemer. They share behind-the-scenes stories of working for their Governors and discuss the role of the press secretary, their involvement in historic moments, and the impact of technology and the 24-hour news cycle on the job. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.