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Reporter's Notebook: Bill Lynch (1978)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-06-16

Duration: 00:07:50

Subjects: VITAL RECORDS | Birth certificates | Race | Journalists | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1978 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | Louisiana. Insurance Department | Bernard, Sherman A., 1925-2012


  • George, Beth Host
  • Lynch, Bill Interviewee


This segment from the June 16, 1978, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a Reporter’s Notebook segment with Bill Lynch of the New Orleans States-Item. He discusses his story on allegations of the withholding of birth certificates from people listed as white, but who were suspected of having black ancestry. He also touches on the legislative sub-committee investigation into the alleged mishandling of cases by Commissioner of Insurance Sherman Bernard. Host: Beth George