Bayou Brief


Since 2017, the Bayou Brief has provided informative, fact-driven, research-intensive news, essays, and commentary about the people, the politics, the history, and the culture of Louisiana.

We provide insight and analysis on the most important issues confronting the state, and our work has made a difference in ensuring a more informed electorate and a more accountable government.

And our work, everything we do, is funded by individual donors, people who believe in our mission and share our passion for Louisiana.

We brought readers the story of an environmental disaster in DeSoto Parish that had been officially declared but never announced to the public. We exposed the conflicts of interest that members of the Plaquemines Parish Council had as they considered dropping a multimillion dollar lawsuit against companies that are accused of illegally dredging canals and destroying its already-vulnerable coastal marshland. As a result, one member recused herself from voting, and the effort failed.

We were the first to report on Eddie Rispone’s use of the controversial H-1B visa program, which inspired the most memorable campaign commercial of the 2019 election, an ad titled “Phony Rispone.”

We’ve revealed political corruption on both sides of the aisle from the state Capitol in Baton Rouge to the City Hall in Alexandria.

And we have shared the forgotten stories from Louisiana’s past: The tale of the Florinda, a ship packed with Louisianians who hoped to share in the California Gold Rush of 1849 but who disappeared en route and then reappeared decades later, in the public’s imagination; a WWII-era massacre of black soldiers training in Central Louisiana and the concerted efforts of the military to conceal the facts; a series on the remarkable life of the artist Clementine Hunter, and the truth about the assassination of Huey P. Long.

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