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Reporters' Show - January 1981

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-01-30

Duration: 00:28:15

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Politics | Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Edwards, Edwin W. | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | STATE BUDGET | Brilab scandal | Education | School integration. | Desegregation | Busing for school integration | Buckeye High School (Deville, La.) | Buckeye Three | Scott, Nauman, 1916-2001 | Lee, Richard E.


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Fowler, Ken Photographer
  • Womack, Ellison Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • Fuglaar, Bill Director
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Hill, John Panelist
  • Duffy, Joan Panelist
  • McDaniel, Chris Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from January 30, 1981, features Ron Blome leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: John Hill of Gannett News Service; Joan Duffy of United Press International; and Chris McDaniel of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge.  They discuss the possible match-up between Governor Dave Treen and former Governor Edwin Edwards in the 1983 gubernatorial election, including: Edwards’ recent criticism of Governor Dave Treen; Edwards remaining in the public eye; Edwards’ lack of concern over the Brilab case; Governor Treen taking a long time in making appointments to boards and commissions; the inaccessibility of Treen; and the differing styles of Treen and Edwards.  The reporters also discuss the recent case of the “Buckeye Three” in Rapides Parish, including whether this was a custody case or a fight over school desegregation, the actions of federal Judge Nauman Scott and state Judge Richard Lee, the desegregation plan in Rapides Parish, the media circus and the national and international press coverage of the case.