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Reporters' Show - January 29, 1982

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-01-29

Duration: 00:28:08

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Politics | Reagan, Ronald | State of the Union address | FOOD STAMPS | Louisiana. Department of Health and Human Resources | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Weill, Gus | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Athletic Department | O'Keefe, Michael | RESIGNATIONS | Environment | Economy | Recessions | Energy | NATURAL GAS | Deregulation


  • George, Beth Host
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Bryan, Bill Photographer
  • Parker, Gene Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Bush, Charles Associate Producer
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Reagan, Ronald Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Coates, Guy Panelist
  • Duffy, Joan Panelist
  • Courtney, Bob Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from January 29, 1982, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Guy Coates of the Associated Press; Joan Duffy of United Press International; and Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.  They discuss: President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union address, including his announcement of a plan to turn over the responsibility for social programs, like food stamps, to state governments; the effect of this plan on the Department of Health and Human Resources; Governor Dave Treen’s positive reaction to Reagan’s plan; Treen’s hiring of public relations consultant Gus Weill to work on his re-election campaign; Treen’s attempt to be more visible; the budget deficit of the LSU Athletic Department; a New Orleans grand jury’s investigation into the business dealings of Senate President Michael O’Keefe; the recent resignations in the Treen Administration; the resurgence of public interest in the environment; the effect of the economic recession in Louisiana; and the difficulty in passing the deregulation of natural gas during an election year.  This discussion was preceded by footage from President Reagan’s State of the Union Address and Governor Treen’s reaction to the speech.