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Media Coverage of School Desegregation in East Baton Rouge Parish (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-09-03

Duration: 00:02:47

Subjects: Education | School integration. | Desegregation | East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board. | Media | Press


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Spain, John Interviewee


This segment from the September 3, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the intense media coverage surrounding the first day of school in East Baton Rouge Parish under Judge John Parker’s new desegregation plan. This report includes an interview with John Spain, the news director at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, discussing his decision to use ten reporters to cover the story. Host: Beth George