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Jimmy Swaggart Scandal (1988)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Ferriday, Concordia Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-02-26

Duration: 00:10:40

Subjects: SWAGGART, JIMMY | Televangelism | Religion


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Swaggart, Jimmy Speaker
  • Janway, Cecil Speaker
  • Carroll, John Interviewee
  • Swaggart, W.L. Interviewee
  • Poole, Doris Interviewee
  • Terrell, Frankie Jean Interviewee
  • Davis, Sammy, Jr. Interviewee


This segment from the February 26, 1988, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Roger Sockman’s report on the scandal involving the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart of the Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge and allegations of misconduct involving a prostitute in New Orleans. His report includes: highlights of Swaggart apologizing for his sin during his Sunday service; Superintendent Cecil Janway of the Louisiana District Council of the Assemblies of God announcing Swaggart’s punishment; and an interview with Dr. John Carroll, a religion professor at LSU. Sockman also travels to Ferriday, Swaggart’s hometown, and interviews: Reverend W.L. Swaggart, his father; Doris Poole, his former classmate; Frankie Jean Terrell, his cousin and sister of Jerry Lee Lewis; and Ferriday Mayor Sammy Davis, Jr. Host: Ken Lormand