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2016 Year in Review Panel Discussion

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-12-30

Duration: 00:25:20

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Sterling, Alton, d. 2016 | Edwards, John Bel | Politics | Richmond, Cedric | SCALISE, STEVE | Floods, 2016 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Trump, Donald, 1946- | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Hilburn, Greg Panelist
  • Grace, Stephanie Panelist
  • Chawla, Kiran Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from December 30, 2016, features Charlie Whinham leading a panel discussion with three journalists on the major stories of 2016. The panelists are: Greg Hilburn of the USA Today Network of newspapers in Louisiana; Stephanie Grace, a political columnist with The Advocate newspaper; and Kiran Chawla, the lead investigative reporter for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. They discuss: the protests after the shooting of Alton Sterling by two Baton Rouge police officers; the lack of a decision by the United States Department of Justice in the Sterling case; Governor John Bel Edwards’ first year in office; the powerful positions of two Louisiana Congressmen - Steve Scalise as the House Majority Whip and Cedric Richmond as the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus; the historic flooding in north Louisiana in March and south Louisiana in August; the potential impact of the Trump Administration on Louisiana; and the future of higher education in the state.