The Bayou Brief is an entirely reader-supported digital publication about Louisiana, the land and her people.

We share the stories of this immensely complicated and inimitable, perennially vulnerable and remarkably durable, magical and marginalized, exploited and essential part of the American experience.

We champion muckraking and rabble-rousing, but only when it’s grounded in unassailable facts and supported by vigorous research.

We believe in telling hard truths and unpopular opinions, particularly those that challenge entrenched power and privilege.

Founded in 2017, the Bayou Brief is an independent, ad-free, and freely accessible digital publication covering the news, culture, history, government, and notoriously murky politics of Louisiana.

In our first four years, we published more than 750 essays, articles, news reports, opinion columns, and reviews by over 50 different contributors, including James Carville, former Gov. Buddy Roemer, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and some of Louisiana’s most talented freelance reporters and investigative journalists.

Our work has generated statewide and national attention and has been credited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Times-Picayune, Columbia Journalism Review, Slate, The Daily Beast, Esquire, and The Advocate and referenced on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, and WGNO.

Contact the publisher: lw at bayoubrief dot com