Lamar White, Jr.

Lamar White, Jr.
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Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.

Tilly Snyder Is Missing Again

Wikipedia’s decision to permanently delete John K. Snyder’s page cannot erase the true story of one of the most eccentric politicians in Louisiana history and the mastermind behind the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985.

Eddie Rispone Relies on Controversial Program That Outsources Jobs to Foreign Workers

In 2016, Eddie Rispone’s company applied for three H1-B visas to hire cheaper workers for management jobs. At the time it made the applications, ISC had been in the middle of settlement negotiations with nearly 100 former employees, the majority of whom were Hispanic, who alleged they were not properly compensated for their work hours.

Why Alexandria’s New Festival Drowned in the Red

In Central Louisiana, taxpayers sank a small fortune to rebrand an award-winning festival. Spending doubled, attendance cratered nearly 80%, and an event intended to unify the community resulted in division and disappointment.

PODCAST: Meet the Candidate- Dr. Brian Salvatore (HD-05)

Dr. Salvatore is challenging Alan Seabaugh for House District 5.

Running Away from His Values

Five years ago, Edward Lee “Eddie” Rispone of Baton Rouge and current Republican candidate for Louisiana governor published his first and...

Briefly Shopping: The Bayou Brief’s Badass Gifts and Rare Collectibles

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our merchandise page, Briefly Shopping, which will continually carry...

Flying in the Wrong Direction

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” - Mark Twain Congressman Ralph Abraham,...

National News Coverage of Tropical Storm Barry Is Its Own Disaster

Yesterday, “America’s weatherman,” Al Roker, provided some unsolicited advice to the good people of New Orleans: If he lived here, he...

PODCAST: Meet the Candidate- Leslie Bourque (HD 43)

Leslie is challenging a two-term incumbent who has never before faced an opponent.

Prologue: The Boxer from Winnsboro

"I am leaving, I am leaving" But the fighter still remains.