Briefly Biographical

Lamar White, Jr.

Publisher and Founder

Lamar has been writing about the people, the politics, and the history of Louisiana for more than twenty years, beginning as a columnist for his hometown newspaper, the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, when he was still in high school. His work has appeared in Salon, Above the Law, the Texas Bar Journal, the Independent, the Advocate, and Times-Picayune, the Lens, and the Houston Chronicle.

In 2006, he launched a personal blog, CenLamar, which initially covered local politics in Alexandria but later expanded statewide. In 2008, he was selected to cover the Democratic National Convention as one of three writers who were given unrestricted access to the Louisiana delegation. In 2009, his blog was named by the readers of Cenla Focus as “Central Louisiana’s Best Website.

Lamar was the last person to converse online with Andrew Breitbart, the conservative muckraker and online entrepreneur, who died in 2012. Later that year, Lamar received Rising Tide’s Ashley Morris Award, in recognition of his work to hold Louisiana’s elected officials accountable and for exposing significant failures in the state’s selection process in its school voucher program, which had been a centerpiece of former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s policy agenda.

In late December of 2014, Lamar broke the sensational story that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, then serving as House Majority Whip, had once attended an international conference of a white supremacist organization, when Scalise was a member of the Louisiana state legislature. The story sparked a major national controversy and nearly cost Scalise his position in House leadership.

Earlier that year, Lamar revealed that U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who was then running against Mary Landrieu for the U.S. Senate, had failed to account for much of his work as a physician with Louisiana State University’s Earl K. Long Hospital, by submitting incomplete or inaccurate timesheets, and in 2015, Lamar shared a photo of a portrait of Gov. Bobby Jindal that was on display in Jindal’s office on the Fourth Floor of the Louisiana state Capitol. Jindal, an Indian-American and the first person of color to serve as the state’s governor since Reconstruction, was depicted in the portrait with a dramatically whitened face, and as a consequence of Lamar’s post, the image quickly went viral, earning coverage, critique, and ridicule from national and international publications.

In 2018, his reporting again sparked a national controversy after he posted video footage of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, making racist comments about a public hanging and voter suppression.

Lamar has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. He is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. In 2019, he was named as one of Gambit’s “Top 40 Under 40” and was the recipient of the Outstanding Journalist of the Year Award at the annual Millennial Awards. He lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Anna and Ruby Deville.

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