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Panelist Bio

Bob Courtney
Guest Host, Louisiana Public Square

Bob Courtney is an award winning filmmaker, issues management and crisis communications consultant with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry.

As a filmmaker, television producer and video journalist, Courtney has produced and directed more than two hundred local, regional and national films and television programs. His work has received numerous accolades and honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of Broadcast Journalism, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the Scripps-Howard Journalism Award.

From 1990 until mid-1995 Courtney served as Louisiana’s First Assistant Secretary of State. As Assistant Secretary of State, he instituted a number of sweeping changes in the office as well as directing the restoration of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and the creation of the Center for Political and Governmental History. During his tenure he oversaw the computerization of the state elections system, created a one-stop business shop for new and expanding businesses and established the Louisiana Film and Video Archives. For his work on the Old State Capitol project he was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1994.

Courtney also served on the Louisiana Tourist Commission, the Louisiana State Bond Commission and the Governor’s Forgotten Man Committee for Louisiana prison reform.

Prior to his tenure as First Assistant Secretary of State Courtney worked for more than twenty-five years in the radio and television industry, handling numerous roles including reporter, new Director, executive producer and general manager.

After leaving government service in 1995 he established Courtney Communications, Inc., a full service media company specializing in issues management, crisis communications and political campaign management as well as film, video and multimedia production. Since its establishment Courtney Communications has served hundreds of local and national clients.

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