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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.

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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