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Panelist Bio

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed
Guest Host of Louisiana Public Square

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Southern University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism, both from LSU A&M. She has a proven track record of outstanding service in higher education, media and served in the administrations of two Louisiana governors – Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco.

Currently, Dr. Reed is a Principal with HCM Strategists, a public policy and advocacy firm based in Washington, D.C. As a recognized expert in higher education policy, she provides leadership for multi-client, multi-state work focused on increasing student attainment through the adoption of sound state higher education policy. She conducts comprehensive work through the Strategy Labs, funded by the Lumina Foundation including – serving on the senior management team, managing and guiding a nation-wide group of state advisors and serving as policy lead for the Labs’ guided pathways efforts. Dr. Reed has also served as the project lead for three national research efforts funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Previously, she served on several higher education leadership teams in Louisiana – including Chief of Staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents, Executive Vice President for the University of Louisiana System, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University, Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Board of Regents and adjunct professor in the Ph.D. program at Southern University.

Dr. Reed began her career as a television reporter at WBRZ Channel 2 in Baton Rouge and then served as news anchor at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles. In 1991, at the age of 26, she became Governor Edwin Edwards’s press secretary, then the youngest press secretary in Louisiana’s history.

She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Kathleen Blanco. While there, she led education policy, juvenile justice reform and communicated the Governor’s legislative response and outreach efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was the first, and only, African-American female to be named Deputy Chief of Staff in Louisiana.

She is actively engaged in her community, dedicating a number of volunteer hours to various organizations. Dr. Reed currently serves on the Capital Area United Way Community Impact Cabinet, serves on the LSU College of Business, Public Administration Advisory Board, and is past President of the BREC Foundation.

She has received numerous honors including Louisiana Role Model, Baton Rouge Chapter of LINKS, Inc.; LSU Alumna of the Year, Public Administration Institute; and Mom of the Year, Jack and Jill of America, Baton Rouge Chapter. Dr. Reed has been featured in Daughters of Men, a national publication highlighting outstanding African American women and their fathers.

She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband, Henry, and their daughter.

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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