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Danny Heitman

Danny Heitman

Journalist and Louisiana Author

Danny Heitman, a 1986 graduate of SLU, has written a weekly Advocate column since 1991 that, for most of its run, has chronicled his life as a husband and father.

His essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other national publications, and he’s been featured on National Public Radio and the BBC.

Heitman frequently writes about arts and culture for WSJ and Humanities magazine, and he’s a regular columnist for Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum magazine. He sits on The Advocate’s editorial board, where he often writes about the value of literacy.

Heitman’s 2008 book, “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” documented how the famous bird artist’s time in Louisiana shaped his destiny. Heitman later served as associate producer of a Louisiana Public Broadcasting adaptation of the book that was nominated for an Emmy.

Heitman’s writing has won numerous awards, including the Templeton Foundation’s $10,000 In Character Prize in 2007.

He has served as an adjunct professor at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

Danny, who is married and has two children, lives in Baton Rouge.