Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry, former editor of the Louisiana Illuminator, spent 22 years at The Times-Picayune (and later as a crime and courts reporter, an editorial writer, columnist and deputy opinions editor. He was on the team of Times-Picayune journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service after that team’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the deadly flood that followed. In addition to the shared Pulitzer, DeBerry has won awards from the Louisiana Bar Association for best trial coverage and awards from the New Orleans Press Club, the Louisiana/ Mississippi Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists for his columns. A collection of his Times-Picayune columns, “I Feel to Believe” was published by the University of New Orleans Press in September 2020.

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Gov. Edwards adds Laurie Lipsey Aronson to LSU board, bringing the number of women to 3

By: - March 31, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Laurie Lipsey Aronson to the LSU Board of Supervisors Wednesday, bringing the total of women on the 16-member board up to three.   Earlier this month, a reporter asked Edwards if an investigative report detailing LSU’s systemic indifference to violence and sexual violence against women made him regret not having appointed […]

CDC’s eviction moratorium extended through June 30

By: - March 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of an eviction moratorium that it first announced in September during President Donald Trump’s administration as a way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and reduce the incidence of COVID-19. The moratorium was set to expire Wednesday, but according to an explanatory document […]

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Louisiana Republicans need to admit their complaint about Dominion voting machines is based on a big lie | Jarvis DeBerry

By: - March 26, 2021

“[S]ince (Sidney) Powell began her media blitz, state legislators in various states in which Dominion has contracts—including Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—have stated their intent to review and reassess those contracts.”  — U.S. Dominion, Inc. v. Powell, filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, 1/8/2021 In the more than two months […]

More than 10,000 Louisianians have now died of COVID-19

By: - March 22, 2021

Louisiana officials were celebrating the news last week that the number of Louisianians hospitalized with COVID-19 in had dipped to the lowest level since near the beginning of the devastating worldwide pandemic.  To illustrate how much things had changed, an administrator for LCMC Health tweeted Wednesday that Touro Infirmary in New Orleans was “COVID free […]

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Letlow wins 5th Congressional District seat; Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson in a runoff in the 2nd

By: - March 20, 2021

Julia Letlow, a university administrator was elected to Congress Saturday from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, after she picked up the mantle for her deceased husband, Luke, who was elected to the House seat in December but died of COVID-19 before he could be sworn into office. And in the 2nd Congressional District, two veteran state […]


Oregon State takes LSU’s scandal more seriously; half the members of OSU’s board are women

By: - March 19, 2021

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to put university President F. King Alexander on probation for the sexual misconduct scandal that happened under his watch while he was president at LSU, and it’s probably not a coincidence that seven of the 14 voting members on OSU’s board are women. LSU’s Board of […]

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A return to normalcy may also mean a return to jury duty

By: - March 17, 2021

The Louisiana Supreme Court has lifted a COVID-19-related moratorium on jury trials and is granting judges across the state permission to hold in-person trials in April. Louisianians called to report for jury duty should expect to find a court system committed to keeping them safe, Chief Justice John Weimer said in a March 12 press […]

Women matter more than football. It’s time for LSU to act like it.

By: - March 12, 2021

For a scandal that happened at LSU, the University of Kansas has fired more people than LSU has. And if it’s left up to interim LSU President Tom Galligan, KU has fired more people than LSU will fire. The multiple offenses that occurred at LSU and the university’s refusal to hold perpetrators and enablers accountable […]

Jeff Landry fights to keep Trump immigration rule that Biden changed

By: - March 11, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration declined March 9 to defend in court a policy established by President Donald Trump that denied entry into the United States for immigrants that the government predicted would eventually need some kind of public benefits.  The U.S. Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed pending cases, and according […]


Ruling for the press over Louisiana AG Jeff Landry is sadly unsatisfying

By: - March 5, 2021

As he was ruling for Advocate | Times-Picayune reporter Andrea Gallo who got sued by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry when she submitted a public records request to the AG’s office, Judge Timothy Kelley of the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge rejected an argument that Landry needed to be fined. A ruling that Landry […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana keeps its mask mandate; Mississippi and Texas end theirs

By: - March 3, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday loosened some of the COVID-19 restrictions he’d imposed but left Louisiana’s mask mandate in place; however, his counterparts to the east and west said they’re no longer mandating masks for their residents. Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi rescinded an executive order that had mandated face masks be worn in […]


Trying to police a discussion of ‘White Rage’ is white rage itself

By: - February 26, 2021

After complaining that a proposed discussion about the history of the fight for voting rights wouldn’t give voice to “the other side,” most of the members of the Lafayette Parish Library Board decided last month to reject a grant that would have paid for copies of two books on that history and for a pair […]