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Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry, editor of the Louisiana Illuminator, spent 22 years at The Times-Picayune (and later NOLA.com) 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.

In opposing impeachment, Rep. Steve Scalise quotes Lincoln, promotes ‘healing’

By: - January 13, 2021

Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican Whip who represents Louisiana’s First Congressional District, quoted Abraham Lincoln Wednesday and called for healing as pushed back against Democrats’ motion to impeach President Donald Trump a second time. Scalise, who was shot in 2017 by a gunman targeting Republicans and saved by U.S. Capitol Police, praised the officers […]

‘We told you so,’ Rep. Cedric Richmond tells Republicans defending Trump during second impeachment proceeding

By: - January 13, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond said “We told you so” to his Republican colleagues in a 1-minute speech from the House floor supporting a second impeachment of President Donald Trump.  Richmond, a Democrat who represents Louisiana’s Second Congressional District, is soon to leave Congress to work as senior advisor and director of public engagement for President-elect Joe […]

COMMENTARY

Republicans refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory must own the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol

By: - January 7, 2021

Rep. Steve Scalise professed to be outraged in August when Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, during an on-camera interview with MSNBC, used the phrase “domestic enemies” to describe Republicans she said were plotting to suppress the vote during the Nov. 3 presidential election.   “Disgusting,” Scalise, the House Republican Whip, wrote on Twitter. “Nancy […]

Lake Charles and all of Southwest Louisiana deserve your Christmas generosity

By: - December 25, 2020

KD Minor’s memories of Christmastime in Calcasieu Parish begin with the smell. “Lots of bonfires,” she said Wednesday. “That smell of burning wood and the Christmas lights down Lakeshore Drive.”  Christmas in Lake Charles, she said, “is when all the kids who left come back.” This Christmas, though, many families in Southwest Louisiana have nothing […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Statue of Edward White, segregationist judge, moved from outside La. Supreme Court building to inside

By: - December 23, 2020

The statue of Edward Douglass White Jr., a Confederate soldier who served on the Louisiana Supreme Court, was relocated from outside the court building on Royal Street Wednesday to inside, a court official said. Deputy judicial administrator Robert Gunn said the bronze statue has been placed “near the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court […]

COMMENTARY

Louisiana’s Republican officials continue seeking praise from one-term, lame-duck president

By: - December 18, 2020

In the run up to this year’s presidential election, instead of revealing a platform explaining what Republicans stand for, the Republican National Committee stated its support for Donald Trump. That decision confirmed what was already apparent: Trump does not belong to the Republican Party. The Republican Party belongs to Trump. It’s no surprise, then, that […]

COMMENTARY

In the case of Ka’Mauri Harrison, it’s the Jefferson Parish School Board versus everybody with sense

By: - December 11, 2020

The most powerful elected officials in Louisiana rushed to defend 9-year-old Ka’Mauri Harrison when the Jefferson Parish School System suspended him for inadvertently making a BB gun visible as he virtually took a test assigned by his 4th-grade teacher. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and every Louisiana lawmaker who voted on […]

Sen. John Kennedy casts doubt on Biden’s election: ‘I’m not so sure something didn’t happen’

By: and - December 8, 2020

Two days after Joe Biden officially secured enough Electoral College votes to be declared the next president of the United States, Republican Sen. John Kennedy, sent out a mass email casting aspersions on the integrity of November’s election.  Claiming that there has been “a lot of tomfoolery and a few too many shenanigans with this […]

COMMENTARY

Fairness demands new trials for those convicted by split juries, but fairness won’t come without pain

By: - December 4, 2020

Margaret Washington said Wednesday evening that she wishes she could have listened in as an Orleans Parish jury in 2015 decided the fate of the two men accused in the murder of her daughter, a Dillard University freshman who had just turned 18. “The evidence proves they did it,” Washington said of Marguerite La Joy […]

The end of the 2020 hurricane season?

By: - November 30, 2020

There’s no guarantee that another storm won’t form before the end of the year — one formed on Dec. 30 in 2005 —  but Nov. 30 marked the official end of the 2020 hurricane season, the likes of which neither Louisiana or the country has seen before. Twelve named storms hit the United States in […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Early voting for Dec. 5 runoff down 86% from Nov. 3 election

By: - November 30, 2020

On the first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election, 175,000 Louisianians ballots.  During the 10 days of early voting for the Dec. 5 runoff, 137,515 Louisianians did, suggesting that Louisianians are far less interested in the races that remain on the ballot and less likely to turn out Saturday. All told, […]

COMMENTARY

Do you care if you spread COVID-19 to people you don’t know?

By: - November 30, 2020

It’s hard to hold people accountable when they can’t be confronted with the consequences of the harm they cause. That’s one of the most frustrating aspects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Behavior that puts other people at risk and rhetoric that encourages that behavior can’t necessarily be linked to specific cases, hospitalizations and deaths. So […]