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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana governor ‘certainly’ will approve pardon of Homer Plessy in landmark case

By: - November 17, 2021

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will “certainly” approve the decision to pardon Homer Plessy — a Creole man whose arrest for sitting in a “whites-only” car led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896 to uphold segregation on the basis of race for another 50 years. “This is so historically significant,” Edwards said on […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Black residents want more representation in Louisiana’s Congressional delegation

By: - November 17, 2021

Jacquelyn Germany, a Black Baton Rouge native, is “sick and tired of being not fairly represented in Congress.”  Germany, and several other Black Louisiana residents, told state lawmakers that Louisiana’s Black population — which makes up a third of the state — should be better reflected in the state’s Congressional delegation.  About a third of […]

Following Louisiana campus shootings, higher ed officials discuss additional safety measures

By: - November 15, 2021

Higher education officials in Louisiana say they are exploring how to make college campuses safer following two recent shootings at Grambling State University. “Our challenge is: How do we ensure that our campuses are as safe as they possibly can be?” University of Louisiana system President Jim Henderson said during a hearing before the Louisiana […]

Louisiana higher ed officials concerned about lackluster sexual assault reporting

By: - November 15, 2021

As Louisiana colleges continue to implement new state laws with stricter reporting requirements, higher education officials said that they were concerned about how few sexual assaults were reported last year. Between LSU, Southeastern State University, and UL Lafayette — the three biggest public universities in Louisiana with over 68,000 students enrolled between them — just […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Louisiana governor ‘looks forward’ to reviewing pardon of civil rights leader Homer Plessy

By: - November 13, 2021

The Louisiana Board of Pardons voted to pardon Homer Plessy — a Creole man whose arrest for sitting in a “whites-only” car led the Supreme Court in 1896 to uphold segregation on the basis of race for another 50 years.  Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has final approval of the decision, was out of state […]

Louisiana elected officials praise veterans

By: - November 12, 2021

Here’s what Louisiana elected officials said about members of the military on Veterans Day (Nov. 11):  “We will continue to work every single day — not just on Veterans Day, not just on Memorial Day — but every single day, to honor our veterans. That is a promise that I work diligently to uphold.” — […]

Louisiana politicians call $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill ‘a big win’ for the state

By: and - November 10, 2021

In Louisiana, reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households don’t have broadband access, but the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. With Louisiana expected to receive $7.2 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the funding is welcomed by Rick Allen, the mayor of Leesville in Vernon […]

Marcus Jones smiling in front of a Northwestern logo

Marcus Jones named Northwestern State University’s first Black president

By: - November 8, 2021

Marcus Jones, the university’s current interim president, will serve as the first Black president in Northwestern State University’s 137 year history. “I’m full of emotion because Northwestern has given so much to me,” Jones said to the Illuminator following his selection. The University of Louisiana system Board of Supervisors voted Monday to install Jones as […]

Northwestern State University’s gets a new president today

By: - November 8, 2021

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors will interview and select the next president of Northwestern State University Monday (Nov. 8). The new president is expected to start in January.  The board will decide between the two finalists: Marcus Jones and Kim LeDuff. Whoever is chosen will be the first Black president in the […]

Louisiana colleges and universities reported very few cases of sexual assault last year

By: - November 5, 2021

Between LSU, Southeastern State University, and UL Lafayette — the three biggest public universities in Louisiana with over 68,000 students enrolled between them — just 12 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2020. But experts and advocates say those numbers don’t reflect reality.  The vast majority of sexual assaults on Louisiana college and university […]

Northwestern State is on track to have a historic ‘first’ as university president

By: - November 2, 2021

Northwestern State University’s presidential search committee announced two finalists to become the university’s 20th president Tuesday afternoon. Either candidate would make history if they are given the job.  Northwestern has never had a university president who isn’t a white man, but both of the candidates to be the school’s next leader are Black — and […]

Acadiana redistricting meeting

Acadiana region residents speak out against proposed political district changes

By: - October 27, 2021

Urban and suburban areas in South Louisiana — like Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans — have increased in population since 2010, while rural areas — such as Acadia and Cameron parishes — have lost residents. Those changes will potentially affect those areas’ political influence and representation as lawmakers get set to redraw district lines […]