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.


Louisiana’s college COVID-19 numbers show wide gap between on-campus and virtual students

By: - September 24, 2020

The COVID-19 dashboard run by the Louisiana Department of Health shows 1,558 confirmed cases among college students, faculty and staff and 523 cases of the disease in K-12 schools across the state.  As one might expect, that dashboard shows more cases among students and faculty who’ve attended classes in person than among those who’ve accessed […]

White House coronavirus advisor said Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions ‘saved people’s lives’

By: - September 23, 2020

Days before the Louisiana Legislature convenes a special session where Republican lawmakers plan to discuss taking away the emergency powers that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has used to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions “saved people’s lives.” “It is […]

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta

By: - September 21, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sept. 21 in advance of Tropical Storm Beta’s expected landfall on the Texas coast Monday night. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline, and the storm’s slow movement puts Southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding Monday through […]

Hurricane Laura didn’t knock McNeese State out

By: and - September 21, 2020

Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in Southwest Louisiana Aug. 27, thoroughly devastated McNeese State University and caused about $200 million in damage, Daryl Burckell, the university’s president, told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee at a Wednesday hearing. “All parts of the institution were affected and impacted,” Burckel said. “From our academic […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damaged 74 of 76 Calcasieu Parish public schools

By: - September 17, 2020

Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday that damage to schools caused by Hurricane Laura is “considerably worse” than the damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Of the 76 public schools in the parish, Bruchhaus said, 74 of them had damage and 15 had extensive damage such as torn-off roofs. None […]

LSU’s Building Name Evaluation Committee holds inaugural meeting since library’s name change

By: - September 16, 2020

When a protest led by Black LSU students led to the university removing the name of a segregationist university president from the main library, those young activists said their work wasn’t done, and the university promised a more thorough evaluation of the names that adorn its buildings.   On Tuesday, the university’s Building Name Evaluation Committee, […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana sees slight increase in number of hospitalizations for COVID-19

By: - September 15, 2020

The number of Louisianians hospitalized for COVID-19 has crept up from 664 to 667, a slight increase that nevertheless warrants concern, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.  The governor’s press briefing lasted less than 20 minutes, but he covered three major topics:  the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Hurricane Sally and […]

Lake Charles tenants get temporary restraining order blocking their evictions

By: - September 15, 2020

When 22-year-old Tyneesha Johnson evacuated her Lake Charles apartment when Hurricane Laura struck last month, she didn’t expect to not be able to return home. The building’s still intact and so was all of her stuff inside her apartment, but on Sept. 3, without warning, Wilshire Apartments terminated the leases of Johnson and the residents […]

Sally expected to become a hurricane that could soak New Orleans

By: - September 13, 2020

Tropical Storm Sally was slowly creeping toward the Gulf Coast Monday morning, leaving weather forecasters worried about the amount of water the storm will produce and somewhat confused about its track. At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisianians to prepare for a Category 2 storm that looked like it could […]

Phase 3 of re-opening plan means changes for K-12 but none for LSU

By: - September 11, 2020

COVID-19 cases have been trending down statewide since K-12 schools and colleges welcomed back their students, and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that Louisiana will move into phase 3 means fewer state-mandated restrictions on those campuses. For schools, that means the maximum number of people allowed in a room increases from 25 to 50 — […]

Lake Charles after Laura

Two more parishes added to FEMA’s individual assistance program

By: - September 11, 2020

Union and Morehouse parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18, the governor’s office announced Thursday. “This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Two weeks after Hurricane Laura, Cameron and Calcasieu parishes are almost completely in the dark

By: - September 9, 2020

Two weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall as the strongest storm to hit Louisiana, about 75 percent of the power had been restored, Dan Brouillette, the secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, said at a Wednesday press conference, but in the area where the storm struck, almost no progress has been made. Ninety to […]