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.

Secretary of state’s election plan ‘just contravenes too many CDC guidelines,’ Edwards says

By: - September 8, 2020

At Tuesday’s press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards talked about voting after Hurricane Laura, voting during a pandemic, and he updated the storm’s death toll. Hurricane-voting plan Hurricane Laura so thoroughly wrecked southwest Louisiana that Edwards announced the formation of a task force that is […]

National champion LSU Football Tigers may play home games before crowds at quarter capacity

By: - September 8, 2020

After months of speculation about what LSU football games would look like the season after the Tigers were crowned national champions and if even if there’d be a season at all, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that he would consider opening Tiger Stadium at a 25 percent capacity for […]

Unemployed workers continue to demand congressional action

By: - September 7, 2020

Orville Lowery, 69,  a self-described “country boy from Arkansas” is no stranger to protest and activism. In the 1960s, he protested against segregation and Jim Crow laws. In the 70s, he protested the Vietnam War. And today, he says that fight is against the government’s inaction in the face of a pandemic. “I always hated […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

High school football likely to resume soon

By: - September 4, 2020

It is looking very likely that high school contact sports, specifically football, will begin again soon despite Louisiana still operating in Phase 2 of reopening. Eddie Bonine, executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association, made the recommendation at a House education committee meeting, reversing the LHSAA’s original plan to keep high school football […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Schools in 13 parishes are closed after Hurricane Laura

By: - September 4, 2020

School system in 13 parishes have stopped their school year due to Hurricane Laura, said Cade Brumley, Louisiana schools superintendent, at a Louisiana House education committee meeting Friday. Calcasieu Parish, for example, have closed their schools until further notice because 97% of their school facilities suffered “substantial damage,” according to their Facebook page. Once power […]

‘What we don’t want is a repeat of what we saw Memorial Day,’ Gov Edwards says

By: - September 3, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Thursday morning press conference focused on the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Louisiana, the White House’s instructions to states to prepare to distribute an eventual vaccine and the ongoing effects that Hurricane Laura is continuing to have on Louisiana parishes and the people who live there or have been displaced because of […]

After Hurricane Laura, residents in parishes not approved for FEMA aid feel ‘completely on their own’

By: and - September 3, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane shortly after midnight Aug. 27, and, remarkably, after ripping a vertical seam of destruction through the state, was still a hurricane when it exited the state for Arkansas that afternoon. The storm has been blamed for 15 deaths and more than a half million […]

After Trump’s eviction moratorium order, Louisiana housing advocates express cautious optimism

By: - September 3, 2020

A day after President Donald Trump’s administration announced a moratorium on evictions for the rest of the year, housing advocates in Louisiana expressed cautious optimism.  Help for renters they say is long overdue and help from Congress remains no less necessary.  There’s also the fear that landlords who are barred from kicking out tenants for […]


College COVID-19 numbers will be shared by state health department starting this month

By: - September 2, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health, which had previously announced that it would create a COVID-19 portal and send out a link to every private and public college and university in the state, will begin reporting numbers on those campuses beginning Sept. 16, Meg Casper Sunstrom, deputy commissioner for strategic communication of the Louisiana Board of […]

Photo Gallery: New Orleans remembers those lost to Hurricane Katrina 15 years later

By: - August 30, 2020

Robert Green lost his 3-year-old granddaughter and 73-year-old mother when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Fifteen years later, Green spoke to a socially distanced crowd at a healing ceremony in their honor. “Our spirit didn’t die that day, Green said. “Our spirit has been lifted by all the people who came, […]

Prayers lifted up for immigrant workers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina

By: - August 29, 2020

Immigrant activist organizations across New Orleans held a socially distanced prayer service at First Grace United Methodist Church on Friday morning to support immigrant workers and remember the work they did  to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The event, “Katrina Immigrant Workers Prayer Service: Looking back and Moving Forward Together in Faith and Solidary,” […]

In parts of rural Louisiana, it’s either slow internet or none at all

By: - August 26, 2020

Bridgett Deleon and her three children are having a hard time adjusting to the “new normal” of schooling virtually. Bridgett is studying for a nursing degree. Her daughter Macy is an undergraduate at Southeastern, her son Beau is in electrical vocational school, and daughter Olivia just entered the 8th grade. But at their home in […]