Tammy C. Barney

Tammy C. Barney

Award-winning columnist Tammy Carter Barney earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans before starting her career at The Daily Comet in Thibodaux. She covered city government and education, wrote a column and was the first Black woman to work as the paper's managing editor. She worked at The Times-Picayune as a bureau chief, assistant city editor, TV editor and columnist and while there earned a MBA from Tulane University. She left The Times-Picayune for The Orlando Sentinel, where she served as an editor and wrote a weekly column for the lifestyle section. Her writing has won her multiple awards, including the prestigious Vernon Jarrett Award for Journalistic Excellence for a series of columns on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In addition to writing, Tammy is passionate about quilting and singing with the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Praise Team and Contemporary Choir. She also serves as chair of the New Orleans Human Rights Commission. For 17 years, Tammy was married to the late Keith G. Barney. She has one daughter and one granddaughter.

Sports betting bill clears committee

With COVID-19 out of control, New Orleans forced to take drastic steps | Tammy C. Barney

By: - August 18, 2021

These are desperate times that require drastic measures. New Orleans became the first city in the South Monday to require either proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to participate in certain indoor activities that have a higher rate of transmission. San Francisco and New York have issued similar vaccine mandates. “Unlike this […]

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Louisiana children threatened but don’t find a protector in Landry | Tammy C. Barney

By: - August 11, 2021

The COVID-19 numbers are rising again, but this time our children are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus. At Children’s Hospital New Orleans, 1,000 children were seen in the emergency room in one week; 132 were COVID positive. Eighteen children have been hospitalized with COVID-19, nine are under the age of 2. Six are in […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana (and every other state) needs to impose mask mandates now | Tammy C. Barney

By: - July 26, 2021

From banning smoking in businesses to forcing drivers and passengers to wear seat belts to prohibiting texting while driving, governments have never had a problem passing laws to protect residents from themselves. Yet, even though Louisiana has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States, our officials refuse to do the […]


Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of ‘defunding the police’ | Tammy C. Barney

By: - July 14, 2021

“Defund the police”– a rallying cry during the 2020 protests following the unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police – is now a congressional football that  Democrats and Republicans keep throwing up as Hail Mary passes without anyone scoring a touchdown.   First, Republicans accused Democrats of embracing “defund […]


Louisiana law requires you to buckle up — unless you’re a child on a school bus | Tammy C. Barney

By: - June 30, 2021

A 7-30 vote in the Louisiana Senate this month killed HB 130, which would have required new school buses to be installed with seat belts for its young passengers. The Senate’s rejection came after the House had approved the bill introduced by Rep. Robby Carter (D-Amite) by a 55-44 vote. Making school buses safer for […]


We who wear natural hairstyles shouldn’t have to change it for employment | Tammy C. Barney

By: - June 16, 2021

A White manager was concerned when my best friend — like me, a Black woman — came to work with her hair in tiny twists. “So tell me about your hair,” she said. “It’s just twisted, right?” My friend, looking perplexed, answered, “No, it’s locked.” “Well, we’re going to say that it’s twisted,” the manager […]


William Tate and Lamar Davis have some big messes to clean up | Tammy C. Barney

By: - June 2, 2021

LSU and the Louisiana State Police, two prominent state institutions embroiled in separate scandals that stink of sexism and racism have something else in common: Black men have been hired to eliminate the stench. The roads toward repairing all that ails these institutions are riddled with potholes, detours and dead ends. The two new leaders […]

Protestors hold signs that read "hate is a virus" and "stop Asian hate" at the End The Violence Towards Asians rally in Washington Square Park on Feb. 20, 2021 in New York City.

Asian Americans have been in the crosshairs of small-minded bigots | Tammy C. Barney

By: - May 19, 2021

Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 164% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same time last year, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. The attacks caught on video or described in news reports have been appalling:  In New York’s Times Square on […]


Louisiana’s racism isn’t confined to history; it’s also present today | Tammy C. Barney

By: - May 5, 2021

Is Louisiana racist? I pose this question because I was perplexed when U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina),  proclaimed on national television last week that America is not racist. Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, made this declaration during his Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of […]


LGBTQ protections are already scarce in Louisiana; Legislature seeks to make things even worse | Tammy C. Barney

By: - April 21, 2021

Louisiana is a state of “no” when it comes to protecting the LGBTQ community. No ban on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity No ban on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No ban on discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No law that […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

A racially and culturally diverse teacher workforce benefits all of Louisiana | Tammy C. Barney

By: - April 7, 2021

“I am a teacher.” My husband, Keith, would proclaim his occupation to whomever he met. It was his badge of honor, his passion, his calling. My husband taught math and language arts to 6th- and 7th- grade students with special needs. He loved those students as if they were his own. And they loved him […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Keep your masks on, and give me some space, please; COVID-19 is still with us | Tammy C. Barney

By: - March 24, 2021

To wear or not to wear a mask, why is this still a question? As much as we want our lives to return to normal, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Not everyone has been vaccinated, herd immunity has not developed, and COVID-19 variants are still out there. Now is not the time to throw […]