In his own words: Steve Gleason talks about his new film the night before its premiere at Sundance

This video is from the private screening and party we attended last Friday night at Victory Ranch, about 30 miles outside of Park City, Utah. ‘GLEASON’ made its world premiere the next morning at the Sundance Film Festival.

Denver, Salt Lake City, Park City and Sundance: thoughts after a long day

Salt Lake City, Utah — 15 hours and roughly 1,500 miles traveled. The day started out bumpy when WDSU chief photographer Megan Mackel and I arrived at the airport and found out our plane tickets didn’t exist. After an hour at the check-in counter and amazing help by a Southwest ticket agent named Susan, we […]

The Saints introduced head coach Sean Payton 10 years ago today, launching the trek to Super Bowl XLIV

Sean Payton was 42 years old when he was introduced as the 14th head coach in New Orleans Saints history on Jan. 19, 2006. He was a former offensive coordinator with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, an up-and-coming assistant who a lot of teams had on their radar. Despite the city still recovering from […]

Vintage commercials: Archie and Peyton, Showbiz Pizza and the Superdome

How great are these old commercials? My best guess is that these aired in the mid-1980s, probably around 1986. Who didn’t have a birthday party at Showbiz Pizza growing up? It was located on Veterans Blvd., near David Drive in Metairie. I grew up on Academy Drive, so it was an easy haul from my house. We […]

Video: Taking Fletcher Mackel to task for his column on Sean Payton’s future

WDSU sports anchor Fletcher Mackel and I stand squarely on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to Sean Payton’s future with the Saints, but I’m definitely on the right side. In case you missed it, here’s Fletcher’s column. We planned to conduct this “debate” in about two minutes, but we got a little carried away and […]

Video: Behind the scenes at the Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve parade

In case you missed it, here’s the Facebook live stream I did before the WDSU broadcast of the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve parade.

Video: My look back at the year in Louisiana politics

From the Governor’s office to the Sheriff’s office, change was the name of the game in 2015. Here’s my look back.

‘Christmas tree’ lights up window at Charity Hospital, closed since 2005

Have you seen these photos circulating on social media? Lisa Walley Staggs says she “works at an inner city hospital situated directly across from Charity Hospital.” Charity has been closed since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, but Staggs says a couple of nights ago as she was leaving work, she glanced over at the building […]

Voice of the Superdome, Jerry Romig, dies at 86

Jerry Romig, the voice of the New Orleans Saints for 44 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 86. In a statement released by the Saints, team owner Tom Benson said, “Jerry Romig was part of our team, part of our family. One of my favorite days was putting a Super Bowl ring on his […]

Video: Home for the holidays… and all the days

I’ve done a lot of feature stories over the years that I thought turned out really well, but this one may be my favorite. I visited the Dupuis family at Christmas time two years ago to chronicle their nightly ritual of gathering and eating. All the food, every night for more than 50 years, has […]

Council President Jason Williams implements rules and procedures for public comment on Monuments Ordinance

The “Monuments Ordinance,” will be heard at the Thursday, December 17 Special City Council Meeting at 10 a.m.  Here are the rules and procedures, set by Council President Jason Williams:  – Comments will be limited to 30 minutes per side.  – Each speaker will receive 2 minutes to speak. – No one will be allowed […]

Local artist Ally Burguieres accuses Taylor Swift of plagiarism

Ally Burguieres isn’t happy with Taylor Swift. In an open letter to the singer, Burguieres says she was “astonished” to see the use of one of her most popular designs on Swift’s social media platforms as part of her promotions for her new album, “1989.” Burguieres, who owns an art gallery on Royal Street, says she spent […]

Steve Gleason stories honored with Emmy award

I mentioned this last week on Facebook and Twitter, but forgot to mention it here. In case you missed it, my two stories with former Saint Steve Gleason that WDSU chief photographer Megan Mackel and I shot back in April were honored with an Emmy award in Ft. Lauderdale on December 5. In April, I spent time […]

Vote on “Monuments Ordinance” set for Dec. 17

According to a media release from the New Orleans City Council, the “Monuments Ordinance” will be heard on Thursday by the Committee of the Whole following the regular Council meeting. The Committee of the Whole will convene no earlier than 2:00 p.m. In addition, a Special City Council Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. […]

Orleans Parish D.A. Leon Cannizzaro invites NRA to be part of gun violence solution  

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says while he believes in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, it should not be a rock that violent criminals can hide behind. “Both locally and nationally we are seeing an increase in gun related violence,” Cannizzaro said. “In New Orleans, the street trade of firearms has become too prolific. […]