Our Team

Lamar White, Jr. Publisher, Board Member

For more than eleven years, Lamar White, Jr. published CenLamar, one of Louisiana’s most acclaimed and well-known progressive blogs, attracting more than two million readers and repeatedly receiving recognition from national and international news organizations.

White, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, is a graduate of Rice University, earning a degree in both English and Religious Studies, and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where he specialized in healthcare and administrative law. He first garnered national attention in early 2012, as a result of his online correspondence with Andrew Breitbart. White was the last person with whom Breitbart communicated publicly, less than an hour before his sudden death at the age of 43.

As a law school student in Dallas, White, who was born with a mild form of spastic quadriplegia, a subset of cerebral palsy that affects motor skills, became an outspoken advocate for the rights of disabled Americans. After speaking at a press conference on behalf of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, White was labeled as a “campaign prop” by a small handful of national conservative pundits. White’s one sentence response- “I am a human being, not a campaign prop”- quickly went viral, earning praise from The Houston Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman, Raw Story, and Salon.

In November of 2014, White was one of two online journalists who broke the story of Bill Cassidy, then a congressman campaigning for the U.S. Senate, failing to document the majority of the work he performed while on the payroll of LSU.

One month later, in December of 2014, White made international headlines after exclusively reporting that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had attended and spoken at a 2002 conference of white supremacists. His report earned repeated front-page coverage from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal and, for more than a week, was the top story on cable and network news, including a prominent feature on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Although some in the conservative media attempted to “debunk” White’s reporting, Rep. Scalise has repeatedly acknowledged his attendance, which was further corroborated by The Washington Post.

In February of 2015, White tweeted a picture of the portrait of Gov. Bobby Jindal had prominently displayed at the entrance to his office in the State Capitol for more than six years. The picture, taken by professional photographer Robin May, instantly became an internet sensation and part of a larger conversation about race, ethnicity, and identity politics. The portrait of Jindal, the very first Indian-American governor in the country’s history, unmistakably depicted him as a white man.

Later in 2015, during the campaign for Louisiana governor, White was the first to report that Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Sen. David Vitter hired a private investigator who was arrested after a bizarre encounter with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand. During the 2016 presidential campaign, White again earned international attention after reporting on the efforts of Ku Klux Klan members in support of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s an old saying in politics about ‘knowing where the bones are buried,’” said James Carville. “Lamar knows that in Louisiana, sometimes the bones are buried and sometimes they’re above ground. We need folks like him to hold our politics and our politicians accountable.”

Katie Weaver, Editor

Katie comes to The Bayou Brief from Oxford University Press, where she worked with hundreds of well-known political scholars on their books, managed its co-publishing relationship with a leading British publisher of books on global affairs, C. Hurst and Co., and helped to finalize a co-publishing partnership with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Notably, during her time with Oxford University Press, Katie collaborated on editing the book Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? co-written (with Devi Sridhar) by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Prior to working at Oxford, Katie earned a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University. She also gained experience in both federal and municipal government through internships at the U.S. Trade Representative and the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor. Katie is a proud alumna of Tulane University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and English in 2013.

Zack Kopplin, Contributing Editor

Zack is an internationally-renowned writer and activist and a graduate of Rice University. Zack is the recipient of numerous awards in social advocacy, including the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, the National Center for Science Education’s Friend of Darwin Award, and the very-first Troublemaker of the Year Award. As a high school student in Baton Rouge, Zack garnered the support of 78 Nobel laureate scientists in his campaign to repeal a creationism in the classroom law, the largest-ever number of Nobel Prize winners to endorse a change in state law. He is a contributing writer for Slate and The Daily Beast and has been interviewed on Real Time With Bill Maher and Moyers and Company, among others.

Nath Pizzolatto, Sports Editor

Nath is The Bayou Brief‘s renaissance man: A former professional poker player, a musician, a stand-up comedian, an actor, a football analyst, a screenwriter, and a freelance reporter with an expansive portfolio.

Nath was born and raised in Lake Charles, and although he will always consider himself a native son of Louisiana, he has called Houston home for nearly two decades. He is a graduate of Rice University and the co-founder of the website Zone Reads. Nath’s work has previously appeared in The Houston ChronicleThe Houston Press, and Houstonia.

Peter Athas, Contributing Writer

Peter has been blogging as Adrastos since 2005. He is currently one of the principal bloggers at First Draft. He is a founding member of the Spank sub-krewe of Krewe du Vieux and one of the founders of the Rising Tide Conference. He apparently has a penchant for founding things. He lives in Uptown New Orleans with his wife and two cats.

Mitch Rabalais, Contributing Writer

A lover of all things Louisiana, Mitch is a native of St. Tammany Parish, a resident of Abita Springs, a former staffer for Gov. John Bel Edwards, and The Bayou Brief‘s youngest contributor. He is currently a candidate for a degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he is pursuing a double major in history and political science.

Prior to his work for the governor, Mitch extensively covered political news for LSU Student Media. Among other things, he conducted in-depth interviews with current and former political figures and hosted several forums on issues involving the state’s higher education system. He is perhaps best known for moderating the final debate of the 2015 gubernatorial primary campaign, earning high praise from both the candidates and the press for his professionalism and insightful questions. 

In addition to being a diehard fan of the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, Mitch is an avid reader, golfer, and collector of Louisiana political memorabilia.

In addition to Lamar White, Jr., The Bayou Brief’s Board of Directors are:

Tim Bolton, Chairman

Prince Michael Tim Bolton is perhaps best known as the first-born son of pop star Michael Jackson.

Tim is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, a fourteen-year veteran of the military who served in campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and a practicing attorney at a major law firm that specializes in multi-district and complex litigation cases representing victims of catastrophic injuries due to defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Cayman Clevenger, Vice Chairman
Cayman is a native of both Many and Shreveport, Louisiana and a current resident of New Orleans. He is a graduate of Tulane University and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, with honors. Cayman has been working in Louisiana politics since he was seventeen. He is currently a practicing healthcare attorney, a real estate agent, and an art broker for fine Louisiana art and artists.

Dorian-Gray Alexander
Dorian, living with HIV/AIDS since 2006, embraces life as much as possible. He’s committed to public service and social justice, serving on many community and statewide boards. Dorian networks and advocates via the airwaves by hosting a radio show, “Proof Positive, ” on WHIV 102.3 FM in New Orleans. He can be seen hitting the streets as a 610 Stomper or at a local bar. Dorian values his participation in advocacy, training and education regarding HIV at events, forums, and conferences by sharing ideas for treatment, linkage to care, and retention in care for HIV. Other than that, some say he’s a pretty cool cat.

Jesse Gilmore

Jesse Gilmore raises funds for good people and better causes, and works tirelessly to build a better Louisiana. Jesse adopted Shreveport as his home nine years ago and never looked back. A former senior staffer with the Louisiana Democratic Party and a veteran of a half-dozen political campaigns, Jesse currently serves as the Director of Development for the LSU Health Sciences Foundation. In addition, Jesse also owns and operates Pelican Blue Strategies, LLC, a political and public policy consulting firm. In his spare time, Jesse serves as the board chair of New Leaders Council Louisiana, a leadership development non-profit and is the board treasurer of the Louisiana Budget Project. You can hear him host Health Matters on KDAQ 89.9, and find him at Alex Box in the spring and Tiger Stadium in the fall.