Author: Megan Hill

A Louisiana Life: Going Nuts

For a long time, it seemed as if the trajectory of Jady Regard’s career would see him climbing the ladder in sales and marketing for professional sports teams. In college at LSU, he was a student manager for the men’s…

A Louisiana Life: Musical Inspiration

  Kyle Daigle remembers the first time he heard his music on the radio. “I was getting dressed to go to work and I just froze in my tracks,” the country music singer-songwriter says. “It’s a very cool experience to…

Fashionable Philanthropy

Shreveport native and fashion designer Latasha Henderson says she grew up “less fortunate.” Her mother dressed her in hand-me-downs to save money and she says the other kids bullied her for it. By age 10 or 11, Henderson was customizing…

A Louisiana Life: Basin Keeper

The year was 1984, and a young Dean Wilson had just arrived in Louisiana. His ultimate goal was to move to the Amazon, but Wilson — who grew up in the mountains of Spain — knew he would need help…

Designing Life

Today, Lisa McDaniel owns a successful construction company and home design service, but it all started at a charity run. The Baton Rouge native was working in Memphis as an accountant, when she met her now husband, Beau McDaniel, at…

A Louisiana Life: Musical Accompaniment

Though he’s now a professional musician and award-winning middle school band teacher, Mickey Smith, Jr. played so poorly as a child his mother asked him to practice outside.   His grandmother bought him his first sax, though no one in…

Dean’s List

“I’m excited to experience New Orleans and all it has to offer: Its history, its landscape, and of course, the great food.” Camellia Moses Okpodu, Ph.D., the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Xavier University of…

At the Root

Omari Ho-Sang is working to abolish crime and poverty in Shreveport and beyond

Beats on the Bayou

Steve and Cezanne Nails’ Dockside Studio in Maurice is a creative haven for recording artists

Animal House

Biology teacher Lacey Hoosier of Buckeye High School in Deville brings a love of wildlife to the classroom

Fired Up!

Rhonda Lee of St. James Parish stokes the flames during annual holiday celebration

Passion in Action

Director of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana follows her calling to save the state’s coast and wetlands

Tribal Legacy

Marksville native works to keep Tunica-Biloxi tribe’s language and traditions alive

Systemic Success

New Orleans nonprofit incubator offers opportunities to underrepresented entrepreneurs

Soldiering On

Baton Rouge military-veteran-turned-doctor dedicates herself to saving people’s soles

Oh, Shucks!

Oyster shucker Becky Wasden cuts her own path in New Orleans

In The Bag

Ruston designer creates stylish camera, baby and travel bags

Proof of Passion

Trey Litel of Bayou Rum makes a strong spirit and a stronger business.

The Biedenharn Museum

In Monroe, visitors can check out the former home of the man who invented the Coke bottle.

All That Jazz

New Orleans singer Linnzi Zaorski’s “accidental” career

Wingate Jones

A New Orleans costume entrepreneur helps movie stars and Carnival royalty get suited up.

Jay Ducote

A Baton Rouge native’s love of food and cooking has landed him a popular blog, radio show and stints on the Food Network channel.