Welcome! The stories you’ll find here are favorites from my career as a writer, editor and author in Louisiana. From the remote corners of Cajun country to the Acadian homeland of Nova Scotia to the World War II battlefields of Europe, I have been privileged to tell meaningful stories about the people of Louisiana and the customs and traditions that make them special. Also included here are my interviews with some of my favorite musicians: James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson and Loggins & Messina. Look around — I hope you’ll find something of interest. Thanks for stopping by!
ABOUT RON: Born on the bayou. LSU graduate. Married, father of three, Grampasaurus to 10.
Press secretary, Louisiana Economic Development, 2014-present
Writer/editor: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2012-2014
Writer/editor, The Times-Picayune, 1981-2012; member of news staff that won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
Author, “Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike” (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2012): https://ulpress.org/collections/louisiana-coast-and-culture/products/hell-or-high-water-how-cajun-fortitude-withstood-hurricanes-rita-and-ike
National grand prize winner for regional nonfiction, 2013 Indie Book Awards.
Silver Award for Southern regional nonfiction, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards.