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Why the Best & Brightest Leave Louisiana (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-04-10

Duration: 00:16:30

Subjects: Xavier University of Louisiana | Employment | Economy


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Thomas, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Alston, Roy, Jr. Interviewee
  • Staes, Renee Interviewee
  • Snowden, Michelle Interviewee
  • Ott, Jeffrey Interviewee


This segment from the April 10, 1988, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the reasons why the best and brightest leave Louisiana after college to start their careers. She visits Xavier University in New Orleans and visits with seniors who received assistance from the school’s Placement Office and have already accepted job offers. She interviews: Carolyn Thomas, the placement officer at Xavier in New Orleans; Roy Alston, Jr., a senior staying in New Orleans; Renee Staes, a senior staying in New Orleans; Michelle Snowden, a senior moving to Boston; and Jeffrey Ott, a senior moving to Boston.