Jeremy Alford is an independent journalist and the co-author of LONG SHOT, which recounts Louisiana's 2015 race for governor. His bylines appear regularly in The New York Times and he has served as an on-camera analyst for CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and C-SPAN.

He is the publisher and editor of LaPolitics Weekly, the state's leading trade publication for elected officials, lobbyists, campaign professionals, journalists and others making their way along the backroads of Bayou State politics.

Jeremy also produces Tuesday Tracker, a weekly political tip sheet, as well as the LaPolitics Report podcast and LaPolitics.com, which serves as the digital hub for all of his work.

His syndicated news and opinion columns run in 25 newspapers and magazines throughout Louisiana and he produces a political news feed for television stations in the Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette markets.

When it's not Mardi Gras or duck season, Jeremy lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Karron Clark Alford, their daughter Zoe and son Keaton.

LaPOLITICS FOUNDER JOHN JAMES MAGINNIS

1948 - 2014

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The publisher of LaPolitics Weekly and LaPolitics.com, and author of “The Last Hayride,” John died May 25, 2014, in New Orleans. He was 66.

Born in Baton Rouge on May 17, 1948, he took an interest in politics and journalism at a very early age. As a young man, after school would let out at Sacred Heart, he would fold up editions of The State-Times and deliver them from his bike. While at Catholic High School, he started his first regular column in the school newspaper, The Bear Facts, and later served as editor of The Daily Reveille at Louisiana State University.

John served in the U.S. Navy after college, spending time in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to his beloved Louisiana, John turned to what he did best and landed a reporter’s position with The Catholic Commentator. Soon after he struck out as an independent journalist and publisher, writing three books including “Cross to Bear” and “The Politics of Reform.”

He became one of the most recognizable names in Bayou State politics and found publishing successes in the 1970s and 1980s with Gris Gris magazine, Baton Rouge Enterprise and later Louisiana Political Review.

The latter gave way to The Fax Weekly in 1993, which underwent a name change, to LaPolitics Weekly, not long after. During his final years, John had expanded the political newsletter and its website by adding new staff, developing media partnerships and broadening its editorial scope.

Known for having sources in every nook and cranny of state government, John was not only trusted but sought out by Louisiana’s political influencers. His syndicated opinion column appeared in 21 newspapers around the state and he was a regular guest on programs like Informed Sources and The Jim Engster Show.

He was also a featured speaker for civic groups and organizations across the Gulf Coast. In 2000, John was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications.

When complimented on his work, John was fond of saying, “I owe it all to the material.” Those who knew him best, however, knew better.