Louisiana Political
Hall of Fame

Inductees

2024 Inductee

Edmund James “Ed” Anderson Jr.

Edmund James “Ed” Anderson Jr., a New Orleans native, embarked on his journalism journey early, covering sports at De La Salle High School and later serving as the yearbook’s editor-in-chief. At Loyola University, he contributed to the student newspaper, Loyola Maroon, eventually becoming its senior year editor. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Anderson spent 20 years at The Times-Picayune as a general assignment reporter, exploring topics like state and local elections, politics, courts, New Orleans City Hall, urban affairs, and real estate. During this period, he briefly served as Assistant Night City Editor and Night City Editor.

 

In 1980, Anderson began covering the Louisiana Legislature’s sessions, and in 1988, he joined The Times-Picayune’s Capital Bureau in Baton Rouge. Over the next 24 years, his reporting focused on state government, politics, and the Legislature, spanning six administrations. Known for tough yet fair reporting, he earned numerous writing awards and was part of The Times-Picayune team that won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2006 for coverage of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

Transitioning to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office in 2013, Anderson contributed to complex audit reports and enhanced media outreach. Beyond journalism, he graduated from the Leadership Louisiana program in 2007, served as a 1979 fellow at the Institute of Politics at Loyola University, and was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola from 1980 to 1987. A devoted New Orleans Saints fan and LSU sports enthusiast, Anderson’s rich and varied career earned him the Press Club of New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, reflecting unwavering dedication to journalism, public service, and transparency.

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