LaPlante honored by NCSL
From a press release from NCSL:
DENVER – To honor a long-time Louisiana state house reporter and bureau chief, the National Conference of State Legislatures is re-naming its press room at the 2008 Legislative Summit after John LaPlante.
LaPlante, who passed away in April 2007, covered Louisiana politics and government for more than three decades. As the capitol news bureau chief for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, LaPlante led a team of six state house reporters covering the Louisiana Legislature. Previously, he worked as a reporter, editorial writer and assistant city editor. He also taught courses at Louisiana State University, where he was an alumnus.
“NCSL pays tribute to John not only for being an outstanding reporter and editor, but also for his passion and dedication to journalism,” said Gene Rose, director of communications for NCSL, who worked with LaPlante with the establishment of the first Capitolbeat conference in Denver. “John served his colleagues and his profession well. NCSL is honored to have had the opportunity to know John and work with him.”