Year Name Publication
2018- Renette D. Hall The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans)
2016-2018 Garland Forman The Bunkie Record (Bunkie)
2014-2016 Tom Shearman American Press (Lake Charles)
2012-2014 Norris Babin St. Bernard Voice (Arabi), Plaquemines Gazette (Belle Chasse)
2010-2012 Sandy Cunningham L’Observateur (LaPlace)
2009-2010 Miles Forrest The Courier (Houma) Daily Comet (Thibodaux)
2008-2009 Wilbur Reynaud The News Examiner (Lutcher)
2007-2008 Dona Smith Jennings Daily News
2006-2007 Allan Von Werder The St. Mary & Franklin Banner Tribune
2004-2006 David Specht, Jr. Bossier Press-Tribune
2003-2004 Randy DeCuir The Marksville Weekly News & Cottonport Leader
2002-2003 John E. Newhouse II The Town Talk (Alexandria)
2001-2002 David Francis The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
2000-2001 Steve Colwell Plaquemine Post/South
2000-2000 Chris Bond Opelousas Daily World
1999-2000 Allan Von Werder The St. Mary & Franklin Banner-Tribune
1998-1999 Lou Major, Jr The Daily News (Bogalusa)
1997-1998 David C. Manship The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
1996-1997 Keenan Gingles The Enterprise-Interstate Progress (Mansfield)
1995-1996 Bob Barton Bossier Press Tribune
1994-1995 Will Chapman The Daily Iberian (New Iberia)
1993-1994 Aaron Parsons Opelousas Daily World
1992-1993 Ted Colvin, Jr The Jackson Independent (Jonesboro)
1991-1992 Ashton Phelps The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
1990-1991 David Ortego Ville Platte Gazette
1989-1990 Dave Frazer Hammond Daily Star
1988-1989 Miles Forrest Houma Courier
1987-1988 Jeff David Livingston Parish News (Denham Springs)
1986-1987 Lillian “Jo” Cart The Rayne Independent
1985-1986 Bill Chapman Bastrop Daily Enterprise
1984-1985 John Lynch The Comet (Thibodaux)
1983-1984 Tom Hardin The Daily Town Talk (Alexandria)
1982-1983 W. D. “Buddy” Richards The Chronicle (Colfax)
1981-1982 Joe Lucia L’Observateur (LaPlace)
1980-1981 Lovan Thomas Natchitoches Times
1979-1980 Henri Bienvenu Teche News (St. Martinville)
1978-1979 Ray F. Dill Houma Daily Courier
1977-1978 Carroll Regan Madison Journal (Tallulah)
1976-1977 Jerry Wise Cameron Parish Pilot
1975-1976 Thomas H. Brackett West Carroll Gazette
1974-1975 Griff Gomez Opelousas Daily World
1973-1974 John Blanchard Mansfield Enterprise
1972-1973 Gary J. Hebert Plaquemine Post/South
1971-1972 Sam Hanna Concordia Sentinel (Ferriday)
1970-1971 Jim Levy Bunkie Record
1969-1970 G. Norman David Denham Springs News
1968-1969 David Reynaud Lutcher News-Examiner
1967-1968 Danny Scott Springhill Press & News Journal
1966-1967 Hugh Thistlethwaite Opelousas Daily World
1965-1966 George Houston Beauregard News (DeRidder)
1964-1965 Tom Colten Minden Press
1963-1964 Joe Silverberg Lafourche Comet
1962-1963 Robert Angers, Jr. Franklin Banner-Democrat
1961-1962 M. A. “Red” Wolcott Daily Iberian (New Iberia)
1960-1961 Sam Reeks Jefferson Parish Times
1959-1960 John Thistlethwaite Opelousas Daily World
1958-1959 Eddie Jackson Lafourche Comet
1957-1958 Ken Walker Natchitoches Enterprise
1956-1957 Ralph Bienvenu Abbeville Meridional
1954-1955 Matt Vernon Eunice News
1953-1954 Roland Huson Jonesville News Booster
1952-1953 Max Thomas Crowley Daily Signal
1951-1952 Jules Fogel Caddo Citizen (Vivian)
1950-1951 John B. Gordon Houma Courier
1949-1950 C. E. Faulk Ruston Daily Leader
1948-1949 Rigby Owen Opelousas Daily World
1947-1948 Marvin T. Lipp Franklin Sun (Winnsboro)
1946-1947 M. M. Bienvenu St. Martinville Messenger
1945-1946 Nathan Bolton Morehouse Enterprise
1944-1945 Orville E. Priestley Crowley Daily Signal
1943-1944 Marvin N. Lipp West Carroll Gazette
1942-1943 J. Howard Fore Bunkie Record
1941-1942 H. A. Mangham Richland Beacon-News
1940-1941 H. K. Goodwyn St. Tammany Farmer
1939-1940 J. H. McQuerry Caldwell Watchman
1938-1939 Mrs. Conrad J. Lecoq Pointe Coupee Banner
1937-1938 F. A. Learning Mansfield Enterprise
1936-1937 Edwin M. Roy St. Bernard Voice (Arabi)
1935-1936 Estelle Tannehill Winnfield Winnfield News-American
1934-1935 W. G. “Lide” Jones Denham Springs/Livingston Parish News
1933-1934 Dolph Franz Shreveport Journal
1932-1933 George T. Goodman Ponchatoula Enterprise
1931-1932 Mrs. C. L. Breazeale Natchitoches Enterprise
1930-1931 Conrad J. Lecoq Pointe Coupee Banner
1929-1930 J. P. Wade Jena Times
1928-1929 William F. Roy St. Bernard Voice
1918-1928 unknown unknown
1917-1918 Savery N. Lewis Ruston Leader
1916-1917 Mrs. J. Vol Brock Franklinton Era-Leader
1915-1916 Leo De Coux Kentwood Commercial
1914-1915 W. E. Krebs American Press
1913-1914 A. J. Franz Shreveport Journal
1912-1913 William F. Roy St. Bernard Voice
1911-1912 Robert Roberts Minden Democrat
1910-1911 Conrad J. Lecoq Pointe Coupee Banner
1909-1910 Edward Gianelloni Assumption Pioneer (Napoleonville)
1908-1909 Francis L. Knobloch Commercial Journal
1907-1908 C. C. DeGraffenreid Shreveport Times
1906-1907 J. W. Smith Monroe News
1905-1906 Charles E. Schwing Iberville South
1904-1905 W. C. Davis Sodus News
1903-1904 W. T. Holland St. Helena Echo
1902-1903 T. Sambola Jones Louisiana Educator
1901-1902 W. A. Steidley Kinder Gazette
1900-1901 John Dymond Louisiana Planter
1899-1900 J. Y. Gilmore Sugar Planter’s Journal
1898-1899 Will A. Tunnard Shreveport Times
1897-1898 L.E. Bentley Donaldsonville Chief
1896-1897 C.H. Hicks Shreveport Progress
1895-1896 A.J. LaFarque Marksville Bulletin
1892-1895 John McGrath Baton Rouge Truth
1882-1892 Leon Jastremski LA Review
1881-1882 unknown unknown
1880-1881 G.W. McCranie Ouachita Telegraph