Sam Irwin


Sam Irwin is a freelance journalist and writer who lives in Baton Rouge. He is the former editor of the Louisiana Market Bulletin, an agricultural journal, and served as the press secretary for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

A product of a mixed marriage (his father's family is from north Louisiana, his mother's from the heart of French-speaking Cajun country), Irwin has traveled the state in search of the story. His La Note: Notes from a Native Son blog may be found at


Photo by Sam Irwin.

The cradle of jazz gets its first traditional jazz camp more

May 23, 2017 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts

The last resident to leave the river community known as Atchafalaya was a beekeeper more

Feb 22, 2017 3:32 PM People & Places


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Move over, alligators; dinosaurs have made Louisiana home more

May 26, 2015 12:00 AM Getaways


Photos by Kim Ashford

How Zachary’s city council, an arborist, and a chainsaw-wielding artist cooperated on a piece of public art more

Oct 27, 2014 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


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A new program for budding naturalists reveals—and hopes to spread—the magic of the natural world more

Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM Knowing Nature


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The fate of human remains that are uncovered by archaeologists more

Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM History

Mankind unleashed the power of the grape 5,000 years ago and has been looking for the perfect place to enjoy the libations of Dionysus ever since—preferably someplace off the beaten path, away from prying eyes where excessive frivolity w... more

Jul 2, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

Legendary dog trainer Dick Russell, documented. When filmmaker Richie Adams came to Baton Rouge in 2009 to shoot his first feature, a film called Inventing Adam*, the script called for three dogs that could behave on a movie set. “I needed ... more

Apr 23, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

Wild Things: And how they came from Africa to Avoyelles Don't worry that you’ve never heard about Lake Juneau Safari Park—it’s not really a secret, but Juli and Stewart Juneau, founders of the certified wildlife habitat, don’t go out of the... more

Apr 18, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

Of Cowboys and Horses: And the balloons they hunt down and shoot Famous horses and famous riders are the stuff of legend. Trigger, Silver, Flicka, Black Beauty, Traveler, the Piebald, My Little Pony, Spirit, Swift Wind, Shadowfax, Sea Biscu... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 AM People & Places

It’s Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Croquet: Well actually, it mostly is. Especially after a certain age, the urge to be weekend warrior may decline for many of us. No flag football, softball or kickball for you? Maybe what you ... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 AM Outdoor Adventures

Next big little town? Baton Rouge commuters first identified St. Francisville as the preferable place to experience the ebb and flow of small town life instead of the Capitol City’s push and shove. Others found their city on the hill to be ... more

Dec 27, 2012 12:00 AM People & Places

How to skin a catfish: And the other simple joys of my childhood more

Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM People & Places


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 A Dance, A Dip, A Deux: Having a ball in the ballroom more

Sep 1, 2012 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


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It Takes a Himalayan Village: The story of how a remarkable group of people came together to help preserve the remarkable cuisine of a tiny Nepalese restaurant. more

Jun 29, 2012 12:00 AM Restaurants


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The Bad Egg... and other varmints that make Lee Willie a man in demand. more

Apr 29, 2012 12:00 AM People & Places


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It’s a Hard Knock World: And the folks in Cottonport have made a sport of it. more

Feb 29, 2012 12:00 AM People & Places

An entry from frequent contributor San Irwin's blog. more

Dec 27, 2011 12:00 AM House & Home

Denise Austin is a potter living in Hammond who discovered that the best way to survive the upheaval Hurricane Katrina created in her life was to rely on her art.Like most of us, Austin had endured her share of loss. Getting in on the groun... more

Nov 30, 2011 12:00 AM People & Places

Joining the illuminated wire angels in many yards this holiday season, are some equally beautiful winged creatures of another sort. more

Nov 30, 2010 12:00 AM Knowing Nature