Jessica Rosgaard

Supervising Editor/Producer

Jessica Rosgaard covers politics at the local, state and federal level for WWNO. She also serves as editor for Capitol Access, Louisiana’s statewide legislative report.

Jessica came to WWNO in 2016 as managing editor of the Louisiana Public Radio Partnership, where she oversaw a team of reporters covering the aftermath and long term recovery from the 2016 floods. The project was recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Before joining WWNO, Jessica was the New Orleans producer for Al Jazeera America. A native New Yorker, she graduated from The George Washington University and made DC her second home, working for CNN, Current TV, and The Washington Post before moving to Louisiana.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at the rally at the Capitol on Youth Justice Day.
Sarah Hunt / Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

Louisiana's Democratic governor John Bel Edwards has been re-elected to serve a second term. According to the Associated Press, the unofficial results show Edwards will win the election over his Republican challenger, businessman and political donor Eddie Rispone.

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

This year in Louisiana almost 37,000 people became eligible to vote, thanks to a law that reinstated voting rights for formerly incarcerated people after they’ve served five years of parole. But only a small portion of those people have actually registered to vote in time to participate in the statewide election.

Sandbags ready for pickup at Mid-City Yacht Club, a bar that decided to hand out sandbags after the city said it wouldn't.
Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

New Orleans residents have been frustrated that the city hasn't distributed sandbags to protect their homes and property ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, as in storms past. But New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city decided not to hand them out this time because sandbag distribution strains resources and the sand could clog up the city's drainage system. 

Tropical Storm Barry shown by satellite on Friday.
NOAA

Last update 5:15 p.m., July 12, 2019

Governor John Bel Edwards is urging residents to be ready to ride out Tropical Storm Barry by Friday evening, ahead of the storm’s anticipated landfall early Saturday morning.

[Read more: Why Cantrell says New Orleans isn't getting sandbags ahead of Barry]

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry, when it was still Potential Tropical Cyclone 2.
NOAA

Last Update 5:00 p.m., July 11, 2019

The latest forecasts have Tropical Storm Barry making landfall no longer as a hurricane, but as a tropical storm, just west of Morgan City, on Saturday. However, forecasters say the storm could still grow to hurricane force as it approaches the coast.

The main concern is still rain. Most of the New Orleans area can expect 10-15 inches of rain, but some areas could get up to 20 inches. Areas near Morgan City and Houma are predicted to get the worst of the deluge -- 20 to 25 inches.

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