About Vanessa Deggins
Vanessa Deggins is a public safety and city government reporter at The American Press, a 40,000-circulation newspaper that covers southwest Louisiana. Her duties include local, state and federal law enforcement and fire departments in Calcasieu Parish, La and the neighboring city of Westlake. From June to November, she may also be chasing a hurricane or three. The Baton Rouge, La native holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Louisiana State University.
- Location: LA
- Was accepted for Jan 11-16 2009 Multimedia Training.
Digital media stories published elsewhere by Vanessa Deggins:
- First Lake Charles Black Rodeo 
Vanessa Deggins reports on Lake Charles's first Real Cowboy Association Rodeo. The association was started years ago in Longview, TX for black cowboys, but has since integrated and everyone competes.
- Brown Pelican Release 
Vanessa Deggins reports on The Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries and their first in-state release of Brown Pelicans impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Prepares for Iraq 
Vanessa Deggins (Jan '09) and collegue Elona Weston documented the 256th infantry while they prepared for a year long tour of duty in Iraq. The soldiers performed exercises at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. Deggins shot and edited a video of the convoy security training exercise. Deggins is a multimedia reporter for American Press in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Content on this site written by Vanessa Deggins (includes contributory writing):
- Volunteers for the Botanical Gardens
- Volunteers find work at Berkeley's Botanical Garden as nourishing for them as it is for the plants.