James Karst

Director of Communications and Marketing, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

James Karst is the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. He is a longtime writer, editor, communications consultant and actor in New Orleans. For nearly 18 years, he was a journalist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, starting as a copy editor and working his way through the ranks to become Senior Editor, the top-ranking editor of the print newspaper. He also was the writer of a popular column on New Orleans history and was responsible for many of the paper’s memorable front-page headlines. He was a member of The Times-Picayune’s team that won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2006 for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He also won several individual awards from The Associated Press. James has had articles published in magazines including 64 Parishes and Preservation in Print, and he has been the subject of on-air interviews on NPR and the NFL Network. He has appeared on documentary television programs airing on the Travel Channel and National Geographic, and as an actor his credits include roles on “NCIS: New Orleans” and “America’s Most Wanted.” James has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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