MOE Keynote Speaker

jim-beam-bio-keynote-speakerDuring our 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Jim Beam will share his experiences as political columnist.

Jim Beam is a political columnist, editorial writer and correspondent for the American Press. He has been with the newspaper for over 54 years. His columns have won first place awards from the Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Association.

Jim also covers sessions of the Louisiana Legislature. His first work at the state Capitol began in the late 1960s.

He is a lifelong resident of Lake Charles, a graduate of McNeese State University and received a master of arts degree in history from LSU. After teaching in Calcasieu Parish for four years, he joined the American Press Jan. 21, 1961. He has been a reporter, city editor, co-editor, editor and political correspondent.

He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.