Bossier Press-Tribune

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The Bossier Press-Tribune is a newspaper specializing in local news in Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana, with some regional, state, and national stories too as they impact the readership. The Press-Tribune is published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 4250 Viking Drive in Bossier City.[1]

The origin of The Press-Tribune can be traced to 1940, when as the weekly Bossier Tribune, it was in competition with the Planters Press. In 1945, T. L. Morris sold the Bossier Tribune to Larry Freeman, who was also the publisher of a Jewish newspaper in Shreveport. In the latter 1970s, the Bossier Tribune and The Planters Press merged to become the Bossier Press-Tribune.[2]

In the 1990s, Robert E. "Bob" Barton, the owner of The Press-Tribune at the time who also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 to 2000, purchased from Wilton Corley the Bossier Banner-Progress, a 131-year-old weekly newspaper that serves Benton, the Bossier parish seat.[2]

The publisher is David Arthur Specht, Jr. (born 1969) of Specht Newspapers, Inc.[1] The Press-Tribune began daily publication in 2008[3] but since was reduced to three times per week.[1] The sports editor is Russell Wayne Hedges, son of football coach Lee Hedges of Shreveport.

Jerry Byrd was the sports editor for Press-Tribune sports editor from 1993 to 2012; earlier he had held long-term sports duties for the Shreveport Journal until its closure in 1991.[4]

The Press-Tribune is a sister publication of the Minden Press-Herald in Minden in neighboring Webster Parish, Louisiana.

The Press-Tribune website is


  1. ^ a b c "The Bossier Press-Tribune". Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "History of Bossier Parish Newspapers". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Made Fresh Daily, August 8, 2008". Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Iconic Shreveport sports journalist Jerry Byrd, Sr., passes away". KTBS-TV. April 21, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.