Greg Hilburn

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Gregory Todd "Greg" Hilburn

(Chief political writer for Gannett Corporation in Louisiana)

Political party Democrat[1]

Born May 1, 1962
Place of birth missing

Reared in Ruston, Louisiana
Resident of Monroe, Louisiana

Spouse Tania Bollier Hilburn (married 1985)

Twin daughters:
Shyla and Shyenne Hilburn

Gregory Todd Hilburn, known as Greg Hilburn (born May 1, 1962),[1] is the chief political writer for The Monroe News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana. His work is also sometimes carried in three other Gannett Corporation publications: The Shreveport Times in Shreveport, The Alexandria Town Talk in Alexandria, and the Lafayette Daily Advertiser in Lafayette.

Reared in Ruston, Hilburn graduated in 1980 from Ruston High School and in 1984 from Louisiana Tech University, at which his father, Wiley Wilson Hilburn, Jr. (1938-2014), was the long-term chairperson of the department of journalism, a position to which he was appointed by then Tech President Foster Jay Taylor (1923-2011), when Hilburn, Jr., was thirty. Greg Hilburn's mother is the former Ellen Riser, now Ellen LaCroix (born 1940) of Ruston, the first wife of Wiley Hilburn. He has two siblings, Kevin Scott Hilburn and wife Holley and Ann Marie Hilburn, all of Ruston. Hilburn's uncle, Chester William "Chet" Hilburn, is a retired journalist with The Houston Chronicle and formerly the Shreveport Journal and The Town Talk.[2] Hilburn's wife, Tania Bollier Hilburn (born January 28, 1965) graduated in 1983 from Simsboro High School in rural Simsboro in Lincoln Parish west of Ruston and subsequently from Louisiana Tech. She is employed in Monroe by J. P. Morgan Chase.[3] The couple has twin daughters, Shyla and Shyenne Hilburn. Shyla is a photo-journalist.[4]

Hilburn is descended from a prominent Democratic family. His great-uncle by marriage was the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Charles Emmett "Cap" Barham (1904-1972), who held that office from 1952 to 1956, before Hilburn was even born. His first cousin once removed was the state Senator Charles Clem Barham (1934-2010), a Ruston attorney, who like Wiley Hilburn, Jr., was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.

Hilburn's Facebook pages is kept up to date with news reports on events of the day or week. On March 12, he questioned the effectiveness of the latest special session of the state legislature after an earlier session called by Governor John Bel Edwards was unable to agree on higher taxes. He generally refrains from personal political comment on Facebook. One of the pictures on his Facebook shows him in conversation with the governor. Some of his posts focus on proposed cuts to the popular Taylor Opportunity Program (TOP) college scholarships available to many Louisiana high school graduates. He has also speculated on those likely to seek the governorship in the 2019 elections.[4]

Hilburn has been repeatedly accused by the conservative radio talk show host Moon Griffon, based in Lafayette but formerly from Monroe, of a liberal bias in reporting.[5] In his May 31, 2018, broadcast Griffon referred to Hilburn as "a stop watch - he's right twice a day."[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gregory Hilburn. Mylife.com. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
  2. Wiley Wilson Hilburn. The Monroe News-Star (January 18, 2014). Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
  3. Tania Hilburn. Facebook. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Greg Hilburn. Facebook. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
  5. The Moon Griffon Show, May 8, 2018.
  6. The Moon Griffon Show, May 31, 2018.