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Leo Honeycutt

Author Leo Honeycutt

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Interview of Leo Honeycutt by Jim Brown YouTube Video

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Education: Harvard University

Official biographer of CenturyLink founder, Clarke Williams

CenturyLink

2012 – Present (2 years)Monroe, Louisiana Area

Work in progress. Publication: Dec 2013

Official Biographer of Gerry Lane

Honeycutt Communications, Inc.

2010 – Present (4 years)Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area

One of GM's top 25 performing dealers in the United States with career sales topping $10 BILLION, Gerry Lane imparts skills that can be learned on how to sell anything. Dirt poor in the Dust Bowl, this Okie determined to break out of poverty and made himself overcome what he hated most: sales. How? Unbelievably, by telling the truth. A car salesman? Here's how anyone can not only learn what automobile dealers know, readers will learn the micro-steps it takes to succeed at anything, especially sales. As the Okie's life unfolds, readers will learn without enduring the pain what Gerry learned the hard way, that life is to be lived every minute and not dreaded. His positive outlook has not only wrought immense financial success, it has navigated him through 30 years of battling cancer and winning. This is one life from whom everyone can learn how to avoid mediocrity and attract contentment.

Official Biographer

Governor Edwin Edwards

February 2005 – Present (9 years 5 months)Louisiana

Conducted extensive historical research into and interviews with flamboyant, controversial 4-time Louisiana governor Edwin Washington Edwards, profiled 3 times by "60 Minutes." One of Louisiana's all-time bestsellers at over 50,000 sold, "Edwin Edwards, Gov. of Louisiana" includes exhaustive research from public records spanning 60 years of Edwards' life, conducted mostly at LSU's federal repository at Middleton Library. First draft finished at 1,800 pages; 3,000 footnotes. Book length: 621pp. Winner, Louisiana Literary Award given by the state's librarians; Louisiana History Preservation Award given by preservationist Foundation for Historical Louisiana. (Lisburn Press, 2009: New Orleans-Baton Rouge)

Head writer-researcher-partner

Lisburn Press

2004 – Present (10 years)Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area

Louisiana's newest premiere publishing house, specializing in historical and political works and biographies mostly pertaining to the state of Louisiana. Publisher of "Edwin Edwards, Governor of Louisiana, An Authorized Biography by Leo Honeycutt," winner of the Louisiana Literary Award and Louisiana History Preservation Award for comprehensive chronology and analysis of modern Louisiana history. Also, one novel: "Over the Edge," a thriller pertaining to Louisiana's underground drug trafficking (Folse Publishing, 1999; Lisburn Press, 2011, hardback) Current: Biography of Clarke Williams, founder, Century Telephone, now CenturyLink; and John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Louisiana, the beginnings of Camelot.

Owner

Honeycutt Communications, Incorporated

2003 – Present (11 years)

Acquire, plan, design, produce and perform television appearances in most major TV markets in the Eastern United States on behalf of Louisiana clients including Bruce Foods Corporation (Louisiana's largest food company), Zapp's Potato Chips and others, as well as strategizing and placing media buys. Also conduct and advise media strategy in political campaigns; damage control for Fortune 500 companies through auspices of New York affiliation; pre- and post-production of television commercials and documentaries, primarily high definition travel documentaries such as in Israel (2008-2009) and Kenya, Africa (2010). Talent and dissemination for both.

 

Supporter

Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

1985 – Present (29 years)

Arts supporter, fundraiser

Colleague

Guy Hernandez Productions

2008 – 2012 (4 years)Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Contract/advisory continues via Wishcraft Productions

Colleague

Hollywood South Casting Database, LLC

2008 – 2012 (4 years)Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area

Contract/advisory on continuing basis

Consultant

The TriMedia Group

2007 – 2012 (5 years)

Advisory

Director

Foundation for Historical Louisiana

1996 – 2008 (12 years)

Studied historic properties in Louisiana for salvage, repair, reconstruction, and restoration. Fundraiser and media consultant for FHL projects as well as those for the Old Louisiana Governor's Mansion, built by Senator/Gov Huey Long

Celebrity Chef

Evander Holyfield Organization

2007 – 2007 (less than a year)

Celebrity Chef for rollout of new cooking grill developed by 4-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield. One of the greatest experiences ever alongside a guy who could pulverize you, which he nearly did after I suggested a recipe called "ear bites."

Board member

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre

1988 – 2004 (16 years)

Helped guide BRBT toward profitability and high-profile image in GBR area. Directed media relations and news exposure. Annually performed in Christmastime "Nutcracker Suite" ballet.

Vice President, Marketing and Media

Cajun Injector

2002 – 2003 (1 year)

Produced and coordinated all media appearances for company owner until company sold to Bruce Foods, Inc. Continued with Bruce Foods on contract basis. Learned food business, marketing, production, and branding.

VP, Marketing

Cajun Injector/ Bruce Foods Corporation

2002 – 2003 (1 year)

Guided all media appearances (television), news coverage, travel arrangements, and shopped, prepped, and began performing on-air cooking demonstrations.

News anchor

WVLA-TV

January 2000 – April 2002 (2 years 4 months)

Anchored morning show on NBC affiliate; conducted "Bucks for Fire Trucks" campaign for Louisiana Governor Mike Foster after 9-11.

Special project coordinator

Louisiana Governor's Office

2001 – 2001 (less than a year)

Designed, named and coordinated media strategy for Louisiana Governor Mike Foster's "Bucks for Fire Trucks" campaign. Goal: $300,000. Accomplished: $1 million. Louisiana became the first state in the nation to deliver a custom-made, brand new fire truck to New York after the Sept. 11 attack; rolled out the Louisiana-made (Ferrara Fire) fire truck on national television during ABC's Monday Night Football from the Louisiana Superdome and officially handed over on NBC's Today Show with Gov. Foster giving keys to NY Gov. Pataki, hosted by Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. En route, President George W. Bush christened the truck at the White House with international coverage.

Nominated for international Silver Sabre award (one of only 5) and listed in Holmes Report.

WBRZ-TV, Channel 2 (ABC)Morning Show Anchor, News Reporter

WBRZ-TV, Channel 2 (ABC)

November 1984 – June 1999 (14 years 8 months)

Hosted number one television morning show in greater Baton Rouge area; won numerous Associated Press awards for feature and special interest reporting; "Feature Reporter of the Year" for 1996; conducted first-ever local market interview allowed by NASA with Space Shuttle astronauts while in orbit; frequent interviewer at the governor's mansion through various administrations

Anchor

WBRZ-TV

1984 – 1999 (15 years)

Anchored news, features, interviews on popular morning talk program, "2une In"

Anchor

WBRZ

1984 – 1999 (15 years)

News, morning talk show 2une In

Johns ManvilleDirector, Investor and Media Relations

Johns Manville

July 1991 – June 1993 (2 years)

Conducted media strategy for $3 billion Fortune 100 company, one of the original Dow 30; researched and wrote speeches for president/CEO; fielded media inquiries from national media, including Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes; setup and prepped pres/CEO for interviews in Wall Street Journal, Fortune, NYT, Barrons, Washington Post, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and host of other outlets

Good Morning America, ABC NewsSpecial Correspondent

Good Morning America, ABC News

1992 – 1993 (1 year)

Covered President-elect Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton between first election and inauguration, profiling the two through friends from their hometowns as well as covering the President-elect the day he turned the Arkansas governor's office over to Jim Guy Tucker. The President was warm and amiable. Also provided features such as why Elko, Nevada, was chosen Money Magazine's best place in America to live --we arrived in a blizzard.

Anchor, news reporter

KNOE-TV, Monroe, LA

September 1976 – November 1984 (8 years 3 months)

2 stints w/L.A. in between. Became first non-network correspondent with an exclusive with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office, then later at the 1984 London Economic Summit; conducted rare interview for CBS News with Muhammad Ali on the set of his only theatrical film; became one of CBS News' frequent feature contributors after interview with Charles Kuralt; interviewed Kris Kristofferson, Ralph Waite, producer Zev Braun, and many others; worked with legendary News Director Earl Casey who went on to build CNN with Ted Turner; began following career of controversial Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards with several interviews.

Won several Associated Press awards as well as Communicator of the Year award.

Film production, News, Production Assistant

KABC-TV, Los Angeles

March 1979 – January 1981 (1 year 11 months)

Worked in news department video and film for legendary News Director Dennis Swanson who later discovered Oprah Winfrey; parttime production assistant for Regis Philbin on "A.M. Los Angeles," a prototype of his present national show; worked with Rona Barrett, entertainment correspondent for Good Morning America

Connections:


Author Edwin Edwards: The Authorized Biography by Leo Honeycutt.

Author Nice Guys Finish First: The Clarke Williams Story.

'Net Connections:

Video: Leo talks about his relationship with the Governor.
ULM Appearance and Video Clip Re: Clarke Williams
Edwin Edwards biographer to join Louisiana attorney general's office as communications director

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