People to Watch in 2020 across the Capital Region

When describing this year’s People to Watch candidates, one adjective kept coming to mind: visionaries.

How else can you describe a surgeon so renowned that his move to Baton Rouge inspires dozens of other researchers to follow him here? Or an LSU professor whose role focusing on multiculturalism in the media is the first of its kind in the country? And how about the leader who is spearheading a new community arts center that will bring Baton Rouge’s art scene to new heights?

It’s a new day—and a new decade—in Baton Rouge. And from the looks of things, it’s going to be an exciting chapter.


Skylar Mays is a key leader for LSU basketball


Chris Motto is the new face of Baton Rouge food


Renee Chatelain is building an arts hub


LSU professor Tina M. Harris’ lessons are winning awards


Dr. Phil Schauer is a medical visionary

Courtesy Brooks Nader


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Dr. Barbara Griffith is bringing new leadership