LSU Vet School honors alumni, WWNO and WRKF earn award

LSU Vet School honors alumni, WWNO and WRKF earn award
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Michael Graziano, Dr. Mark Mitchell and Dr. V. Hugh “Chip” Price were honored as the 2022 Distinguished Alumni of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Graziano was the first graduate of the LSU Vet Med Comparative Biomedical Sciences Department, which was then called Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology. He worked for Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb, eventually becoming vice president of drug safety evaluation. Graziano started graduate student scholarship programs at LSU and Rutgers University.

Mitchell, a professor of zoology medicine, has been on the staff of the vet school since 1996. He is director of the Wildlife Hospital.

Price has served as the director of animal resources and attending veterinarian at the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport for 38 years. He has held leadership roles in the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. Price spent 25 in the Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

The combined newsroom of WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and WRKF Baton Rouge Public Radio won a 2022 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists.

The award is for the podcast and radio series “Banned: The Mississippi Case to End Roe v. Wade,” by reporter Rosemary Westwood, with Eve Abrams and Patrick Madden.

The seven-episode podcast and radio series exploring the Mississippi case that led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and triggered abortion bans across the country. The series has been downloaded 320,000 times and reached number one on the Apple Politics Podcast Chart. 

Jackie Theriot, a longtime leader in the state’s sugar industry, was inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction.

Theriot was born in Catahoula, the son of a sugar cane farmer. He earned an agronomy degree from what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was selected for the first class of the Peace Corps. Theriot spent two years in West Africa, teaching locals how to cultivate sugar cane, produce grain crops and breed tilapia.

He started raising sugar cane in St. Martin Parish in 1968. He became general manager of the Breaux Bridge Sugar Co-op in 1983 and a member of the American Sugar Cane League board of directors in 1985. He later served as president of the organization.

Theriot was on the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation board of directors for 23 years and spent 19 years as secretary-treasurer.


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