Robert Finn

Robert James Finn covers Louisiana's Florida Parishes for The Advocate in Baton Rouge. As an intern for VTDigger, a nonprofit website covering daily news in Vermont, he reported on COVID-19's effects on the state economy and legislature. Finn has covered healthcare inequity in Mississippi for a series partnership between the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and the Pulitzer Center, and his work has appeared in the Clarion-Ledger, the Hattiesburg American, MLK50, and Indian Country Today. As a student at Middlebury College, he worked in Guatemala on an initiative to revitalize Mayan languages spoken in the country's highlands, played basketball, and was managing editor of the student newspaper, The Middlebury Campus, where he helped direct the publication's transition to digital platforms as students were sent home in the first weeks of the pandemic. Finn graduated in February 2021 with a degree in history and Spanish. He's from Mill Valley, California.

The Times-Picayune and The Advocate

The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily newspaper, serving the cities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and their surrounding regions. The Advocate is committed to providing comprehensive coverage of local news, City Hall, the state house, politics, business, environment and other areas of general interest for our readers, in print and online. With a news and editorial staff of approximately 105 reporters, editors, designers, photographers and digital journalists, The Advocate is the largest daily newspaper in New Orleans and the only print news outlet committed to covering all aspects of the city.