Danny Heitman is an award-winning columnist for The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana and the publication's editorial page editor. He has also served as an adjunct professor at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.
In addition to his work for The Advocate, Danny frequently writes essays and reviews for national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian and Humanities magazine.
Danny's essay on H.L. Mencken for Humanities magazine was mentioned as a notable essay of the year in Houghton Mifflin's "Best American Essays 2015."
In 2008, LSU Press published Danny’s first book, “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” which explores a pivotal season in the life of the world’s most famous bird artist. The book was adapted as a 2009 public television documentary, and Danny served as an associate producer for the project, which was nominated for an Emmy award.
Danny’s weekly “At Random” column typically explores his life as a husband and father. Danny’s essays for national audiences have touched on a variety of topics, but he often considers the intersections of literature, nature, history and civic life.
His book reviews have appeared in Barnes and Noble Review and Salon, among other national publications. Danny has written about the craft of writing for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he’s been asked to share his insights on popular culture on National Public Radio and the BBC. He’s frequently lectured around the country, including two stints as a lecturer for The National Endowment for the Humanities.
Danny lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and two children.