ART TAP episode 118 - Dave Bangert of Based in Lafayette


On tap this week is Dave Bangert, of Based in Lafayette reporting project, an online news subscription he’s established for local news. Dave has transitioned from daily newspaper coverage to daily online substack coverage, all with an eye to highlighting local happenings without judgement or political stance.

Dave talks about his growth as a reporter who moved throughout the building to different desks and finally column work. And he talks about the changing market of the news industry nationwide, which led to drastic reductions to personnel and service. This left a gap in portraying baseline local news which Dave has stepped into very competently and with well-earned trust. Check out Dave’s daily coverage at

Dave also brings up the passing of Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, and I mention seeing Pee-Wee’s first arrival, in a much more adult version of the Playhouse on Broadway. I found it – enjoy!

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