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Panelist Bio


Angele Davis
Commissioner of Administration

Commissioner Davis has earned a unique reputation as a respected public servant and business executive, with more than a decade of leadership applying strategic planning models in both public and private sector environments.

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, beginning in 2004 Angele Davis served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, where she led policy development and oversight of the offices within the department, including Tourism, Cultural Development, State Parks, State Library, State Museum, and Management and Finance. As CRT Secretary, Davis applied innovative accountability measures to her department's operations and directed a new strategic process, resulting in a blueprint for action, 'Roadmap for Change', a master plan for transforming the department.

Commissioner Davis formerly served as Deputy Commissioner of Administration for Governor M.J. 'Mike' Foster, Jr., where she was charged with the oversight of state government administration, including budget and planning, capital outlay, information technology, facility planning, purchasing and procurement, risk management, group health insurance, human resources and training.

As an advocate for public-private partnerships, Commissioner Davis worked with the Select Council on Revenues and Expenditures in Louisiana's Future (SECURE) and cabinet level officials to implement practices designed to streamline state government operations. Her passion for strategic planning has been influenced by more than 13 years of experience in project management and business administration, including e-business and package enabled business transformation, process reengineering, procurement process analysis and logistics, warehouse and transportation management systems. Commissioner Davis is a strong advocate for e-government and the promise of technology to streamline governmental services, drawing on her experience as management consultant with IBM Global Services, prior to joining the Foster Administration. She is recognized for excellence in planning, having served as executive project manager of the Capitol Park Interpretive Plan, where she worked with government officials and community leaders to transform the state capitol complex into the Capitol Park.

Commissioner Davis has a longstanding commitment to community service, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and as a volunteer at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Commissioner Davis was the recipient of the Baton Rouge Business Report's 2006 Influential Women in Business Award and also received the publication's 'Top 40 Under 40' Award. In addition, she was named 'Louisiana Outstanding Young Woman', 'Baton Rouge Outstanding Young Woman' and graduated from the Greater Baton Rouge Leadership and Louisiana Leadership programs. Executives from across the state's tourism industry joined at the 2006 Louisiana Tourism Summit to present then-Secretary Davis with the Louisiana Hospitality Leadership Award as an expression of gratitude for her effort spearheading the Lt. Governor's Rebirth Plan and for her leadership and dedication during and after the 2005 hurricane season.

Commissioner Davis received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Spring Hill College and a Master's in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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