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Panelist Bio


Dr. Lottie Beebe
BESE District 3 Representative

A member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), Dr. Lottie P. Beebe is also superintendent-elect of the St. Martin Parish School System. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Southeastern University Consortium.

She is an educator within the St. Martin Parish School District and has served in various roles during her 28 years in education. She has served as a regular and special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, personnel supervisor, and director of human resources. She also taught for 6.5 years in St. Landry Parish prior to her election as a school board member. She served for eight years as a District 5 board member in St. Landry prior to her appointment as an assistant principal at Cecilia High School in St. Martin Parish. Upon fulfilling two four-year terms as a St. Landry Parish School Board member, Dr. Beebe decided she would not seek a third term. She then focused on her administrative responsibilities while pursuing additional certifications and degrees. She is a member of the Louisiana Association of School Executives.

Dr. Beebe was recently honored as a recipient of the President's Award from the Louisiana Association of Educators.

Dr. Beebe currently resides within Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish.

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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