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Panelist Bio


Christine Berry, Ph.D.
Director, ULM Insurance Studies Program

Dr. Christine Berry joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and Director of the Insurance Studies program one of only 42 in the U.S. Dr. Berry served on the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission from 2004 through its abolishment at the end of 2006. Her work calling for the LIRC’s abolishment was published in the CPCU eJournal.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Berry worked on various research projects for the Louisiana Department of Insurance including an extensive study of insurance premium tax revenues and the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana premium tax revenues. In 2007 she served on the Property and Casualty Insurance Commission and as the Chair of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana which then administered the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Her research findings on insurance taxation have been published in the NAIC’s Journal of Insurance Regulation.

Since 2010, Dr. Berry has been working with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center under a grant provided by the Small Business Administration to study the condition of risk management among small businesses in Louisiana and to provide training and education to small businesses across the state.

Prior to joining ULM, Dr. Berry was a Risk Management Consultant and later the Director of Education with Reinsurance Brokers E. W. Blanch and Benfield Group in Minneapolis, MN and Dallas, TX. Berry was also an Assistant Professor of Insurance at St. Cloud State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from West Virginia University Berry and Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. Berry also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, the Associate in Risk Management and the Associate in Reinsurance designations.

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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