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Alfreda Tillman Bester, J.D.
General Counsel, Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP

Alfreda Tillman Bester is the principal Attorney with Tillman Bester & Associates, LLC, a law firm located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently serves as Host of “Perspective”, a weekly community interest talk show. Ms. Bester served as Louisiana Secretary of Labor from 1991-1992 and
Undersecretary of Labor from 1989-1991. She is the publisher, editor and founder of Perspective News Magazine, LLC and serves as General Counsel to the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP.

Ms. Bester is a cum laude graduate of Southern University Law Center and holds a Master of Business Administration from McNeese State University and a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge; former Chairperson of the Sponsoring Committee of the Urban League of Greater Baton Rouge; The Baton Rouge Area YWCA’s 1992 Young Woman of Achievement; 1994 Business Report 40 Under 40; and formerly served on the Boards of Directors of EQ Health Solutions, the YWCA, Battered Women’s Program, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, and the Louisiana Council on Child Abuse.

She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. Bester is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also held memberships in the Louisiana Association for Justice, National Association for Home Care, and the National Association of Female Executives.

She is a member of New St. John Baptist Church and was the Young Adult Sunday School Teacher at Mount Zion First Baptist Church for twelve years. She and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of one adult son, Christopher.

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

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? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? 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 a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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