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Panelist Bio


Charlie Davis
State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party

Charlie Davis is the current State Director of Louisiana Victory 2008, the state’s Republican Party federal campaign arm. Charlie previously served as Finance Director, Political Director and Director of Technology for the Louisiana Republican Party during the 1990’s. He is also the creator of LAGOP.net, the social networking web site for Louisiana Republican activists to interact.

Charlie is a successful entrepreneur, political activist and consultant. He is active in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and is currently the President of the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance (LCEA) and Liquid Ventures, Inc. LCEA is a 501c3 organization that works to educate parents, community leaders, and policy makers about the positive benefits of providing educational options to parents and empowering them to choose the best education for their children.

Liquid Ventures is a business incubation and consulting firm that provides start-up companies with the knowledge and support that they need to grow. Liquid Ventures provides guidance on management, information technology, strategic planning and business development - as well as office space and financial support. Key clients include Prodigy Sports Group, FanTheFire.com, Varsity Vests and GatorWorks Web Design. Charlie also oversees the political consulting division of Liquid Ventures which specializes in helping clients implement effective programs in grassroots mobilization, earned media efforts and online campaigns.

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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