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Panelist Bio


Chuck Morse
Head of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Chuck Morse is the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. His responsibilities include oversight of the Mississippi River Road Commission, the Red River Development Council, the Atchafalaya Trace Commission and the Louisiana Byways Program, a network of 13 Welcome Centers, National & International Marketing, and a ten million dollar advertising & public relations program. The Office of Tourism has an overall 20 plus million dollar budget with 82 full-time staff and scores of part-time wage employees.

He has spent his entire career in the tourism/hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President at the Washington DC Convention and Tourism Corporation, where he managed governmental and community affairs. Prior to this, Morse was the Director of Membership Development at the Washington DC Convention and Visitors Association.

He has also served as a convention and meeting consultant and as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Aimats Corporation. Morse has taught Hotel/Tourism at the New Orleans Job Corp, and, in his first tourism job, worked as a hotel front office manager. He has held memberships and affiliations with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the American Society of Association Executives, the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce, the Washington DC Business Coalition and the Washington Airport Task Force. Morse currently chairs the Hospitality Signage Taskforce and is a member of board of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at Virginia State University and a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.

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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