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Panelist Bio


Eugene Collins
HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART)

I started my work in the community at an early age. At sixteen years old, I volunteered to clear vacant lots on the weekends that added to crime. By the age of eighteen, I began serving the East Baton Rouge District 6 school improvement team.

Through this effort, I had the opportunity to work with various under privileged youth. Quickly I saw the need for improvement in neighborhood schools. In addition to my work with the District 6 school improvement team, I also served as the coach for the neighborhood’s basketball team and as a mentor to local youth.

My professional career began at The Baton Rouge AIDS Society. I made the most of the opportunity provided to me, and was later promoted to the position of Education and Prevention Coordinator. After a year of service, I was promoted to Director of Education and Prevention.

I would then transition to the position of STD/HIV Prevention Contract Monitor for the Louisiana Department of Health’s Region 2service area, within the public health sector, where I served faithfully for close to a decade. During my time in public health, I also chaired the Mayor’s Advisory Council on AIDS.

In recent years, I’ve begun to extend my reach into our community by becoming a member of The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. In less than a year’s time, I was promoted to chair our organization’s Health and Wellness Committee. During my time with The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, I’ve organized several efforts to reach youth in our community, as well as become a certified youth mentor.

In addition to my professional achievements, I’ve served as a volunteer football coach for the Baton Rouge Raptors for close to a decade. With the Raptors, I’ve worked to keep at-risk youth off the streets by giving them a positive outlet. I also serve as Assistant Pastor at Real Life Ministries, in addition to being a loving father.

In addition, I currently co-host Positive Voices on WTQT 106.1 FM and Heavenly 1550 AM, respectively. I also serve as the Director of Prevention at the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART). I’m also a published author and have served as a Television Co-Host.

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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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