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Panelist Bio


Rep. Page Cortez
(R) Lafayette; House Appropriations Committee

Representative Cortez was elected to office in October of 2007. He serves District 43 which encompasses south Lafayette, Broussard, and the Youngsville area. Upon his swearing in on January 14, 2008, he was appointed to the Insurance Committee, Appropriations Committee and Retirement Committee. He also serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, The Energy Council, and the LA Property and Casualty Insurance Commission. Rep. Cortez is a
member of the Acadiana and Republican Delegations.

Page Cortez is a successful small businessman. He is co-owner and operator of Stoma's Furniture and Interiors in Baton Rouge and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Lafayette. Before entering the business world, he was a teacher/coach for several years.

Page is very active in his community. He has served on the School Board of Our Lady of Fatima School and as a member of the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Commission. He has worked with Acadiana Outreach, the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, The Children's Shelter, and the Games of Acadiana to benefit the Miles Perret Center for Cancer Services.

Page is married to Angela Stoma Cortez and they have two children, Matthew and Maria.

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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