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Panelist Bio


Donna Curtis
Executive Director, “Shreveport Green”

Donna Curtis is the Executive Director of Shreveport Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the city's environment and enhancing its economy through public education and community beautification, litter abatement, and recycling projects. Donna volunteered in Beautification efforts for 10 years before joining Shreveport Green in 1990.

In December, 2001, Donna was recognized with the national Keep America Beautiful Professional Leadership Award. She is also currently serving on the board of the National Alliance for Community Trees as Past-President, a national organization for tree stewardship. She chaired the 1998 and 1999 All-America City award efforts that resulted in Shreveport winning the 1999 All- America City designation.

Since Shreveport Green’s inception in 1990, the affiliate has increased its annual
budget from $35,000 to over $800,000 in 2011. They have won 17 national awards
including seven First Place Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National System Awards, the National Tree Trust Branching Out Volunteer Award in 2000, KAB National Youth Group Award for ShrevCORPS, four Louisiana Urban Forestry Council Awards, and assisted a local middle school to win a first place award in the KAB awards program.

Shreveport Green has been instrumental in the city’s recycling efforts for 21 years and was one of the reasons the organization was founded. Shreveport Green has an annual telephone book recycling drive, which has served as a template for directory recycling nationwide with AT&T. The organization facilitated the first Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection in the area. Shreveport Green’s outreach and education in the recycling arena helped to build the momentum for the city’s curbside effort.

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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