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Panelist Bio

Sen. John L. "Jack" Donahue, Jr. P.E.
R-Mandeville; Senate Finance Committee

Senator Jack Donahue has been a resident of the Northshore for 44 years and is currently serving his 3rd term in the Louisiana State Senate. He serves on the following Senate Committees:
• Senate Finance
• Senate Judiciary A
• Senate and Governmental Affairs
• Local & Municipal Affairs, Vice Chair

Since being elected in 2008 Senator Donahue has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the Senate:
• Leadership St. Tammany Alumni of the Year
• John J. Hainkel Leadership Award by the Republican Delegation
• Man of the Year by the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, (RPEC)
• Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government
• Guardian of Small Business in the Senate by the National Federation of Independent Business
• Person of the Year by the Associated Builders & Contractors Bayou Chapter
• Outstanding Family Advocate by the Louisiana Family Forum
• Business Champion by the Southwest Chamber of Commerce
• 2011 Republican of the Year by the Northshore Republican Clubs

Prior to serving in the Louisiana Senate, Senator Donahue served as Chairman of the Board for various organizations to include:
• Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)
• The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
• Business Council of St. Tammany Parish
• Associated Building & Contractors (New Orleans)
• Associate Building & Contractors (State of Louisiana)

In addition to these leadership positions he has also volunteered his time and expertise to several other non-profits and good government groups such as:
• Habitat of Humanity St. Tammany West
• PRIDE of St. Tammany
• Center for Development and Learning
• Public Affairs Research Council
• "Building on our Blessings" at Mary Queen of Peace.

Senator Donahue earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1967 from Louisiana State University and
was honored with a LSU Leadership Award. In 1979 Jack opened his own construction company in
Mandeville with two employees and a $500 acoustical ceiling job. Today, Senator Donahue is
Chairman of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., a large commercial contractor in the state.

Senator Donahue has also received numerous honors during his professional career:
• LSU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction
• Community Leadership Award by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Business of the Year by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Business Person of the Year by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Distinguished Leadership Award by the CCFA
• Member of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors
• Spirit of Emanuel Award by the First Emanuel Baptist Church

Senator Donahue has been husband to Maura Walsh Donahue for 28 years and is father to a blended
family of six children and eighteen grandchildren. He and Maura are Catholic and are members of
Mary Queen of Peace Church.

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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