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Panelist Bio


State Rep. Hollis H. Downs
R-Ruston, House Education Committee

Representative Hollis H. Downs was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003 and currently serves on the Education, Retirement, and Transportation committees. He is Business Development Manager at Hunt Guillot and Associates LLC, headquartered in Ruston. After attending schools in Farmerville, his birthplace, he received his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1968.

Mr. Downs has served on numerous board memberships for many years, including the Louisiana Tech Foundation Board, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Dixie Center for the Arts, and the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home.

He is married to Cathy Honig Downs. They have two daughters, Chanon Downs Whitman and Holly Downs Carney, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Downs is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, where he is Chairman of the Administrative Council and is active in national and international mission work.

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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