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Panelist Bio


Elain Ellerbe
State Director, Right on Crime

Elain Ellerbe joined Right on Crime in September, 2016 as the State Director for Louisiana and as a Policy Analyst. Her expertise includes over thirty years of business and non-profit management, having co-founded with her family the non-profit, Refined By Fire Ministries. For the past 20 years, Elain has focused her work in the area of prison reentry programming. Elain’s expertise in reentry program development and implementation as well as providing programs that address the special issues facing families impacted by the criminal justice system have been recognized nationally and in Louisiana. In 2013, Elain was named to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, along with her husband Michael, posthumously, for their life long work in the area of reentry and was also selected as an Esprit de Femme Honoree by the LSU Women’s Center. In 2014 Elain was selected by the Louisiana Women’s Legislative Caucus as their Heroine of the Year, for her commitment to assist the incarcerated and their families.

Elain holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is presently working on her Masters in Children and Family Advocacy / Public Policy. She is certified in a number of reentry evidence-based and cognitive behavioral therapy programs to include Nurturing Parenting, Inside/Out Dad, Bridges Out of Poverty, Victim Awareness and Moral Recognation Therapy.

Elain’s work presently with Right on Crime in Louisiana has been focused on monitoring the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force as the group works to identify the drivers to the prison population and provide recommendations for criminal justice reform legislation to be enacted during the 2017 Louisiana Legislature. Right on Crime also works on reform efforts to include Civil Asset Forfeiture, Mens Rea and Pre-Trial/Bail Bond issues.

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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