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Panelist Bio


Thompson, Francis
Senator (D), Louisiana

State Senator Francis Thompson (D) from Delhi has been representing District 34 since 2008. District 34 includes Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes. Prior to his election as Senator, Thompson served from 1975 until 2008 as the Representative for District 19 which includes Madison, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, and Ouachita parishes.

Senator Thompson’s main legislative interests are agriculture, highways, economic development and law enforcement. He is also a strong supporter of education at all levels in Louisiana. As a public servant, Thompson has authored legislation that created the master farmer program; lowered the age for when certain students may attend alternative education/vocational technical programs and created the Delta Rural Initiative.

Senator Thompson is chair of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture & Rural Development Committee and serves on the Senate Committee on Labor & Industrial Relations and Senate Committee on Finance.

Thompson has been employed in the Agri-business for over 25 years and has served as consultant for business and industry for more than twenty years. A graduate of Louisiana Tech, Northeast Louisiana University and a former college professor, Senator Thompson is married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

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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