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Panelist Bio


Robert Hebert, Ph.D.,
Economist, RFH Consulting

Robert Hebert is Auburn University Emeritus Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a native of Louisiana and received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1970, after which he taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also taught economics in France at the Sorbonne and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Caen in Normandy.

Dr. Hebert has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books and more than 100 articles and reviews on various topics in economics, including his main research interest, the history of economics. Since his retirement from the classroom, he has been active as a consultant, providing forensic economic evaluations in various areas of litigation.

His many awards include Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Auburn University’s Excellence in Outreach Award, and membership in national honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Beta Delta.

He and his wife, Diane (née Dupont) reside in Baton Rouge. Their daughter, Corie, is assistant professor of social work at Southeastern University in Hammond; and son, Charles, is Global Manager of Trading Development for Invesco, a major investment management company headquartered in Atlanta. Dr. and Mrs. Hebert have four granddaughters, who reside in Baton Rouge and Atlanta.

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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