Jan Elkins Community Projects Director for KTBS in Shreveport
Jan Elkins is the Community Projects Director for KTBS in Shreveport. She has been at KTBS for over 25 years serving in a number of different capacities including stints as a General Assignment and Health Reporter. She was News Director for the station from 1999-2005.
As a reporter Jan received many awards, including several 1st place awards from the Louisiana Associated Press. She also received The Gabrielle Award for her reports on Medical Missions to the Ukraine. The Gabrielle Award is a national award given to those who uplift the human spirit.
Jan has served on many boards, including the NW LA Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Mid-South Division Board for the American Cancer Society, and the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana. Raising millions of dollars for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is something Jan is proud of. KTBS 3 was the first station to help build a Dream Home, now there are more than 100 around the country.
KTBS is locally owned, so the Wray family believes it is important to give back to the community. Jan enjoys working together with local organizations to do just that, and to help make the community a better place.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.