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Panelist Bio


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.

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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