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Panelist Bio


Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, LSU Political Science Dept.

Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an associate professor in Political Science and African-American Studies at Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus. Dr. Sullivan's teaching and research interests include race, identity and political behavior. Specifically, his research examines the impact of race and racial identity on electoral decision-making. His two books include: The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Race and Representation in the Pelican State (with Jonathan Winburn) and African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience (with Ash Esmail).

Dr. Sullivan has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science from Truman State University, Master's degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and from Indiana University he obtained Master's degrees in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Science.

2010 Dr. Sullivan received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (University-wide Award) from Louisiana State University.

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

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? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? 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 a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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