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Johnny B. Bradberry
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Johnny Bradberry has extensive experience at the state level and private sector (both Domestic and International). In 2005, while serving as the Secretary for the Department of Transportation and Development, he played a critical role in preparation, response, and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as his department was the driving force for infrastructure repairs, debris cleanup and levee breach repairs. In this role, Bradberry also provided significant individual leadership on several critical issues, including agency right sizing and work process improvements, development of the state’s coastal master plan and corresponding implementation plans for coastal protection and restoration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from LeTourneau College and LSU.

Bradberry was appointed to serve as Governor John Bel Edwards’ Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities and as the Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in January of 2016.

A native of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Bradberry previously served as a Member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President, Business Development for Volkert, Inc. Prior to that, Bradberry served as President of TOPCOR Services and CEO for TOPCOR Companies, LLC. In 2004, he retired from ConocoPhillips Company in Houston, Texas after 28 years to accept the appointment by Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve as the Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

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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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