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Panelist Bio


Dr. Gary L. Jones
Rapides Parish School Superintendent

Dr. Gary L. Jones is a consummate educator who exemplifies professionalism, academic excellence, and humor in his daily work. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, graduating with honors. He received double Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was awarded his doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in Educational Leadership.

His previous experience includes Teacher of History and English, Junior and Senior High Coach, Junior and Senior High Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Director of Child Welfare, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Maintenance and Transportation, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools in Claiborne Parish. He is presently a member of the Louisiana Department of Education’s Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council (PSAC), the Virtual Education Study Group, the Student-Based Budgeting Task Force, the LSUE Board of Advisors, and the Alexandria Recreational and Education Programs Commission. During the 2009-10 school session, Dr. Jones served as President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS).

Dr. Jones served in the military for 37 years, active and reserve. He began at the lowest rank and retired as a Brigadier General from the LA National Guard in 2006. He is married to the former Sarah Wheeler and has two sons and three grandchildren. He and Sarah reside in Rapides Parish.

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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