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Panelist Bio


Kevin Harrison
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Orleans Division

ASAC Harrison's area of responsibility includes Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe. He grew up in Assumption Parish, while his father managed Supreme Sugar Refinery near Napoleonville. He attended Assumption High School and upon graduation went to Nicholls State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

ASAC Harrison then accepted an officer position with the Baton Rouge City Police Department, where he remained for one year and a half. He later accepted a trooper's position with the Louisiana State Police and was stationed in Houma. Most of his time spent with these organizations was in narcotics enforcement.

In 1986, he accepted a Special Agent position with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He spent the next thirteen years in Texas mostly on the Mexican border and came home to Louisiana when he was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge position in Baton Rouge. In 2002 he transferred to DEA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., to fulfill his management career path obligation where he was ultimately promoted to Associate Deputy Chief Inspector within the Office of Professional Responsibility. In 2005 he returned to Louisiana in his present position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

ASAC Harrison is married to a kindergarten teacher and has two grown sons. He has five brothers and one sister. His eldest brother, Joe, is presently serving in the Louisiana Legislature as a State Representative.

ASAC Harrison received the DEA Administrator's Award twice for Exceptional Service; the United States Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and was a Service to America Medal finalist for his search and rescue efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. ASAC Harrison presently serves on the Governor’s Drug Control Policy Board.

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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