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Panelist Bio


Adam Knapp
Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Restore Louisiana Task Force

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, which he joined in 2008. BRAC is responsible for leading economic development in the nine-parish Capital Area of Louisiana, and is ranked by Site Selection as one of the top 10 regional economic development organizations in the US. BRAC’s talented team leads business development efforts for the region in collaboration with a network of strategic partners, while at the same time leading efforts to enhance the region’s competitiveness and improve the conditions for additional business investment.

In September, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Mr. Knapp to the Restore Louisiana Task Force, which is charged with overseeing the state’s recovery efforts from the recent historic flooding across South Louisiana.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, he attended Davidson College near Charlotte, North Carolina, and also studied at Julius-Maximillian University in Germany and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Adam started his career in the private sector, where he worked in in Chicago and Silicon Valley as a consultant for Accenture, a global management consulting firm. After Accenture, Adam returned to Louisiana to serve Governors Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco as Economic Development Advisor. He worked at Louisiana Economic Development, and, after the 2005 hurricanes, as Deputy Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Adam serves on the Boards of Directors for Teach for America, the Center for Planning Excellence, New Schools Baton Rouge, the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, and attends University Presbyterian Church. He is married to Megan Johnson Knapp, and they have three young children, Sadie, Hattie, and Nicholas.

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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