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Panelist Bio


Linda Johnson
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member (BESE) 8th District

Ms. Johnson was elected to the Board in November 1999 and began her first term of office in January 2000. Ms. Johnson serves as chair of the High School Redesign Committee, Vice-Chair of the Accountability and Assessment Committee, and is a member of the Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee. Ms. Johnson graduated from Southern University with a B.S. in Microbiology. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana. Co-owner of the Off the Rack dress shop and DIA-LIN Corporation, she currently serves as Human Resources Supervisor for the Georgia Gulf Corporation. She is a member of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Iberville Head Start Advisory Council, the Iberville Economic Development Commission, the Louisiana Chemical Society, and NASBE. She was recognized as Iberville Citizen of the Year. Her main areas of education focus are early childhood education and changes in the design of high schools.

Current Topic


     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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