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Panelist Bio


Mike Michot
Senator (R), Lafayette, Chairman of Senate Finance Committee

Senator Mike Michot has been representing the Lafayette area in the Louisiana Legislature for the past thirteen years. District 23 State Senator Michot came to the Senate from the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served from 1996-2000. Senate District 23 comprises most of the city and parish of Lafayette.

Senator Michot owns Premier Medical Equipment, a major supplier of medical equipment and medical supplies. He is also real estate developer, and is active in community service organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, the American Heart Association and the United Way.

He graduated from Cathedral-Carmel High School in Lafayette and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana.

Currently, Senator Michot serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, dealing with the appropriation of state funds, including the cash portion of the comprehensive state capital budget.

Prior to his current role as Finance Chairman, Senator Michot served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Consumer Affairs and Technology, and has drafted several pieces of legislation encouraging the integration of technology into the governmental process.

In the Senate, Senator Michot also serves on the Natural Resources and the Commerce and Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee.

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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