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Panelist Bio


André Moreau
Guest Host and Television News Anchor

Emmy Award winner Andre' Moreau went from a career as a university fundraiser into television at the age of 27 and never looked back. His career has spanned 32 years working in top markets nationwide, covering hurricanes, earthquakes, Presidents and a Pope. He joined Louisiana Public Broadcasting this spring after eight years as prime news anchor at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. While there, WAFB not only dominated the local metro market, but had the No.-1 ranked 10 pm newscast for any local TV news station in the top 100 markets nationwide. He returned to Baton Rouge in 2008, after stops in Columbus and Detroit and 10 years in Los Angeles and San Diego.

He is currently serving as Honorary Co-Chair of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Committee this year, is emcee of the Capital City's New Year's Eve bash, Red Stick Revelry, serves on the Board of Directors of Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge and received a Special Achievement Award from America's Wetland Foundation for Outstanding coverage of Louisiana's coastal dilemma. In his spare time, he is carving out a career as a professional photographer and will host 'Baton Rouge: A Bicentennial View,' an exhibit of his photographs of iconic Baton Rouge images from 6-8pm, May 18, 2017 at Shaw Center for the Performing Arts. He graduated from LSU in General Studies in 1981.

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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