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Panelist Bio


Sen. Blade Morrish
R-Jennings, Chair of Senate Education Committee

District 25 State Senator Dan W. “Blade” Morrish is serving his third term in the State Senate. The Jennings Republican was elected to the House of Representative in 1996 and re-elected without opposition in 2000, 2004, 2011 and 2015.

Senator Morrish is a graduate of Jennings High School and McNeese State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. His work experience has included marine underwriting with The Insurance Company of North America, sales and operations management with Browning-Ferris Industries, sales manager for 3 Star Sand, Blast & Paint, and owner-operator of Capitol City Hardware & Implement Company of Jennings for 25 years. He is currently employed by the Lake Charles Pilots as Business Manager.

Morrish is married to the former Kathy Vidrine of Lake Charles. The Morrish’s are the parents of two children, Erin Morrish Boudreaux and Chris Morrish, and four beautiful grandchildren. They are members of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, where he served three terms on the parish council and is actively involved with Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House having served on the lay advisory board and as a retreat captain. He is a member of the Jennings Rotary Club, a member, past board member and past president of the Greater Jennings Chamber of Commerce, a past board member and past president of the Jennings Merchants Credit Bureau and holds membership in various trade organizations.

As a state legislator, Senator Morrish is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and is a member of TOPS task force which will study ways to sustain the scholarship program and make recommendations to the legislature this fall. Morrish is also a member of the Senate Environmental Quality and Insurance Committees. He is also an interim member of the Senate Finance Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery and on the Board of Directors of Professional Insurance Association of Louisiana. He is a member of the Coastal Restoration Flood Control Committee, the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Legislative Rural Caucus, and the Acadiana Delegation.

District 25 includes all of Jefferson Davis and Cameron Parishes, parts of Acadia Parish and the Southeast part of Calcasieu Parish.

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     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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