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Panelist Bio


Sen. Ben W. Nevers, Sr. (D)
Chair of the Senate Education Committee

Ben W. Nevers was first elected to the State Senate in 2004, after serving a term in the House of Representatives. He is currently serving his second term, representing Senate District 12. Senator Nevers began his public service on the Bogalusa School Board, serving from 1987-1994.

He is a graduate of Bogalusa High School and the Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus. Senator Nevers also served his country in the Army from 1965 – 1971.

Senator Nevers focuses most of his efforts in five major policy areas: Education, Agriculture, Economic Development, Health Care, and Infrastructure. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and is also a member of the Senate Agriculture, Health & Welfare, and Retirement committees. He serves on a number of other related committees and commission including the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence, the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.


Senator Nevers has received numerous awards for his public service including the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and Metro Vision 2002 Business Champion Award and the 2003 Economic Development Champion Award, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers 2004 Senator of the Year, the Louisiana School Boards Association Legislator of the Year Award for 2010, and has been the recipient of multiple Louisiana Association of Educators Appreciation Awards.


Senator Nevers is married to Ann Williams Nevers. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is the President and CEO of NECO, L.L.C. (Nevers Electrical Contracting), established in 1980.

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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