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Panelist Bio


Pam Breaux
Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam Breaux graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Later she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master of arts degree in English and folklore.

Pam managed Southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program for Region Five of the state from its inception through its seventh year. Further, she spent six years as executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. During her tenure there, she worked to create and develop the Central School Arts & Humanities Center (adaptive reuse project) as well as the Southwest Louisiana Cultural Tourism Coalition. She also led the Louisiana Division of the Arts as its executive director.

Pam is active with the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts and was chairman of the group from 1997-1999. She currently serves on the board of directors and is vice president for NOCCA--the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront--as well as the advisory board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. Other professional activities include:
  • serving as the task force member representing the arts for Louisiana 2020 the state's plan for Economic Development;
  • service on numerous local, state and national grants panels;
  • numerous presentations at workshops and conferences;
  • member of the board of directors and vice president of the Southern Arts Federation;
  • member of the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.


Pam now serves as assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.

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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