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Panelist Bio


Rep. Valarie Hodges
(R)- Denham Springs

Representative Valarie Hodges has a proven track record of leadership, professional experience and civic involvement. She is a passionate leader and before being elected this past October was the past President of the Livingston Parish Republican Women's Club, which she helped restart five years ago. Representative Hodges has been a relentless volunteer in many Republican campaigns to elect conservative leaders to public office.

Rep. Hodges attended Central High School and Jr. High where she met and married her childhood sweetheart, Leland Hodges. They were married 39 yrs. ago and together have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She and her husband, Leland own and operate two successful small businesses and are committed to improving the business climate in Louisiana.

Rep. Hodges has been very involved with CASA and with WOW (Women Outreaching Women) and spearheaded many community events. She and her husband were missionaries for 18 years and lived in extremely harsh conditions. She knows what it's like to roll up her sleeves and work side by side with people on a tight budget and very limited resources.

While campaigning, a constituent who works with the Sheriff's Office shared about the problem with internet predators and children and how wide spread it is. One of the bills she has introduced is HB236 involving educating our children about internet safety. It has passed in the House Education committee, House floor and Senate Education committee. It is pending passage today, Wed. 5/23 on the Senate floor.

Representative Hodges is a strong voice and leader who is working "For the People and With the People."

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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