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Panelist Bio


Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson
Executive Director of the Shreveport YWCA

Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson is currently the chief executive officer of the YWCA of N. W. Louisiana; a not-for-profit United Way agency which includes 2 locations, 11 programs, and 200 plus staff and volunteers. She is also the owner/president of RPJ Diversity Consultants, which offers customized trainings, in conflict resolution/anger management, leadership, customer service, and cultural sensitivity.

A native of Louisiana, Shreveport has been her home for close to 10 years. She has also lived in Spain; England; and Germany. She very recently returning from Paris, France where she was able to introduce her youngest son to his first trip abroad.

Here in Shreveport she is executive board member of the N. W. Louisiana Women's Political Caucus, Christus Schumper Hospital board, executive member of the Southern University Shreveport Foundation, chair-links/services to youth, monthly columnist for City Lights, chair of the Louisiana's Women Leaders Conference, weekly television panelist for Citywide-Dateline.

She is a 2004 Shreveport Athena award nominee, 2005 Harry Blake-distinguished award winner, 2005 Women of the Year presented by the Zontas, 2006 Citizen of the Year presented by the Men's Omega Fraternity of Shreveport. Here in 2007 she has been named as one of Bossier's distinguished Athena award nominees. She is most proud to have a scholarship named after her; the "Roxann Johnson Scholarship."

Roxann is a widow; she has three children: a Byrd High School graduate son who is now a marine biology graduate from Tampa Florida university, a daughter who is a regional trainer, and another proud son in the U.S. Air Force currently serving in Iraq.

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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