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Panelist Bio


Sean Reilly
Louisiana’s Flagship Coalition & COO and President of the Outdoor Division of Lamar Advertising Company

Sean Reilly is COO and President of the Outdoor Division of Lamar Advertising Company, an outdoor advertising company headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Reilly serves as Co-Chairman of Louisiana’s Flagship Coalition, a statewide group of business and civic leaders advancing the flagship mission and agenda of Louisiana State University. Governor Jindal recently appointed him to the Louisiana Innovation Council, a new Board within the Department of Economic Development charged with building a new economy for Louisiana. Mr. Reilly also chaired Governor-Elect Jindal’s Advisory Council on Ethics Reform.

Mr. Reilly has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit and community boards and institutions, including the Board of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the State agency charged with crafting Louisiana’s long term recovery response to hurricane disasters. He is currently on the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, the Board of The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, and the Board of Visitors of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications, where he taught as an adjunct professor. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the statewide governmental reform effort Blueprint Louisiana. In addition to being an executive at Lamar, Mr. Reilly is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, serves on the Board of Reserve Telephone Company, Inc. and on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Mr. Reilly has served in various capacities at Lamar since 1978, then a family owned private business. He graduated from Harvard University in 1984, from Harvard Law School in 1989 and began working on acquisitions and real estate for Lamar upon graduation. He served in the Louisiana Legislature as a State Representative from March 1988 to January 1996, during which tenure he served as Vice-Chair of the Ways and Means committee and as member of the Education, Commerce, and Legislative Audit Advisory committees as well as a member of The State Bond Commission.

Mr. Reilly has been married to the former Jennifer Eplett since 1989. They have three children, Anna Maeve, Aidan Christopher and Rowan Patrick.

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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