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Panelist Bio


Sen. Julie Quinn
Senate Judiciary A Committee

Elected in July 2005, and sworn into office just three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and destroyed her home, Julie Quinn nevertheless brought fresh leadership and dedication to the Louisiana State Senate. In her first General Session, Senator Quinn passed a key Constitutional Amendment, approved by the voters of this state, to protect local school districts and its children from costly unfunded mandates from the legislature, and founded the Legislature’s first Children’s Caucus. As a freshmen Senator, she was named Senator of the Year by the Childcare Association of Louisiana. She is the current Chair of the Judiciary Committee A.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Senator Quinn has over the years, volunteered her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused children in custody proceedings. She has served on the Jefferson Parish School Board where she was instrumental in implementing a school drug testing program that is now serving as a national model. Senator Quinn also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Methodist Home for abused and neglected children. Senator Quinn has two children, Spencer Quinn (7) and Ashton Quinn (5).

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     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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