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Panelist Bio


Sharon Weston Broome
(D), Baton Rouge. Senate President Pro Tempore Rep.

State Senator Sharon Weston Broome was the first African American female elected to the Louisiana State Senate from East Baton Rouge Parish representing Senate District 15. First elected to the Senate in December 2004 with no opposition, she was re-elected in 2007 with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote and currently holds the position of President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana State Senate.

Senator Broome served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 29) for 12 years and was the first female elected as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Senator Broome was also the first African American female elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from both East and West Baton Rouge Parishes.

During her tenure in the Legislature, Senator Broome has authored significant Legislation such as: The Children’s Trust Fund Bill, Saturday Academy Program, Kinship Care Subsidy Program, Social Work Practice Act, and Arts in Education.

Prior to serving in state government, Senator Broome served on the Baton Rouge Metro Council. She was cited by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Women - Leading The Way In The Capital City."

Senator Broome is a ministry advisor and member of Life Changers Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge. She is actively involved in a number of community organizations such as the North Baton Rouge Women’s Help Center, Louisiana State University Manship School Board of Visitors, and the YWCA-Encore Plus just to name a few.

Broome received her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her M.A. degree from Regent University in Virginia. A nationally recognized speaker and communications consultant, she is the president of Sharon Broome Communications, Inc. Weston Broome has made various national television appearances including "The 700 Club," Court's TV's "Your Turn," "CTN Live", PBS' "Debates Debates" and the "Montel Williams Show." In addition, she served for five years as the "2 On Your Side" reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC-Baton Rouge).

Senator Broome is happily married to Marvin Alonzo Broome, and they are the proud parents of three children and two grandchildren.

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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