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Panelist Bio


Rep. Karen St. Germain
D-Plaquemine

State Representative Karen St. Germain was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003, and has served her constituents in District 60 for the past ten years. Representative St. Germain serves as the Chair fo rhte House Transportation Committee. She is also a member of the House Executive Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Joint Committee on Homeland Security. In addition, Representative St. Germain serves as a member of the Acadian Delegation, the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, the Democratic Caucus, and the Louisiana Rural Caucus. She is also chairwoman of the Atchafalaya Basin Sub committee, as well as of the Louisiana Woman's Caucus. She was also appointed to the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission in 2012, by Governor Jindal. Prior to her election into the Louisiana House of Representatives, she worked as a legislative aide for former Representatives Charlie Melancon and Audrey McCain.

Throughout her term, Representative St. Germain has been named Legislator of the year by the Child Care Association of Louisiana, Inc., the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana, and the Louisiana State Firemen's Association. She was also named Conservation Legislator of the year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.

Representative St. Germain is married to Kenneth St. Germain, and together they have three sons. They reside in Pierre Part.

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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