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Panelist Bio


Keith Stutes
District Attorney, 15th Judicial District, Lafayette

Keith Stutes is the District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District of the State of Louisiana, serving the parishes of Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion. Prior to his election in 2014, Stutes served as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) for 28 years, working as chief felony drug prosecutor for eight years, from 1986 to 1994, and as chief of Felony Section II until his retirement in September 2012. During his time as an ADA, he was lead prosecutor in more than 75 felony jury trials, including six capital murder trials. Stutes also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana from 1990 to 1992 and served as court magistrate for the Mayor's Court in Scott for 12 years, from 1983 to 1995.

Stutes served as an instructor at the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) and is an Adjunct Professor teaching “Introduction to Criminal Justice” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Keith has been a member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association since 1984. He served as President of the Assistant District Attorneys Section in 1993-94 and on the Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995.

Keith and his wife Carolyn (Prejean) live in Lafayette. They have two married daughters, Aimee and Erin, and three granddaughters.

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

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? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? 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 a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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