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Panelist Bio


Ted Power
Publisher, The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, La.

Ted Power, 48, was named President and Publisher of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Daily World in Opelousas, in December 2002.

He oversees approximately 320 full- and part-time employees, who produce the two daily newspapers, an alternative weekly, three weekly classified shoppers, more than a dozen other periodicals and www.theadvertiser.com.

In February 2006, he was named vice president of the Sun Coast Group of the Gannett Newspaper Division, assuming oversight of the Shreveport (La.) Times, The Monroe (La.) News-Star and the Alexandria (La.) Town Talk.

Power came to Lafayette after spending 23 years at The Tennessean in Nashville. His last position there was as General Manager and Editor of The Tennessean's Williamson A.M. section, which he launched in 1996.

He served in a variety of newsroom positions before launching Williamson A.M., including Managing Editor/Nights (1995-96), Managing Editor/Sports (1992-95), Assistant Sports Editor, sports copy editor and sports writer.

Power joined The Tennessean in 1979 as a part-time clerk in the sports department. His primary responsibility in his first job was to give sports scores to those who called the newspaper's "Scoreline" looking for
A native of Warrenton, Va., Power attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

He is married to Kathleen Kirby Power, the Customer Programs Director for the Gannett Louisiana Newspapers. They have three children, Kirby, 6; Allison, 4; and Jack, 1.

Power is co-chairman of the Bishop's Charity Gala and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; and the Lafayette Education Foundation. He is on the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Communication at Louisiana State University.

He and his family are parishioners at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Current Topic


     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

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.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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