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Panelist Bio


Tim Barfield
Executive Counsel, La. Dept. of Revenue

T.A. “Tim” Barfield, Jr. currently serves as the Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Prior to his current post, he served as Chief Development Officer for Amedisys. Prior to Amedisys, Mr. Barfield served as Executive Counsel to Governor Jindal and as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

At the Workforce Commission, Barfield helped redesign the state’s workforce development system by working closely with business leaders, higher education leaders and the Louisiana Economic Development. Barfield also formed the Workforce Investment Council, which is made up of business and industry leaders who work to better align the needs of businesses and industry with the state’s education and training efforts.

Barfield previously served the Shaw Group Inc., in several roles, including as President and Chief Operating Officer, President of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Senior Vice President for Special Projects, President of Shaw APP, Inc., and Secretary & General Counsel. He has also served as the Managing Director of Shaw Group U.K. Limited and as a corporate attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, Texas.

Barfield has a bachelor’s of science in business administration and a law degree from LSU. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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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