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Panelist Bio


Tim Kellar
Hancock Country Chancery Clerk, Mississippi

Tim Kellar was elected to the office of Chancery Clerk and appointed to the position of County Administrator in January of 1996. For more than thirteen years his responsibilities as Hancock County Chancery Clerk have included serving as County Treasurer, County Auditor, Clerk to the County Supervisors, Clerk to Chancery Court Judges, Clerk to County Youth Court and County Land Records Clerk.

As County Administrator his duties have included overseeing Personnel, Purchasing, Insurance, Planning and Zoning, Parks and Recreation, and the Emergency Operation Center.

Kellar attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his degree in Resources Management.

His civic memberships over the years have included the Jaycees, the Lion’s Club, the Rotary Club, the Hancock County Historical Society, the Sons of the American Legion, the Waveland Civic Organization, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Bay St. Louis Masonic Lodge, the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, Hancock County Leadership, the Mississippi Association of County Administrators, and past President of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks’ Association.

Kellar was born in Hancock County, Mississippi and has lived there his entire life. He is a fifth generation Hancock County native. He and his wife Jean have two sons, Jordan and Evan.

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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