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Panelist Bio


Ken Ward, Ph.D
Executive Director of the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation

Mr. Ward has served the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation (LMCF) since January 1, 1976. Mr. Ward started as head of LMCF's Legal and Legislative Division, and became Executive Director of the Foundation in 1977.

The LMCF is an educational foundation that has, since 1942, sought to help people of all faiths and of no faith, to work together to make a better Louisiana. One of the areas where LMCF seeks to carry out these efforts is in the Louisiana Legislature, where Mr. Ward serves as Ethicist and Coordinator of Chaplain Services.

The founders of LMCF, even though wed to the concept of the separation of the institution of state and the institution of church, were convinced that any attempt to govern without Godly values and morality would surely fail. Further, they believed that religion and government can and must co-exist in the hearts and minds of those who make up both religion and government.

Ward has received recognition from both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature for his ethics, credibility and integrity. Prior to his involvement with LMCF, Ward served on the faculty of LSU where he received LSU’s Faculty Service Award for outstanding Leadership in Public Service. Ward published his dissertation at LSU in the area of Legislative Ethics.

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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