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Panelist Bio

Carmen Weisner, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter

Carmen Weisner graduated from the LSU School of Social Work in 1974. She retired from public service in the fall of 2004. Prior to her retirement from public service she was appointed by Governor Mike Foster to be the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Social Service, Office of Community Services (the state’s public child welfare system). Through her leadership, she guided her agency toward COA Accreditation. The agency was the third public statewide system to achieve such recognition. Upon retirement she was hired by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as its Executive Director. In this position, she gets to use many of the social work principals that she learned while a student at LSU’s School of Social work in 1972. Throughout her 34 years of public service career, she epitomized the role of a social worker. Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, and who want their work to make a difference. Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment.

As Executive Director, Carmen has assumed a key leadership role for the state’s7,000 plus licensed social workers. In her role as Executive Director, she has the opportunity to serve on numerous advisory boards, task forces, and commissions. She is former Chair of the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Legislative Committee for this Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Center for Excellence on Youth and Policy Research, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Task Force, Louisiana Poverty Council, Louisiana Children’s Code Committee, Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families Board chair, and Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network. In 2010, she was named as the NASW Executive Director of the Year. In 2012, she was presented with the NASWLA President’s Award for her contributions to the profession. In 2013, at the 2013 Celebration of the 75th year of its existence, LSU School of Social Work recognized her as one of the top 75 graduates of that program.

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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