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Panelist Bio


Charlie Whinham
Guest Host of Louisiana Public Square and Managing Editor & Host of Louisiana: The State We're In

Multi-Emmy award winning broadcaster and producer Charlie Whinham joined Louisiana Public Broadcasting in the Fall of 2002. In addition to his duties with Louisiana: The State We’re In, Whinham has produced over twenty separate shows on LPB highlighting Louisiana’s history, traditions, iconic figures and locations (complete list below).

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Television Arts and Sciences recognized Whinham in 2016 for his story on the 25th Anniversary of the movie Steel Magnolias filmed entirely in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and in 2010 for Lost Louisiana: Places of Worship.

In 2008, Whinham’s Louisiana World War Two Stories won the Distinguished Reporting Award from the Military Reporters and Editors Association at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The University of Kentucky graduate has earned a pair of Telly Awards for Lost Louisiana: What’s in a Name? (2007) and Louisiana Travels with Charlie Whinham (2016).

The Detroit native began his television career covering news but also worked as a sportscaster from the late-80’s to mid-90’s in Traverse City, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. During that time he covered the 1993 NBA Finals and the resurgence of the Green Bay Packers led by quarterback Brett Favre.

Over the years at LPB, Whinham provided in-depth reports on the 2005 Hurricanes of Katrina and Rita, the BP Oil Spill of 2010 and served occasionally as contributing correspondent and commentator for PBS NewsHour.

Whinham has interviewed and profiled many iconic Louisianans including Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ernest J. Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying), Grammy-winning musicians Aaron Neville and Terrance Simien, Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams, and two-time World Series Champion pitcher Ron Guidry.

Whinham is married to Kris Kimball. Although they have no children, they proudly claim their four-legged rescue beagles Ellis and Gidget as “their kids”.

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LPB Titles produced by Charlie Whinham:
Lost Louisiana: Endangered Sites
Lost Louisiana: What’s in a Name? (Vol. 1 through 5) (Telly Award Winner)
Lost Louisiana: Places of Worship (Suncoast Emmy winner)
Louisiana World War II Stories (Distinguished Reporting Award - Military Reporters and Editors Assoc.)
Louisiana’s Experience: WWII
Katrina & Rita: A Year of Recovery
Louisiana Railways
Castle on the Hill: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana Baseball Stories
A Louisiana Christmas Journey
Behind the Scenes at Antiques Road Show Baton Rouge
Eddie Robinson: A Life Celebrated
Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: Our State Parks
Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: Our National Sites
Natchitoches: A Tri-Centennial (Suncoast Emmy winner)
Louisiana Travels (Vol. 1 & 2) (Telly Award winner)

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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