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Panelist Bio


William D. Lewis
Author, Teacher, and former homeless person

William D. Lewis was a chronic homeless person in the late 1980s. Living on the streets and in shelters he worked odd-jobs. Eventually, at age 34, he managed to save enough money to enroll in Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Using the meager savings to enroll would be the best decision to turning his life around. Later he studied writing styles and techniques at the University of Colorado [1992]. His post-graduate studies at Southern University included Public Policy and Education [1996]. He is the father of four children and makes his home in Shreveport, LA. where he teaches and writes professionally. According to the author, he, " ...writes to inspire and empower the poor...the homeless."

His books include: It's Called Making It Happen [1995]; Serious Players Only [1998]; The Call To a Purposeful Life [2002]; Imagine: Losing Everything Except Your Mind (Homelessness in America) [2002]

Mr. Williams has participated in Homeless Conferences in Arkansas and Louisiana and appeared as a guest on radio talk programs. His affiliations include the National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC; the American Federation of Teachers, Shreveport; ACORN, Baton Rouge and the American Writers’ Association, Denver, CO.

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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