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Beth Courtney
Beth Courtney will be hosting the monthly news show.She is Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), which includes a statewide public television network with stations in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and an affiliated station in New Orleans, WLAE-TV. LPB is also responsible for the support and development of public television throughout Louisiana and serves as the state’s educational technology resource center. She is a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the nine-member presidentially appointed board that oversees the federal funds for radio and television. She is Past Chairman of the Board of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and former Vice Chairman of the Board of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She is co-chairman of a PBS/APTS Board initiative to negotiate carriage of public broadcasting channels on digital cable and direct broadcast satellites. Ms. Courtney has chaired the PBS education, membership, and common carriage task forces. She currently serves on the Board of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE), and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).Extended Biography
Craig Freeman
Craig Freeman is an Assistant Professor at The Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. Freeman specializes in First Amendment theory. He concentrates his research in the areas of advertising regulation, Internet liability, invasions of privacy and obscenity. A practicing attorney, Freeman has represented parties in both state and federal courts on a number of Constitutional issues. Prior to joining the faculty, Freeman worked with a law firm in Baton Rouge representing the interests of several Fortune 500 companies. He also worked as both a print and television journalist in his hometown of Philadelphia.

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