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LPB AND KPLC PARTNER TO BROADCAST NIGHTLY UPDATES ON HURRICANE LAURA RECOVERY

Baton Rouge - In an effort to deliver critical information to the residents of south western Louisiana who were heavily impacted by Hurricane Laura, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the only local broadcaster in Lake Charles that did not receive major damage to its technical capabilities, is teaming up with NBC affiliate and Gray Television station KPLC, to air nightly updates on storm recovery weeknights prior to the PBS NewsHour at 6:00 pm. "With cellular service affected and widespread power outages, broadcast television is the only way many storm victims may be getting important information," says LPB President Beth Courtney. "We are pleased to be able to provide this vital service for Louisiana residents."

The news stories will broadcast weeknights on LPB between 5:55 pm and 6:00 pm. "We are fortunate to have a partner like Louisiana Public Broadcasting, that can help us reach our audience as we work to recover from this storm and minimize impacts to those affected," said John Ware, Station Manager of KPLC in Lake Charles.

LPB/KPLC's broadcast reports are part of LPB's ongoing work, keeping Louisianans informed with critical news and information. Since the start of the global pandemic, LPB has provided pool media coverage of the daily briefings of the COVID updates and Hurricane Laura updates from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to all public and commercial television and radio broadcasters statewide, as well as ongoing coverage on our weekly news and public affairs program, Louisiana: The State We're In.

About LPB:

Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana since 1975 with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB’s mission is to improve the lives of all Louisianans with the highest quality programming that educates, enlightens and entertains and that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events reaching audiences over-the-air, on the web, in the home and in the classroom. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Louisiana citizens have recognized the value of LPB, whether it is LPB's daily reach to communities across our state with critical news and information, at-home learning for families and local school districts, or free, quality entertainment.

For more information contact:

Christina Melton

LPB Deputy Director

cmelton@lpb.org

225-921-0251