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Tom Bearden
Guest Host for "Crisis in the Gulf: The Oil Spill and Louisiana" and PBS NewsHour correspondent

Tom Bearden joined the NewsHour in 1985 as a Correspondent based in Denver and has done extensive reporting on commercial aviation, the environment, immigration, the military, technology, science, and various natural disasters.

From 1971 to 1985, he was a reporter and anchor for WJTV Jackson, Mississippi; WHBQ Memphis, Tennessee; KMGH Denver, Colorado. He won a regional Emmy for investigative reporting, both national and local Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two Cine Golden Eagle awards for science reporting, and a National Press Club award for environmental reporting. While with the NewsHour, Tom has filed stories from 49 states, Japan, Panama, France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

Tom is married, has two adult children, and lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.

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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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07/16 - Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

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What challenges do our returning veterans face?


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

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