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John Denison
Louisiana Forum for Equality Foundation

John Denison is the Chair of the Forum for Equality Foundation Executive Board. The Forum for Equality Louisiana advocates for equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Louisiana. Equality is meant to include the protection of human and civil rights and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.

John Denison is also a broadcast journalist and community volunteer whose honors include a lifetime achievement award and broadcasting's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.For more than 20 years, John anchored weekday primetime newscasts for KNOE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Monroe, where he was also Managing Editor. He also was News Director/Anchor at KTVE-TV, the NBC affiliate in El Dorado, AR-Monroe, and KRMD Radio in Shreveport, where he started his professional broadcasting career in 1978.

Among John’s honors are the duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for Best Newscast, and the Communicator Award from the Louisiana Association of Educators. He is the receipient of numerous Associated Press Broadcasters awards and is past president of the Louisiana AP Broadcasters.

Volunteer affiliations include membership on the boards of: The Center for Children and Families/CASA of Northeast Louisiana, Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, KEDM-FM Public Radio, The Twin City Ballet Company, Go Care HIV/AIDS Resources, The G.B. Cooley House Foundation, Bering-Omega Community Services of Houston, and Friends of the Monroe Civic Center Theater.

The DeSoto Parish native is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

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