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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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