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Jan Elkins
Community Projects Director for KTBS in Shreveport

Jan Elkins is the Community Projects Director for KTBS in Shreveport. She has been at KTBS for over 25 years serving in a number of different capacities including stints as a General Assignment and Health Reporter. She was News Director for the station from 1999-2005.

As a reporter Jan received many awards, including several 1st place awards from the Louisiana Associated Press. She also received The Gabrielle Award for her reports on Medical Missions to the Ukraine. The Gabrielle Award is a national award given to those who uplift the human spirit.

Jan has served on many boards, including the NW LA Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Mid-South Division Board for the American Cancer Society, and the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana. Raising millions of dollars for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is something Jan is proud of. KTBS 3 was the first station to help build a Dream Home, now there are more than 100 around the country.

KTBS is locally owned, so the Wray family believes it is important to give back to the community. Jan enjoys working together with local organizations to do just that, and to help make the community a better place.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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