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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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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