Ted Power, 48, was named President and Publisher of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Daily World in Opelousas, in December 2002.
He oversees approximately 320 full- and part-time employees, who produce the two daily newspapers, an alternative weekly, three weekly classified shoppers, more than a dozen other periodicals and www.theadvertiser.com.
In February 2006, he was named vice president of the Sun Coast Group of the Gannett Newspaper Division, assuming oversight of the Shreveport (La.) Times, The Monroe (La.) News-Star and the Alexandria (La.) Town Talk.
Power came to Lafayette after spending 23 years at The Tennessean in Nashville. His last position there was as General Manager and Editor of The Tennessean's Williamson A.M. section, which he launched in 1996.
He served in a variety of newsroom positions before launching Williamson A.M., including Managing Editor/Nights (1995-96), Managing Editor/Sports (1992-95), Assistant Sports Editor, sports copy editor and sports writer.
Power joined The Tennessean in 1979 as a part-time clerk in the sports department. His primary responsibility in his first job was to give sports scores to those who called the newspaper's "Scoreline" looking for
A native of Warrenton, Va., Power attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
He is married to Kathleen Kirby Power, the Customer Programs Director for the Gannett Louisiana Newspapers. They have three children, Kirby, 6; Allison, 4; and Jack, 1.
Power is co-chairman of the Bishop's Charity Gala and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; and the Lafayette Education Foundation. He is on the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Communication at Louisiana State University.
He and his family are parishioners at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
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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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