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Tika Laudun

Senior Producer

Tika Laudun Tika Laudun is a senior staff member at Louisiana Public Broadcasting and is responsible for the development of LPB's documentary and educational productions. As a filmmaker, Laudun specializes in stories that tell the history and culture of her Louisiana native homeland.

She is the senior producer and director for LPB’s Louisiana: A History series and companion book Louisiana An Illustrated History. The Louisiana History series has been awarded many national honors including the duPont Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (television’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize); The National Educational Telecommunications Association Award of Excellence for Historical Documentary Series; a Sun Coast Regional Emmy Award; six National Telly Awards; and International CINE and New York Film Festival awards.

Laudun directed and co-produced Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, a documentary on the life and work of the nineteen century author Kate Chopin which aired on PBS nationally. This documentary program has been awarded the International CINE Award of Excellence for Documentary Production; Second Place in documentary production from The National Educational Telecommunications Association; and National Videographer’s Award of Excellence.

She is also producer/director of LPB’s documentary Frame After Frame: The Images of Herman Leonard, winner of The Chicago International Television Competition’s Silver Plaque in Arts/Humanities Documentary division, The International CINE Award of Excellence for Documentary Production, The National Educational Telecommunications Association award for Best Public Television Program of The Year, The New Orleans Film and Video Society’s Lumiere Award; The National Education Association award for Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting, and a National Telly Award. This program aired nationally on PBS.

Additional nationally aired LPB programs directed, co-produced and photographed by Laudun, The Forest Where We Live and Return to the Forest Where We Live were awarded the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Media Awards of Excellence.

The Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities honored Laudun’s production Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle as Humanities Documentary of the Year.

Past honors for her work have included the prestigious National Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award; Edward R. Murrow Award; The James W. Rivers Prize; Sun Coast Emmy Awards; Mid South Emmy Award; New York Film Festival Awards; Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award; The National Council on Crime and Delinquency - PASS Award; and Louisiana’s Brown Pelican Award. She was the previous editor of the Franklin Post and photojournalist for the Daily Iberian newspapers. She continues to display her black and white photography at galleries in Louisiana.

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