Media Moves

Local news startup in Shreveport hires three

May 18, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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Three veteran journalists with deep ties to northwest Louisiana are set to lead The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate as the newsroom prepares for its launch this summer.

Barbara Leader
Barbara Leader

Barbara Leader, who recently served as the editor overseeing The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette and other Louisiana newspapers owned by the Gannett newspaper chain, is set to become The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate’s managing editor, Judi Terzotis, publisher of The Advocate and The Times-Picayune, said Monday.

A former reporter and editor at the Monroe News-Star and The Shreveport Times, Leader has worked at news outlets in Louisiana for decades, with nearly all of her career spent in north Louisiana.


Donecia Pea
Donecia Pea

Donecia Pea, who covered education, business and other topics for The Shreveport Times before becoming an audience and social media manager for area television stations, will serve as audience editor.





Roy Lang (Photo/The Advocate)

Also joining the leadership team is Roy Lang, an award-winning sports reporter and editor, who will serve as sports editor after more than two decades at The Shreveport Times and other area news outlets.







All three editors will be based in The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate’s newsroom, joining Shreveport-Bossier Sales Director Clifton Lefort. The newsroom is set to open in the Louisiana Tower at the corner of Travis and Edwards streets in downtown Shreveport.

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