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  • Cynthia Arceneaux

    Cynthia Arceneaux

    Cynthia Arceneaux has been on the anchor desk at KPLC for the past 20 years on 7News Live at Five, 7News at Six, 7News Nightcast, and as the host of Emphasis, a monthly public affairs show.

    Cynthia Arceneaux has been on the anchor desk at KPLC for the past 20 years on 7News Live at Five, 7News at Six, 7News Nightcast and as the host of Emphasis, a monthly public affairs show. 

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  • Theresa Schmidt

    Theresa Schmidt

    Theresa was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri- Columbia, she accepted a reporting job at KPLC. That was April 12, 1978.More >>
    Theresa was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she accepted a reporting job at KPLC. That was April 12, 1978. She is a general assignment and environment reporter.More >>
  • John Bridges

    John Bridges

    John Bridges has been with KPLC since 1992. He has been the co-host of 7News Sunrise since 1996 and is also the assistant News Director. John reports each week for the KPLC/Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot. He
    John Bridges has been with KPLC since 1992. He has been the co-host of 7News Sunrise since 1996. He also is KPLC's Louisiana Traveler and reports each week on the Hometown Patriot.More >>
  • Britney Glaser

    Britney Glaser

    I am honored to be able to share the news in the same community where I was raised.

    My television career actually started at KPLC when I was 16. I landed a spot as a teen reporter and never looked back!

    My passion is telling stories that can spark positive change in a community.

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    I am honored to be able to share the news in the same community where I was raised.

    My television career actually started at KPLC when I was 16. I landed a spot as a teen reporter and never looked back!

    My passion is telling stories that can spark positive change in a community.

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  • Wade Hampton

    Wade Hampton

    Wade Hampton joined the KPLC 7Stormteam in August of 2005. He comes to KPLC from the cold of Wyoming, having been the Chief Meteorologist for the NBC affiliate KCWY in Casper. Wade is a native of Arcadia.More >>
    Wade Hampton joined the KPLC 7Stormteam in August 2005. He comes to KPLC from the cold of Wyoming , having been the Chief Meteorologist for the NBC affiliate KCWY in Casper. Wade is a native of Arcadia , Florida which is inland south of Tampa , so he is familiar with the heat and humidity Southwest Louisiana is known for.More >>
  • Ben Terry

    Ben Terry

    Ben Terry, from Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as a KPLC meteorologist in April 2011. He said he is proud to call Lake Charles home and enjoys the friendliness of the people and especially the delicious food Southwest Louisiana has to offer.

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    Ben Terry, from Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as a KPLC meteorologist in April 2011. He said he is proud to call Lake Charles home and enjoys the friendliness of the people and especially the delicious food Southwest Louisiana has to offer.

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  • Agnes DeRouen

    Agnes DeRouen

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    Agnes DeRouen is the noon anchor and assignments editor at KPLC. Agnes has been in the news business most of her life and said interviewing Mother Teresa and covering Papal visits in New Orleans and St. Louis have been the highlights of her career so far.More >>
  • Jillian Corder

    Jillian Corder

    Jillian Corder

    Jillian Corder joined KPLC in July 2015 as a reporter.She comes back to her home market after spending three years in Northeast Louisiana at KNOE in Monroe, where she served as an anchor, reporter and producer. A 2012 journalism graduate from Northwestern State University, Jill was a reporter and anchor for NSU 22, host of the University Presidents interview show Where Great Things Happen.

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    Jillian Corder joined KPLC in July 2015 as a reporter.She comes back to her home market after spending three years in Northeast Louisiana at KNOE in Monroe, where she served as an anchor, reporter and producer. A 2012 journalism graduate from Northwestern State University, Jill was a reporter and anchor for NSU 22, host of the University Presidents interview show Where Great Things Happen.

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  • Brady Renard

    Brady Renard

    Thursday, July 9 2015 1:21 PM EDT2015-07-09 17:21:22 GMT
    Wednesday, June 29 2016 4:15 PM EDT2016-06-29 20:15:09 GMT

    Brady Renard joined the KPLC Sports team in July 2015 from KTVE 10 in Monroe, Louisiana, where he worked as the weekend sports anchor for three years. He's covered sports on all levels, including Super Bowls, LHSAA championships, NCAA bowl games, as well as spotlighting local athletes.

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    Brady Renard joined the KPLC Sports team in July 2015 from KTVE 10 in Monroe, Louisiana, where he worked as the weekend sports anchor for three years. He's covered sports on all levels, including Super Bowls, LHSAA championships, NCAA bowl games, as well as spotlighting local athletes.

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  • Candy Rodriguez

    Candy Rodriguez

    Sunday, September 6 2015 7:24 PM EDT2015-09-06 23:24:46 GMT
    Sunday, September 6 2015 7:24 PM EDT2015-09-06 23:24:45 GMT
    Candy Rodriguez joined KPLC in August 2015 as a reporter. Candy was born in Reedley, California, and comes to us by way of Anahuac, Texas. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in communications.More >>
    Candy Rodriguez joined KPLC in August 2015 as a reporter. Candy was born in Reedley, California, and comes to us by way of Anahuac, Texas. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in communications.More >>
  • Maranda Whittington

    Maranda Whittington

    Friday, June 17 2016 6:29 PM EDT2016-06-17 22:29:59 GMT

    Maranda Whittington joined KPLC in June 2016 as a reporter. She is a military brat and was born in San Diego, California. She has lived in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia. 

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    Maranda Whittington joined KPLC in June 2016 as a reporter. She is a military brat and was born in San Diego, California. She has lived in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia. 

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  • Kaitlin Rust

    Kaitlin Rust

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 1:04 PM EST2017-12-13 18:04:56 GMT

    Kaitlin Rust joined KPLC June 2016 as a reporter. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Rider University with a major in Digital Media as well as a minor in Political Science.

    he is a passionate dog-lover who has even produced a documentary to bring awareness to the stray dog issue in Puerto Rico.

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    Kaitlin Rust joined KPLC June 2016 as a reporter. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Rider University with a major in Digital Media as well as a minor in Political Science.

    he is a passionate dog-lover who has even produced a documentary to bring awareness to the stray dog issue in Puerto Rico.

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  • Jenelle Shriner

    Jenelle Shriner

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-10-26 21:38:27 GMT
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    I couldn’t be more excited to join the KPLC team as News Director.  My passion for journalism has taken me all over the country, but I am quickly falling in love with Southwest Louisiana.  I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I graduated with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication.  From there, I’ve been a producer or executive producer at stations all over the count...More >>
    I couldn’t be more excited to join the KPLC team as News Director.  My passion for journalism has taken me all over the country, but I am quickly falling in love with Southwest Louisiana.  I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I graduated with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication.  From there, I’ve been a producer or executive producer at stations all over the count...More >>
  • Randall Kamm

    Randall Kamm

    Thursday, October 27 2016 9:22 PM EDT2016-10-28 01:22:30 GMT
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    Randall Kamm is the anchor of Now at Nine on FOX29. He’s an award-winning journalist who has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and CourtTV.  Randall was born in New Jersey but grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Although not a Louisiana native, Randall has lived in West Monroe for nearly a decade, so he knows the Pelican State well. While this part of Louisiana is new to Randall, it’s almost home for his wife Meredith, ...More >>
    Randall Kamm is the anchor of Now at Nine on FOX29. He’s an award-winning journalist who has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and CourtTV.  Randall was born in New Jersey but grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Although not a Louisiana native, Randall has lived in West Monroe for nearly a decade, so he knows the Pelican State well. While this part of Louisiana is new to Randall, it’s almost home for his wife Meredith, ...More >>
  • Perris Jones

    Perris Jones

    Monday, December 12 2016 6:41 PM EST2016-12-12 23:41:42 GMT
    Perris Jones joined KPLC in June 2016 as a producer and started reporting for the station in October 2016. He comes from Tallahassee, Fla., where he graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During his time at Florida A&M, Perris was an intern for WTXL ABC 27, in Tallahassee. He also was a radio personality for the campus radio station, 90.5 The Flava Station, on which he hosted three weekly radio shows. Perri...More >>
    Perris Jones joined KPLC in June 2016 as a producer and started reporting for the station in October 2016. He comes from Tallahassee, Fla., where he graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During his time at Florida A&M, Perris was an intern for WTXL ABC 27, in Tallahassee. He also was a radio personality for the campus radio station, 90.5 The Flava Station, on which he hosted three weekly radio shows. Perri...More >>
  • Kayla Courvell

    Kayla Courvell

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:22 PM EST2017-12-13 17:22:31 GMT

    Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pa., Kayla Courvell had dreams of becoming a TV reporter as a child.  She attended Robert Morris University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in history in May 2015.  Upon graduation, Kayla packed up her stilettos, pulled on some cowgirl boots and took a job as a bureau reporter in Gillette, Wyo., where she was the only television reporter in Northeast Wyoming. Within a few months, she moved on to b...

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    Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pa., Kayla Courvell had dreams of becoming a TV reporter as a child.  She attended Robert Morris University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in history in May 2015.  Upon graduation, Kayla packed up her stilettos, pulled on some cowgirl boots and took a job as a bureau reporter in Gillette, Wyo., where she was the only television reporter in Northeast Wyoming. Within a few months, she moved on to b...

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  • Grant Roberts

    Grant Roberts

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 7:28 PM EST2017-01-05 00:28:25 GMT
    Grant is originally from Nashville, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in spring 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in meteorology with a minor in broadcast communications.  Grant was also able to intern with WKRN News 2 in Nashville, where he learned behind Davis Nolan, who is originally from New Orleans and has been in the broadcasting business for over 30 years. Being able to intern at the same station he watched as a child was very excit...More >>
    Grant is originally from Nashville, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in spring 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in meteorology with a minor in broadcast communications.  Grant was also able to intern with WKRN News 2 in Nashville, where he learned behind Davis Nolan, who is originally from New Orleans and has been in the broadcasting business for over 30 years. Being able to intern at the same station he watched as a child was very excit...More >>
  • Christian Piekos

    Christian Piekos

    Thursday, April 27 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-04-27 22:23:36 GMT
    Christian Piekos is from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2016 with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. While in school, Christian served as an anchor, reporter and producer for his local NBC-affiliate, KOMU-8 News, in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked for CBS News. Christian ran scripts and worked in the “green room” for “CBS This Morning.” He worked closely with the sho...More >>
    Christian Piekos is from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2016 with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. While in school, Christian served as an anchor, reporter and producer for his local NBC-affiliate, KOMU-8 News, in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked for CBS News. Christian ran scripts and worked in the “green room” for “CBS This Morning.” He worked closely with the sho...More >>
  • Taylor Verrico

    Taylor Verrico

    Taylor Verrico is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bethany College in 2014, where she played four years of basketball while earning her BA in Communications.  After graduating, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend The Carolina School of Broadcasting. While in school, she completed internships with the WBTV Sports Team, The Charlotte Hornets, Davidson College and The Charlotte Vibe, a local YouTube channel covering The Carolina Panthers.  After...

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    Taylor Verrico is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bethany College in 2014, where she played four years of basketball while earning her BA in Communications.  After graduating, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend The Carolina School of Broadcasting. While in school, she completed internships with the WBTV Sports Team, The Charlotte Hornets, Davidson College and The Charlotte Vibe, a local YouTube channel covering The Carolina Panthers.  After...

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  • Jatrissa Wooten

    Jatrissa Wooten

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    After 28 hours on the road from her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, to Lake Charles, Jatrissa is thrilled to be part of the KPLC family as a reporter/producer. She graduated from Barry University in Miami with a B.A. degree in Broadcast and Emerging Media. While in school, she interned for companies such as WLRN -TV, a Miami public television station - Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), a Boston public television station and Peel and Eat Boston, a post-production company conc...

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    After 28 hours on the road from her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, to Lake Charles, Jatrissa is thrilled to be part of the KPLC family as a reporter/producer. She graduated from Barry University in Miami with a B.A. degree in Broadcast and Emerging Media. While in school, she interned for companies such as WLRN -TV, a Miami public television station - Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), a Boston public television station and Peel and Eat Boston, a post-production company conc...

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  • Sophia Landry

    Sophia Landry

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 1:08 PM EST2017-12-13 18:08:54 GMT

    Sophia Landry has been working at KPLC since she was 16. In her four years at the station, she's worked as an editor, a producer, and now she's a digital reporter! Sophia is currently studying Mass Communications at McNeese and plans on graduating with a degree in journalism. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys painting, cooking, reading, and listening to music.

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    Sophia Landry has been working at KPLC since she was 16. In her four years at the station, she's worked as an editor, a producer, and now she's a digital reporter! Sophia is currently studying Mass Communications at McNeese and plans on graduating with a degree in journalism. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys painting, cooking, reading, and listening to music.

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  • Lee Zurik

    Lee Zurik

    As the city of New Orleans's most honored investigative reporter, Lee Zurik joined Fox 8 in November of 2009 and took to the airwaves on May 5, 2010.

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    As the city of New Orleans's most honored investigative reporter, Lee Zurik has been uncovering and reporting impactful stories on WVUE since 2009.

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  • Dave McNamara

    Dave McNamara

    Dave McNamara has more that 30 years of experience in broadcasting. Before starting a production company in Phoenix, AZ in 2006, Dave worked as a reporter at a local television in New Orleans for 16 years.

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    Dave McNamara has more that 30 years of experience in broadcasting. Before starting a production company in Phoenix, AZ in 2006, Dave worked as a reporter at a local television in New Orleans for 16 years.

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