John Bridges - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

John Bridges

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.

He has been in broadcasting since he was 15. John started his career at radio station KIKS as a DJ and moved on to KYKZ and Q101 as news director.

In 1992, he began working behind the camera at KPLC as the news assignments editor. He anchored weekend newscasts before joining 7News Sunrise in 1996. 

John has won several Associated Press News awards and has been voted the Most Popular Media Personality by Lagniappe and The Times of Lake Charles several times.

John's favorite assignments include trips to Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, France, Norway and Cuba.

John is active in his church and assists in their video productions. An Eagle Scout, he is also an assistant Scoutmaster for his son Jacob's Boy Scout troop.

You can read John's most recent stories at the bottom of this page.

Send John an email, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. The Sunrise Facebook fan page can be found HERE.

 

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    Hometown Patriot - Homer Doty, Jr.

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 09:55:58 GMT
    Homer Doty, Jr. says he signed up for the Navy during World War 2, because he didn't want to carry a gun in the Army. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Staunch, a mine sweeper that rode ahead of the big ships as they headed to Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippines."The big ship had no protection from the submarines," said Doty. "We had the gear to detect submarines underwater. The big ships sat deep in the water. We didn't have to worry about running over those mines because we only setnine feet ...More >>
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  • La. Traveler - Fort Jesup

    La. Traveler - Fort Jesup

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:12:52 GMT
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  • Woman helps rebuild Rita-damaged pavilion for nursing home

    Woman helps rebuild Rita-damaged pavilion for nursing home

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:05 AM EDT2014-08-14 10:05:49 GMT
    When Ann Hereford visited her mother at Merryville Rehab, she noticed the outdoor pavilion in disrepair.More >>
    When Ann Hereford visited her mother at Merryville Rehab, she noticed the outdoor pavilion in disrepair.More >>
  • La. Traveler - Woodworkers Club

    La. Traveler - Woodworkers Club

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:31:49 GMT
    Lake Charles Woodworkers Club display. (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)Lake Charles Woodworkers Club display. (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)
    Whether it's a model car or helicopter, a bowl or something to hold valuable items, it's on display here at the regular meeting of the Lake Charles Woodworkers Club.More >>
    Whether it's a model car or helicopter, a bowl or something to hold valuable items, it's on display here at the regular meeting of the Lake Charles Woodworkers Club.
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  • Elton teen brings patriotism to a new level

    Elton teen brings patriotism to a new level

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-08-07 10:43:26 GMT
    Ask 18 year old Kyler Royer what's missing in America today and he'll tell you pretty fast that it's patriotism. His sophomore year at Elton High, he got the flagpole repaired. A few years later, he got the principal to replace all the tattered flags in the school replaced. Many times, Kyler likes to visit at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings. He likes to talk with his buddy, Leroy Salsman from Lafayette.Salsman is veteran of World War 2 and served in Iran. He took to Kyle...More >>
    Ask 18 year old Kyler Royer what's missing in America today and he'll tell you pretty fast that it's patriotism. His sophomore year at Elton High, he got the flagpole repaired. A few years later, he got the principal to replace all the tattered flags in the school replaced. Many times, Kyler likes to visit at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings. He likes to talk with his buddy, Leroy Salsman from Lafayette.Salsman is veteran of World War 2 and served in Iran. He took to Kyle...More >>
  • La. Traveler - Fisher sawmill

    La. Traveler - Fisher sawmill

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-08-06 10:25:33 GMT
    Just off U.S. 171 between Florien and Many lies the Village of Fisher, a living example of what the timber industry was like here in Louisiana back in the early 1900s. Residents have preserved the town square, complete with the original train depot and offices for the sawmill."This was the safe where they actually kept their money," said Susan Slay, a Fisher native and current mayor, pointing to one of city hall's relics. "I would come over - I was quite young - line up with the others and go...More >>
    Just off U.S. 171 between Florien and Many lies the Village of Fisher, a living example of what the timber industry was like here in Louisiana back in the early 1900s. Residents have preserved the town square, complete with the original train depot and offices for the sawmill."This was the safe where they actually kept their money," said Susan Slay, a Fisher native and current mayor, pointing to one of city hall's relics. "I would come over - I was quite young - line up with the others and go...More >>
  • Hometown Patriot - Joe Dutreix

    Hometown Patriot - Joe Dutreix

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:35:27 GMT
    During the Second World War, the country of Iran was used as a transfer post to keep supplies headed to Russia. At that time, that country was a U.S. ally in the war against Germany. Joe Dutreix was a staff sergeant in the Army.More >>
    During the Second World War, the country of Iran was used as a transfer post to keep supplies headed to Russia. At that time, that country was a U.S. ally in the war against Germany. Joe Dutreix was a staff sergeant in the Army.More >>
  • Jep Turner - WWII veteran and charter boat captain

    Jep Turner - WWII veteran and charter boat captain

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-05-20 16:42:18 GMT
    At the age of 94, Jeptha Edgar Turner, Junior isn't looking back. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during the second world war, Turner says the experience changed him forever. "When I went into the Navy, IMore >>
    At the age of 94, Jeptha Edgar Turner, Junior isn't looking back. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during the second world war, Turner says the experience changed him forever. "When I went into the Navy, IMore >>
  • Full-service gas station still around in Sulphur

    Full-service gas station still around in Sulphur

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:18 AM EST2014-03-05 15:18:55 GMT
    Since 1952, there's always been a gas station here at the corner of Highway 90 and Willow Street. Back then, Bob's Service Station pumped Cities Service gas. Decades later, the Nezat family continuesMore >>
    Since 1952, there's always been a gas station here at the corner of Highway 90 and Willow Street. Back then, Bob's Service Station pumped Cities Service gas. Decades later, the Nezat family continuesMore >>
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