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Dave McNamara

Dave McNamara has more than 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. His feature stories, investigative reports and live coverage of breaking news have earned numerous awards at the local, regional and national level.

Dave has been a go-to reporter for live coverage of Gulf Coast hurricanes from Andrew in 1992 through Katrina in 2005. He covered the standoff in Waco, the bombing in Oklahoma City, the 2000 Presidential Election controversy in Florida, and the meeting of American Catholic Cardinals at the Vatican.

Beyond the hard news, Dave has developed series of feature stories that spotlighted the unique places, people and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Years before Hurricane Katrina, Dave was reporting on the disappearing wetlands of coastal Louisiana and the increasing vulnerability of New Orleans to a catastrophic hurricane.

In 2003, Dave produced an hour-long documentary on the Mississippi River, introducing local television viewers to the history, people and places that are part of the great river from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The River Story earned both a national Telly Award and a regional Emmy. Other reports and features were awarded regional and national Murrows and a Peabody.

Dave owns and manages Bayou Digital Media LLC, a Baton Rouge video production company. You can reach Dave by e-mailing him at heartoflouisiana@fox8live.com.
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    Eliminating hunger for thousands of our senior citizens and keeping their minds at ease-- that's the mission of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury's Food for Seniors service. Every third Friday of the month, senior residents of Calcasieu parish can sign up to receive a box of food, but it's a lot more than that. “A lot of people if they didn't have this they couldn't make it and I know some of them wouldn't have anything to eat,” said Betty Landry a recipient of the Food ...

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  • Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Sunday, November 19 2017 7:35 PM EST2017-11-20 00:35:27 GMT
    Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

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    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Could not ask for better weather during our Thanksgiving week

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    Sunday, November 19 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-11-19 23:30:04 GMT
    Nice weather on MondayNice weather on Monday

    Through the rest of tonight, we will have clear skies with rain chances down to zero. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 30s to the low 40s tonight, so it will be cooler from last night. With the clouds clearing, that will allow temperatures to quickly fall. Frost is possible north of I-10! Monday will be another beautiful day! Highs will remain in the mid 60s with mostly sunny skies. There could be a few more clouds in the afternoon, but none that will bring any rain. 

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    Through the rest of tonight, we will have clear skies with rain chances down to zero. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 30s to the low 40s tonight, so it will be cooler from last night. With the clouds clearing, that will allow temperatures to quickly fall. Frost is possible north of I-10! Monday will be another beautiful day! Highs will remain in the mid 60s with mostly sunny skies. There could be a few more clouds in the afternoon, but none that will bring any rain. 

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