Mandesha Thornton joined KPLC in November of 2017 as a Producer. She now anchors the Facebook live show, the Afternoon Update. She was born in Wisconsin and grew up between Brandon, Mississippi and Fort Loramie, Ohio. Growing up, she loved watching the news and being involved with her school and community.
Mandesha attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of her student news station Hub City TV. There, she served as an anchor, reporter, and a digital content producer. She also served as President of the Human Rights Association, Vice President of Future Black Law Students Association, the Philanthropy Commission, and the National Association of Black Journalists on campus.
Her hobbies include painting, eating great Cajun food, watching sunsets, taking photos, and making fruit smoothies.
She is ecstatic to be in Southwest Louisiana and hopes to bring her passion for people into the newsroom.