A Mandeville native, Olivia Vidal covered news all around Louisiana before returning home to join the FOX 8 News team.
She has previously worked at FOX 8's sister stations, KPLC in Lake Charles and KSLA in Shreveport.
She began her TV career at KPLC as a reporter after graduating from LSU in 2011.
She left in 2013 to take on a morning reporter position at KPLC’s sister station, KSLA News 12, in Shreveport.
Olivia returned to KPLC in 2014 to help launch a Raycom Media smartphone app before accepting a position with a local public relations firm. From there, she moved into a communications specialist role for a local petrochemical company in the Greater Lake Charles area.
After two years of working in the petrochemical industry, she returned to KPLC before joining the FOX8 team.
Halloween is coming up, and many families across the Lake Area want to provide a little sense of normalcy for their children and give them something to look forward to. That’s why one Houston-based nonprofit decided to donate hundreds of Halloween costumes.
KPLC has received many emails and messages from viewers wondering why they are getting evicted and if it’s legal. Renters have certain rights and landlords have certain rights - all spelled out in the Louisiana Civil Code.
Support groups for veterans such as VFWs and American Legion posts have been around for decades. These organizations have supported veterans from both world wars, Vietnam and Korea, but now as the veterans get older, the generation gap gets wider.
Across Calcasieu Parish schools, approximately 500 students have a food-related allergy. Of those, about 215 students are severely allergic to nuts. Administrators and educators with Calcasieu Parish go above and beyond to make sure students stay healthy and safe at school.
Some of the best fishing takes place in the shallow marshes of Southwest Louisiana. Kayak fishing is the best of both worlds—bringing together two separate outdoors sports, allowing fishermen to fish wherever, whenever.
The north part of Lake Charles is a diamond in the rough. It’s an area that many feel is often times forgotten about, and behind when it comes to development. But to some residents, it’s all about perception, and many are ready to change that.
It's a culture that runs strong in Southwest Louisiana... rodeo culture that is. And for many, it's a way of life that starts at a young age. Rodeo participants prepare throughout the year with hopes of qualifying for state and local rodeos, vying for a chance to qualify for national championships.
According to the LSU AgCenter, gnats, rather than mosquitoes, may be the reason behind your recent bug bites. As a member of the black fly family, turkey gnats, buffalo gnats, and ‘no-see-ums’ are just a few of the names of these little pests. LSU AgCenter Entomologist Sebe Brown says gnats can be a problem mostly during late winter to early spring, and because of Louisiana’s cooler-than-usual winter, the gnats may have an extended season. The good news is th...
I am honored and so excited to return to KPLC to co-anchor the Sunrise and Fox29 morning newscasts. Lake Charles has been my home for the last seven years. I started as a reporter at KPLC after graduating LSU in 2011, moved to Shreveport to our sister station KSLA for one year as a reporter, came back to KPLC to help launch a social media app… all before making a career change to public relations and communications for a petrochemical company in the Lake Area. S...