I grew up in a small, rural Mississippi town where not a lot ever happened. Gossip columns, school and church announcements, and hunting trophies made up the vast majority of headlines in the local weekly paper. But, in that small town was the compulsion to share stories. Every person, from the deputy who directed traffic near the school to the group of elderly veterans who sat and sipped coffee every morning at the local pharmacy to the lady behind the serving counter of the butcher shop, would stop and share epic tales of life disguised as mild mannered daily anecdotes. These natural storytellers shaped my early life, ingraining that same desire to communicate and connect. Attending the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, I was further exposed to a rare collection of talented and experienced journalism professors. Also a student of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, I had access to a series of respected and influential mentors including writer Curtis Wilkie, documentarian Michael Farrell, and broadcaster Tom Brokaw. As a student I was given opportunities to cover and interview figures like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and intern with the 2008 Presidential Debate Commission, CNN, and WTOK-TV. I graduated in 2010 with honors, completing a senior thesis on the influence of social media. My professional career began at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. During two years at the ABC affiliate, I worked as a multi-media reporter covering breaking news, severe weather, and continuing events like the BP Oil Spill. Within my first year, I took over the weekend anchor desk and oversaw weekend assignments. In 2012 I moved to Baton Rouge to join WAFB. Since then I've worked as a reporter, covering breaking news and major events like the historic 2016 flooding and protests following a police involved shooting in July 2016 and the weekend anchor. I am now the 6 and 10 anchor for 9 News.
The 2018 Out of The Darkness Walk for suicide prevention is scheduled for October 20. This year’s event will be held in a new location at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.
Fishing was something Walker native Matthew Baxter hoped to share with his son, also named Matthew. However, when 3-year-old Matthew actually managed to hook a small fish, his reaction was not what you'd expect.
January brought hard times for Edith Mosley Doucet, both emotionally and financially. Suddenly, she needed help making ends meet just to put food on the table. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank filled that need.
With kids out of school, Manning says the demand for help goes up, but donations often don't. That's why the Food Bank launched its latest donation campaign, Stand Up to Hunger, with help from Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake and WAFB.