Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel is a true small town Southerner from South Louisiana. He rejoined the WDAM news team in June of 2013 to serve as co-anchor of News 7 Sunrise.

Before returning to WDAM he spent two and a half years covering the Mississippi State Capitol, politics and statewide stories at WLBT in Jackson. Mike previously spent three and a half years working at WDAM as a weekend anchor and investigative reporter. Before that he spent a year just across the Mississippi River at KNOE in Monroe, LA getting his start as a general assignment reporter.

Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized with more than 35 Associated Press Awards for his reporting on a wide range of stories from uncovering abuse within a Mississippi juvenile detention center to documenting the release of prisoners cleared by DNA evidence. Mike was even selected as the Howard Lett Newsperson of the Year, an award named after a pioneer in Mississippi broadcast journalism.

Mike got his degree in mass communication and broadcast journalism in 2006 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. As a LSU alum (GEAUX TIGERS), Mike appreciates a good tailgating party and anything purple and gold.

When not waking up earlier than he ever thought he would, you can find Mike out running on the Trace or relaxing at the nearest beach. Feel free to email him with any story ideas or just to say hello at mmcdaniel@wdam.com.

Recent Articles by Mike

  WDAM Investigates: Work detail escapees

WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

Pink Up: Camp Bluebirds role for cancer patients

WDAM Investigates: Unclaimed cash in Pine Belt

WDAM Investigation: Your care and where you live

Burroughs requests change of venue for wrongful death case

WDAM Investigates: Policing Dabbs Street

WDAM Investigates: Mississippi’s prison population

Two Pine Belt schools districts receive ‘A’ accountability score

WDAM Investigation: Balancing care and safety in Petal neighborhood

Investigation: Illegal spending at the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission

State auditor calls for transparency

State test scores show improved success; Petal tops the list

Miscommunication allowed rape suspect to be released from jail

MS Supreme Court refuses to review case of Hattiesburg murderer

News 7 Investigation: Tornado victim's contractor troubles

News 7 Investigation: Ellisville courthouse repairs

Perry Co. Sheriff files defamation lawsuit against county's comptroller

Wrongful death suit filed against Jones Co. manslaughter suspect

Suspect charged in Bay Springs shooting