Shakari Briggs

Shakari Briggs joined WDAM 7 in February 2018 as a digital content reporter and multimedia journalist.

The Dallas, TX native and Cowboys fan for life got her start in the industry at The Shreveport Times as a breaking news multimedia journalist covering everything from officer-involved shootings to criminal court cases and city council meetings.

She’s worked at small to medium-sized newspapers ever since she graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the highly acclaimed Grambling State University. Go Tigers! In 2017, she obtained her Master of Science in Radio-Television from Arkansas State University.

While working toward her degree, she snagged her first television job at WDAM’s sister station, KAIT-TV, as an associate producer. While she was there, she worked behind the scenes helping to put together the evening and weekend newscasts by editing videos, writing scripts and fill-in producing.

Most recently, Shakari worked as a freelance journalist at The Pine Bluff Commercial reporting on the issues that mattered most to the community with a heart of compassion. Shakari’s work as a freelancer earned her Associated Press and Arkansas Press Association awards.

Shakari has always had an infectious love of writing and being a voice for those who are silenced. She believes her job as a reporter allows her to meet people she wouldn’t otherwise come in contact with--- another reason why she loves what she does.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting.

When she’s not tracking down a lead to a story, she’s being a homebody who loves to Netflix and chill. As an avid social media user, you can find her tweeting about the latest headlines and adding her colorful commentary during live tweets of her favorite shows.

Shakari is excited to explore the Pine Belt and all it has to offer, whether challenges or opportunities. If you have any suggestions on where she should visit, be sure to drop her a line. You can follow her on Twitter or on Facebook. She’d love to hear from you!

Recent Articles by Shakari

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Family of USM student killed in Thanksgiving crash speaks out

Laurel Salvation Army preps for Christmas distribution

Cleanup continues after truck vs. train crash in Lamar Co.

Teen hit, killed by train in Hub City

First Bank awards teachers with $500 classroom makeover

Walmart among companies requesting refund of campaign donations to Hyde-Smith

Lamar Co. Lifeguard Ambulance Service acquires life-saving drug

Fan grieving after thief steals Dallas Cowboys themed mailbox

Family releases funeral arrangements for slain Forrest County woman

Salem Opry House provides food, love for the soul

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Video surveillance shows man intentionally setting trailer fire in Jefferson Davis Co.

MS native pens book about Jasper County

“I’m ready to put this behind me.”

South Mississippi’s Children Center to shut down due to lack of funding

Petal responds to suit filed by widow of man killed in officer-involved shooting

Judge dismisses part of civil rights lawsuit against City of Laurel

MS man hopes to spread love, equality through #NiketheWorldChallenge

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel booed on ‘Morning Joe’ for disparaging comments

Laurel Jones Co. Animal Rescue League in danger of closing

Doctors encourage getting vaccinated ahead of flu season