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

Greer’s Food Tiger closes after serving Heidelberg community nearly 40 years

West Jasper Consolidated School District building new middle school

Petal PD officer named in deadly officer-involved shooting lawsuit

Board of aldermen considering moving BayFest

Foundation aims to raise awareness about childhood cancers

City announces passing of Laurel PD chief

Jasper Co. to receive $3M to fund bridge project

HPD: Endangered/missing children located

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza shutters doors in Hattiesburg

Investigators: Deadly Hattiesburg fire caused by smoking

JCSD: Two men wanted in connection to armed robbery, assault

Jury finds Aaron Jones guilty of first-degree murder

#OneEarOut aims to get people tuned into life

Walmart employees draw crowds with Christmas tunes

Pine Belt hospitals welcome Christmas babies

MHP works to ensure travel safety with “Making it Home for the Holidays” initiative

Wife follows in husband’s footsteps with new appointment

Man dies trying to save girlfriend’s daughter from house fire

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

Laurel Salvation Army preps for Christmas distribution