Longtime anchor of Live at Five and Nightbeat, Steven is a veteran journalist with 30 years of experience in broadcast, print, and online media. In addition to presenting your news, he also works behind the scenes helping write and edit newscasts as a producer. During his two decades as a field reporter, he covered just about every kind of story that could happen in South Mississippi, ranging from presidential campaign events to a law enforcement raid on a backwoods moonshine still.
"If there's a more consistently interesting job than mine, I don't know what that might be," he says. "And it's a privilege to be able to serve the people of my home community."
A native son of Laurel with deep family roots in the Pine Belt, Steven is a proud alumnus of Northeast Jones High School, Jones County Junior College, and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism, graduating summa cum laude through the Honors College.
During his time off, Steven is an avid traveler whose journeys to date have encompassed 14 countries on four continents, and countless hours of wide-eyed wandering through dozens of the world's greatest museums and historical sites. His most recent adventure took him 10,000 miles around the world to China, where he spent a week exploring Hong Kong and Macau.
"My ambition is to travel to all six inhabited continents," he says. "So I have two more to go."
Back home in Lamar County, you might find Steven bicycling on the Longleaf Trace. "One of the best things that's ever been done for the Hattiesburg area," he calls this 41-mile-long rails-to-trails conversion. "To all the folks who made it happen, I say thank you."
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