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Nick Ortego

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Although born in Louisiana, and raised in Northern Virginia, Nick Ortego now calls Hattiesburg home.  After attending the University of Southern Mississippi, Nick began reporting for WDAM in 2003.

For several years Nick covered many top Stories at News Seven in both Lamar County and in the City of Hattiesburg.  While Nick was building relationships in the Pine Belt reporting, he was also working in the Weather Department.  Over the years, Nick frequently worked morning and evening weather at news seven, and in August 2005, he covered Hurricane Katrina as it passed over the Pine Belt.

In February, 2007, Nick switched from full time in news, to full time in weather.  You can find Nick, Monday-Friday, during the 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00 Nightly News. 

Nick was awarded "Best Weathercast" by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

While Nick was weather chief, he was also working behind the scenes at WDAM as the news operations manager.

In May of 2014 Nick switched roles and became news director of WDAM.

Nick lives near Hattiesburg with his wife Leslie and has two boys, Blake and Caden.

Email: nortego@wdam.com