Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel

Chief Investigative Reporter/Anchor

Moselle, MS

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: Transition of power in Jones County

Jones County murder suspect arrested in Louisiana

  Spotlighting gangs in South Mississippi

  WDAM Investigates: Increased calls for MHP SWAT team

  Lumberton city leaders approve budget with hidden pay raises for themselves

  Laurel father pleads guilty to murder in 2015 death of son

  WDAM Investigates: Busted, chipped and cracked

Alleged gunman shoots at deputies, steals patrol car before being arrested

  Tracing pills: DEA database tracks prescribed opioids

  Mobile home destroyed by fire in Forrest County

Jones County School District finds new event security

  What you need to know for primary election day

  Lottery tickets set to be sold in Miss. starting Dec. 1

  WDAM Investigates: Police department woes in Columbia

Ex-Lumberton police chief sues city citing religious discrimination

  WDAM Investigates: Pricing the pumps

  7 On The Road: Helanbak triggers hometown pride

  WDAM Investigates: Chief concerns in Lumberton

Lumberton swears in Police Chief

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

  WDAM Investigates: Teacher paychecks

  WDAM Investigates: A lesson in home education

  Pink Up: Mission of Support

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

  Tasing by Waynesboro officer leads to investigation

  7 On the Road: Laurel museum built on foundation of tragedy and education

  WDAM Investigates: Credit scars

  WDAM Investigates: Hate crime numbers don’t add up

  WDAM Investigates: Expensive taxpayer-bought equipment sits around