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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nestled in the historic district of Laurel along North 5th Avenue, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art stands as a centerpiece of art and culture, with a history just as colorful and intriguing as the exhibits inside.
Whether it’s a house, a boat, a car, a credit card or even a job, if money is attached, so is your credit score. That number comes from your credit reports, which reflect your financial history. But that history could be wrong.
Mississippi is one of 17 states that has some type of hate crime law, but does not require data collection on those hate crimes. Looking through the last few years there are only a handful of Pine Belt law enforcement agencies that are part of the reporting program.
If the saying, “birds of a feather flock together” is true, then there’s perhaps no truer place to see it then at Paul B. Johnson state park in Forrest County in mid-April. That’s when camp bluebird perches in the pines.
A Jones County man files a motion for a change of venue in a wrongful death case against him. In court papers, Greg Burroughs claims he won’t be able to get a fair trail in Jones County, pointing to media coverage.
It’s only .7 miles long, has four stop signs, about 50 homes and just a few businesses with addresses putting them on Dabbs Street in Hattiesburg. That less than one mile of road has the attention of Police Chief Anthony Parker and folks who call Dabbs Street home.
On any given day in Mississippi there are more than 19,000 people locked up, in custody of the department of corrections. It’s an agency that spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and when you start looking at the breakdown of race behind bars, advocates say there’s a problem.
The Mississippi Department of Education touts success when it comes to student achievement inside the classroom. Numbers released Thursday on state testing from the 2017-2018 school year show increases in proficiency.