Anchor of WDAM's 5, 6, and 10 o'clock evening newscasts, Steven is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience in broadcast, print, and online media. During his two decades as a field reporter, he covered just about every kind of story that you might expect could happen in South Mississippi, ranging from hurricanes to presidential campaign rallies 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.
Off-camera, Steven is an avid traveler whose journeys to date have taken him to 17 countries on six continents, most recently Australia and New Zealand.
Back home in Lamar County, you might find Steven bicycling or walking 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."
Back-to-school is always a stressful time, and COVID-19 has made it 10 times worse. Some folks have a lot of questions, others may be overwhelmed with details already. We checked in with the leader of one of the state’s largest school districts for a conversation that may help you out.
The Hattiesburg Public School District is preparing to move ahead with facility improvements after voters approved a bond renewal. The Jefferson Davis County School District awaits the verdict of voters.
On the 7th of each month we at WDAM7 pink up for breast cancer awareness. We sat down with a cancer specialist in Laurel for a conversation about where things stand now, and what lies ahead in the struggle against cancer.
Are you saving enough money for retirement? Millions of people are not, and that's a problem. A couple of studies out this spring looked at just how big the retirement gap is. Marcello Barra works hard and loves building things, except a savings account. "I haven't thought about it too much, though I know I should be," Barra said. He's got plenty of company. A national survey this spring by GoBankingRates.com found that 42 percent of Americans have less t...
Everybody in the Pine Belt knows Sanderson Farms chicken. You may buy it at the grocery store. You see the commercials on TV. But there's a lot more to this brand than you may know. We sat down with the chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms for a conversation about this hometown company, how it started in 1947, and where it's going. The headquarters of Sanderson Farms, tucked into a wooded campus on the west side of Laurel, is not the typical glass-and-steel corporate box. It's built l...
This is a news release from C Spire C Spire is convening a major technology event in Oxford on April 27 that will feature nationally acclaimed speakers and cutting edge technology demonstrations capped off by a music concert by an alternative indietronica rock group at a popular downtown nightspot. CTX – the C Spire Tech Experience - is set for Thursday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. in The Pavilion, the new $96.5 million multipurpose arena on the Ole Miss campus. "As...
The benefits of financial education are clear — higher economic growth, lower poverty rates and greater consumer confidence. This is why Experian and Credit Builders Alliance are hosting a two-day credit education training session for financial educators in Mississippi. The event is organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy and will be held March 1 - 2, 2017, at the Eagle Rid...
How does someone know if the person they are meeting for an internet exchange won't hurt them? The short answer is, there is no way to know. hat is why law enforcement agencies across the country are setting up safe zones.
CardFlight, a mobile point of sale (POS) technology provider and Security Card Services (SCS), a bank-focused merchant services provider based in the southeast, today announced their partnership to offer CardFlight's SwipeSimple solution to SCS merchants, enabling them to accept EMV chip card payments on the go. SwipeSimple is a turnkey mobile payment acceptance platform that includes an EMV-enabled mobile chip card reader, a mobile application...
Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the company is recruiting franchisees to develop an estimated 10+ new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout Mobile, AL, and Biloxi and Jackson, MS.
While there are no individual Mississippi locations listed in the Top 30 dog attack city rankings released Thursday by the U. S. Postal Service, the kickoff of National Dog Bite Awareness Week May 18-22 is no less important to the 21 Mississippians among the 5,767 postal employees attacked last year.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed a 20,000-square foot addition to its factory in Forest, already one of the biggest in the state. The extra room will allow the company to support anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare systems.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)'s Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announces the following summary of projects currently underway in South Mississippi's fourteen counties located in MDOT's District Six.
The National Crime Prevention Council (Home to McGruff the Crime Dog®), Nevada's First Lady, Kathleen Sandoval, and AlertID Founder, Keli Wilson, have teamed to raise awareness and offer resources for victims in commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).