Vanessa Pacheco

Vanessa Pacheco

Anchor/Multimedia Journalist

Moselle, MS

Vanessa Pacheco is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist at WDAM.

She began her broadcasting career at WDAM in 2012. During her time at the television station, she was nominated for various Associated Press Broadcasters awards, including Best Investigative Reporting, Best Documentary and Best Franchise Reporting.

In 2015, she left WDAM and moved to Los Angeles, Calif. After living there for almost five years, Vanessa decided to move back to the south and has returned to WDAM. She is excited to inform the community once again through her reports and ready to catch up on all the southern food she missed out on.

Vanessa graduated from Grambling State University with a master’s degree in Mass Communications. She was scouted by the university while attending high school and received a scholarship to play for their women’s soccer team. During her four years playing, she received two SWAC Championship rings.

Born in Houston, Texas, Vanessa is a sports fanatic and roots for all the hometown teams. She loves the Houston Texans, but also cheers on the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, she has two football teams. In her free time, she also enjoys traveling, graphic design, video editing and loves spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.

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Recent Articles by Vanessa

  Secretary of State speaks on finding poll workers for elections

  Fundraiser held for domestic abuse shelter in Laurel

  Officials provide update on Sally’s threat to Pine Belt

  Pine Belt officials give update on storm shelters

  Jones County officials prepare for Tropical Storm Sally

  Southern Pines Animal Shelter gives updates on rescued Jones County dogs

  City of Columbia hosting annual 9/11 events

  Laurel City Council approves 2021 budget during meeting

  Pine Belt locals react to low Labor Day gas prices

  Forrest County superintendent gives three-week update

  State Auditor concerned with accuracy of education data

  MDE technology vendor list raises questions among state auditor, school districts

  4 new officers sworn in at Laurel Police Department

  Jones County School District updates COVID-19 plan

  Jones County Sheriff’s Department testing new taser for deputies

  JCSD website averaging 39K unique visitors per month

  Jones County EOC prepare residents ahead of storms

  Sorority hosts Laurel drive-thru voter registration drive

  Laurel awards $3.8M bid for sportsplex expansion project

  Laurel police officers commended for saving man’s life

  Laurel officers recognized for arresting capital murder suspect

  3 Northeast Jones coaches test positive for COVID-19; football team quarantined

  Several Pine Belt school districts start classes Monday

  Pine Belt school districts report COVID-19 cases

Jones County School District announces first COVID-19 case

  Chromebook delivery delayed for many Pine Belt school districts

LHA extends summer feeding program to Aug. 14

  Pink Up: Laurel breast cancer survivor tells her story

  Jones County School District revises reopening plan

  Laurel Fire Department looking to hire six firefighters