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

  JCSD welcomes first full-time female deputy in patrol division

  Hattiesburg police surprise 6-year-old for his birthday

  Gun sales and self-defense training on the rise

  Wayne County student inspires others with his story

  USM’s Joye Lee-McNelis making an impact and coaching through cancer

  LMSA principal making an impact in her school

  Former Collins homecoming queen sings national anthem at NBA game

  Sacred Heart teacher celebrates win against cancer

  Laurel resident making a positive impact in her community

  CrossFitter with special needs receives overwhelming support for T-shirt design

  Foxworth man reunites with his lost dog

Laurel police see reduction in traffic accidents in January

  Special Olympics athlete finds CrossFit family in Hattiesburg

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee seeking third term

Deputies working to identify couple who stole trailer, ATV

  Sacred Heart teacher recognized as MHS History Teacher of the Year

  South Jones Elementary starts virtual learning due to COVID outbreak

Jones County suspect arrested in Jackson County

  Former West Jones Mustang wins national title with the Crimson Tide

MLKCDC hosts online Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

  Extra Table distributed 5.7M pounds of food in 2020

  Veterans Memorial Museum closed until further notice

Laurel police searching for man wanted for fatal hit-and-run

One killed, two hospitalized after wreck in Laurel

New stadium construction underway in Columbia

JCSO: Man allegedly used social media to contact teen girl for sex

Jones County extends mask order for county buildings

  Sacred Heart student accepted into Ivy League school

Laurel police identify suspects in Christmas Eve drive-by shooting

  2020 Year in Review: Historical events in Mississippi