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

  Jones County Sheriff’s Department unveils new deputy vehicles

  Laurel mayor speaks on new state flag

  Laurel approves four-year contract with Waste Pro

  Jones County mask order extended until 2021

  Laurel Salvation Army kicking off Red Kettle season Nov. 13

  Rogers, Saul head to justice court judge runoff in Jones County

  Ellisville truck fire sends one person to hospital

  Jones County sees high voter turnout on Election Day

  Top races and measures to watch in the Pine Belt

  LPD hosting annual Stuff-A-Truck food drive Monday, Tuesday

  U.S. Senate candidates’ campaign in the Pine Belt

  Miss. Secretary of State gives update on 2020 general election

  Jones County judge speaks on animal cruelty case under new law

  Jones Co. Board of Supervisors encourage residents to continue wearing masks

  Laurel looking into refinancing bonds and saving money

  Jones County continues with courthouse beautification project

  Pine Belt Women’s Sertoma hosts first fundraiser

  Hellfighters USA hold 6th Annual Freedom Ride

  10th Annual PDI Reunion held in Laurel

  Four candidates running for District 2 Jones Co. Justice Court judge

  New Laurel softball fields to be named after longtime city employee

  Laurel Police Dept. to host drug take-back event Oct. 24

Laurel to ring in 2021 with pine cone drop

  Jones Co. voters to decide fate of courthouse fountains in November

  Jones County School District expects to receive Chromebooks soon

  JC Maroon Typhoon Marching Band welcomes first service dog member

  HPSD Foundation donates 10k to help with early learning, literacy

  Jones County School District returns to traditional setting

  Columbia police to launch new initiative to help reduce violent crime

  Jones Co. supervisors looking into courthouse improvements