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.

You can email her at

Recent Articles by Vanessa

  Laurel skate park opens this week

  Laurel police release body cam footage from July 4 noise call

  Laurel approves $5M bond to fund water and sewer line improvements

  Laurel Public Safety Committee to further discuss police reform

Three truckloads of food collected during LPD’s Fill-a-Truck event

  Jones Co. supervisors vote to explore removal of once-segregated water fountains

  Fire Marshal to investigate Jones Middle School blaze

  New fire chief for Laurel sworn in

  Jones County election commissioner facing backlash for comment on social media

  Jones County sheriff addresses video circulating on social media

  Laurel mayor reflects on past with Mississippi flag

  Bok Homa Casino enhances safety measures before reopening

  Laurel mayor signs order to remove state flag from city buildings

  Two District 88 candidates prepare for Tuesday’s special election

  SBA loans assistance for residents, businesses affected by April 19 tornado ends July 20

  Laurel mask order takes effect Wednesday

  Laurel officers recognized for saving two lives

  Laurel Veterans Memorial Museum reopening

Laurel City Council passes mask order

  Pine Belt Pastors’ Coalition speaks against racial injustice

  Jones County murder investigation continues

  Temperatures on the rise in the Pine Belt

  Pine Belt residents experience increased wait times on first day of DMV reopening

  Jones County tops state list again with most COVID-19 cases in a week

  Pine Belt law enforcement policies and procedures on citizen complaints

  Laurel restaurant sees slows start since reopening

  Jones, Wayne counties experience spike in COVID-19 cases

  State Health Officer speaks on coronavirus in the Pine Belt

  Masks encouraged, but not mandated in Laurel

Jones Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for attempted car burglary suspects