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.
Nearly 40 dogs were rescued in August from a trailer home in Jones County after the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant. Since then, Southern Pines Animal Shelter has made sure to put all the animals back on a healthy path.
Gas Buddy predicted a national average of $2.19 per gallon this Labor Day, the lowest price since 2004. In Mississippi, the gas prices are looking better than that, with Gas Buddy showing the average price for gas at $1.86 per gallon.
As weather officials continue plotting the track of Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura, the Jones County Emergency Operations Center says residents can expect at least some rain in the area this week.