Bio

 

- Emmy-nomination for ‘On-Camera Talent’
- Press Club of New Orleans ‘Best News Anchor’ (2012, 2013)
- Press Club of New Orleans ‘ Social Media Presence’ winner (2012,2013, 2014)
– The Gambit’s ‘Best Media Personality on Twitter’ (2013, 2014)

Work History }

Scott Walker, a Metairie native, anchors WDSU News at 4, 5 and 10 p.m.

Scott has spent 18 years covering news and sports at TV stations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. After waking up at 3 a.m. to anchor morning newscasts for nine years, he had a chance to return to his roots, throw out the alarm clock and co-anchor New Orleans’ first 4 p.m. newscast. The Times-Picayune previewed the newscast’s launch. In less than two years on the air, WDSU News at 4 ascended to the number one spot in the time period. WDSU News at 5 also finished number one. (July 2011, adults 25-54.) All the talk about WDSU’s rising status in the market spurred a newspaper article focusing on the “who’s number one?” debate.

Since returning home, Scott has covered the Saints magical run to Super Bowl XLIV and the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. During WDSU’s extensive oil spill coverage, Scott made local and national headlines after his confrontation with private security guards trying to limit media access on Grand Isle beach.

WESH Morning Crew | Orlando, FL | 2009

Prior to WDSU, from 2007-2009, Scott worked at WESH-TV in Orlando. WESH, like WDSU, is owned by Hearst Television.

While in Orlando, Scott anchored four hours of morning news on WESH and WKCF, a CW affiliate. He also anchored the station’s noon newscast. During his time there, Scott was part of the team that guided the morning newscast from number three to number one for the first time in 5 years. He also covered several big local and national stories, including a 70-car pileup on Interstate 4, wildfires, the Casey Anthony murder case and Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.

Sen. Barack Obama | Orlando, FL | 2008

In late 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama campaigned in Orlando, Scott was the only reporter in Central Florida to interview the future president one-on-one.

Before Orlando, Scott worked at WPMI-TV in Mobile from 2000-2007. There he co-anchored an award-winning morning newscast and the station’s noon newscast. The morning newscast also climbed from number three in the market to number one during his time there. He was named Best News Anchor by the Mobile Press Club.

WPMI | Mobile, AL | 2001

In 2004 and 2005, Scott covered several tropical storms and hurricanes, including Ivan, Arlene, Cindy, Dennis and Katrina. During Hurricane Ivan coverage, WPMI’s broadcast tower was toppled by a tornado. During Katrina, the station’s generator caught fire, knocking the signal off the air for 18 hours. Scott joined his fellow anchors as they moved their storm coverage — mid-hurricane — to a TV-ready radio studio and delivered news and information with their radio partners.

It was in Mobile, in 2006, that Scott’s association with the world-famous Mobile Leprechaun began.

Scott began his career in broadcasting in Mississippi, at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg. While still a junior in college, he was named weekend sports anchor.

After graduation, Scott worked as a sports anchor at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Miss., where he covered the Saints, college bowl games, NCAA baseball and basketball tournaments and Mississippi State’s 1998 run to the College World Series. He also co-anchored the station’s popular Sunday night sports program.

Pres. George Bush | Gulfport, MS | 1999

From Jackson, Scott moved to south Mississippi to a start-up news operation, WXXV-TV, the FOX affiliate in Gulfport-Biloxi. He was the station’s first sports director and later served in his first full-time role at the news desk, co-anchoring the 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts for nearly two years.

Scott attended St. Angela Merici School, Brother Martin High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He graduated from Southern Miss in 1997 and was named the Outstanding Senior in Broadcast Journalism.

Louisiana Superdome | August 2009

Scott’s wife, Jennifer, grew up in Labadieville, near Thibodaux. The couple has two boys.

Scott’s father, Bob, was a longtime New Orleans radio broadcaster.

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