- WDSU NewsAnchor, present
Emmy-nominated news anchor Scott Walker, a Metairie native, anchors WDSU News at 4 and 5 with Camille Whitworth and WDSU News at 10 with Norman Robinson.
Scott has spent the past 17 years covering news and sports at TV stations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and is happy to be back at home in New Orleans.
Since returning home in 2009, 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.
Before returning to New Orleans, Scott worked at WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla. for two years. WESH, like WDSU, is owned by Hearst Television.
While working in Orlando, Scott anchored four hours of morning news and the station’s noon newscast. During his time there, Scott was part of the team that guided the morning newscast from No. 3 to No. 1 for the first time in five years. He also covered several big local and national stories, including a 70-car pileup on Interstate 4, massive brush fires, the Casey Anthony murder case and Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.
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.
Prior to Orlando, Scott worked at WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala. where he co-anchored an award-winning morning newscast and the station’s noon newscast for seven years. That morning newscast also climbed from No. 3 in the market to No. 1 during his time there. He was named Best News Anchor by the Mobile Press Club.
In 2004 and 2005, Scott covered several tropical storms and hurricanes, including Ivan, Arlene, Cindy, Dennis and Katrina. During Hurricane Ivan coverage, the station’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 to a TV-ready radio studio and delivered news and information with their radio partners.
Scott began his career in broadcasting at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Miss. 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.
From there, Scott moved south to a start-up news operation, WXXV-TV, the FOX affiliate in Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., where he was the station’s first sports director. There, he 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.
He was named the Outstanding Senior in Broadcast Journalism at Southern Miss.
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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