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16 WAPT News weekend anchor and reporter covering Jackson and central Mississippi.

Jackson native Scott Simmons handles the weekend anchor duties at 16 WAPT.

After a well-traveled 10.5 years working for Hearst-Argyle-owned WDSU in New Orleans, he brought his  wealth of experience back to Central Mississippi in 2003.

Scott was one of the lead reporters in the four-year investigation and subsequent trials of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, as well as a federal sting into the mafia and Louisiana's video-poker industry.

Scott was a regular on NBC Newschannel, MSNBC, and CNN in his coverage of more than a dozen hurricanes from Florida to Texas.

Voted Reporter of the Year by the Louisiana Associated Press, his versatility in the field is reflected in a range of other top awards in the AP categories of spot news, general news, continuing coverage and feature reporting. Other awards include Mississippi Associated Press' Newsperson of the Year and Best Investigative Reporting.

Scott graduated from Wingfield High School, where he played football and baseball. After playing baseball for Hinds Junior College, he hung up his cleats and finished his studies at the University of Mississippi.

His hobbies include beach volleyball, cycling and working with his miniature Australian Sheperd, Gumbo, and spending time with his daughter, Emilia, and a son, Evan.

You can e-mail Simmons at

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