Doug's Blog: Time for a change

By Doug Walker - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - My, what a difference a month makes. It's been a proverbial emotional roller coaster.

Dave Vincent, our longtime news director, announced he would be stepping down and taking over as general manager at WLOX. The job was open. Several people applied, including me. But it was not to be. Our senior reporter Brad Kessie was named news director.

I've known Brad for 20 years. We're good friends, and I'm happy for him.  He'll do a great job.  But I would be lying to you if I said I wasn't disappointed.

But this also opened up another door for me.  After 20 years of running the assignment desk at WLOX, I realized it was time for a change. It was time to get back to my roots. Listening to scanners, sitting behind a desk, answering phones, and guiding journalistic traffic had become old and stale. I needed to be invigorated once again. And I'm happy to say it's about the happen.

With the unquestioned support of the management of WLOX, I will soon become a reporter once again.  I will be on the streets, bringing you the news for south Mississippi.

I cannot express enough how much I appreciate the support of Dave, Brad, and the rest of the WLOX newsroom staff.  They felt my pain, but also feel my excitement on entering this new chapter in my life.  They are all my friends, and I'll treasure their support forever.  I only hope to live up to the expectations of myself, and my co-workers.

I want to bring you stories that are thought provoking, stories that bring change for the better. Stories that make you feel emotion, and mean something.  That is my goal, and with the support of all my friends here at WLOX, I know I can do it.

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