Doug Walker has been the Assignment Editor at WLOX since 1989, but now has gone back to his reporting roots. Doug says he will enjoy the challenge of hitting the streets once again. He also co-hosts WLOX News This Week, a weekly news magazine show with Dave Elliott.
While working as the assignment editor, Doug was responsible for the logistical operation of the newsroom including all news gathering operations at WLOX, not just concentrating in one area, and he often told reporters where to go, literally and figuratively.
Doug says, "Above all else, when it comes to journalism, I am fair to all sides involved in a story."
He went to high school several places as his father was in the military. Doug went to college right here in South Mississippi, earning an Associates Degree in Applied Science at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Doug began his career in broadcasting in 1975, and worked in radio for 14 years before giving television a try. While in radio, he was a news director for several stations, but decided that job security and a steady paycheck made television a viable option.
Doug enjoys that it's different day to day, no day is ever the same when it comes to news. He also likes the varied backgrounds of the people he works with.
He loves the people and the weather here in our area. When he's not at work, he loves to play golf with his WLOX friends, go to the beach and spend time in the sun. He also loves to spend time with his family. When he finds the time, Doug also likes to play tennis and basketball.
He's been married for more than 32 years to his beautiful wife Lila, who was born and raised in Ocean Springs. That's where they built their home. They have two daughters, Tara and Ashley. Tara is about to graduate from veterinary school at Mississippi State and start her career as a doctor, and Ashley earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is working on a masters degree in public administration at the University of Kentucky.
You can e-mail Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.