Doug Walker was the Assignment Manager at WLOX for 20 years, beginning in 1989, before going back to his reporting roots in 2009. Doug says he enjoys the challenge of hitting the streets and reporting on stories that touch our lives and have meaning.
He also co-hosts WLOX News This Week, a weekly news magazine show with Dave Elliott. They have been paired together on that show for more than 20 years.
While working as the assignment manager, Doug was responsible for the logistical operation of the newsroom including all news gathering operations at WLOX.
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 in 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, and no moment is ever the same when it comes to news. He also likes the varied backgrounds of the people he works with.
Doug says the highlight of his career so far was being invited to the White House in 2006 to interview president George W. Bush one on one for the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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, taking the boat out to Horn Island every chance he can.
He also loves to spend time with his family. He's been married for more than 36 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.
Every time you log on, you put yourself at risk to hackers, online scammers, or even worse. That’s why the Ocean Springs Chamber hosted coffee and cybertalk Friday morning, with the goal of keeping you, your family and your business safe.
With a unanimous vote, the gaming commission granted site approval for the old Margaritaville location. It’s an important first step for Biloxi House LLC, the company that has an agreement to buy the property and reopen it with an old Biloxi theme.
The Department of Marine Resources is stepping up efforts to get rid of giant salvinia, otherwise known as koi kandy. It’s an invasive plant native to the Amazon River basin, and now it’s here in South Mississippi, choking the life out of some Jackson County bayous.
Sunday marked 80 days that the Bonnet Carré spillway has been open so far this year. During that time, trillions of gallons of fresh water from the Mississippi River has found its way into the saltwater environment of the Mississippi Sound.
The state’s top legal officer is lending his voice to the growing concerns about the historic second opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Jim Hood was on the Gulf Coast Thursday talking about the impact of the opening.
There’s little doubt the saltwater environment of the Mississippi Sound has been adversely affected by freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. However, the damage is greatest at the oyster aquaculture farm south of Deer Island.
A non-indigenous plant is choking the life out of some bayous and waterways in east Jackson County. Salvinia Molesta, or Koi Kandy, is common in the Amazon and southeast Asia. It was first spotted in coastal Mississippi back in 2005, but in the past two months, the problem has gotten much worse.
Imagine you buy a vehicle that emits no emissions and uses no fossil fuels. You’re doing a good thing for the environment. However, in doing so, you’re going to pay more to the state of Mississippi for the privilege of hitting the road, thanks to a special tax passed two years ago by the legislature
If you’ve ever wondered about the impact that small businesses have on the American economy, consider this: There are 30 million small businesses in the U.S. 62% of all new private sectors jobs are created by small businesses. And more than 600,000 new small businesses will open this year.
There is growing concern about the environmental impact of the Mississippi Sound from the second opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana. All of this had led to an unprecedented meeting held in Biloxi Tuesday.