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.