Renee Johnson is the Digital Content Director for WLOX. And while you may not know her, if you're a regular commenter on the WLOX Facebook page, she probably knows you!
Renee has been working at the station since she was a senior at Ocean Springs High School back in 1993. As a teen, she co-hosted two of the station's "Viewpoint Youth" talk shows, but fell in love with writing and all the behind-the-scenes work.
After graduating from the University of South Alabama, Renee worked as a producer for years before making the jump to WLOX.com.
She's especially proud of being part of the team that kept WLOX on the air before, during and after Hurricane Katrina's landfall in 2005. That work won the station several major journalism awards, including a Peabody, an Emmy, and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
"Every night growing up, my family sat around the dinner table and watched WLOX News. I've been lucky enough to learn from and become friends with so many of those people I looked up to as a kid."
Renee has actually spent so much time at the station over the years, she married one of her co-workers, and almost went into labor in the newsroom. She currently lives in Diamondhead with her husband, and their two children.
Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson is bringing another South Mississippian to Jackson to serve as his chief of staff. Keith Davis is currently serving as the Chief of Enforcement for the Department of Marine Resources.
A coast developer wants to turn the site of the old Tivoli Hotel into Biloxi’s newest casino resort. The 30-acre tract of beachfront land sits just west of the Biloxi Yacht Club, and has been zoned for gaming since 2007.
Two more Jackson County teenagers were arrested Thursday for making threats against their school, bringing the total to five 13-year-olds who allegedly threatened to “shoot up” St. Martin Middle School.
Narcotics agents in Hancock County just uncovered what they’re calling “an extensive marijuana growing operation” on Rotten Bayou Road. They also believe this same operation may be the source of vaping products that have been turning up in the hands of local high school students.
Sparklight has added WLOX ABC & WLOX CBS back into the channel line-up for Diamondhead/Hancock County customers. That announcement gives people in Diamondhead more opportunities to get local news from the station for South Mississippi.
Governor Phil Bryant is asking for a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi due to the Bonnet Carré Spillway opening. Such a declaration could help all those negatively impacted by the freshwater intrusion, including fishermen and related businesses, obtain financial assistance.
Attorney generals from across America are urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled while in service to our country.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s concerned about the environmental impact of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway opening. And he’s asking to meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gather more information on how it affects Mississippi.