FOX 8 News:
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John Snell

New Orleans has been called "the unique American place." I can't think of a better description or a more fascinating place for a reporter to work. As America's cities look more and more like one another, New Orleans retains its distinct character.

A local TV station has a special relationship with its community. No other medium can bring local events, often live as they happen, into your living room. If it's flooding across town, we're there, and so are our viewers. 70,000 people may pack the Superdome on a given Sunday, but television brings hundreds of thousands together in a shared experience to root for the home team. If a hurricane bears down on Louisiana, we can warn people with technology no one could have fathomed only a generation ago. Covering hurricanes and the Saints are the easy calls; our job each day is to sift through the details, to take 30 minutes of the viewer's time and capsulize life in Southeast Louisiana.

John Snell
FOX 8 News

John Snell
John Snell
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Education: B.S. in Radio-Televison, Southern Illinois University
Hobbies/Pastimes: Golf, Reading, Spending time with my son
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Nancy Parker

New Orleans is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It's easy to get swept up in its magical sights and sounds. I am hooked. Covering news here is more of an adventure than a job. You never know what surprises await you at the beginning of a day, and the people of south Louisiana have such amazing stories to tell. It's our job as broadcasters to tell those stories factually, through their eyes. It's our job to gain viewers trust and keep it. I came to WVUE after six great years anchoring the news at WAFB in Baton Rouge, and before that I worked in Montgomery, Alabama at WSFA-TV. I started my broadcasting career as Alabama bureau chief for WTVM in Columbus, GA. That's near my hometown of Opelika, Alabama. I spent my first year out of college in our nation's capital as a congressman's press aid.

I knew from the age of six I wanted to be a reporter: I was constantly asking my parents questions----and never shut up. As a senior in high school, I worked as Assistant News Director of a local radio station in Opelika. That's when my love affair with the business began. I never regretted my decision to be a reporter---and working in a city like New Orleans is an addiction an Alabama girl could get used to.

Nancy Parker
FOX 8 News

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Previous Employment: News Anchor, WAFB, Baton Rouge;
WSFA-TV, Montgomery;
WTVM, Columbus, Georgia
Hometown: Opelika, Alabama
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Karen Boudrie

Before coming to FOX 8 News I started up the news department for a new independent TV station in southeast Georgia. As News Director and main Anchor my team at WBSG-TV won several state Associated Press awards after just nine months on the air.

My most interesting story was when I covered the murder trial and subsequent appeals of Carlos Deluna. After six years of reporting on this Texas man who was condemned to death, he was executed. His last phone call, one hour before he was executed, was to me. I plan to write a book about my experiences with this death row inmate.

In addition to my duties at FOX 8 News, I also host a cable TV show for Jefferson parish called "Jefferson Journal" where I goe in depth on issues and events in that parish and interview various guests.

Karen Boudrie
FOX 8 News

Karen Boudrie
Karen Boudrie
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Awards: Numerous Awards Over 16 Years
Organizations: Board Member, New Orleans Chapter of Bread for the World; Feeding the Homeless volunteer; LA-SPCA volunteer; Affordable Housing Committee Member, Bridge House
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Janet Gross

I was born in Ohio and moved to New Orleans in 1987.  I started at FOX 8 News in 1992 but I have worked in television news for 10 years in Michigan, Ohio and Louisiana.

My husband is Heath Allen and we have three girls: a five-year-old and three-year-old twins.

Janet Gross
FOX 8 News

Janet Gross
Janet Gross
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Hobbies/Pastimes: Church, My Kids, Food, Home Repair and Remodeling
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Kim Holden

I have a genuine interest in people and their stories which led to my 10 year career in television here at FOX 8 News. Plus, I'm nosy. I like to dig for information and then inform people of things they need to know.

The biggest story I've covered was Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. My five days there were life-changing. The death and destruction I saw made me realize how precious life is and how much we have to be thankful for.

At FOX 8 News I want simply to be the best "storyteller" on television and to tell stories that make a difference in people's lives.

I enjoy exercising and spending time with my 2 children -- because your health and your family are two of the most important things in life.

Kim Holden
FOX 8 News

Kim Holden
Kim Holden
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Education: B.A. in Communications, Loyola University
Awards: Best Newscast (Producer), New Orleans Press Club, 1992
Organizations: March of Dimes
Hobbies/Pastimes: Exercising, Spending time with my kids
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Jon Huffman

I have been a reporter with FOX 8 News for the past six years, but my career in broadcasting goes back much farther than that. I started as a radio news reporter in my hometown of Steubenville, Ohio, in 1974 before switching to television news.

In my 25 years in the industry, I've won numerous awards, including four Emmys. In the 1980's I hosted a local edition of the nationally-syndicated "PM Magazine" TV show, producing and writing dozens of stories shown across the country.

My professional life actually began as a musician. In the early 1970's, while still in college, I toured the country as a featured singer with the show band "The Caldwells."

Today I live in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans where I own and operate a bed and breakfast in addition to my daily reporting duties at FOX 8.

Jon Huffman
FOX 8 News

Jon Huffman
Jon Huffman
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Awards: 4 Emmys and Numerous Other Awards
Hobbies/Pastimes: Singing
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Mike Longman

Prior to my start in 1995 at FOX 8 News, I've worked in New Orleans for WWL-TV and WWL-AM, the CBS Radio Network, WGSO, and WQUE. I also have news experience from WELI in New Haven and WBAB in New York.

In addition, I am an instrument rated multi-engine commercial pilot, which has enabled me to do traffic reports and fly to news stories. I had speaking parts in "JFK" and "Dead Man Walking."

The biggest news stories I have covered are the Waco/Koresh stand-off, the Oakdale prison riot, and countless hurricanes.

Mike Longman
FOX 8 News

Mike Longman
Mike Longman
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Education: B.A. in English, Tulane University
Awards: New Orleans Press Club; Jim Metcalf Award, 1984 & 1998 (Top Honors), 1st Place - Investigative, Deadline News, Feature & Continuing Coverage, American Bar Association - Silver Gavel & Sigman Delta Chi, Green Eye Shade
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Rob Masson

I'm a New Orleans native, graduating from Bonnabel High School in 1974 and LSU in 1979.

At FOX 8 I strive to be the best reporter and anchor I can be.

The biggest stories I've ever covered are Hurricane Andrew, Edwin Edwards' trial, the 1988 Republican Convention, and the Rayburn/Bankston trial.

My favorite pastimes are tennis and golf because they are challenging and relaxing. I also enjoy fishing, jogging and camping.

Rob Masson
FOX 8 News

Rob Masson
Rob Masson
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Education: B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, LSU
Awards: Numerous A.P. and New Orleans Press Club Awards for Deadline Reporting, General Reporting and Series Reporting; Honor Graduate, Bonnabel High School;   1979 WLSU News Director
Organizations: Board Member, Bright School for the Deaf; Cub Scouts; Pelican Park Athletics
Hobbies/Pastimes: Tennis, Golf, Fishing,  Jogging, Camping
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Sabrina Wilson

I am a veteran broadcast journalist with over 17 years of news gathering experience. I began my career at news/talk station WGSO-AM in New Orleans during the early eighties and then was a news reporter for WWL 870 AM for 14 years. I joined the FOX 8 News team in October 1996.

The main focus of my reporting is on local and state governmental issues but my reporting experience is extensive. I've covered everything from Presidential and Papal visitts to politics and education, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

I am proud to continually be recognized for excellence in journalism, winning numerous awards for outstanding reporting. In addition to reporting the news on FOX 8, I have also appeared as a panelist on WYES-TV's "Informed Sources," a public television show which focuses on state and local political issues. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University and I'm a past participant in Loyola's Writing Institute.

Sabrina Wilson
FOX 8 News

Sabrina Wilson
Sabrina Wilson
FOX 8 News

 

FOX 8 Fast Facts:
Education: B.A.in Communications, Loyola University
Awards: Numerous Awards for Excellence in Journalism, most recently a First Place Award from the New Orleans Press Club in 1998
Organizations: Board Member of the New Orleans Press Club; National Association of Black Journalists
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