June 5, 2007

Promotion of Chris Slaughter to the position of Executive News Director for WWL-TV

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Slaughter to the position of Executive News Director for WWL-TV. In his new role Slaughter will oversee the daily news operation efforts for WWL-TV, WWL-TV.com, WUPL-TV, and Newswatch 15. He is the sixth person to hold the title executive news director at WWL-TV since the station signed on the air in September of 1957.

Chris has been acting as the interim news director since September 2006 following the departure of Sandy Breland. He began his career at WWL 30 years ago. During his tenure on the assignment desk back in the late 80's, WWL twice won the Murrow Station of the Year award. One of those wins was based on breaking news coverage during May of 1987 for three of the biggest stories in the history of New Orleans, the Cabildo Fire, the Norco Refirnery Explosion and the emergency landing of a TACA jet liner in Eastern New Orleans.

Following his time on the assignment desk, Chris was asked to come up with a plan for a joint venture between WWL and Cox Cable. The result was Newswatch 15, which Chris co-designed and supervised. Following the successful integration of Newswatch 15 into the daily workflow of WWL, Chris returned to daily news as Managing Editor and years later as assistant news director. He recently represented WWL and Belo in accepting the Peabody, Murrow and Dupont awards for WWL's and BELO's precedent setting coverage of Katrina. Chris is a native New Orleanian who attended Loyola University. Chris lives in Metairie and is married to Bonnie Slaughter. He is the father of Jeffrey, a freshman student- athlete at the University of Nebraska, and Sarah, a junior at Archbishop Chapelle High School.