Former WLBT sports anchor and reporter Chuck Stinson has died. He was 60.
The Jackson, Miss., NBC affiliate said Stinson died Monday morning at his home in Madison after a long fight with immune system disorder Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare disease that can be caused by cancer or infection in adults.
“He had a spirit through this whole thing, and he had a fight through this whole thing,” said friend and colleague Doug Colson. “I don’t know how many people could have fought as long as he fought and dealt with the challenges that he dealt with.”
Stinson was 33 when he started working at WLBT in 1995. Before that, he was the sports director at WABG in Greenwood, Miss. In 2009 he took a job as director of Community Services and Relations with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.
“Chuck was a lot of fun to work with. He was always fun, always energetic,” said former WLBT photographer Wesley Harris. “We always had a really good time. Just had a lot of football games together, a lot of road trips together.”
In 2013, he returned to the station to report for the High School football Game of the Week show. He covered his last game in September 2020.
“We were hoping this day wasn’t going to come, but our hope is that he is in a better place and he doesn’t have to fight any longer,” said Randy Watkins, owner and CEO of Randy Watkins Golf Group.