In New Orleans, WWL Fires News Director

By Andrew Gauthier 


New Orleans’ WWL has let go of News Director Chris Slaughter, who has been with the station for over 30 years. Veteran anchor Mike Hoss has taken over the ND position on an interim basis.

Slaughter has yet to comment on the move and Bud Brown, WWL’s GM, has been coy on the situation. “We’ll conduct a large search to find the right person,” Brown told The Times-Picayune about Slaughter’s successor. “Everyone will be considered.”

Slaughter was named News Director in 2006 and has achieved a significant amount of success during his tenure. Last year the station received a Peabody Award for an investigative series about about a now-defunct New Orleans affordable housing corporation. Lee Zurik, The reporter behind the story, recently left the station, though, jumping to WWL’s rival WVUE.

According to The Times-Picayune, Hoss will be considered to fill the ND role full time.