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Randy Swan
Regional News Director - Waypoint Media

 

Randy has been part of the media world for more than 30 years.  Most know him as someone who came into their home each evening at 6:00 p.m. on WDAM-TV's newscast in Hattiesburg until he retired in February 2015.  Randy decided to come out of retirement to join Waypoint Media and Twin States News in October of 2016. 

 

Randy was born into broadcasting, with his father even holding a radio contest to name him. Raised in South Mississippi, he has spent his entire life here with the exception of five years as News Director, Anchor, and Station Manager for WABG in Greenville, Mississippi.  

 

A graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, Randy has received numerous honors including being inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.  Upon his retirement in 2015, he was recognized by the Mississippi State Legislature for his years of service to his community and his state. 

 

He is a board member of The Extra Table, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the Hattiesburg Concert Association, and is called on as a favorite voice to host major events for South Mississippi.  He continues to be involved in numerous community organizations and events including the fight against heart disease and cancer as a heart survivor himself and now as a cancer survivor.  Randy enjoys golf, bowling and traveling.

Anne Imanuel
Twin States News Anchor


Anne is from Ft. Myers, Florida and has worked at TV stations all across the Sunshine State. Most recently she was an anchor in Tampa. She's also anchored in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and worked as a reporter in Ft. Myers.

She joined Twin States News in October, 2015.

Her work has been recognized by several first place awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.

 

Anne is committed to volunteering and has dedicated her time to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society and animal rescue groups.

 

She has her very own rescue best friend! He’s a Pomeranian-poodle mix who she tries to spend as much time as possible with. Anne also enjoys reading, going to the gym (ok, she doesn’t love the gym but she goes anyway!), and traveling with her husband, Michael.

 

Follow her on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook!

Nick Smith
Twin States News Anchor

Nick Smith is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and news anchor who grew up in Chicago.  But he has called multiple corners of the country home. Nick is an Army veteran, a UC Berkeley graduate and a television professional with years both in front of and behind the camera under his belt. Most recently, Nick was part of the team to launch both a live unscripted evening talk show and a new 9 p.m. newscast for a local affiliate in Washington, D.C.

If Nick looks familiar, well, it’s because there’s a good chance you’ve seen him somewhere on TV before. His love of storytelling draws you in and lingers with you long after.

Breaking news? He’s covered it. Nick hit the ground as a field correspondent for ABC News One, covering the breaking news of national events.

But Nick’s knack is his relaxed style and ability to connect with viewers. In 2006, ABC’s summer reality show “American Inventor” had the bright idea to have Nick host. Then 2009 took off for Nick when he was chosen as talent for international airline carrier, Qantas.

In 2010, Nick hosted “The San Francisco Chronicle SFGate.com 53rd Annual International Auto Show.” There, he was spotted by producers of FOX’s Emmy Award-winning drama “24” and offered a role in the Season 8 premiere. Nick’s live reports have appeared on E! Entertainment Television, FOX News Channel, The Weather Channel, “World News Now”, “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and, most recently, “World News Tonight with David Muir”.

In 2015, Nick set off on a mission to explore the plane bite by bite in “Street Eats.” Nick didn’t just host the show. He also wrote and produced it along with his team at Tremendous Entertainment for the Travel Channel. Episodes sill air on the Asian Food Channel, broadcasting to over 130 million viewers in 13 countries. Itadakimasu!

In 2016 Nick was cast in the documentary television series “Justice By Any Means.” The one-hour true crime reenactment series features various cases involving African Americans trying to find justice for a loved one.

In 2017, Williams-Sonoma-owned West Elm identified Nick as a social media influencer. Nick was featured in their 30-second national TV spot encouraging the consumer to get “House Proud” by boasting about the grown-up and sustainable furniture and decor they’ve purchased for their homes.

When he’s not on-air, you’ll find Nick exploring new haunts, cheering for his beloved New England Patriots and looking for new stories to tell. If you see him, show some love, say hello, grab a selfie and slide in the DM’s.

Cameron Brewer
Twin States News Reporter

Cameron Brewer is a native of Conyers, Georgia, and a graduate of Albany State University (ASU) in Albany, Georgia. Cameron graduated from ASU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Mass Communication. While a senior at ASU, Cameron participated in a six-week International Internship Program at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China. One of his assignments in China included visiting media outlets in Beijing and Shanghai. During his Internship, Cameron also attended classes with university students enrolled at Xiamen University, and assisted some of his classmates with writing an article on Pollution that became so noteworthy that it was published in the Xiamen Daily newspaper.   

In 2014, Cameron joined the student news cast of the ASU Rams News Network as a Journalist. Additionally, while attending ASU, Cameron worked as a on-air Personality for the school radio station, WASU Real 92.7, hosting his weekly Quiet Storm evening program. He became a very popular radio host on campus, and many students and faculty members tuned in to listen to his weekly radio show. Known also, by his radio ‘Call Name,’ DJ Cam-I-Be, Cameron has had the opportunity to deejay for many wedding receptions, anniversary, birthday and retirement parties, various local Atlanta Public School functions, and for the United Way, sponsoring a program focusing on the awareness and need for students to stay in school.

Cameron joined the Twin States News team in April of 2018 as a Multimedia Journalist and is very excited to be a part of both the news team and the Meridian community. He is an active member of the Albany State University Alumni (DeKalb County) Chapter, has a strong sense of Christian faith, and looks forward to transferring his church membership to a local community church. During his down-time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, disc jockeying for various events, traveling, and playing with Evan, his Yorkie Terrier.

Have a story idea?  Email him at cbrewer@wgbctv.com.

Celeste Smith
Twin States News Reporter

Celeste Smith joined the Twin States News team as a Multimedia Journalist in October 2019. She is from Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Prior to joining the newsroom, Celeste studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in Media Studies in 2018. While at UNCG, she interned at Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation, Access 21 TV, in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

While completing her studies, Celeste received UNCG's Bronze and Silver awards for Leadership and Service. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and the National Association of Black Journalists, Celeste has a passion for serving her community.  

Have a story idea?  Email her at csmith@wgbctv.com.

Sawyer Wells
Twin States News Meteorologist

Sawyer Wells grew up just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the town of Owasso. Since as far back as he can remember he has always been fascinated by the complexity of the atmosphere and the ability of it to change within a matter of minutes.

Growing up Sawyer was involved in many sports and activities such as baseball, basketball, tennis, and marching band. After graduating high school he went to the University of Oklahoma where he received his degree in Meteorology. While there he was involved in a National Science Foundation research project that used drones, studied winter weather forecasting, and was even among one of the first students in the world to use the new GOES-16 satellite for research. Sawyer was also an anchor for four years on "OU Nightly", a student-run newscast seen throughout Oklahoma on cable.

In his free time, Sawyer enjoys hanging out with friends, playing games, going to the gym, building computers, and playing with his dog, Khadgar.

 

Zach Simonar
Twin States News Sports Anchor

Zach joins the Twin States News sports team from Lewiston, Idaho where he previously worked for CBS affiliate, KLEW-TV. There, Zach anchored and reported as the stations Sports Director covering D-I collegiate programs including the PAC12’s Washington State Cougars and the Sun Belt, turned Big Sky’s Idaho Vandals. He also covered the NAIA’s Lewis-Clark State College Warriors.

Outside the studio, Zach also works independently for the SWAC Digital Network where he serves as a play-by-play and color-analyst for a variety of different sports in the conference. The Wisconsin native always dreamed of working as a sportscaster in some capacity from a young age. He got his start in radio, working as the Assistant Sports Director at Cub Radio, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for four years. During that time Zach covered the Milwaukee Bucks and NASCAR while working as an overnight DJ on weekends before graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, with a degree in Converged Broadcast Media.

Zach is a huge sports fan and enjoys cheering on his alma mater, both on the hardwood as well as the gridiron. As for Zach’s favorite team, that’s a no-brainer, he’s a die-hard Milwaukee Bucks fan.

Outside of work, Zach enjoys traveling and sight-seeing with his wife, Adesimbo, and new puppy, Mylo. At just 27 years of age, Zach has been to 38 different states in the U.S. but has yet to be out of the country -- something he hopes to do in the near future.

Bailey Wilborn
Twin States News Sports Anchor

 

Bailey was born and raised in Garland, Texas. She grew up playing and watching sports with her family. She knew that she wanted to make sports part of her career. 
 
Bailey graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. In college, she got her first internship with KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston. 
 
In her free time she likes to watch sports and play video games with her friends. 
 
Bailey's favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, and of course, the Houston Cougars.

 

Peter Noll

Group Promotions Director

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Doug Morris

Digital Media Manager

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Lucky Lisenbe

Program Director

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Chris Adkins
Master Control Supervisor
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Virgil Reed

Production Manager/Morning Report

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Jennifer Booker

Account Executive

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Semmes Ford
Account Executive
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Jessica Benthall

Account Executive

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Leslie Williamson

Account Executive

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Sarah Salter

Account Executive

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Michael Reed

President & CEO

mike@wgbctv.com

Jon L. Pollard

VP, Group GM

jpollard@wmdn.net

Susan Ross

Group Director of Operations/

General Sales Manager

susan@wmdn.net

Amy Bott

Digital Sales Manager

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Randy Swan

Regional News Director

rswan@whpmtv.com

Preston Rainer

Chief Engineer

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Linda Jenkins

Traffic Manager

ljenkins@wmdn.net

Carol Lisenbe

Business Manager

carol@wgbctv.com