Dennis has spent 44 years in television news. He has served as news director for WLBT since 1989. From 1984-1989, he served as investigative reporter, managing editor, and assignment editor for WLBT.
In 1974, he created Probe, a weekly investigative half hour documentary for WLBT. In 1976, the program won the George Foster Peabody Award for ‘Power Politics in Mississippi', a profile of state Senator Bill Burgin's conflict of interest.
Probe also received several other national broadcasting awards.
He has previously served either as news director, news anchor, or reporter for KATC-TV in Lafayette, WWL-TV in New Orleans and WJTV in Jackson.
Dennis has a Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law as well as an honorary Master of Laws. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and a Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism from Columbia University.
He received his B.S. in Business from Mississippi College. He is a graduate of Jackson's Provine High School and received his A.A. degree from Hinds Jr. College.
He retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard in January 2007 at the rank of Colonel with nearly 27 years of service and 6 overseas reserve deployments. His last position was Command Historian for Joint Force Headquarters.
He has received the Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal , the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, 2 awards , the Mississippi Magnolia Cross, the Mississippi Magnolia Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, and the Mississippi War Medal, 2 awards.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 2004, he was in charge of the U.S. Army Media Center at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach which credentialed over 1,000 members of the media for the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.
He has received the Marvin Reuben Editorial Award from the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters in 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
He served as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court Committee on Cameras in the Courts.
He is a founding board member and former president of Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information. He is also a former president of Keep Jackson Beautiful.
He currently sits on the board of directors of Operation Shoestring. He also serves on the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:20:27 GMT
Judge Bill Gowan's Hinds County courtroom is in session for the 6th day of the James Hutto murder trial. Hutto, who is known for making obnoxious outbursts in court, has already made several erraticMore >>
After 6 days of testimony, evidence and many loud and obnoxious outbursts by Hutto, a jury has unanimously found him guilty of capital murder.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
The list of the names is a part of rotating lists of names. For example, the list used in 2012 is used in 2018. Each storm will be named alphabetically. The lists of names are chosen by World MeteorologicalMore >>
The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:30:42 GMT
Yesterday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been takenMore >>
Thursday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been taken on their cases. Today more parents are speaking out about their children also falling victims.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:22:29 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
A capital murder case defendant, known for his abrasive outbursts and odd behavior in court, entered court Friday morning with a limp. James Hutto told Judge Bill Gowan that he needed to be excused for the day because the shackles on his legs had been irritating his skin. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:19:22 GMT
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.Forty-nine-year-old Johnny Johnson was traveling westbound when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet at mileMore >>
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:33:13 GMT
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick. Crump's attorney Warren Martin says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.More >>
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick has sparked after both parties claim they were the victim in a fight at an Edwards gas station. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:04:01 GMT
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliateMore >>
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Memphis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:09 GMT
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car. The front bumper of the cruiser was barely hangingMore >>
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:58:48 GMT
Jefferson County Community Work Center inmate MELVIN TONEY, MDOC #K1985, left from the facility, in Fayette at approximately 6:00 a.m. today. TONEY was last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and whiteMore >>
Authorities are searching for a MS Department of Corrections inmate who escaped this morning.