Mike McDaniel is a true small town Southerner from South Louisiana. He covers the Mississippi State Capitol, politics and statewide stories.
Before joining WLBT in March of 2011, he spent three and a half years working at WDAM in Hattiesburg, MS as a weekend anchor and investigative reporter.
Before that he spent a year just across the Mississippi River at KNOE in Monroe, LA getting his start as a general assignment reporter.
Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized with more than 30 Associated Press Awards for his reporting on a wide range of stories from uncovering abuse within a Mississippi juvenile detention center to documenting the release of prisoners cleared by DNA evidence.
Mike was even selected as the Howard Lett Newsperson of the Year, an award named after a pioneer in Mississippi broadcast journalism.
Mike got his degree in mass communication and broadcast journalism in 2006 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. As a LSU alum (GEAUX TIGERS), Mike appreciates a good tailgating party and anything purple and gold.
When not digging up stories at the state capitol or covering hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, you can find Mike out running on the Natchez Trace or relaxing at the nearest beach.
Feel free to email him with any story ideas or just to say hello.
Sunday, May 19 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-19 19:54:40 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
After a preliminary investigation, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said, the male body found Saturday night in Clinton did show a gunshot wound to the head.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:20:30 GMT
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin county. Traffic was practically brought to a standstill on I-20 in Pearl at the Airport Road exitMore >>
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin County.More >>
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