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C.J. LeMaster

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A native of Booneville, Miss., C.J. started working as a weekend anchor and multimedia journalist at WLBT in December 2013.

However, it was a job in the operations department at Tupelo NBC affiliate WTVA-TV that made him consider broadcast journalism as his career choice.

C.J. graduated with a degree in communication with emphasis in broadcast journalism and public relations from Mississippi State University in 2008.

His time in Starkville gave him valuable experience working behind the scenes with the University Television Center with statewide and sporting event productions. It also afforded C.J. the chance to strengthen his newswriting skills as a member of the Reflector's writing staff and editorial board.

In 2007, C.J. got the chance to experience the fast-paced world of cable TV news, interning with the FOX News Channel's business unit. There, he researched stories for managing editor Neil Cavuto and assisted the staff with bookings and interview opportunities.

C.J. returned to WTVA in 2008 as a reporter and was quickly promoted to anchor the station's flagship morning show. He also continued to report on stories that warranted national coverage: the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak and the manhunt for killer Adam Mayes. Most recently, C.J. covered the 2013 ricin investigation that led to the discovery and arrest of Everett Dutschke, and vindication of a Corinth man he had framed.

While at WTVA, C.J. received seven first-place Associated Press awards for photography, feature stories, public affairs reporting and achievement, to name a few. His audio production work was also recognized with a 2004 Emmy nomination for the Friday night sports show, First Down on FOX.

C.J. has already covered some amazing stories since coming to the Capital City, but knows that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In his spare time, he enjoys finding new restaurants, playing video games and spending time with his family in north Mississippi, though not necessarily in that order.

Most importantly, he's excited to see what Jackson has to offer.

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