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Rod White

Rod is somewhat new to being on-air, but he's not new to news. As he began his new role as a Multi-Media Journalist (MMJ), Rod comes off a stellar run as the chief photographer at KTBS for more than 3 years and satellite truck operator for 8 years. These positions allowed him the opportunity to cover some huge events, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; the 2003 Crash of the space shuttle Columbia; as the first news team on the scene with live video feeds for about 13 hours, two Easter Sunday tornados, the 2009 NFC Championship Game and the 2009 Super Bowl; several LSU football games and championships; high school football championships and men's and women's final four. Some of his most important work is the annual pilgrimage with the team to Memphis, Tennessee for KTBS 3's coverage of the St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Though he doesn't look it, Rod has been married to the lovely Toni White for 23 years. They married in Sumter, South Carolina after a courtship that began in Myrtle Beach, SC, where Rod served in the U.S. Air Force. After an almost 9 year career that took him from the beaches in South Carolina to Woodbridge, England, and a year in South Korea, Rod finally ended up at Barksdale Air Force Base, where he honorably separated to begin a new career. Rod and his wife have three super-fantastic children; two boys and one girl. Kendal, the oldest, is a freshman at La. Tech, and he is studying to become an anesthesiologist. Nicholas, the middle child, will be graduating in 2011 from Benton High School, and he will travel two blocks from his dad's place of business to attend Centenary College in the fall. He wants to become a neurosurgeon. Last, but not least, Kiera, the youngest, is a freshman at Benton High. After graduation, she wants to become a fashion designer.

Rod grew up in the Greater New Orleans area in a small town called St. Rose. He is a 1983 graduate of Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish. His only job in news has been with KTBS, and for his dedication and hard work, he's won a couple of awards. He teamed up with a fantastic reporter to win a second place AP Award in 2006. He also has a first place 2003 Edward R. Murrow Unity Award, and he traveled to New York City to receive that honor.

When he's off, you can either find Rod doing work for his church or hanging out with his family. On one of his "special" days, he's on the court either coaching some local kids or beating them in a game of hoops. If you have a story idea for Rod, you can email him at rwhite@ktbs.com.

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