James Hadnot

Sports Anchor/Reporter - KSLA
Shreveport, La.
James Hadnot

James is no longer an employee of KSLA as of March 2023.

James is originally from Arlington, Texas and has been a sports fan since he was able to turn on the television. This love for sports was sparked by countless hours of SportsCenter viewing and anything else ESPN had to offer.

James was a journalist at Mansfield Timberview High School for the student newspaper and this early journalism experience prompted him to pursue a broadcast and digital journalism degree at Syracuse University. James graduated from Syracuse with his degree in journalism along with minors in African American studies and sports management. While at Syracuse, he was part of the WAER-FM radio staff, where he did play-by-play broadcasting, hosting, and producing for Syracuse football, basketball, and lacrosse. He also did play-by-play for Onondaga Community College Basketball.

After graduation, James continued his studies at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant in the athletics and communications departments. James served as the main play-by-play voice for more than 150 events across five sports, including three NCAA regional championship games and many Lone Star Conference championship matches. He also served as a professor teaching intro to sports broadcasting for undergraduates on campus.

After completing his master's degree in communications, James was the radio play-by-play voice of Angelo State University women’s basketball and Lake View High School football. He also served as the color commentator for ASU football and men’s basketball.

Most recently, James did freelance play-by-play work with FC Dallas, the NJCAA, National Professional Soccer League, Colorado Mesa Baseball, Bo Wich Productions, and Denton ISD Football.

Hobbies include reading, watching sports, and dancing. James is a huge family person and really enjoys giving back as a mentor. He’s also a part of the National Association of Black Journalists.

  • Syracuse University, journalism (with minors in African American studies and sports management)
  • West Texas A&M, communications
  • Affiliations
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)