Meet the Team: Doug Warner
4 time Emmy winner and repeat Reporter of the Year recipient Doug Warner co-anchors KSLA News 12 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Doug moved to evening anchor in 2014 after co-hosting KSLA's morning show. He also contributes to KSLA News 12's investigative team and loves sharing stories about a lot of the positive going on in our communities.
Doug joined KSLA News 12 in 2009 after returning to the ArkLaTex from Oklahoma City. He spent 6 years there as an anchor, reporter and occasional storm chaser at Oklahoma City's CBS affiliate KWTV.
Doug was selected as the 2017 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Reporter of the Year, as one of two finalists for the 2017 Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Reporter of the Year, and as the Louisiana Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2011. He's also been honored by the Louisiana AP for his feature, spot news and weather reporting. Before joining KSLA, Doug was previously honored numerous times by the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, and the Associated Press of Texas.
Doug was raised in DeRidder and later graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles. He previously worked as a sports anchor and reporter in Lake Charles, La., and Beaumont, Texas. Doug also spent time behind the anchor desk in Waco, Texas, and Oklahoma City.
During his quarter century-plus career in TV and radio news, Doug has covered major hurricanes, including Katrina and Rita, and secured the first interview with George W. Bush after the 2000 presidential election. He later was asked to emcee the Crawford, Texas, presidential inauguration that was attended by President Bush and first lady Laura. Doug has also traveled to Hawaii to report on the annual Maui Classic basketball tournament.
Doug learned about the art and science of storm chasing during his years in Oklahoma and has continued his love of chasing storms here in the ArkLaTex. His extensive Emmy winning reporting on the need for life-saving cable barriers on our interstates and highways has resulted in hundreds of miles of cable barrier being installed along Interstates 20, 49 and 220 throughout northwest Louisiana.
He volunteers much of his free time coaching his two boys at Bossier Little League. And when Doug is not coaching baseball, he loves playing baseball. Each spring, he returns to Oklahoma City to participate in the annual Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend baseball game to play against CBS actor Mark Harmon, movie producer Frank Marshall and a host of former Major League Baseball players like Wally Joiner and legendary Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. Be sure and ask Doug about the home run he hit off Sutcliffe, some 345 feet over the OKC Bricktown Ballpark left field fence.
Doug also volunteers time as a board member with the Alzheimer's Association of NWLA, hosting events for the Special Olympics, and served as a board member with Bossier Little League for a number of years.