Lon Tegels

Lon Tegels - News Director (2014)
Lon Tegels - News Director (2014)
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Updated: 3/31 2:07 pm

WXXV has been my dream job.  Starting a news operation from scratch. Four walls and a concrete floor.  I have been given the opportunity to build an operation from the ground up.  We’ve hired a staff that will set the standard for years to come.   The challenge was to create a good clean product that would give Gulfport/Biloxi viewers a choice.  We aren’t the biggest operation in Mississippi,  but our story selection, production values and weather are all part of our “Brand”.

I have been in broadcast news business for more than 30 years. Before moving to Gulfport/Biloxi I spent ten years in Ohio at a station that had all four network stations under one roof.  Here in Gulfport, we are both NBC and FOX affiliates.   In addition to my duties as News Director at five previous stations, I’ve also been a reporter, photographer, sports anchor, and assignment manager. I’m a graduate of Iowa State University. A native of Story City, Iowa (near Des Moines) .

Highlights of my career include breaking the "Heaven's Gate" mass suicide story while working in for NBC in San Diego. Remember the group who wanted a better life by chasing the Hailey Bopp Comet? Other highlights include the announcement of the Jacksonville Jaguars as the 30th NFL team while working for WTLV in Jacksonville, FL. I’ve organized local coverage for the Super Bowl, National League Championship Series between the Padres and Braves, and the 1994 Republican National Convention.  In Florida it’s was Hurricane Andrew. And you can't work in television in Iowa without covering the Iowa Caucuses. I’ve covered three.

November 2012 might have been my biggest challenge with the Presidential coverage in Lima Ohio. We had Romney on Wednesday, President Obama on Friday and the presidential election on Tuesday.  We provided bi-hourly cut in’s on all four networks.  Our coverage was superb.  My dream is to provide residents of the Coast the same big market feel once we are more established.

I look forward to the same kind of challenges in Gulfport/Biloxi.  Big stories such as with hurricanes, breaking spot news are my favorite things stories to work on.  If I can find a great feature,  then even the fun stuff like parades and community can all be compelling stories if you put a human face on the story.

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