WGBC-TV / WMDN-TV
1151 Crestview Cr.
Meridian, MS 39301
Regional News Director - Waypoint Media
Randy has been part of the media world for more than 30 years. Most know him as someone who came into their home each evening at 6:00 p.m. on WDAM-TV's newscast in Hattiesburg until he retired in February 2015. Randy decided to come out of retirement to join Waypoint Media and Twin States News in October of 2016.
Randy was born into broadcasting, with his father even holding a radio contest to name him. Raised in South Mississippi, he has spent his entire life here with the exception of five years as News Director, Anchor, and Station Manager for WABG in Greenville, Mississippi.
A graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, Randy has received numerous honors including being inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Upon his retirement in 2015, he was recognized by the Mississippi State Legislature for his years of service to his community and his state.
He is a board member of The Extra Table, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the Hattiesburg Concert Association, and is called on as a favorite voice to host major events for South Mississippi. He continues to be involved in numerous community organizations and events including the fight against heart disease and cancer as a heart survivor himself and now as a cancer survivor. Randy enjoys golf, bowling and traveling.
Twin States News Anchor
Anne is from Ft. Myers, Florida and has worked at TV stations all across the Sunshine State. Most recently she was an anchor in Tampa. She's also anchored in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and worked as a reporter in Ft. Myers.
She joined Twin States News in October, 2015.
Her work has been recognized by several first place awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.
Anne is committed to volunteering and has dedicated her time to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society and animal rescue groups.
She has her very own rescue best friend! He’s a Pomeranian-poodle mix who she tries to spend as much time as possible with. Anne also enjoys reading, going to the gym (ok, she doesn’t love the gym but she goes anyway!), and traveling with her husband, Michael.
Twin States News Anchor
Nick Smith is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and news anchor who grew up in Chicago. But he has called multiple corners of the country home. Nick is an Army veteran, a UC Berkeley graduate and a television professional with years both in front of and behind the camera under his belt. Most recently, Nick was part of the team to launch both a live unscripted evening talk show and a new 9 p.m. newscast for a local affiliate in Washington, D.C.
If Nick looks familiar, well, it’s because there’s a good chance you’ve seen him somewhere on TV before. His love of storytelling draws you in and lingers with you long after.
Breaking news? He’s covered it. Nick hit the ground as a field correspondent for ABC News One, covering the breaking news of national events.
But Nick’s knack is his relaxed style and ability to connect with viewers. In 2006, ABC’s summer reality show “American Inventor” had the bright idea to have Nick host. Then 2009 took off for Nick when he was chosen as talent for international airline carrier, Qantas.
In 2010, Nick hosted “The San Francisco Chronicle SFGate.com 53rd Annual International Auto Show.” There, he was spotted by producers of FOX’s Emmy Award-winning drama “24” and offered a role in the Season 8 premiere. Nick’s live reports have appeared on E! Entertainment Television, FOX News Channel, The Weather Channel, “World News Now”, “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and, most recently, “World News Tonight with David Muir”.
In 2015, Nick set off on a mission to explore the plane bite by bite in “Street Eats.” Nick didn’t just host the show. He also wrote and produced it along with his team at Tremendous Entertainment for the Travel Channel. Episodes sill air on the Asian Food Channel, broadcasting to over 130 million viewers in 13 countries. Itadakimasu!
In 2016 Nick was cast in the documentary television series “Justice By Any Means.” The one-hour true crime reenactment series features various cases involving African Americans trying to find justice for a loved one.
In 2017, Williams-Sonoma-owned West Elm identified Nick as a social media influencer. Nick was featured in their 30-second national TV spot encouraging the consumer to get “House Proud” by boasting about the grown-up and sustainable furniture and decor they’ve purchased for their homes.
When he’s not on-air, you’ll find Nick exploring new haunts, cheering for his beloved New England Patriots and looking for new stories to tell. If you see him, show some love, say hello, grab a selfie and slide in the DM’s.
Twin States News Reporter
Celeste Smith joined the Twin States News team as a Multimedia Journalist in October 2019. She is from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Prior to joining the newsroom, Celeste studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in Media Studies in 2018. While at UNCG, she interned at Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation, Access 21 TV, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While completing her studies, Celeste received UNCG's Bronze and Silver awards for Leadership and Service. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and the National Association of Black Journalists, Celeste has a passion for serving her community.
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Twin States News Reporter
Keaundria is from Mount Olive, Mississippi. She is expected to graduate from Alcorn State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.
Transitioning into college brought her many experiences in media. She began writing for the school newspaper, 'The Campus Chronicle,' during her freshman year which include editorials, advice columns, student life, poetry, etc. During her sophomore and junior year she produced her own radio show every week on Alcorn's radio station, WPRL 91.7 FM, called 'The Fresh Swiss Mix.' Keaundria has produced, reported and anchored for ASU TV-13 at Alcorn. While at Alcorn, she interned at WDAM 7 News in Moselle, Mississippi.
Keaundria was recently inducted into Sigma Chi Iota Honor Society and the National Association of Lambda Pi Eta. Additionally, she recently joined the National Association of Black Journalists. She enjoys shopping, spending time with family, working out, and traveling.
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