**Darren Sharper served as a football analyst with WWL-TV for one month in August 2012 before leaving to take a similar position with the NFL Network***
WWL-TV is pleased to announce two exciting and strong additions to the Eyewitness Sports team, with the appointment of Doug Mouton as sports director/anchor, and former Saints safety Darren Sharper as Saints football analyst.
Beginning Monday, Mouton, the station’s Northshore Bureau Chief since 2006, will anchor the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weeknight sportscasts. He will also anchor “Fourth Down on Four” on Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m. and supervise all aspects of sports coverage on Channel 4 and on WWLTV.com. He has been contributing to WWL-TV’s sportscasts since the retirement of Jim Henderson earlier this year.
Sharper, a 15-year NFL veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, who was a member of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl championship team, will provide analysis every week of the Saints season, beginning with training camp in August. In weekly appearances on air and online, Number 42 will provide an insider’s perspective of the happenings on and off the field.
"This upcoming season will truly be different for all the obvious reasons,” Sharper said. “As the best TV sports crew, WWL-TV will make sure we bring in-depth, up close and personal interviews. I will break down the Saints and their opponents each week, giving the viewer added knowledge, understanding, and an insight on the games and players."
Sharper’s NFL career has also included stints with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Now retired from the Saints, he is a member of the NFL’s 2000’s All-Decade team. He remains an active contributor to the local community through The Sharper Kids Foundation, established with his brother Jamie, a former NFL Linebacker and fellow Super Bowl Champion. The Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and creates programs that enhance children's lives and provide for continuing education.
Sharper’s weekly insights will bolster the sports coverage anchored by Mouton, and anchor/reporters Juan Kincaid and Bryan Salmond.
Mouton, a New Orleans native, is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans. He began his television career in sports, working as an intern under the legendary Buddy Diliberto.
“Doug’s knowledge of sports, his contacts, and experience give our organization a great individual to lead our coverage in this area,” said Bill Siegel, WWL-TV’s executive news director.
“His work as our Northshore Bureau Chief speaks for itself,” Siegel said. “In addition to being a wonderful storyteller and tireless reporter, his personality and work ethic have been tremendous assets to our newsroom.”
Mouton worked in news in South Dakota, Lake Charles and Pensacola before an 11-year stint at WGNO-TV, where he was a sports and news anchor and reporter, producer and assistant news director.
He has earned an Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans (including Best Newscast, Best Sportscast and Sports Story) and Louisiana Associated Press for his news and sports coverage.