NEWORLEANS Veteran WWL-TV journalist Mike Hoss will soon bring his two decades of experience as a popular and respected Channel 4 anchor to the Eyewitness Morning News.

Starting in October, Hoss will anchor the Eyewitness News Early Edition, weekdays from 5:00-6:00 a.m. on Channel 4.

Next July he will be joined on the 'Early Edition' news desk by the newest member of the WWL-TV team, anchor Melanie Hebert.

'Mike and Melanie both bring tremendous leadership and experience to our morning news,' said WWL-TV news director Bill Siegel.'I know from speaking with both of them how excited they are to start working together.'

Hoss will also contribute to the Eyewitness Morning News with New Orleans favorites Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts.

'One of the great things about this job is being able to not only cover the news of the day, but also the people and personalities that make this area so unique,' said Hoss.'Nowhere is that more evident than on our morning news, where they mix music and food with news and interviews.I'm looking forward to being a part of the team.'

Hoss will also continue to report for other newscasts, building on the tradition of Eyewitness News anchors who are not only talented and respected anchors but also strong, enterprise reporters.

As evidence of his importance in helping WWL maintain its tradition of excellence not only on camera but behind the scenes as well, Mike was recently named newsroom managing editor.In the role, he has helped shape news coverage, work on long-term projects and assist in assigning reporters and photographers in day-to-day coverage.

Hoss joined the WWL-TV team as a sports anchor and reporter in 1989, quickly earning a coveted anchor spot on the station's highly successful 'Fourth Down on Four' and weekend sportscasts, covering the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and more.

In 2001, Hoss made the switch back to his roots in the newsroom, becoming weekend news anchor, and then weeknight 10 p.m. anchor.He currently co-anchors Eyewitness News at 5 with New Orleans television legend Angela Hill.

He is a native of Manassas, Virginia and a graduate of James Madison University.He and his wife are the parents of two daughters.

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