Mar 20, 2013 5:59 PM
A New Orleans (well, Kenner) native, Dwayne Fatherree has more than 20 years of experience in online, print and, now, broadcast journalism.
The bulk of his journalism experience comes from the online realm. He built his first newspaper website for the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune in 1996. Five years later he moved to Alabama, where he rebuilt TuscaloosaNews.com and created TideSports.com for the Tuscaloosa News. The next move brought him back to Louisiana, where he served as the director of web operations for NewOrleans.Com and the managing editor for Nola.Com.
His roots, though, lie in old-school investigative journalism. He started out as a print reporter, first stringing stories out of St. Martin Parish for the Morning Advocate while serving as managing editor of The Vermilion. His first full-time journalism job was with the Daily World in Opelousas, where he helped write a series of governmental watchdog stories highlighting excesses in city and parish government that led to the change of mayor, the shutdown of the city's prisoner rental program and the end of Morgan Goudeau's 27-year tenure as district attorney.
Over the years, he has won numerous awards, including Best of Show in SPJ's Green Eyeshade competition for breaking news coverage online, a Best Online News Site award from the Alabama Press Association for his work at TuscaloosaNews.com and, most recently, the Louisiana Press Association's Newspaper of the Year award, which was given to Lafayette's Daily Advertiser during his tenure as metro editor.