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Dwight Lauderdale, local 10 news anchor signing off…..

by Rose Reeder

Lauderdale Dwight Lauderdale, local 10 news anchor is signing off Wednesday May 21, 2008.  The station is asking South Florida viewers to tune in to the 11:00pm news. According to his bio, he came to South Florida in 1974 from the Buckeye state, Ohio where he was born and raised. He attained a degree in Communications from University of Ohio (Bobcat) graduating magna cum laude in 1973.

Congrats and thank you for 34 years of service to the South Florida community!

Lauderdale was the first Black television news anchor in South Florida.  He took on the awesome responsibility of “representing” for the Black community.  “Back in the day”, several friends and I attended a party in Miami Lakes and Lauderdale was there. We were excited to be in the presence of a local celebrity.

Lauderdale anchored with Ann Bishop. Both represented change, affirmative action and diversity.  He currently anchors the 6:00pm and 11:00pm news with Laurie Jennings.

In 2007, I attended the JM (Jim Moran) African American Achievement ceremony for the first time personally knowing two of the honorees: Bobby R. Henry Sr. of the Westside Gazette newspaper (Community Service) and Tarra Pressley (Business and Entrepreneurship). WPLG Local 10 was a media partner of the event and ran public service announcements of the honorees prior to the event.

Lauderdale was the Master of Ceremony.  I was impressed with his ability to speak without notes. I emailed him that compliment. He kindly responded there were Teleprompters on the podium, informed me it was his 10th year so he kind of knew what to expect and hoped I would support it the following year.

When Jim Moran passed, I sent him another email that I thought channel 10 did an outstanding piece in his honor.  Lauderdale responded “Jim Moran was a special man who embraced the African American community”.

On behalf of the South Florida Black community, we wish you the best as you close this chapter of your life and begin the new one! 


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