Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by Admin
In December 2015, Al Quartemont assumed the role of news director at KALB, marking a significant return to the station where he had previously served as a photographer, reporter, and anchor from 2001 to 2009.
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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Al laid the foundation for his broadcasting career by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Marquette University in 1987. Early on, he immersed himself in radio and television work at WTMJ in Milwaukee, while also contributing as a sports writer/columnist for Community Newspapers between 1987 and 1990.
Eventually, he moved to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where he spent the next decade. During this time, Al held various roles, serving as sports and news director at WJFW and establishing On Q Productions, a company focused on producing local commercials and the popular high school sports program “Sports Weekly.”
In his most recent position before joining KALB, Al played a crucial role as the coordinator for the Department of Convergence Media at Louisiana College in Pineville. There, he oversaw the development of Wildcats Media and mentored several current and former employees of News Channel 5, leaving a significant impact on aspiring journalists like Mark Klein and Steven Maxwell.
During this period, Al also pursued further academic accomplishments, completing his master’s degree at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and showcasing his passion for storytelling with the production of an eight-hour documentary about the LC football team, titled “Win Today.”
Although Al has always been an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, his life took a serendipitous turn toward Louisiana when his wife, Michele, who grew up in Central Louisiana, convinced him to relocate to the Cenla area in 2000. Since then, Al and Michele have been nurturing a beautiful family with seven children and two grandchildren.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Al actively engages with the Central Louisiana community by serving as a board member for organizations such as the YMCA, Salvation Army, and United Way. Additionally, he dedicates his time as the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Tioga.
Notably, the name “Quartemont” holds significance in the area, as Al’s great uncle, Ray Quartemont, settled in the Marksville region following World War II, establishing a legacy that still resonates to this day.