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In the world of journalism, certain individuals shine brightly, not just for their reporting prowess, but also for their unwavering dedication to community service.
Brooke Buford, the assistant news director, 6 p.m. and Second Look anchor, and criminal justice system reporter at KALB, is undeniably one such individual. Hailing originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Brooke has become an integral part of the Central Louisiana community since she first embarked on her broadcasting career at KALB in 2011.
Brooke’s journey in journalism took an adventurous turn when she briefly left her Louisiana roots in 2012 to work at a news station in Portland, Maine. However, her heart called her back to Central Louisiana, and in 2014, she returned to KALB with renewed vigor and a wealth of experience. Since then, Brooke has been a familiar face on the screens of local residents, keeping them informed about the latest news and developments in the region.
One aspect that sets Brooke apart is her commitment to advancing her skills and knowledge in the field. In 2016, she achieved an impressive feat by being selected as one of about two dozen journalists from the United States for a prestigious media-law school fellowship at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. This week-long program undoubtedly enriched her understanding of media law, allowing her to approach her reporting with a well-informed perspective.
Continuing her pursuit of excellence and international exposure, Brooke was selected in 2017 to participate in the RIAS German-American Exchange Program. This all-expense-paid fellowship was a transformative experience for Brooke, as she spent two weeks in Germany and Belgium interacting with journalists from across the globe.
The fellowship provided her with a unique opportunity to meet key figures, including members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s team, and participate in seminars at institutions like the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the European Commission, and NATO. This cross-cultural exchange undoubtedly broadened her horizons and enabled her to bring a global perspective to her reporting.
While Brooke’s dedication to journalism is undeniable, her heart for the community truly sets her apart. She firmly believes in giving back and actively engages in volunteer work within Central Louisiana. For two years, she served on the board of directors for the YWCA Alexandria-Pineville, an organization known for its commitment to empowering women and eliminating racism. Brooke’s involvement with the YWCA demonstrates her commitment to addressing societal issues beyond her role as a reporter.
In addition to her journalistic achievements and community engagement, Brooke has a warm and approachable demeanor that resonates with viewers. Her ability to connect with people on a personal level has endeared her to the hearts of many in Central Louisiana, making her a trusted and respected source of information.
As Brooke Buford continues to excel as a journalist, her impressive resume and heartfelt dedication to community service stand as an inspiration to aspiring journalists and community leaders alike. Whether it’s reporting on critical criminal justice issues or using her platform to make a positive impact in Central Louisiana, Brooke exemplifies the true essence of a responsible and compassionate journalist. Her future endeavors are sure to be filled with continued success, growth, and an unwavering commitment to both the field of journalism and the community she serves.