Award-winning journalist Nancy Cook joined NBC6 News in October 2010 as web producer. Her career in print journalism began at the Shreveport Journal, where she where she was a staff writer, covering religion and television for 10 years; six years as news editor of Bossier Press Tribune, three years as editor-in-chief of City Lights Magazine, and political columnist for Forum News.
In her career, Nancy has covered several annual Southern Baptist Conventions, held throughout the country each year; the annual National Baptist Convention of America; the National Conference of Christians and Jews; written stories on major religious events including the disbandment of the Moral Majority in 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada; the fall of Jim and Tammy Bakker and the PTL Club in 1987; the fall of The Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, also in 1987; and Pope John Paul II?s visit to New Orleans in September 1987.
In addition, she toured Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the home church of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., interviewing a number of people who worked with Dr. King in Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the late 50s and early 60s for a series of stories for black history month. In her journalism career, she has interviewed the Rev. Jesse Jackson; former NAACP President Dr. Ben Hooks; Roots author Alex Haley; William O?Hare, son of atheist Madeline Murray O?Hare, after his conversion to Christianity; Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, former Sister of Loretto who presided over the transfer of the Webster College, a Catholic women?s institution, to a secular, coeducational university, and later served as national director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
As a television writer, Nancy covered the birth of Cable News Network (CNN) in Atlanta GA, and later returned to cover the launch of CNN?s World News at banquet attended by representatives from 105 countries. In addition, she was the only print reporter in America to interview Walter Cronkite when he became president of CBS News.
She traveled to Memphis and Tupelo, Mississippi, to cover the 1990 ABC series ?Elvis, the Young Years,? interviewing Priscilla Presley on the set. Locally, her Wednesday columns on the local television news scene became one of the most popular features of the newspaper, and her television movie and series reviews were featured on the cover of the newspaper?s weekly television guide.
As part of her television beat, she came to the KTAL studios and did weekly interviews with stars of NBC series, miniseries and made-for-television movies. In that vein, Nancy interviewed such stars as George Clooney; all of the ?Golden Girls? ? Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan; the ensemble cast of ?Hill Street Blues,? just to name a few.
Nancy received first place in the Associated Press?s Louisiana-Mississippi 1988 competition for her coverage of Pope John Paul II?s visit to New Orleans, and holds a Gold Medallion award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for a special section she wrote on the history of Judaism in Shreveport. She also received first place awards for two her fiction stories, ?The Guard at the Inn,? about a young Roman soldier on the graveyard shift guarding a sold-out hotel in Bethlehem; and ?Silent Night,? about American soldiers stationed in North Africa on Christmas Eve, 1943.
She took a few years off from journalism in order to go back to school and earn a paralegal certificate at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and also became a Louisiana Civil Law Notary Public with statewide designation. While working on her paralegal certificate, she worked as a judicial assistant in the Louisiana?s First District Judicial Court for two-and-a-half years, but ultimately returned to writing at Forum News.
For 12 years ? from 1989 to 2003 ? Nancy was a regular guest on Dateline Shreveport, a weekly cable news show featuring four journalists and a moderator discussing local, state and national current events.
A native of Kansas City, MO, Nancy attended Kansas City Junior College, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute.
She is on the board of the Shreveport Journalism Foundation, and has served on boards of the Multicultural Center of the South; the Bossier Council on Aging; the Bossier Mayor?s Women?s Commission; the Super Derby Foundation; the Ecumenical Justice Committee; the Social Justice and Peace Committee of the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria/Shreveport; and the Job Corps. She was awarded the Bishop?s Medal for the then Catholic Diocese of Alexandria/Shreveport by the late Most Rev. Lawrence P. Graves.
You can contact Nancy at email@example.com.