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Nancy Cook - Reporter

Award-winning journalist Nancy Cook is in her fourth year at NBC 6 News.

Award-winning journalist Nancy Cook is in her fourth year at NBC 6 News. She began as web producer, but now does research, covers courts and serves as political analyst along with reporting and writing for arklatexhomepage.com.

In addition bringing her 25 years experience in print journalism, Nancy holds a Paralegal Certificate from LSU Shreveport, is a Louisiana Civil Law Notary Public with statewide jurisdiction, and spent almost three years working in Louisiana’s First Judicial District Court.

Her local career in print journalism at the Shreveport Journal, where she covered religion and television for 10 years, after which she spent six years as news editor of Bossier Press Tribune, three years as editor-in-chief of City Lights Magazine, and several years as political columnist for Forum News.

She has covered Southern Baptist Conventions throughout the country; the National Baptist Convention of America; the National Conference of Christians and Jews, as well as Pope John Paul II’s visit to the U.S. She has interviewed the Rev. Jesse Jackson; former NAACP President Dr. Ben Hooks; Roots author Alex Haley; Moral Majority and Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell; Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander in chief of the allied forces in the Persian Gulf War; and William O’Hare, son of atheist Madeline Murray O’Hare, after his conversion to Christianity.

As a television writer, Nancy covered the birth of Cable News Network (CNN) in Atlanta GA, and later covered the launch of CNN’s World News. In addition, she was the only reporter in America to interview Walter Cronkite when he became president of CBS News. She also did weekly satellite interviews on KTAL-TV 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.”

Nancy received first place in the Associated Press’s Louisiana-Mississippi competition for her coverage of Pope John Paul II’s visit, and holds a Gold Medallion award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for her history of Judaism in Shreveport. She also has received first place awards for two of her religious fiction short stories.

For 12 years, Nancy appeared with three other journalists on Dateline Shreveport, a weekly cable news show, a roundtable discussion of 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. 

You can contact Nancy at ncook@ktalnews.tv

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