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Journalism alum named general manager of Baton Rouge TV station

Sandy Breland, A'83, was named vice president and general manager of WAFB Television in Baton Rouge. Breland, a former School of Mass Communication Visiting Committee member, worked formerly as an executive news director at KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Ariz.

Breland served 11 years as executive news director of WWL-Tv in New Orleans, where she was honored with Peabody, DuPont, and Murrow Awards for her planning and execution of WWL's coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Breland has also received the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation's First Amendment Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service.

Breland began her career in radio, holding several positions at WWL-AM in New Orleans. She has been honored as a YWCA role model and serves as a member of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona. Sandy and her husband, Dave McNamara, have two children.