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Donesha Aldridge

Donesha's earliest dreams about becoming a reporter started at 4-years-old. She remembers growing up as a child pretending to be an anchor and making her younger brother act as my camera man in her den.

Finally, she no longer has to pretend! She loves being in the Pine Belt connecting our viewers to the news that's important to them.

Donesha received her Master's degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn.

If you have any great story ideas, she would love to hear from you! Email Donesha at daldridge@whlt.com.

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  • Jones County Judge Investigation

    Jones County Judge Investigation

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:06:27 GMT
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Jones County Judge is being investigated by the state auditor's office. A spokesman that works for Stacey Pickering confirmed that Judge Billy Joe Landrum is being investigated
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Jones County Judge is being investigated by the state auditor's office. A spokesman that works for Stacey Pickering confirmed that Judge Billy Joe Landrum is being investigated
  • Law Enforcement Tips To Stay Safe For Prom

    Law Enforcement Tips To Stay Safe For Prom

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:58:23 GMT
    Laurel Police Department gives tips to all Pine Belt students will are planning their prom night out. "Prom night is very important in our children lives and we understand that they are very excited,
    Laurel Police Department gives tips to all Pine Belt students will are planning their prom night out. "Prom night is very important in our children lives and we understand that they are very excited,
  • Pearl River County Man Sentenced For Fondling Vulnerable Person

    Pearl River County Man Sentenced For Fondling Vulnerable Person

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:54:55 GMT
    Brandon Rawlings, Photo Courtesy of Pearl River County JailBrandon Rawlings, Photo Courtesy of Pearl River County Jail
    PEARL RIVER COUNTY, - Miss. - The following press release is from Attorney General Jim Hood's Office: A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced
    PEARL RIVER COUNTY, - Miss. - The following press release is from Attorney General Jim Hood's Office: A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced
  • HPD Searches For Man Connected To Check Forgery

    HPD Searches For Man Connected To Check Forgery

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:33:48 GMT
    HPD Search For Check Forgery SuspectHPD Search For Check Forgery Suspect
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police need your help locating a wanted man. Authorities say the man in the photo tried to cash a forged check at a local bank. They believe the check was stolen and
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police need your help locating a wanted man. Authorities say the man in the photo tried to cash a forged check at a local bank. They believe the check was stolen and
  • Jones County Woman Arrested For Child Neglect

    Jones County Woman Arrested For Child Neglect

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:22:31 GMT
    Tenisha Brooks, Photo Courtesy of Jones Co. JailTenisha Brooks, Photo Courtesy of Jones Co. Jail
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A mom goes to jail for not sending her child to school. 28-year-old Tenisha Brooks is charged with child neglect. Authorities tell us that the Jones County School District notified
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A mom goes to jail for not sending her child to school. 28-year-old Tenisha Brooks is charged with child neglect. Authorities tell us that the Jones County School District notified
  • FGH Hosts Spirit Of Women Spring Event

    FGH Hosts Spirit Of Women Spring Event

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:15:52 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. Sheri Prentiss says her life was full of joy until the day she found a lump in her breast. "My battle with breast cancer was ruff," she said. "I had 15 rounds of chemotherapy
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. Sheri Prentiss says her life was full of joy until the day she found a lump in her breast. "My battle with breast cancer was ruff," she said. "I had 15 rounds of chemotherapy
  • New Hattiesburg Fire Chief Sworn In

    New Hattiesburg Fire Chief Sworn In

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:10:33 GMT
    Chief Paul Presley Swearing In CeremonyChief Paul Presley Swearing In Ceremony
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It's official, the City of Hattiesburg has a new fire chief. Chief Paul Presley was sworn in this evening by Mayor Johnny DuPree. Presley has served as interim chief for the past
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It's official, the City of Hattiesburg has a new fire chief. Chief Paul Presley was sworn in this evening by Mayor Johnny DuPree. Presley has served as interim chief for the past
  • Hattiesburg Police, DEA Partner In Drug Take Back Event

    Hattiesburg Police, DEA Partner In Drug Take Back Event

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:55:27 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you have any old presciption pills that you need to get rid off, the Hattiesburg Police Department will dispose of them the right way at their Drug Take Back event. It's a partnership
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you have any old presciption pills that you need to get rid off, the Hattiesburg Police Department will dispose of them the right way at their Drug Take Back event. It's a partnership
  • DuPree Signs Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation

    DuPree Signs Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:47:05 GMT
    Sexual Assault Awareness Proclamation Sexual Assault Awareness Proclamation
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Daylee Kimble holds the title of Miss Leaf River Valley, but what most don't know, she claims she's a survivor of a horrendous
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Daylee Kimble holds the title of Miss Leaf River Valley, but what most don't know, she claims she's a survivor of a horrendous
  • 3 Arrested For Drugs In Laurel

    3 Arrested For Drugs In Laurel

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:05:27 GMT
    Victoria Buchanan, Photo of Jones Co. JailVictoria Buchanan, Photo of Jones Co. Jail
    LAUREL, Miss. - Three people go to jail, including a grandmother for selling drugs in Laurel. Victoria Buchanan is charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to sell. The 42-year-old grandmother
    LAUREL, Miss. - Three people go to jail, including a grandmother for selling drugs in Laurel. Victoria Buchanan is charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to sell. The 42-year-old grandmother
  • Laurel Home Destroyed in Fire

    Laurel Home Destroyed in Fire

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:52:24 GMT
    LAUREL, Miss. - A Laurel resident is left homeless after an early morning fire. Laurel Fire Department says the fire started around 3:50 this morning at a house on Joe Wheeler Street. One person was
    LAUREL, Miss. - A Laurel resident is left homeless after an early morning fire. Laurel Fire Department says the fire started around 3:50 this morning at a house on Joe Wheeler Street. One person was
  • Hattiesburg Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

    Hattiesburg Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:40:06 GMT
    Grantham Anthony Mitchell, Photo Courtesy of Forrest Co. JailGrantham Anthony Mitchell, Photo Courtesy of Forrest Co. Jail
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following press release is from the Department of Justice: Hattiesburg, Miss - Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to production
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following press release is from the Department of Justice: Hattiesburg, Miss - Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to production
  • Last Minute Pine Belt Tax Filers Rush To Post Office

    Last Minute Pine Belt Tax Filers Rush To Post Office

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:31:57 GMT
    Tax Day 2014Tax Day 2014
    HATTIEBURG, Miss. - April 15 is the last day to file federal income taxes. Pine Residents weigh in on why they waited to the last minute. Many of them had to stand in long lines. "It's insane," Jane
    HATTIEBURG, Miss. - April 15 is the last day to file federal income taxes. Pine Residents weigh in on why they waited to the last minute. Many of them had to stand in long lines. "It's insane," Jane
  • Marion County Drug Sweep, 35 Arrested

    Marion County Drug Sweep, 35 Arrested

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:29:27 GMT
    MARION COUNTY, Miss. - Marion County Narcotics Task Force arrested about 35 people on drug charges Saturday. The suspects appeared Justice Court Monday morning. Officers say they found drugs at some
    MARION COUNTY, Miss. - Marion County Narcotics Task Force arrested about 35 people on drug charges Saturday. The suspects appeared Justice Court Monday morning. Officers say they found drugs at some
  • Pedestrian Killed On I-59 Identified

    Pedestrian Killed On I-59 Identified

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:16:11 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The identity of the person who was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on i-59 in forrest county has been released. Authorities say 59-year-old carmen corey of mclain was found dead
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The identity of the person who was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on i-59 in forrest county has been released. Authorities say 59-year-old carmen corey of mclain was found dead
  • Jones County Home Burns In House Fire

    Jones County Home Burns In House Fire

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:52:05 GMT
    The following press release is from the Jones County Fire Council: An early morning fire destroyed a home near the Currie community, off Luther Hill Road, in Jones County, Monday, April 14. At 3:33 a.m.
    The following press release is from the Jones County Fire Council: An early morning fire destroyed a home near the Currie community, off Luther Hill Road, in Jones County, Monday, April 14. At 3:33 a.m.
  • Marion County Officials Monitor The Pearl River

    Marion County Officials Monitor The Pearl River

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:49:22 GMT
    MARION COUNTY- Heavy rain is still causing problems for several Pine Belt areas. Marion County officials are monitoring the Pearl River. Emergency Management officials say a lot of rain has caused
    MARION COUNTY- Heavy rain is still causing problems for several Pine Belt areas. Marion County officials are monitoring the Pearl River. Emergency Management officials say a lot of rain has caused
  • City of Hattiesburg To Open Health Clinic For Employees

    City of Hattiesburg To Open Health Clinic For Employees

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:08:29 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The City of Hattiesburg is gearing up to open a new clinic that can be used by city employees free of charge. Mayor Johnny DuPree says the council approved the measure earlier this
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The City of Hattiesburg is gearing up to open a new clinic that can be used by city employees free of charge. Mayor Johnny DuPree says the council approved the measure earlier this
  • Right Way To Throw Away Event Tomorrow

    Right Way To Throw Away Event Tomorrow

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:04:19 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you have old household cleaners or electronic devices, there's an event coming up this weekend to help you get rid of them. The "Right Way to Throw Away" events will be going on
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you have old household cleaners or electronic devices, there's an event coming up this weekend to help you get rid of them. The "Right Way to Throw Away" events will be going on
  • Covington County Residents Recovering From Tornado

    Covington County Residents Recovering From Tornado

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:49:36 GMT
    Tornado RecoveryTornado Recovery
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - Recovery is underway in Covington County after an EF-2 tornado struck the town early Monday morning. "We heard a loud noise, and boom that was it," said Damian Barnes, a victim
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - Recovery is underway in Covington County after an EF-2 tornado struck the town early Monday morning. "We heard a loud noise, and boom that was it," said Damian Barnes, a victim
  • Jones County Flood Victims Affected By Tallahala Creek

    Jones County Flood Victims Affected By Tallahala Creek

    Thursday, April 10 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-04-11 00:03:28 GMT
    Flood Victims Affected By The CreekFlood Victims Affected By The Creek
    LAUREL, Miss. -Here is the latest update from the Jones County Emergency Management Agency of a list of streets that are back open, and the ones that are still closed: Flynt Rd Back open Ellisville Tuckers
    LAUREL, Miss. -Here is the latest update from the Jones County Emergency Management Agency of a list of streets that are back open, and the ones that are still closed: Flynt Rd Back open Ellisville Tuckers
  • Jones County Flooding

    Jones County Flooding

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-09 23:08:21 GMT
    Jones County FloodingJones County Flooding
    The following information is from the Jones County Emergency Management Agency regarding flooding in the area: Jones County: Bay Dr. Pitts Rd Knight Circle Burnt Bridge rd Spurline rd Sandhill
    The following information is from the Jones County Emergency Management Agency regarding flooding in the area: Jones County: Bay Dr. Pitts Rd Knight Circle Burnt Bridge rd Spurline rd Sandhill
  • Jones County Street Closures From Flooding

    Jones County Street Closures From Flooding

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:47:48 GMT
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following streets are closed in Jones County due to flooding: Flynt Rd Buck Temple Extension Slaughter Pen Rd Custom Ave Old Sandersville Rd Cleveland Ave South Joe
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following streets are closed in Jones County due to flooding: Flynt Rd Buck Temple Extension Slaughter Pen Rd Custom Ave Old Sandersville Rd Cleveland Ave South Joe
  • Jones County Emergency Officials Prepare For Flooding

    Jones County Emergency Officials Prepare For Flooding

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:44:17 GMT
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Jones County officials are asking residents to prepare for the worst tonight. Creek waters are expected to peak by 1 a.m. Wednesday. Joan Maglittio's house off of Flynt Road flooded
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Jones County officials are asking residents to prepare for the worst tonight. Creek waters are expected to peak by 1 a.m. Wednesday. Joan Maglittio's house off of Flynt Road flooded
  • USM Student Stabs Fraternity Brother

    USM Student Stabs Fraternity Brother

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:26:52 GMT
    Elijah Dollar, Photo Courtesy of Forrest Co. JailElijah Dollar, Photo Courtesy of Forrest Co. Jail
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A USM student goes to jail after police say he stabbed one of his fraternity brothers early Sunday morning. Elijah Dollar is charged with aggravated assault. Campus police say
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A USM student goes to jail after police say he stabbed one of his fraternity brothers early Sunday morning. Elijah Dollar is charged with aggravated assault. Campus police say
  • Unconfirmed Tornado Damages Covington County Homes

    Unconfirmed Tornado Damages Covington County Homes

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:20:36 GMT
    Homes Damaged by Covington County StormHomes Damaged by Covington County Storm
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - It's believed that the early morning storms that passed over parts of Covington County could have been a tornado. Resident Sonya Taylor believes the heavy rains woke her up
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - It's believed that the early morning storms that passed over parts of Covington County could have been a tornado. Resident Sonya Taylor believes the heavy rains woke her up
  • Petal Trustmark Bank Robbed; Suspects On The Loose

    Petal Bank Robbed

    Thursday, April 3 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-04-04 00:23:53 GMT
    Bank RobberyBank Robbery
    PETAL, Miss. - Petal Police responded to a possible robbery call at Trustmark Bank. The Trustmark branch being investigated is the 117 South Main Street location in Petal. Authorities have not released
    PETAL, Miss. - Petal Police responded to a possible robbery call at Trustmark Bank. The Trustmark branch being investigated is the 117 South Main Street location in Petal. Authorities have not released
  • Laurel Capital Murder Suspect Apologizes For Killing Elderly Woman

    Laurel Capital Murder Suspect Apologizes For Killing Elderly Woman

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-04-03 01:28:15 GMT
    William Deen, Capital Murder SuspectWilliam Deen, Capital Murder Suspect
    LAUREL, Miss. - The suspect charged with the capital murder of an 85-year-old elderly woman apologizes for his actions. "If I could take back time I would have never done it," said 48-year-old William
    LAUREL, Miss. - The suspect charged with the capital murder of an 85-year-old elderly woman apologizes for his actions. "If I could take back time I would have never done it," said 48-year-old William
  • 3 Arrested In Jones County Burglary, Theft Ring

    3 Arrested In Jones County Burglary, Theft Ring

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:08:33 GMT
    Jeffrey Smith, Photo Courtesy of Jones County JailJeffrey Smith, Photo Courtesy of Jones County Jail
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The Jones County Sheriff's Department arrests three people who they say are tied to a burglary and theft ring. Authorities say Greg Hancock, Dennis Donald, and Rick Smith are allegedly
    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The Jones County Sheriff's Department arrests three people who they say are tied to a burglary and theft ring. Authorities say Greg Hancock, Dennis Donald, and Rick Smith are allegedly
  • Southern Pines Offers Free Spay, Neuter Services For Cats In April

    Southern Pines Offers Free Spay, Neuter Services For Cats In April

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-04-02 00:03:28 GMT
    Spay & Neuter ClinicSpay & Neuter Clinic
    The following is from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Spay & Neuter Clinic: HATTIESBURG, MS (April 1, 2014) – During the month of April, 2014, Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic will be offering no-cost
    The following is from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Spay & Neuter Clinic: HATTIESBURG, MS (April 1, 2014) – During the month of April, 2014, Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic will be offering no-cost
  • Freedom Summers Third Dialogue Features HHS Students

    Freedom Summers Third Dialogue Features HHS Students

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:46:03 GMT
    Freedom Summer Dialogue Freedom Summer Dialogue
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association presents another dialogue about the upcoming freedom summer, this time featuring Hattiesburg High school's Forensics Program. Speaker
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association presents another dialogue about the upcoming freedom summer, this time featuring Hattiesburg High school's Forensics Program. Speaker
  • Columbia Police Arrest Man For Cocaine, Cash

    Columbia Police Arrest Man For Cocaine, Cash

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:18:29 GMT
    Eddie Oatis, Jr., Photo Courtesy of the Marion Co. JailEddie Oatis, Jr., Photo Courtesy of the Marion Co. Jail
    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A Columbia man is arrested on drug charges. Police arrested 27-year-old Eddie Oatis Jr. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance within in fifteen hundred feet of a
    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A Columbia man is arrested on drug charges. Police arrested 27-year-old Eddie Oatis Jr. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance within in fifteen hundred feet of a
  • Laurel Police Arrest Suspect Connected To Elderly Woman's Death

    Laurel Police Arrest Suspect Connected To Elderly Woman's Death

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:03:58 GMT
    William Deen, Photo Courtesy of Laurel PoliceWilliam Deen, Photo Courtesy of Laurel Police
    LAUREL, Miss. - The suspect in connection to the murder of an elderly Laurel woman is in custody. The murder happened at the Twin Pines Park on Ellisville Boulevard on Monday. 85-year-old Nora Peters
    LAUREL, Miss. - The suspect in connection to the murder of an elderly Laurel woman is in custody. The murder happened at the Twin Pines Park on Ellisville Boulevard on Monday. 85-year-old Nora Peters
  • Southern Pines Seizes 18 Dogs From Vacant Home

    Southern Pines Seizures 18 Dogs From Vacant Home

    Monday, March 31 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-01 01:03:36 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - More than a dozen dogs are staying at Southern Pines Animal Shelter after being found without care at a Forrest County vacant home. "They were off in a wooded area on chains," said
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - More than a dozen dogs are staying at Southern Pines Animal Shelter after being found without care at a Forrest County vacant home. "They were off in a wooded area on chains," said
  • Laurel Police Investigate Homicide On Ellisville Blvd

    Laurel Police Investigate Homicide On Ellisville Blvd

    Monday, March 31 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-01 00:56:46 GMT
    LPD Investigates HomicideLPD Investigates Homicide
    LAUREL, Miss. - Laurel police need your help solving a homicide. Police were dispatched to Twin Pines Mobile Park on Ellisville Boulevard Monday around 2 p.m. Police say the identity of the victim
    LAUREL, Miss. - Laurel police need your help solving a homicide. Police were dispatched to Twin Pines Mobile Park on Ellisville Boulevard Monday around 2 p.m. Police say the identity of the victim
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