Don Hammond

Anchor & Reporter

Don Hammond – WLTZ-TV First News Anchor & Multi-media Journalist

Don Hammond, an Army veteran and an accomplished journalist and broadcaster, joined WLTZ-TV First News in January 2017.

He anchors weeknight newscasts and reports.

Hammond served four years in the 25th Infantry Division from 1974-78.

He was honorably discharged and began his broadcast career at WLVV/WCNW in Fairfield, Ohio.

The attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in March 1981 prompted Hammond to re-enlist in the Army.

He attended the Defense Information School to become a military broadcast specialist.

1981-84, he rose through the ranks at the Southern Command Network eventually becoming the nightly news anchor at SCN in the country of Panama.

Hammond also successfully completed the 7th Special Forces Airborne and Jungle Expert courses at Fort Sherman, Panama.

He finished his military career in 1986 as an instructor at the military broadcast school specializing in voice and diction.

Don re-entered civilian broadcasting as a radio news anchor at WKRG in Mobile, Alabama and then WQID in Biloxi, Mississippi.

In 1987, he joined WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi as a television news reporter. He was soon promoted to weekend news anchor.

In 1989, Don joined KCRA in Sacramento, California as morning and noon news anchor.

Hammond also served as a television news anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas, WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, and at other stations.

He served as the Washington DC bureau chief for Sinclair broadcasting.

Throughout his career, former Army SSG Hammond has reported passionately on military and veterans issues. He will continue to do so.

Don is excited to be on the team at WLTZ First News in Columbus, Georgia, in part, because of its proximity to Fort Benning and the support the community provides to the important military mission taking place there.

Don is also glad that several of his army buddies live in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Don is a do-it-yourselfer and most comfortable in his tool-packed truck. He enjoys working on community projects where he can roll up his sleeves and contribute sweat and positive spirit to making life a little better for his neighbors.

If you have a story idea, email it to Don at dhammond@wltz.com.

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Articles

Amerigroup Georgia Hosts Holiday Farmers Market in Columbus

The Winter months often means saying so long to fresh produce. But now just in time for the Holidays Amerigroup Georgia is hosting a Holiday Farmers market in Columbus. WHEN:                 December 2, 2017 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  WHERE:           350…

Soldier of The Week

It helps educate the ranks when a soldier knows his job inside and out then is tapped to train younger military personnel.   Sergeant First Class Kyle W. Cooper served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic while stationed overseas in Korea…

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) Announces Grant

The following is a news release from: Susan Sports Public Information Officer Department of Driver Services (DDS) (404) 975-7007    Grant funding totaling $93,458 has been awarded the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety…

A New Execution Date Set For Alabama Inmate

According to the Associated Press, The Alabama Supreme Court has set another execution date for an inmate whose execution was previously blocked because of his declining health. Alabama Supreme Court Justices on said Vernon Madison will be put to death…

Case of Meningococcal Disease in Jackson County Alabama

According to the Associated Press, The Alabama Department of Public Health's Immunization Division is investigating a case of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children between the ages of 2 and 18. The Department…

Roy Moore Defends Himself in Open Letter to Sean Hannity.

Dear Sean: I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure. A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a…

House Passes Key National Defense Bill

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, annual legislation that authorizes funding for the Department of Defense. The conference report…

Veterans Day Presented by Kaiser Permanente at Zoo Atlanta

Military Veterans looking for something to do on Veterans Day?   Zoo Atlanta salutes the service of veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces at Veterans Day presented by Kaiser Permanente on Saturday, November 11, 2017. All veteran, active-duty,…

Let Don Do It

    Dianne has been going through a difficult time since her Husband suffered a severe medical emergency. He is a former Army mechanic who took up the trade on the civilian side after…

Roy Moore Facing Accusations of Improper Sexual Contact

  Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is under fire after a Washington Post article reports that Moore had inappropriate relationships with underage girls when he was in his thirties. One woman says she was 14-years-old when Moore touched her over her…

Soldier of The Week

Army Health Care Specialists need to be qualified to fight on the battlefield and that's where our soldier of the week comes in.   Staff Sergeant Brenden L. Kuse serves as land and ammo NCO and small arms master gunner…

Columbus Police Need Your Help to Catch a Robber

The Columbus Police Department Property Crimes Unit is requesting any assistance that may lead to the identification of the suspect contained in the images related to the burglary of the Lotto Mart at 2232 Wynnton Road Columbus, GA. Specific questions…

Environmental Ownership Shred & Recycle Day November 11th

Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. The Rho Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with Virginia College and Shred-A-Way are hosting an Environmental Ownership event for document shredding, and recycling of plastic bottles and…

Fort Benning Auto Auction set for Tuesday November 7th 10AM

  Used, Abandoned Auto Auction Open to the Public Fort Benning’s Auto Skills Center will auction used and abandoned vehicles, including cars, SUVS, trucks, a motorcycle and a variety of merchandise and equipment, at 10am Nov 7 at the lot…

“Giving Childhood a Chance” Luncheon

Columbus, Ga. – The Methodist Home for Children and Youth will host the Annual “Giving Childhood a Chance” Luncheon on November 7, 2017 at 12 noon. The luncheon will take place at the St. Luke Ministry Center located at 301…

Rare Woodpeckers Reintroduced to South Georgia

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (Nov. 3, 2017) – Red-cockaded woodpeckers have returned to River Creek. Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologists teamed with partner organizations Oct. 19-20 to capture and move eight of these small, endangered woodpeckers from Apalachicola National Forest in…

Food Policy Action Releases Annual Scorecard Saying Alabama Needs Improvement

Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017 – Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) released its 2017 Food Policy Scorecard. This 6th annual scorecard is a midterm progress report published halfway through the 115th Congress to educate the public with objective, factual information about votes taken and bills…

Soldier of The Week

If you need a police officer on post at Fort Benning it's good to know some soldiers are trained to spring into action.   Staff Sergeant Hosea King is a 31 B military police Non Commissioned Officer. He has served…

Top Five Creepiest, Crawliest, Scariest Pests

THE TOP FIVE CREEPIEST, CRAWLIEST, SCARIEST PESTS Be on the Lookout This Halloween   ATLANTA – Vampires, ghosts, goblins and witches are usually recognized as the scariest creatures creeping around on Halloween.  While these horrors are just make believe, there…

Earn a GED in Georgia Prison and Have a Better Chance at Parole

Today, an inmate receiving a GED at the Metro Transitional Center (TC) in Atlanta also received a parole certificate. “We want state inmates who are parole eligible to complete these programs provided by the Department of Corrections,” stated Parole Board…

The Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge

The Fort Benning Multi-gun Challenge, hosted by the Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) and facilitated by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), will be Nov. 16-19, 2017. The public is welcomed to attend the…

Soldier Of The Week

Thousands of troops are stationed at Fort Benning but our soldier of the week can truly call Fort Benning home. Sergeant E-5 Katelin Bahten was born on Fort Benning. Originally entering the army as a 25C radio operator maintainer her…

The Latest on Sentencing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

  The military judge deciding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's punishment says comments by President Donald Trump haven't swayed him but he's worried about public perception of the military justice system. Sentencing for Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior before…

Red Cross Kicks Off Holidays for Heroes Campaign

   COLUMBUS, Monday, October 23, 2017 – While many Georgians will celebrate with loved ones during the holiday season, some will be missing family members who are deployed or convalescing in veterans’ medical facilities, nursing homes and military hospitals. The American Red…

An Alabama Death Row Inmate is Put to Death

  An Alabama inmate who challenged the state's execution drug method was put to death for killing a police officer in 1997. Torrey Twane McNabb was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday October 19th 2017. McNabb used his last words…

Troup County School System Names Teacher of the Year Nominees

LaGrange, Ga., October 19, 2017 – This week, schools in Troup County surprised teachers with flowers and other gifts when they announced the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for each school. Twenty-five teachers will now move on to the essay…

Soldier of The Week

Sergeant Ryan White serves as an assistant to the Command Sergeant Major of the USAIS on Fort Benning. During more than seven years in the Army SGT White has served in various leadership positions as a Team Leader, Squad leader…

CSU Gets a Large Government Grant

The United States Department of Education recently awarded Columbus State University with a Strengthening Institutions Program grant to improve retention, progression and graduation rates. The federal grant will award CSU with $600,000 a year for five years.   “For years,…

National Infantry Museum Receives a Prestigious Award

Columbus, Georgia – October 2017: The National Infantry Museum Foundation is proud to receive the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were given by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra, during a ceremony in…

Fort Benning's Oktoberfest Features Stein Hoisting

Oktoberfest is just around the corner and while you may already posses the skills to take part some at Fort Benning are getting a little practice in before the fun begins October 20th through the 22nd at Uchee Creek.  …