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

Legislation Helps Veterans, State Fight Drug Abuse

MONTGOMERY — Both houses of the Alabama Legislature have passed and sent to the Governor Senate Bill 200, a bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Rep. April Weaver (R-Alabaster) to help Alabama’s veterans struggling with pain or drug…

EAMC Admits A Few Isolated Bed Bug Situations

East Alabama Medical Center is speaking out about the discovery of some bed bugs reported in their facility. EAMC Statement “High-quality compassionate health care is our mission each and every day, and to every patient. It is not uncommon for…

Alabama Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes

A school teacher in Roberstdale, Alabama was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.   Authorities detained Central Middle School teacher John Daniel Hamilton after a two week investigation. A report claims he committed the acts in his classroom  during…

Plant The Right Tree In The Right Place This Spring

ATLANTA – Feb. 19, 2018 – Georgia Power works every day to keep reliability high across the state and, with Georgia Arbor Day marking the start of the spring planting season this month, the company encourages customers to make the…

Georgia Gets Hundreds of New Jobs

Hundreds of new jobs coming to Georgia. Warner Robins air force base will do overhaul maintenance on the c-130 airplanes flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. That work means about 400 new jobs. The first planes begin arriving in…

Alabama AG Launching a Cybercrime Lab

According to the Associated Press Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is launching a cybercrime lab with federal and state law enforcement. Marshall announced the initiative with prosecutors and Secret Service, FBI and Homeland Security officials in Montgomery. He says the…

A Columbus Man Killed in The Street

A Columbus man is gunned down overnight February 15th 2018.   Police say this is not a random shooting. Darnell Jackson was shot to death on Thomas street. People at the scene saw it all happen. Police have been investigating…

Soldier Of The Week

  Some have an eye for all things army and that's where our soldier of the week comes in. Staff Sergeant James Spruill is trained as an optical laboratory specialist. He serves as a master fitness trainer and platoon sergeant…

Rain Dampens Turnout For Alabama Mardi Gras

According to the Associated Press, Smaller than expected crowds rolled out for Mardi Gras celebrations along the Gulf Coast. Despite the wet weather, some Mobile revelers still flocked to all-day parades on Fat Tuesday. Local TV stations reported a proposal…

Golf Carts Soon To Go On Sale At Fort Benning

It's not often you find a good deal on a used golf cart but that's what is about to happen on Fort Benning. The sale will take place  February 21st from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon…

Secretary Of Defense James Mattis Visits Fort Benning

The Secretary of Defense pays a visit to Fort Benning today. Secretary James Mattis met with the recently activated First Security Forces Brigade. We have pictures of that gathering. Secretary Mattis spoke to leaders and soldiers of the Army's newest brigade about…

Russel County, Alabama Drug Bust Nets Pills, Pot and ICE

A traffic stop leads to a big drug bust.   Russell County Alabama deputies pulled over Nate Adams  Wednesday February 7. 2018 as he was on his way back to Panama City, Florida. A drug dog sniffed out a large…

Storm Does Damage in Junction City, Georgia

Storm damage in our area as that wicked weather came through. One homeowner in Junction City, Georgia has a big mess to clean. Several trees blew down today when that storm moved though a little before noon. This is about 30…

Miss CSU Competition Scheduled for Saturday February 3rd 2018

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Miss Columbus State University pageant will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in University Hall on CSU’s main campus. Six students will compete for the crown and opportunity to represent the university at the Miss…

Soldier Of The Week

Fort Benning is the center of marksmanship training for the u.s. army and that's where our soldier of the week comes in. Staff Sergeant David Bahten has served in leadership roles as an instructor at the u.s. army marksmanship unit.…

MCSD Takes Extra Precautions in Response to Flu Outbreak

The Muscogee County School District, in response to widespread influenza activity throughout the state and nation, is implementing additional precautions on campuses and providing guidelines for outbreak prevention in District schools. The District is following recommendations provided by the CDC,…

Community invited to celebrate Jan. 31 Chick-fil-A Opening in Columbus;

  COLUMBUS, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2018) –  Chick-fil-A’s Jan. 31 restaurant opening of Columbus Park Crossing in Columbus enables the chain to better meet customer needs. It also expands the chain’s successful business model that includes local franchise ownership, community…

Soldier of the Week

The U.S. Army needs soldiers who can move quickly and get,  job the job done then get out. That's where our Soldier of the Week comes in.   Staff Sergeant Zilvinas Lapelis came to the Untied States from Lithuania in…

LaGrange, Georgia Mayor Tim Thornton Meets with President Trump

 LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton is one of approximately 75 mayors from around the country invited to the White House January 24th to meet with President Donald Trump. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the infrastructure needs of the…

Fort Benning Recalls Furloughed Federal Employees

 FORT BENNING, Ga. - A resolution for continued government funding was approved, Jan. 22, at 9:30 pm. Fort Benning is resuming all operations in a controlled manner that minimizes disruption to ongoing activities and maximizes opportunities to execute previously scheduled…

Alabama Jobless Rate Steady at 3.5 Percent

According to the Associated Press, Alabama's unemployment rate is holding steady at a record low level.Governor Kay Ivey's office says the state's jobless rate was 3.5 percent in December. That's the same percentage as November, when the state matched the…

Georgia sets records in employment during 2017

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2017 was a banner year for job creation, employment and work force gains in Georgia. Over the year, Georgia created more than 83,000 new jobs, employed thousands more residents, grew a much…

Georgia Owls on a Rampage

According to the Associated Press some recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of some Atlanta residents. WSB-TV  reports there have been at least three instances of owls attacking humans or pets since late December, most recently in the heart…

Soldier of the Week

One soldier at Fort Benning is racking up a collection of combat deployments and is receiving some awards along the way. Sergeant First Class Kathleen Sipes joined the army back in 1998. Sipes currently serves as an NCOIC at the…

FBI Probing Clinton Foundation Corruption Claims

According to the Associated press, the FBI is investigating whether the Clinton Foundation accepted donations in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Two people familiar with the investigation have come forward with some information on…

The Georgia Cancer Center Receives a Generous Donation

Augusta businessman and philanthropist Peter Knox has given a $1 million gift to the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University to help support its future director. The gift will create a discretionary fund, which the director can use to address critical…

GOP Tax Cuts Bring Big Bonus to TSYS Employees

A Columbus Georgia Company has some good news for it's workers just in time for the new year. As a thank you to its hardworking, loyal and dedicated team members, TSYS announced that it will provide a special one-time cash…

Lawmakers Have an Idea to Repopulate Georgia

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, a group of state lawmakers is exploring the idea of using income tax breaks to help repopulate rural Georgia and the ghost towns that now dot the landscape after years of population decline. The "Rural…

Georgia Safety Commissioner Urges Caution With Fireworks

Take a minute to think about a message that could keep you safe while ringing in the new year. As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office is urging residents to use extreme caution to avoid…

Columbus Hit and Run Leaves a Child Injured

A hit and run Thursday night December 21st around seven leaves a boy in bad shape in Columbus. According to people who say they saw what happened, several kids were running across the road. While two of them made it,…

Delta Wants Georgia Power to Pay for Losses From Airport Blackout.

Delta airlines lost big bucks during the Atlanta airport blackout and they say Georgia power should pay.   Delta also wants Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport to chip in between 25 to 50 million dollars to cover the airlines' losses. CEO Ed…