Anchor & Reporter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.