ContactKayla TurnerThomas

TitleDirector of Creative Services Phone601-960-4420


April 14, 2022

E-mail[email protected]



Jackson, MS – WLBT announces the appointment of Michael A. White, Jr. as Director of Operations for the Gray/WLBT Media Training Center, which will launch later this year.

The training center program will be housed at WLBT and will prepare students for today’s unique operating environment, while simultaneously improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the media.

The center will educate and train students attending colleges and universities in Mississippi, with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities in the state, namely Jackson State, Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, Rust College and Tougaloo College. White, as Director of Program Operations, will lead the program development charge at WLBT.

White started at WLBT as an intern before being hired as a studio operator. From there, White, joined the newsroom as an associate producer, moved up to news producer, and then was promoted to morning executive producer, serving as executive producer since 2020.

“Over the past two years, Michael has taken the lead in our informational internship initiative, creating one of the most successful programs in the station’s history. Due to his involvement in the internship program, Michael is already working with many of the schools that will be participating in the training center project,” said WLBT Vice President and General Manager Ted Fortenberry. “These established relationships will help us move forward quickly, which is important as we target September as the start date for the inaugural class.”

Sandy Breland, Grey’s Senior Vice President – Local Media, said, “Michael is the perfect person to lead this important initiative. He knows firsthand how training can open doors and lead to opportunity. He will be invested in the success of each student who goes through the training center” “

A graduate of Jackson State University, White received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies.


About WLBT:

WLBT is NBC’s local affiliate for the Jackson, Mississippi market and is the flagship station in Mississippi. Ranked #1 in local television and digital media in central Mississippi, WLBT regularly produces award-winning local news coverage. Broadcasting for over 65 years, WLBT continues to be the market leader in broadcast technology, news and weather coverage, and quality programming, available to news consumers on more platforms. than local competitors through WLBT News streaming channels including Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Fubo, Hulu and DirectNow, as well as through the WLBT News app for smartphone users and online at /live and For more information about WLBT, visit

About Gray:

Gray Television, Inc. is a multimedia company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. We are the largest owner of local TV channels and premier digital assets in the United States. Our television stations serve 113 television markets that collectively reach approximately 36% of US television households. This portfolio includes 80 markets with the highest rated TV channel and 100 markets with the first and/or second highest rated TV channel. We also own video program companies Raycom Sports, Tupelo Honey and PowerNation Studios, as well as production studios Assembly Atlanta, Third Rail Studios and Third Rail Studios West.

Gray Contacts:

Contact: Sandy Breland, Senior Vice President, 504-352-4019

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