03/07/2018

J. Michael Early Recognized in "300 for 300" New Orleans' Tricentennial Project

Under the leadership of J. Michael Early, Sr., Loyola Law Class of 1939, WWL-TV became a defining source for principled journalism in the Gulf South--a voice for those often unheard. As general manager, Mr. Early built the station into a community force. 

Mr. Early led WWL-TV to become one of the highest ranked network affiliates in the country. In an unprecedented move, he was one of the first broadcasters in 1988 to partner with a cable company for an around-the-clock local news channel. In addition to his visionary leadership, Mr. Early had an incredible eye for talent. Many of his hires went on to prominent positions in the industry including NBC's Hoda Kotb, CBS' Michelle Miller, CNN's Tom Foreman, Fox Sports' Chris Myers, Raycom Media Group Vice President, Sandy Breland and CBS news executive Joe Duke.

As part of New Orleans, tricentennial, NOLA.com is highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans. Mike Early is highlighted as WWL mastermind and a local broadcasting legend. Read more here

As part of Faith in the Future: The Campaign for Loyola University New Orleans, the School of Mass Communication has been raising funds to complete the state-of-the-art professional news studio that will be a hallmark of communications education, integrating multiple platforms of digital media. Like Mr. Early, this studio named in his honor will provide students with the skills and the resources they need to become leaders in the mass communication industry. The facility will also house a fully equipped focus group room with live video streaming and become the communications hub for Loyola.  

For more than 75 years, the SMC has educated students in the Jesuit tradition. The J. Michael Early studio will allow the SMC to continue to be one of the premier programs in the country -- for generations to come.  Be a part of this legacy.

Portrait of Mike Early by artist Michael McManus of Where Y'Art, as commissioned by NOLA.com.

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