Gwendolyn Ducre is an Anchor and Multimedia Journalist at WVLT News.
Gwendolyn is a bayou girl from south Louisiana who says she's excited to stay a southern belle in East Tennessee.
She first got a taste of broadcasting in high school when she co-hosted a teen talk show, Teen Gumbo, that aired on WSLA AM radio in Slidell, La. She went on to be the Editor-in-chief for the award-winning college newspaper, The Hawkeye, at The University of Louisiana at Monroe.
In 2016, Gwendolyn received her bachelors degree in Mass Communication at ULM, and two days later she hopped on at WVLT’s sister station, KNOE 8 News, as a digital/multimedia journalist. There, she started a segment called ‘KNOE On The Go.’ It featured compelling stories that oftentimes went unnoticed, but had a strong impact on the community.
Being from creole country, one of Gwendolyn’s favorite places in the world is the kitchen. However, family time and community service are top priorities. She’s a mentor with Girl Talk, Inc. in Knoxville and a professional member of The National Association of Black Journalists.
Gwendolyn has earned several awards from The Associated Press during her time as a journalist.
Gwendolyn loves telling stories that shine light on the truth. Unfortunately, the truth isn’t always pleasurable. Some stories are hard to tell like the one of the Baton Rouge man, Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police officers in 2016. Gwendolyn was in Baton Rouge covering state and local politics when the news broke out that the officers involved would not face criminal charges for his death. She immediately delivered breaking live reports from the scene where protesters rallied for days.
Gwendolyn also captured stories that gave people hope. She says she’ll never forget sitting down with Gerald Manning after he was released from a life’s sentence in prison. After 41 years, Manning was finally proven innocent of raping and killing a women. Still, after all that time, he kept a positive spirit. He taught Gwendolyn your truth can never be taken away from you. It’s yours. That’s why telling stories matter. That’s why she does it.
It’s also why she wants to continue telling those stories, including yours.