Duke Carter is currently the Morning Reporter at WWL in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Duke learned the art of story telling the hard way. He was a freshman at the University of Florida, majoring in Telecommunications, when Hurricane Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. As a first-generation college graduate, away from home for the very first time, Duke had no intention of disappointing his family. After many failed attempts to get through to them, he waited and worried for days, not knowing if they were dead or alive. While most of his friends were excited about the first home game of the season for the Florida Gators, Duke’s only concern was whether he had to bury his relatives. He remained glued to national news reports for about a week for any glimmer of hope. Five days passed when Duke’s phone finally rang, and the voice on the other end said, “Happy Birthday son, this is your mother”. He says it is the greatest gift he has ever received, although they lost everything. He knew then, his purpose in life was telling the stories of others like him with strength and humility. Its Duke’s way of paying it forward.
While covering many breaking news stories for the WWL’s morning newscasts, Duke also takes time to pay homage to NOLA icons like Leah Chase, Known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” and long-time anchor/reporter Nancy Parker. Both of whom passed away in 2019.
Before coming to WWL, Duke covered stories with far reaching proportions at WSLS in Roanoke, VA, including controversy surrounding the flying of the confederate flag at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He also talked to local AME church members after the June 2015 killings of 9 people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. While covering several angles of the August 2015 killings of a Roanoke T.V. station reporter/photographer team, Duke became part of a sidebar story when he was forced to file a protective order for threats he received.
After a long day’s work, Duke can be found relaxing by playing a few rounds of tennis and catching up on his favorite T.V. shows.