Dwight Lauderdale

His first anchor partner was Ann Bishop and has since shared anchor duties with Diane Magnum, Kristi Krueger and Laurie Jennings. In July 2004, Lauderdale had his Lasik surgery televised. He also managed to score the first one-on-one interview of Bill Clinton s presidency.

More than anything, he remembers the rigid ground rules: Seven minutes only, and they were standing there with a stopwatch . Two years later, WPLG offered him a three-year contract as a reporter/weekend anchor, and he accepted the job.

He never had a problem reading the teleprompter, which was 20 feet away from him, but did have a problem one time when he had to read from a script without his glasses. Lauderdale sought a consultation when he realized just how critical the surgery was to his job performance.

South Florida Magazine named him best news anchor in 1990. . Lauderdale, who was farsighted, learned that he might be a candidate for corrective eye surgery after viewing a news story about this surgery on his own station.

Dwight Lauderdale (born April 24, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio) At age 17, after winning an oratorical contest, Lauderdale received a job offer from the news director at WTVN-TV (ABC) in Columbus. In 1974, Lauderdale moved to South Florida for a reporting opportunity at Channel 7 (WCKT-TV, at the time). Lauderdale was treated by monovision and modified monovision (two strategies to treat each eye, one for reading and one for distance). On February 25, 2008, Dwight Lauderdale announced that he would be retiring in May of that year. Dwight Lauderdale has been awarded the N.A.T.A.S Silver Circle Award, The Ohio State Award, and two Florida Emmy s, as well as a Sun-Sentinel reader s award in 1998 as the number one Anchor in the market.

He quickly established himself as a prolific street reporter, working half a dozen stories per day, including the Mariel Boatlift.