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A news reporter who came to the Crescent City after stints in Atlanta and Miami, Sheldon Fox files stories weeknights for WGNO ABC26 News in New Orleans.
A first-in-the-nation per-capita murder rate, Post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding and state and city-wide political corruption are issues which dominate the New Orleans news market. Such topics are often the focus of Sheldon's stories.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2008, Sheldon was assigned to Jena, Louisiana to cover the racial tension in the small city rocked by the criminal case of the "Jena Six". Hundreds of police officers were deployed to keep order there during the national holiday, which brought out marching groups of white supremacists and African-American activists.
Sheldon also was sent into the "Enough is Enough Crime March", where thousands of fed-up citizens took a day off of work or school and took over the downtown New Orleans streets to protest to the sky-rocketing, Post-Katrina spike in murders.
That march helped fuel the public displeasure with then-Orleans Parish District Attorney, Eddie Jordan, who would ultimately resign. Jordan often received criticism for allowing violent offenders to have charges against them dropped and for not being able to pay a multi-million dollar court judgment against his office for wrongfully firing long-time employees, a story covered extensively by Sheldon and his station.
From 2004 to 2006, Sheldon reported news, and anchored morning sports, weather and traffic for CBS 46 in Atlanta. He was the traffic anchor for three different morning programs during a two-year span and covered spot news in the field.
He reported and anchored breaking news and traffic while on the radio and on television in his hometown of Miami while working for Westwoodone and Metro Networks. He covered traffic-related breaking news for all four Miami TV affiliates, WPLG, WSVN, WTVJ and WFOR.
It was in Miami where fast-paced, breaking stories and spot news became a specialty for Sheldon.
He launched his career in Orlando after graduating from the University of Central Florida. Sheldon spent his days there reporting and anchoring news and sports for a National Public Radio affiliate and his nights covering the Orlando Magic both for radio and local TV outlets.