Curt Sprang
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Hello everyone, and thanks for checking out my bio page. I also hope you’ll join the WGNO News team tonight at 10:00!

I’ve been with WGNO since its first newscast as an ABC station in March of 1996. I arrived in New Orleans as a single guy who’d worked in Dallas (as a news intern), Sherman, and Waco, Texas, as well as Omaha, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa. I met my wife in New Orleans, started a family here, and have made it my permanent home.

When I’m not crunching deadlines, anchoring newscasts, or posting stories to the web, I’m often chasing my son around the yard or doing something that embarrasses my teenaged daughter.

My wife and I are big animal lovers. We also like to travel and try to take regular vacations to Watercolor, Florida, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I enjoy fishing, boating, playing basketball, skateboarding (even better with one of my dogs!), bicycling, and swimming. I also enjoy attempting new activities from time to time that make my wife wonder if I’ll break a bone. My passion for news is rivaled only by my passion for barbecuing and grilling in the backyard.

During my television news career, I’ve covered some of the biggest national and international stories including the Luby’s Cafeteria massacre, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Branch Davidian standoff, 9/11 attack in New York City and, of course, Hurricane Katrina.

I’m an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has been name the Louisiana Associated Press Reporter of the Year three times. I’ve also won the prestigious Jim Metcalf Award from the New Orleans Press Club. The recognition is nice, but the best part of my job is finding the stories that are most important to people in the New Orleans area and reporting them in a clear, conversational, and sometimes even entertaining fashion.

If you’ve got a good story to tell, I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at

Recent Articles
  • irathomasinsta

    Fmr school board pres Ira Thomas gets one year on federal charge

      NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Ira Thomas could have spent five years in jail.  Instead, the judge in his federal corruption case said she looked at his life’s work and handed down a 12 months and one day sentence. “No one is above the law.  I’m certainly not,” Thomas told the judge during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.  “There is never a right time to do the wrong thing.” Thomas went on to apologize to anyone he hurt, disappointed, or offended, including […]

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    Big dust up over ankle monitor program with 55 clients

    One day after the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office announced its latest date to stop overseeing the program, the mayor's office announced it was working to find a new partner to keep it going.

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    ‘I would have welcomed a bullet’ Louisiana-raised POW shares his incredible story of survival

    On June 29, 1966, Colonel Murphy Neal Jones participated in the first bombing raid on the heavily defended North Vietnam capital of Hanoi.

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    Feds to join investigation of fire at Slidell apartment complex

    METAIRIE, LA (WGNO) — The New Orleans division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced on Wednesday that its National Response Team would join the investigation into a fire at a Slidell apartment complex. The team includes experts on explosions and the chemicals used to create them. The fire at the ACT X Condominiums on Pontchartrain Drive caused more than $1.5 million in damage.  About 30 apartments were damaged.  The Red Cross was helping at least 13 […]

  • jpsoarrests

    JPSO arrests two suspects accused of trying to kill deputies

    HARVEY, LA (WGNO) —  Tuesday, Sheriff Newell Normand announced the arrest of two suspects who are accused of trying to murder a trio of deputies last week. “They know, according to statements, that they were shooting at the police,” Normand said.  “There’s no doubt about that, that admission has been made.” Last week, two veteran deputies and a recent training academy graduate were on patrol on James Drive in Marrero.  At one point, they saw a red laser trace across […]

  • Senator Vitter's socks

    Candidates for governor try to set themselves apart, sock it to the field

    Candidates for governor in Louisiana wore the typical dark suits and red or blue ties during a debate on Friday. They also agree on many of the problems facing the state as well as some of the possible solutions.

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    Laser sight gunfight targets Jefferson Parish deputies in latest WOJ

    MARRERO, LA (WGNO) — As officers around the country are being targeted for violent attacks, checkout what happened to two Jefferson Parish deputies who were on patrol in a black, unmarked police cruiser.  According to JPSO Col. John Fortunato, the two deputies were investigating a trio of suspicious people when they saw the red beam from a laser sight across the windshield of the car seconds before bullets started flying.  The deputies fired back, and nobody got hurt.  But you […]

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    Some of my Hurricane Katrina memories

    I know I could fill a book with all of my memories from Hurricane Katrina. But plenty of other people have already published similar works, and my recollections may not be so unique. So ten years later, I thought I'd take a moment and just mention some of the things that still stand out to me.

  • Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

    $18 Million in cocaine confiscated from secret location in Plaquemines Parish

    Plaquemines Parish deputies say they confiscated nearly 200 pounds of cocaine on Thursday, but at this point they're not ready to release where they found the drugs.

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    Current and former Governors offer advice for Katrina fatigue and 10 year anniversary

    There just might be hundreds of events this week marking the ten-year mark since Hurricane Katrina.  Okay, maybe there's not that many.  But it feels like millions for a lot of people who can't wait for August 30th to get here.

  • Connick told the crowd about his Hurricane Katrina experiences

    Harry Connick, Jr talks about first days after Katrina

    It's the first time he's told the story, according to New Orleans own Harry Connick, Jr. "I'll be honest with you. I don't know that I've ever said thi. "

  • More than four monuments to go? Some say yes!

    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Governor Bobby Jindal says he will try to find a way to prevent elected leaders in New Orleans from taking down confederate monuments in the city.  The move follows two meetings of city commissions that recommended four monuments be removed. But during the public meetings, many people who addressed the commissions made it clear that they see the four monuments as just a starting point.  Some also called for the Bienville and Andrew Jackson statues along […]