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Sportscaster Sharief Ishaq Joins WDSU

Sharief Ishaq has joined WDSU as a sports anchor and reporter. He will debut on the New Orleans NBC affiliate later this week.

“Sharief has spent his entire life in Louisiana, following the teams that inspire some of the most passionate fans in the world,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement. “His knowledge of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LSU Tigers and other area teams shines through in his coverage.”

Ishaq comes from Baton Rouge, where he has been a sports reporter for WAFB for three years. He has also worked as a sports anchor and sports director at KALB in Alexandria, La.

More from WDSU after the jump.

New Orleans, La., August 20, 2013 – Sharief Ishaq, a native New Orleanian and LSU graduate, has joined WDSU as sports anchor and reporter. Ishaq will work with longtime sports anchor and reporter Fletcher Mackel in leading the station’s sports coverage.

“Sharief has spent his entire life in Louisiana, following the teams that inspire some of the most passionate fans in the world,” said WDSU News Director Jonathan Shelley. “His knowledge of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LSU Tigers and other area teams shines through in his coverage.”

Ishaq most recently worked for Baton Rouge, La., television station WAFB, where he spent three years reporting on the Saints, the Pelicans (formerly the New Orleans Hornets), and LSU Tigers football and baseball, and where he hosted the station’s “Sportsline Friday Nite” and “Sportsline OT” programs. Ishaq previously worked at KALB in Alexandria, as a sports anchor and as sports director. In his career, he has covered the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl championship, the LSU Tigers’ runs at the College World Series, the Sugar Bowl, the BCS Championship Game and the 2014 Super Bowl hosted by the City of New Orleans.

Ishaq grew up on the Westbank, in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey, La., and graduated from LSU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

“It’s great to be covering the ‘home teams’ for my hometown station,” Ishaq said. “There’s no better city for big-time sports than New Orleans.”

Ishaq can be seen throughout the week on various newscasts. He is expected to debut in an on-air capacity later this week.

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