Who was Carley McCord, the WDSU-TV sports reporter killed in Louisiana plane crash?

Caption : Late WDSU-TV reporter Carley McCord

On Saturday, December 28, 2019, a tragic incident took place in Lafayette, Los Angeles. An eight-passenger plane that was heading to Atlanta to attend the College Football Playoff Semifinal at Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl crashed in a parking lot in Lafayette, killing five out of six passengers.

Carley Ann McCord Bio: Age, Husband, Family

Carley was a Louisiana-based sports reporter, well-known for hosting games for Saints and Pelicans. She was a reporter at WDSU-TV and occasionally appeared on ESPN3 and Cox Sports, as well. In addition, the former CBS personality was a radio host at 104.5 ESPN Baton Rogue.  

Originally from Baton Rouge, Carley was 30 years old at the time of her death. She was born on July 24, 1989. She completed her high school at St. Michael the Archangel High School, following which she earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Louisiana State University in 2013. She had also attended New York Film Academy and Northwestern State University.

Before pursuing a full-time job as a sports reporter, Carley worked as a morning television news reporter in Cleveland, Ohio and a host on 100.7 The Tiger. Besides, she had competed for Miss Louisiana title twice and had ended up as a runner-up both the times in 2011 and 2012. 

Steve Ensminger and Steve Ensminger jr.

Carley is survived by his husband, Steven Ensminger, Jr., the son of former football star Steve Ensminger (Lousiana State University’s offensive coordinator at present). The couple married on January 28, 2018. Following the death of Carley, her husband retweeted an old post, recalling the time when they tied the knot. The tweet said, “I can’t say enough about this girl! I’m the luckiest man in the world to finally call her my wife! She is my world and she has my heart forever! I love you Carley! @CarleyMcCord #justmarried #happilyeverensminger” and included a heart-warming picture of the newlyweds.  

WDSU-TV also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Carley. The station tweeted on Saturday, “It is with broken hearts that we share that WDSU lost a beloved member of our team today. Our hearts are with the McCord and Ensminger families at this time.”

The station’s president, Joel Vilmenay also shared an emotional statement. Vilmenay said, “We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family. Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist. As we reflect on her impressive body of work, we offer our deepest condolences to her family.”

Casualties of December 28’s Lousiana plane crash

Besides Carley, four other passengers were killed in the crash while only one survived. As per The Lafayette Fire Department, the others killed were 51-year-old Ian E. Biggs (the plane’s pilot), 59-year-old Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 51-year-old Gretchen D. Vincent, and 15-year-old Michael Walker Vincent. The crash survivor has been identified as 37-year-old Stephen Wade Berzas. 

Dececmber 28 Louisiana plane crash

Besides, a woman named Danielle Britt, who was at the scene has been severely injured. Reports state that she was in her car when the plane crashed and hit her car, causing it to flip and burst into flames. She’s badly burned and is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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