Laurel city government has hired Joyce Jackson, a former TV journalist with WUSA 9 in Washington, to be the full-time media coordinator for the newly formed department of communications.
The new position was created to help the department relaunch the city's public access television network, called LaurelTV. The network, previously the Laurel Cable Network, was run by a nonprofit until the city acquired it last year.
"Joyce is an exceptional reporter and anchor. Her list of contacts in sports and news is a mile long. And even better, she lives in Laurel and knows the community and people who live here. It's a perfect fit," said Audrey Barnes, a former TV reporter who was hired as department director earlier this year.
Laurel Mayor Craig Moe said Joyce and Barnes give the department "a powerhouse duo" capable of revamping the television station.
"The new theme of Laurel TV is 'turn your power on' so you know what's happening in Laurel," Moe said. "Now we have a powerhouse duo to take it to the next level."
As media coordinator, Jackson will be the full-time employee in charge of running the day-to-day for the station. Her duties will include managing volunteers and interns, assigning coverage and producing shows.
She will also report on local high school and youth sports, which Barnes said is a major focus of the network.
"Laurel has so many sports programs and gifted athletes with stories to tell. Now we can get them out there on Laurel TV, " Jackson said. " I can't wait to get started."
Jackson will start on Aug. 26.