WDSU Promotes Margaret Orr to Chief Meteorologist
Dan Milham, chief meteorologist at Hearst-Argyle NBC affiliate WDSU New Orleans, will move to a consulting and emeritus role at year-end. Thirty-year WDSU veteran Margaret Orr has been named Milham's successor and will lead the station's team of meteorologists.
"Dan's contributions to our community over the past 35 years are immeasurable. We thank him for his decades of service, and are pleased that he will remain a part of the WDSU team, even as he spends more time with his family," said Joel Vilmenay, WDSU president-general manager.
In his new capacity, Milham will contribute to WDSU weather projects, including the station's annual hurricane guide and television special, and will appear on air during significant weather events.
Milham moved to New Orleans from Detroit in 1973 and began his local broadcasting career in radio. He joined WDSU Channel 6 in 1977 and has spent the years since keeping viewers informed on the approach of weather events of all scopes and sizes.
Margaret Orr will assume the senior position in the WDSU weather department. Her promotion coincides with her 30th year at the station.
"Margaret possesses that extraordinary combination of smarts, instinct and the ability to communicate in a way few people can," Vilmenay said. "We couldn't be happier for Margaret, and we are thrilled she will be at the service of our viewers for a long, long time."
Orr, a New Orleans native, joined WDSU as a general assignment reporter and later served as co-host of Breakfast Edition and the World's Fair Show. Her fascination with the weather led her to advance her education in meteorology. In addition to a degree in English from Louisiana State University, Orr holds a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.