New Orleans sports reporter Carley McCord has been tragically killed in a plane crash.
WDSU reports a member of the WDSU Sports team was killed in a plane crash Saturday, according to family.
Carley McCord’s husband confirmed to The Associated Press that she was riding in a private plane from Lafayette to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta with friends to watch LSU play Oklahoma.
McCord, 30, was the daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
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. https://t.co/H76Mvjkooj
— wdsu (@wdsu) December 28, 2019
Per Deadline, McCord was born and raised in Baton Rouge. She graduated from both Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University; and got her first broadcast job in Ohio as an in-house reporter for the Cleveland Browns.
Among the other positions she held was as a freelance sideline reporter for ESPN3. She also served as an in-game host for the New Orleans Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints.
“Carley was a valued member of both our New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans family as an in-game host and her infectious personality and knowledge of both teams entertained our fans,” the Pelicans said in a statement on the team’s website. “Not only was Carley an excellent representative of the Saints and Pelicans organizations, she was also a highly-respected member of the media covering sports.”
McCord is the second New Orleans journalist to die in a plane crash this year. On August 16, longtime WVUE anchor and reporter Nancy Parker, 53, was killed while shooting a story in a stunt plane that crashed. Flight instructor and stunt pilot Franklin Augustus, 69, also died.