A native son of Lafayette, Louisiana, Dwight A. Dugas is a strong, quiet, intuitive man, who could easily be intimidating, were it not for his ready smile and hearty laugh.
Born to Alton and Novella Dugas on December 18, 1958, he was raised in a close and loving family, where hard work, honesty, and integrity were held at a high premium, but, there was also plenty of time for fun and laughter. Dwight was a good student, who began working outside the home as soon as he was old enough.
At eighteen, a friend told him they were hiring at KLFY-TV; the CBS affiliate in Lafayette, Dwight joined the staff as a projectionist. He was interested in cameras and was soon promoted to working the innovative, video tape unit in the Commercial Production Department. His ability quickly led to another promotion, this time to the News Department's mini-cam crew.
Dwight's knowledge of the community and people, led to his becoming an important asset to reporters working the important stories. In the early eighties, he won another promotion to Mini-cam Crew Chief. The nineties saw Dwight's capabilities rewarded with a promotion to Assignment's Editor. In 2004 a change in news management, opened the way for Dwight to increasingly take on more of the duties of operating the newsroom. He faced every challenge squarely and found a way to get the job done. His increasing abilities did not go unnoticed.
In 2008, General Manager Mike Barras, named Dwight Dugas News Director of
KLFY-TV, making him a pioneer as the first African American, Television News Director in Southwest Louisiana. Although his new position keeps him busier than ever, every once in a while, he does find the time to polish his beloved Harley Davidson and take to the freedom of the open road.