Casey Ferrand is a New Orleans native who has a television and media career spanning more than 20 years, from her days as a child actress in New Orleans to her career as an award-winning journalist. She started acting at the age of 8, staring in commercials for the New Orleans Children's Museum, the Louisiana Dairy Association and Freeport-McMoran, Inc. In 1995, she joined a youth theater group called Summer Stages, and during her eight years with the company, she was cast in an ensemble or starring role in at least ten productions. During her eight years with Summer Stages, Casey also had the opportunity to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with the New Orleans Opera Association and on local morning news broadcasts. Those times behind the scenes in a bustling newsroom opened a new world of possibilities for the teen.
The budding actress went on to graduate from Faith Christian Academy and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) for a concentration in musical theater. Casey attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she earned two Bachelor's degrees, one in Journalism and the other in Psychology in May 2007. While in college, the budding journalist earned a summer internship at WDSU News in New Orleans where she worked alongside seasoned reporters covering the aftermath and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
Her professional journalism career began at KTVE in Monroe, LA where Casey was a General Assignment Reporter for eight months before she moved to Shreveport, LA. She took on the role of Assignment Education Reporter at KTBS 3 News reporting on stories throughout the Arklatex, and within two years she became a weekend anchor. Her next move took her back to the Lone Star state, where Casey worked at KIAH in Houston, TX as a multi-media journalist (videographer, producer and editor) for Tribune's revolutionary newscast called Newsfix. She was also a fill-in anchor on the morning news show called Eye Opener.
Casey's goal after college was to return home and work at the station that helped grow her love for journalism and storytelling. She accomplished that in 2012 when she returned to New Orleans and to WDSU. Her career highlights include shooting an M-16 rifle while covering a three-day boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC., scaling down a wall during a firefighter training in Minden, La. and being tasered while covering a police training in Monroe, LA. She has also interviewed countless families after some of their most difficult experiences, from losing a loved one to violence to losing a home to fire, hurricane or tornado. Throughout her 10 years in television news, Casey's performance has been recognized by newsroom leaders and she has earned a number of awards. She has been proud to be apart of and make lasting impacts in the communities she's worked.
Casey is expanding her reach by using her experience and talents as a communications professional to promote the work of other individuals, businesses and non-profits. Casey is also helping other aspiring journalists earn their way into a newsroom near you. Her comfort in front of the camera makes her a strong spokesperson for any product or brand. She is effective and entertaining as Master of Ceremonies for any event. She is articulate, attractive and highly talented with an ability to think on her feet and communicate with a friendly and conversational demeanor that comes from her more than two decades of experience on stage and in front of the camera.