Dwight Lauderdale was the first African American news anchor in South Florida and became one of the state’s most watched and longest running anchors. He was born and raised in a working-class suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He completed his education at Ohio University, majoring in Communications and graduating cum laude in 1973. In 1974, he moved to South Florida for a reporting opportunity at Channel 7 (WCKT-TV, at the time). Two years later, WPLG offered him a three-year contract as a reporter/weekend anchor, and he accepted the job. His first anchor partner was Ann Bishop. He retired in 2008 as anchor for WPLG.
In 2008, WPLG Channel 10, the ABC Affiliate in Miami, established the Dwight Lauderdale scholarship to honor Dwight Lauderdale’s 32-year broadcasting career in South Florida. The scholarship exist to encourage motivated, outgoing, community service-minded Barry University student leaders.