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Joel L. Vilmenay is President and General Manager of WDSU-TV, the Hearst Television station in New Orleans. In this capacity, he provides strategic leadership for WDSU-TV, MeTV New Orleans and a suite of web and mobile applications. Earlier, Joel served as president and general manager of KETV-TV, the Hearst affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined Hearst from Gannett where he held sales management positions in Michigan and Washington, DC.
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Joel co-founded and chaired for a period of five years the New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force. He also created and produced La Voix D’Haiti, a weekly radio program that can still be heard on WRBH 88.3FM. He serves as on the boards of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Second Harvest, Kingsley House, and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. He is currently chairing the board of Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle–Orléans and is past chair of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where he received a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.