Joel Vilmenay

President & General Manager, WDSU-TV/1804 List Inductee (2017)

Joel Vilmenay is the two-time Emmy Award-winning President & General Manager of WDSU-TV, the NBC Affiliate in New Orleans, LA. In his capacity, Vilmenay provides strategic leadership for WDSU-TV, MeTV New Orleans and a suite of web and mobile applications. Prior to this appointment, Vilmenay served as President & General Manager of KETV-TV, the Hearst Television ABC Affiliate in Omaha, NE. Vilmenay began his career in Washington, DC where he held numerous sales and management positions for the Gannett Company and later Blair Television in New York City.

Among his honors, Vilmenay was recognized as the 2018 Louisiana Broadcaster of the Year and has twice been awarded the Hearst Broadcasting Award for Innovation.  Vilmenay 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 MBA from the University of Maryland University College.

He currently serves as a trustee on the boards of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chair-Elect of the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the PGA Zurich Classic’s Fore Kids Foundation.