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CASEY FERRAND BIOGRAPHY

A Passion for Storytelling

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 a nationally award-winning journalist. She started acting at the age of 8, starring 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 Stage to Stage, 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 the theater company, Casey performed 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) where she concentrated 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, Casey 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 to become the education beat reporter at KTBS 3 News. Within two years she was promoted to a weekend anchor. Her next move took her back to the Lone Star State working 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.

In 2012, Casey returned to New Orleans and to WDSU where she was apart of the station's coverage of the New Orleans East tornado in 2017 that won a national Edwin R. Morrow award. Her career highlights include being embedded with Louisiana educators on assignment at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC., scaling down a wall during a firefighter training in Minden, La., being tasered while covering a police training in Monroe, La, covering President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, La., the Lafayette Theater shooting and protests in Baton Rouge following the shooting death of Alton Sterling by police. Throughout her 10-plus years in television news, Casey's performance has been recognized by newsroom leaders and earned her a number of awards.

As the owner of CFM Media, she offers media coaching and consulting to help businesses and non-profits build their brand and visibility through effective storytelling. As the author of a children's book titled Curly Girl: My Curls Are Mine to Love, Casey is using her experience as a curly girl to inspire young girls and other ladies to embrace their own natural beauty and curly hair. In 2017, Casey stopped getting her hair chemically straightened and made the bold decision to wear her short-cropped curly hair on the news in New Orleans. The first time she did it was because she'd cut her so short that she could no longer straighten it without the help of a hair stylist. Ever since, she's made the choice to wear her hair in natural styles that allow her curls to be a source of admiration and inspiration to women and young girls who have seen her on the news.

 

In 2018, she returned to her love of acting and can be seen in movies like Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon staring Kate Hudson, Zac Efron & Craig Robinson; National Champion starring Stephan James, J.K. Simmons and  Uzo Aduba; and Don't Look Back. She has also had roles in shows like NCIS New Orleans, CLAWS, #FreeRayshawn, Leverage Redemption and Paradise Lost.

 

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 communicates with a friendly and conversational demeanor that comes from her more than two decades of experience on stage and in front of the camera.