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Employment History

Reporter
WAPT

News Director
WAPT

News Director
WJTV


WLBT

Air Force Information Officer
Andrews Air Force Base

Education



Murrah High School



University of Mississippi

Web References (63 Total References)


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A memorial ...

listenupyall.com, 1 Feb 2016 [cached]

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A memorial service is set for today to remember Mississippi broadcasting legend Bert Case, who died Thursday after an extended illness. Case died at age 76. He would have celebrated his 77th birthday Saturday.


Mississippi Journalist Bert ...

www.jacksonfreepress.com, 29 Jan 2016 [cached]

Mississippi Journalist Bert Case Dies After Extended Illness Bert Case, whose booming voice and aggressive reporting defined television news in Mississippi from its infancy until last year, has died. Photo courtesy 16 WAPT

Bert Case, whose booming voice and aggressive reporting defined television news in Mississippi from its infancy until last year, has died. Photo courtesy 16 WAPT
By The Associated Press Friday, January 29, 2016 12:12 p.m. CST Upvote
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Bert Case, whose booming voice and aggressive reporting defined television news in Mississippi from its infancy until last year, has died.
WAPT-TV assistant news director Aaron Vogel said Case died Thursday afternoon at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, surrounded by family and friends.
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Case had been hospitalized since Sept. 1 after a diagnosis of sepsis, a complication from an infection.
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A Jackson native, Case joined the campus radio at the University of Mississippi in 1957 and took a job at Memphis radio station WMPS in 1960. Colleagues say that's where Case developed his distinctive intonation, including the "Berrrrrt Case" signoff that ended his reports.
After serving as an Air Force information officer, he returned to Jackson in 1965, joining WJTV-TV, serving as news director and anchor. In 1970, he jumped to WAPT, launching newscasts at the station as its news director. Then in 1974, he moved to WLBT-TV, the longtime ratings leader in the Jackson news market, serving as a reporter, anchor and news director.
WLBT asked Case to retire in 2014, setting off a round of honors, but he was barely gone a couple of weeks before resurfacing as a reporter at WAPT, still covering tornadoes and buttonholing politicians, sometimes outhustling competitors young enough to be his grandchildren.
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Some legends about Case aren't true, though, like the claim that he tied himself to a tree to witness Hurricane Camille as it slammed into Mississippi's Gulf Coast in 1969.
"I did not strap myself to a tree, but I did think about it," Case told the Daily Mississippian in 2005. "My cameraman, Bob Bullock, said, 'Bert, you'd drown.' He was probably right. But after Camille, I was glad to see that the tree I had wanted to strap myself to was still standing."
Case was deeply affected by Camille, with co-workers saying he always pushed for heavy coverage of natural disasters. Case and Gov.


Longtime TV newsman Bert ...

listenupyall.com, 28 Jan 2016 [cached]

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Longtime TV newsman Bert Case dies from Staff Reports - NEWS January 28, 2016 - ListenUpYall.com
JACKSON, Miss. (The Clarion-Ledger) - Longtime television anchor Bert Case died Thursday after a long bout with sepsis and other complications.
"Bert fought long and hard for five months," said his wife, Mary Weiden.
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Weiden said Case was doing better before Christmas, but suffered a series of setbacks, including the discovery of a mass in his lungs.
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Case spent more than a half-century as a journalist.
After graduating from Murrah High School, he started at the campus radio station at the University of Mississippi in 1957. After serving as an Air Force information officer at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for three years, he returned to Mississippi in 1965 and worked as a news director and anchor for WJTV-Channel 12 before moving on to WAPT and in May 1974 to WLBT, where he worked for four decades.
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Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who knew Case as a fraternity brother at Ole Miss, praised the veteran newsman, calling him a "fixture in my life.
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William Winter called Case "one of the most valuable commentators we've ever had in Mississippi."
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"For more than 50 years, Bert Case told the stories of Mississippi, aggressively and fairly holding her leadership accountable and eloquently celebrating her people," Bryant said.
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Case covered disasters from Hurricane Camille to Hurricane Katrina. "Bert and I established a special bond leading up to Hurricane Katrina's landfall that has lasted to this day," said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham.
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Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Case "had a way of connecting to the viewer with just enough edge, just enough humor, and just enough pizazz.
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Jim Duncan, a longtime cameraman at WLBT before retiring recently, worked with Case for 40 years.
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"Bert was a smart man.
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While covering Hurricane Camille, Case "tied himself to one of the live oak trees in front of the hotel during the storm.
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In 1999, when Case confronted Fordice about his affair, the governor threatened to whip his "a--."
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"Bert, having the governor walk around with the gun doesn't bother me," McMillin said, "but it should bother you."


Legendary newsman Bert Case ...

wjtv.com, 28 Jan 2016 [cached]

Legendary newsman Bert Case passes away

Longtime Mississippi TV Journalist Bert Case has passed away.
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BERT CASE
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Longtime Mississippi TV journalist Bert Case hospitalized
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Legendary Mississippi newsman and TV personality Bert Case has passed away.
Bert started his TV career with WJTV News 12 back in the 1960s. He was both news director and anchor during his time at WJTV.
Most of his television career, which has spanned over 50 years was spent at WLBT. In recent years, he started working for WAPT.
WJTV 12 Photographer Drew Hall takes a picture with Bert Case.
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WJTV 12 Photographer Drew Hall takes a picture with Bert Case.
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Bert has interviewed every Mississippi Governor since Paul B. Johnson.
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"For more than 50 years, Bert Case told the stories of Mississippi, aggressively and fairly holding her leadership accountable and eloquently celebrating her people.
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"Bert Case always kept it interesting.
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My full statement on the passing of Bert Case below. pic.twitter.com/KQIwhzsI5b
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Sad to hear Bert Case has passed away. True news legend in central MS.


Bert Case, Legendary Jackson ...

www.jacksonfreepress.com, 28 Jan 2016 [cached]

Bert Case, Legendary Jackson TV Newsman, Dies

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Bert Case has died.
He started in TV at WAPT before going to WLBT-TV for 40 years.
In 2014, Case rejoined WAPT.
Case, who would have been 77 this weekend, had been hospitalized since the fall.

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