Al Quartemont became news director of KALB in December 2015 after previously serving as a photographer/reporter/anchor from 2001 to 2009.
Al was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Marquette University in 1987. He worked in radio and televison at WTMJ in Milwaukee and was a sports writer/columnist for Community Newspapers from 1987-1990 before moving to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where he would spend his next ten years. That time included stints as both sports and news director at WJFW, as well as owner of On Q Productions, a company that produced local commercials and the popular “Sports Weekly” high school sports program.
Most recently, Al was the coordinator for the Department of Convergence Media at Louisiana College in Pineville where he oversaw the development of Wildcats Media and mentored a number of current and former News Channel 5 employees, including Mark Klein and Steven Maxwell. During that time, Al also completed his master’s degree work at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and produced an eight-hour documentary on the LC football team called “Win Today” (look it up on YouTube).
So, how did this lifelong Brewers and Bucks fan end up in Louisiana? Well, Al’s wife, Michele, grew up in Central Louisiana. She convinced him to move to Cenla in 2000. Since then, Al and Michele have been raising their seven children. They also have two grandchildren.
Al has served the Central Louisiana community as a board member of the YMCA, Salvation Army and United Way. He is also the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Tioga.
If people in this area seem to have heard the name “Quartemont” before, it’s because Al’s great uncle, Ray Quartemont, settled in the Marksville area following World War II.