Radio Color Analyst
John DeShazier begins his debut season with the Pelicans’ radio broadcast team, serving as the color analyst on all broadcasts, in addition to co-hosting the Monty Williams weekly show on WWL-AM 870 and making regular editorial contributions to Hornets.com.
Prior to joining the Pelicans, DeShazier was a sports columnist and writer for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans from 1992-2012. During those 20 years, he covered and provided commentary on local and state teams, including the Hornets, and also covered events including the NBA Finals, multiple Super Bowls, the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, the NCAA Final Four, the BCS National Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl.
DeShazier was honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association four times for writing the top high school or pro sports column in the state and once by the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors for having written the top sports column.
A native of Macon, Ga., DeShazier graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga., in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.
He has been a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. since 1985, and is active in the New Orleans graduate chapter, Theta Beta Sigma.
DeShazier lives in Harvey, La. He and his wife, Yetoria, have a son, Trey