News15 Anchors

Candace Barnette

Candace joins the News15 family from the Magnolia State. She grew up in the small town of Caledonia, Mississippi and graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2013. She left MSU with a degree in Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting and minors in French and International Studies.

She spent six years as an anchor, reporter and producer for WTOK in Meridian, where she grew her passion for the news industry. Over the years as a journalist, she’s won multiple awards for her news stories and publications.

Candace loves exploring new places, spending time with her family and cheering on her MSU bulldogs any chance she gets.

Carter Simoneaux

A graduate of the Mass Communications program at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Carter has been a resident of Lafayette since 2012 and began his media career in 2017 in radio production.

As a child, Carter grew up in the picturesque community of Covington, Louisiana. A member of a musical family, he spent many weekends traveling with them to music festivals and events throughout south Louisiana to celebrate the unique music, food and fellowship the state has to offer.

Carter has a great love and appreciation for the Louisiana lifestyle—from fishing and crabbing in the lakes and bayous to grilling boudin or cooking a cauldron of jambalaya at a tailgate event. Passionate about sports and music, he is proud to live in a state that boasts incredible sports teams and so many different genres of local music. And as a self-proclaimed foodie with a penchant for hot sauces, the local cuisine never fails to satisfy his envie for spicy flavors.

Jazmin Thibodeaux
Jazmin came to News15 from KTBS, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana where she was a multimedia journalist and news producer. Before joining KTBS, Jazmin was a news producer and multimedia journalist at KLFY in Lafayette. In Spring 2013, Jazmin graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting and a minor in English. Jazmin is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Jazmin is an Opelousas native. When not working, she enjoys exploring Acadiana with her husband and daughter.

Taylor Traché

During her time at the University of Florida, Taylor was a main anchor for WUFT’s First at Five newscast, the College of Journalism and Communication’s PBS station.

Throughout her years at WUFT, Taylor received a professional Associated Press award for best in-depth reporting in 2015. She recently won a regional Society of Professional Journalists award and her piece went on to finish second nationally in the category of Radio Sports Reporting.

When’s she’s not working, Taylor loves spending time with her dog, dancing, visiting friends, cooking and traveling to new places.

Alex Worstell