In a statement published by ESPN, WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said, "Carley's passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist."
A fellow reporter at the station, Fletcher Mackel, described McCord as “smart, funny, hard working - a friend to everyone.”
"It was impossible not to like Carley McCord," he wrote in a tweet.
Brody Miller, an LSU beat reporter for The Athletic, shared a video of McCord dancing with the elder Ensminger on her and his son's wedding day.
The flight, which left Lafayette Regional Airport at 9:20 a.m. was headed to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, according to Flightaware.com.
Authorities have confirmed five deaths in the crash.