Meet the NewsChannel9 News Team
Kim Chapman - Anchor
Kim co-anchors our 6 and 11 evening news and on September 11th she'll celebrate fourteen wonderful years at NewsChannel 9. In fact, Kim met her husband, Bob, who used to be director at NewsChannel 9!
Her career has taken her to several cities in the Southeast and she is happy to be calling Chattanooga home. Before coming to Chattanooga, Kim was the morning anchor and a reporter for the ABC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. This is Kim's second tour of duty in Chattanooga. She anchored FOX61 First at 10.
Kim attended The State University of West Georgia where she majored in mass communications and minored in English. She has been recognized by the Associated Press for outstanding news coverage. While in Jacksonville, the morning news was nominated for an Emmy for breaking news coverage.
Kim is very active in the Chattanooga community. She is a member of the board of directors of The Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee and Kids on the Block. She also served a year on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of America in Washington, D.C. She emcees several local, non-profit events. Kim is also involved with a project in the works that hasn't even been made public..yet. Stay tuned!
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Calvin Sneed - Anchor
Calvin Sneed anchors NewsChannel 9 at 5:00 and 6:00. Calvin is considered the "Consumer Watchdog" of the Tennessee Valley by thousands of viewers.
Calvin began his career in 1969 while still in high school. He worked at WTVC in the early 70's as a news reporter,news photographer and news producer. One of his favorite stories was reporting on how the city shed its "polluted air" image to become one of the cleanest environments in the South. Calvin joined the staff at WATE-TV, Knoxville in the mid 70's as an anchor and reporter, covering TVA, its nuclear program, the University of Tennessee, and the government's nuclear facilities at Oak Ridge. He actually anchored an entire 6 o'clock newscast from inside one of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant containment buildings just prior to the plant coming on line. Later, Calvin became the co-host of "PM Magazine," featuring unusual people, places and things in the viewing area. He later became a consumer/investigative reporter,and returned to Chattanooga in the early 90's to bring his unique brand of consumer reporting to the Tennessee Valley.
Calvin has been instrumental in helping many area residents get positive results when they felt there was no hope. With his investigative skills, he sifts through many issues important to Tennessee Valley residents, always looking for the truth that needs reporting.
Calvin received an Associated Press Award for Enterprise Reporting by spending two days in a boot camp prison for youthful offenders. Watching old science fiction movies from the '50's and growing plants are among Calvin's other interests. In his spare time, Calvin is an avid bridge hunter, scouting old majestic steel truss bridges and tunnels, and can also be seen hiking many trails enjoying the scenic beauty of Tennessee,Georgia and Alabama.
Sarah Jennings - Anchor
Sarah Jennings proudly calls Cleveland, Tennessee, home. Born in Nashville and raised in Bradley County, she realized her childhood dream to become a television news anchor and reporter at a very early age.
Sarah says, I remember sitting in my 6th grade class at Waterville Elementary School and telling my teacher, Mrs. (Jill) Brock, that I wanted to be like Barbara Walters one day.
Sarah graduated in the top of her class from Bradley Central High School in 1995. She then went on to earn a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, in 1999. She minored in political science and held a number of collegiate offices at UTK within professional and academic honor societies. She served as a Student Government Association leader, Residence Hall Assistant and a charter class member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
After graduating from Big Orange country Sarah made it back home to the Tennessee Valley. That's where she landed her first news job at Chattanooga's premier country radio station US-101 - WUSY-FM. She worked hard as a spot news reporter and afternoon drive news anchor. Sarah was soon promoted to a larger and familiar radio market, working as a news anchor and reporter for another group of powerhouse radio stations, NewsTalk-99 and WIVK-FM in Knoxville. Her next big step came when she accepted a position with another group of radio stations in Savannah, Georgia, called the Adventure Radio Group. "Savannah was a wonderful place, but it wasn't home," Sarah says.
Sarah soon returned to East Tennessee and began traffic reporting and general assignment news reporting for WTVC-TV - NewsChannel 9, in April 2003. In 2004 she was promoted to morning news co-anchor for "Good Morning Chattanooga." Since then Sarah has also assumed the role of producing and anchoring NewsChannel 9 Midday. In 2013 Sarah continues to co-anchor "GMC" with Greg Funderburg and started a weekly series called "Pay it Forward" that highlights hometown heroes in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area. In her spare time she has worked as an adjunct journalism professor in the College of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Sarah also stays busy as an active mom of three. She and her husband, Richie, have two boys and one girl; Camden (12), Kelsey (9) and Jacob (8). But, that's not all! Their family also includes two dogs; Daisy and Digger, a cat named Lady, eight bunnies, a turtle and four fish!
"I am certainly blessed by God," Sarah says.
"I have a wonderful and supportive family, loving friends and amazing viewers. I grew up watching Bob Johnson and Mary Ellen Locher on NewsChannel 9. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with them and hold a small place at the best television news station in the world, NewsChannel 9!"
So, now that you know a little about me -- please feel free to take a moment and send me an email comment or suggestion. I would love to hear from you!
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Dave Staley - Anchor/Reporter
Dave was born and raised in Northern Minnesota, outside of Hibbing, Minnesota, the heart of the "Iron Range."
After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, and finishing up school in Minneapolis, Dave headed to Wyoming, for his first job in television. After a stop in Colorado, it was back to Wyoming, before coming to Newschannel 9 in early 1984.
Dave has worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter ever since, adding on the duties of weekend news co-anchor in January of 2006.
Dave is probably best known in the Chattanooga area for his summertime weekly feature "Dave's Diamond Darlings." The series focuses on little kids learning how to play baseball. Dave has been fortunate enough to be nominted for four MidSouth Emmy's, winning the "gold lady" in 2003 for "Sports Program and Series."
Dave's also won numerous regional Edward R. Murrow Sports Reporting Awards, going on to win three consecutive Edward R. Murrow national Sports Reporting Awards. (2004-2006)
He is also an eight time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists "Award of Excellence" for sports reporting.
Dave has many passion's in life, with family, golf and mexican food being right at the top of the list. He's also an avid reader and a political "junkie."
Dave and Sports Director Darrell Patterson remain the longest-running sports team in Chattanooga, something both are very proud of.
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Josh Roe - Anchor
Josh Roe has spent most of his life in the state of Tennessee, and he's happy to be home.
Josh's TV news career has taken him across the country, including stops at WBIR in Knoxville, WFAA/KFWD in Dallas-Fort Worth, and WWMT in Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids.
Before working in TV, Josh spent 8 years in the US Marine Corps Reserves. That's one reason he's passionate about shining a light on veteran's issues and telling the stories of heroes who have put their life and health on the line fighting for our country. News Channel 9 highlights those issues and tells those stories in a continuing series of reports called "Price of Freedom".
When Josh is not working you may find him reading, running,or spending time with his wife and their dog.
David Glenn - Meteorologist
Chief Meteorologist David Glenn has been awarded the prestigious Seal of Approval for broadcasting from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
David was bitten by the "weather bug" at age eight when a fear of tornadoes turned into a fascination of weather. He actually served as a Weather Watcher for WTVC while attending Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga. David is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he earned a BS Degree in Geosciences. David also attended graduate school at Mississippi State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Climatology Lab.
David has been at Newschannel 9 since late 2006. David began his career in meteorology here in Chattanooga at another station from 1991-1998. David then served as Chief Meteorologist at WPMI-TV in Pensacola/Mobile from late 1998 to 2006. David was able to cover 11 tropical cyclones, including direct hits from Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina. His coverage of Hurricane Ivan earned him the Associated Press award for Best Weather Anchor in Alabama. Excerpts of his coverage of Hurricane Katrina were featured in National Geographic's: Inside Hurricane Katrina video. During his time on the Gulf Coast, David also had the chance of a lifetime to fly with the US Navy Blue Angels.
David and his wife Rebecca have two sons, Jack and Carter.
When not predicting the weather, David is a huge sports fan. A lifelong baseball fan of the Braves & Lookouts. During football season, it's the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans! On frozen pond, David and his sons are big Nashville Predators fans. David is also an avid runner competing in local and regional running events.
Latricia Thomas - Anchor
Latricia Thomas joined the Newschannel 9 team in 2008 after spending four years jumping around the country. Originally from Knoxville, Latricia says she couldn't wait to return to the Volunteer State.
Latricia spent her first year in the Scenic City anchoring the Newschannel 9 produced FOX61 First at Ten newscast. She now anchors the 5:00 and 5:30 newscasts. She features local businesses and the products they produce in her "Made In" series every Friday at 6 pm.
Before moving to Chattanooga, Latricia spent three years in Albany, New York where she worked as a reporter and anchor. From covering the fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer to the heavy winter snow storms of the Northeast, she says Upstate New York was definitely a learning experience.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Latricia graduated magna cum laude and majored in communications and English.
When she is not telling the stories of the people of the Tennessee Valley, Latricia loves spending time with her husband Charlie, her young daughter Lila and her toy poodle, Tigger. Latricia is an advocate for supporting those with Down Syndrome in the community as she learns more everyday about her daughter's diagnosis and how she can help families who get to be a part of this special journey. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society, supports Siskin Children's Institute and has volunteered her time to several other local charitable organizations.
"It is such an honor to be a part of the Newschannel 9 Team," said Latricia. "Coming to Chattanooga was both a homecoming and an opportunity to become a part of a community that I grow to love more every day."
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Greg Funderburg - Anchor/Reporter
Greg Funderburg is a morning show co-anchor of "Good Morning Chattanooga" and reporter at WTVC News Channel 9. He joined the station in July 2013.
Before joining the WTVC-TV news team Greg was a reporter/fill-in anchor with Fox Carolina in Greenville, SC and a general assignment reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga.
Greg began his career in journalism at the age of 17 at Abrams Broadcasting Company, a cable access station in his hometown Sylacauga, AL.
The experience at Abrams Broadcasting motivated Greg to further his education and interest in broadcast journalism. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo in 2006. He majored in Mass Communications and minored in General Business.
Greg is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Aside from his civic work, Greg enjoys speaking to youth about the importance of education, hard work, determination, and dedication.
In his free time, he enjoys scary movies, working out, spending time with family and traveling.
Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent
Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news. He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.
He's a member of several professional organizations including;
The Society of Professional Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists
The International Documentary Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University. Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.
Lauren St. Germain - Anchor/Reporter
Lauren St. Germain joined the NewsChannel 9 team in February 2014 as the Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend Anchor and a reporter. You can catch her from 6-7 am and 8-9 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lauren also heads over to the Tennessee Aquarium every week to teach us about what lurks beneath the water, in a segment called, "Featured Creature."
Before arriving in Chattanooga, Lauren worked at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama. She launched a 9 pm entertainment-style newscast on the CW as an anchor/producer/reporter. While at WTVY she also reported live and fill-in anchored for every newscast. Her favorite memory is anchoring an entire show live from the National Peanut Festival. She was also part of the coverage for the hostage situation in Midland City, Ala., where a boy was held hostage in a bunker for a week.
She enjoys experiencing all the South has to offer, but Lauren is a New England girl at heart. She grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While in college, Lauren interned at WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston. She was also the Captain of the Boston University Dance Team.
Lauren loves getting out in the community and telling your stories. While not at work, she is an avid runner and spends every minute she can outdoors. The way to her heart is simple, coffee and chocolate.
Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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John Madewell - Anchor/Reporter
John Madewell has been with NewsChannel 9 since 1994. John started working as a one-man-band, reporter and photographer, on an overnight shift. After that, NewsChannel 9 shifted John to covering North Georgia. John grew up in Ringgold, Georgia.
Since 2000, he has been working out of the main station as a general assignment reporter. Typically, John covers crime and courts. Also, he loves chasing storms.
Before coming to Chattanooga he worked for four years at a television station in Savannah, Georgia. John found much attraction to the city's historic charm and nearby beach of Tybee Island.
John attended Dalton College and then the University of Georgia. He is an avid Dawgs fan.
In his spare time, John enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, golf, travel, cooking and reading. He attends Calvary Chapel.
A return to his hometown has been refreshing.
The people throughout NewsChannel 9's viewing area are very friendly. In addition, John finds Chattanooga's four seasons and central location very appealing. Working at NewsChannel 9 has been and continues to be a great experience.
Briona Arradondo - Reporter
Briona Arradondo joined the NewsChannel 9 team as a general assignment reporter in August 2013.
Briona came to WTVC from WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio, a sister station in the Sinclair Broadcast Group. During her two years in the Ohio Valley, she wore many hats as a multimedia journalist, anchor, producer and bureau reporter. Briona helped lead worldwide coverage out in the field and on the anchor desk for the Steubenville rape trial involving two high school students. While in the Buckeye State, she spoke at community events and emceed city parades.
She earned her master's degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a Washington correspondent and interviewed high-ranking officials and Congress members.
An Atlanta native, Briona graduated from Berry College with a degree in Communication and Spanish. She anchored, reported and produced at the former campus TV station and helped create the student multimedia website. Briona confirmed her interest in broadcasting while interning at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Growing up in a military family, Briona developed a passion for travel and culture. While in Italy, she filmed, photographed, and wrote about the Florentine people and modern issues they face living in a historic city. She also speaks conversational Spanish and enjoys Latin dancing. In her spare time, she likes to explore local shops, play the flute and find new outdoor adventures.
Briona is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists.
She is excited to tell the stories of local people in the Chattanooga area! If you have a story idea, please send a message on social media or by email.
Kelsey Bagwell - Reporter
Kelsey Bagwell joined the NewsChannel 9 team in May of 2013. She came to us from WTVM News Leader 9 in Columbus, Ga., where she ran the Assignment Desk and had her own segment showcasing adoptable pets in need of rescue.
Kelsey was born and raised in metro Atlanta. She graduated cum laude from Georgia College & State University in May of 2012 with degrees in Broadcast & Electronic Media and Advertising. She was a member of Phi Mu and served as their Vice President, and captain of the dance team. She was an avid volunteer for Children's Miracle Network, and a recipient of the "Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities" award.
After graduation, Kelsey worked with Jacobs Media Corporation (WDUN AM/FM and accessnorthga.com) in Gainesville, Ga. as a reporter. She interned with FOX 5 News in Atlanta where she said her favorite experiences include "going on the set of The Walking Dead and spending time at the aquarium with Betty White."
While she enjoys covering breaking news, her favorite stories are those that inspire the community. She's an advocate for animal welfare, and hopes to make a difference in the lives of local homeless pets by sharing their stories.
In her spare time, Kelsey loves to be with her family, friends, and four (yes, we said FOUR) dogs. She is a diehard Atlanta Braves fan and a veteran adrenaline junkie, enjoying regular adventures of skydiving, hot air ballooning, and more. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and "do-it-yourself" projects.
Beth Neuhoff - Anchor/Reporter
Beth Neuhoff has called Chattanooga home since 2003. She and husband, David, along with their two boys, Trevor and Cameron, moved here after 15 years in Boulder, Colorado.
A Texas native, Beth started in her senior year in high school as a commercial/print model for a Dallas agency. She went on to study art at the University of Oklahoma and was lucky enough to spend several years in Hawaii. After moving back to Dallas, she managed an art gallery, enjoyed traveling as a Delta flight attendant and met her husband. They made their home in Colorado where they raised two sons and she was able to sign on with a talent/modeling agency in Denver while staying involved in her art through the years.
Since moving to Chattanooga Beth has been very involved in the arts, film and TV serving as a founding board member of the Chattanooga Film Society, Community Advisory Board member and on the Board of Directors for WTCI/PBS and the Holmberg Alumni Committee for Allied Arts. An on-air pledge talent for PBS, Beth also curates a large art installation within the WTCI/PBS building.
Beth says, "After working on a movie, web series and commercials, I set my sights on becoming a script supervisor for an encore career. I was enjoying making that a reality when I was given the chance to get behind the radio mic and back in front of the camera as a traffic reporter/commercial talent with Brewer Media Group. I was blessed with the chance to further that for WTVC NewsChannel 9 in 2011 as the morning traffic personality and general assignments reporter for the evening. I feel like I'm home and love being part of the news team here!"
When not working, she enjoys running, water sports, hiking and any other exciting adventures she can find.
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Bill Race - Senior Meteorologist
Senior Meteorologist Bill Race graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology in 1982 and began his professional career in Jackson, Tenn. In 1987 he made the move to NewsChannel 9.
After 15 years Bill left the studio to use his many skills in the banking business. When the chance came to return to NewsChannel 9 in 2004, he answered the call and never looked back.
WTVC-NewsChannel 9 Vice President and General Manager Mike Costa said, "Bill is a true professional with a passion for Meteorology. It is great to have him in the NewsChannel 9 family."
Bill's day begins at 3 am, preparing the all-important morning forecasts for Good Morning Chattanooga - what many consider the most important forecast of the day. Folks who tune in to GMC know they'll see Bill on-air every ten minutes with our "Weather on the 9's."
Bill says, "Weather is a passion for me and it has been so important throughout my life. I really hope that I can continue to help people as they prepare for their day."
Don Welch - Anchor
Don is host and co-producer of "ThisNThat" a daily show airing at 12:30 pm with current topics, weather conditions and local events.
Don, born March 10 in Dayton, Tennessee. As host and producer, Don must stay on top of news and events, booking guests that will inform and entertain his morning audience.
WE LOVE TV
By Don Welch
I love TV because of about a zillion changes in the industry in the short time I've been a part of it. For instance, my first year was the last of local black and white television. Color TV for local news and programs had arrived. We had to learn how to light people and sets for color instead of black and white.
News film was color which meant photographers had to learn what a light meter was. In those days, from the time an event occured until film could be ready to go to air, an hour and a half to two hours had passed. Now, we can be on the air, at an occurrence, and go "live" almost instantly. WOW!
I started doing TV weather in the 70s. Boy, was that a hoot! I had two maps and had to draw fronts on them. Later, I thought I had reached "the big time" when I used a map with magnetic symbols, like raindrops, clouds, suns, etc. Now we have satellite cloud movement, instant radar showing storms, snow or rain, and the newest Doppler radar which can show rainfall amounts and severe winds as well as severe storms.
And do you remember when it was six to twelve hours or longer before you saw a major story from another country? Today, satellites take us to Moscow, Cuba, or China while events are occurring. I can't wait to see how our business changes in the next ten years. If it's half as exciting as the last ten, it will be an extravaganza!
In spite of numerous changes in our business, one thing remains constant. It's still about people! Who do you feel comfortable letting into your home to tell you the day's happenings? Whether drawing on a weather board in the 70s or hosting "ThisNThat," people I don't know invite me into their homes on a daily basis, and for that I am very grateful. Because without those viewers, I don't exist.
I was born and raised in our viewing area, and from my NewsChannel 9 window, I've witnessed all kinds of changes, some good -- some not so good. But watching people change, and people making changes, makes my job exciting and challenging. Do I love TV? Yeah!!!!!
Favorite Things: Meeting People
Pie: Lemon Icebox
Person: Willie Nelson
Collectible: Ball caps
Natalie Jenereski - Anchor/Reporter
Natalie Jenereski grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, a city just north of Pittsburgh. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College in May, 2009, interning at both FOX News and NBC studios in Los Angeles, California.
After graduation, Natalie headed back home to the steel city to teach tennis at a local country club. A few months later, she officially began her broadcasting career at the CBS affiliate in Binghamton, New York where she produced and anchored the weekend newscasts while doubling as a general assignment reporter three days out of the week.
While at WBNG-TV, Natalie covered many noteworthy subjects including the impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the twin tiers of NY and PA, as well as a mass shooting at a local community center that left 13 people dead.
Natalie decided to head south to escape the cold winter months in February, 2011. That's when she joined the Good Morning Chattanooga team as a traffic reporter, while general assignment reporting for the evening newscasts. Natalie now co-anchors the weekend newscasts alongside Dave Staley while general assignment reporting on the weekdays.
Although Natalie says she gets an adrenaline rush from the occasional breaking news story, she ultimately loves telling the heartwarming stories of the people around her.
"My job is to make sure everyone's voice is heard, no matter how small their concern may seem," she said. "To them, it matters, which means it probably matters to others in the community as well."
Jason Disharoon - Meteorologist
Jason Disharoon is proud to be a member of the StormTrack 9 Weather Team. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Jason is a native of Georgia. He was born and raised in metro Atlanta and started his on-air career in Macon, Ga. before joining NewsChannel 9.
Jason's passion for weather started at an early age and stayed with him throughout his life. Growing up in Atlanta exposed him to a variety of weather phenomenon, from blizzards and ice storms to hurricanes and tornadoes that only helped to fuel his enthusiasm.
When not engulfing himself with the latest weather trends, you can either find Jason relaxing with friends (most likely at the pool in summer) or jet setting off to his next trip.
An avid traveler, Jason counts Beijing, New York City, London and Paris as his favorite destinations so far. He hopes to have visited every continent within the next few years.
Drew Bollea - Anchor/Reporter
Drew joined the NewsChannel 9 team as a reporter in September of 2012. He now Anchors on Good Morning Chattanooga from 4:30am until 5:30am. He then heads into the field to report on any breaking morning news. His work can be seen throughout GMC also on NewsChannel9 Midday and in the evening shows.
He comes to the Tennessee Valley after working as an anchor at WRWR in Warner Robins, Georgia. While in Middle Georgia, Drew had the unique opportunity of helping launch a start-up television station. Drew took on several duties including news director, anchor, producer, and reporter. He covered topics from budget cuts facing Robins Air Force Base to issues surrounding the local school system. Drew also did play-by-play for the Div. I Mercer Bears basketball team.
Drew grew up in Northern Virginia before attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami, Drew was a member of the Redhawks swim team, water polo team, and the Sigma Nu fraternity. He also worked on the student run news show The Redhawk Report, and co-hosted a sports radio talk show. While in college, Drew interned at WKRC in Cincinnati.
Drew says, "I got involved in news because of my passion to deliver a balanced, accurate story in a creative and captivating way."
He enjoys meeting new people and following breaking news throughout the city.
In his free time, Drew loves to play with his dog Rio, work out, travel, attend community events, and watch sports.
Jerry Askin - Reporter
Jerry Askin joined the NewsChannel 9 Team in November of 2011. He comes to us after working as a reporter at WCTV Eyewitness News in Tallahassee, Florida.
While working in Florida Jerry covered everything from the aftermath of the Deepwater Oil spill along the Gulf coast to the local and state impact of the Casey Anthony trial.
Before working at WCTV, Jerry worked in New York City at Pix 11 News as a field producer and intern by way of the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellowship Program.
He is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. While in college, Jerry wrote articles for the "Signal" campus newspaper and reported for WRAS 88.5 FM. He also interned at WSB-TV and Fox 5 News in Atlanta. Jerry is currently working on his Master's Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies.
He is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the International Radio and Television Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Jerry values community service, family, friends, and his relationship with God. If you have a story idea, please feel free to
Alyssa Spirato - Reporter
Alyssa is a native of sunny South Florida where she attended The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, FL.
She made her way up to Northeast Florida where she received her Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of North Florida in December of 2011.
Ever since she was a little girl, Alyssa had a love for being on stage acting and performing. She knew very early on that she wanted to pursue her talent and dream of being a TV News Reporter/Anchor. She began anchoring in 6th grade for her middle school TV broadcasting class. She thought about becoming a veterinarian but always knew her personality was too large for that type of career. Besides, all her principals and teachers convinced her that her true talent was in Broadcasting. Alyssa has a true love for animals, though, especially dogs.
"Ever since I sat down at that anchor desk when I was 13, I knew that's the career path I would take. I love the chance to meet all different kinds of people and to personally relate to my community through all the stories that are so important to the well being of the areas where I live."
Alyssa began her career as a Broadcaster/Talent at Radio Disney at the age of 13. During college, she was hired as the youngest employee for a local television news station as an Associate Producer. After college, she was hired at WOKV Newstalk Radio in Jacksonville, FL as a Reporter. While at WOKV, Alyssa reported on everything from wasteful government spending, military homecomings, city events, to presidential primaries. Alyssa had the honor witnessing and reporting, nationally, on the CNN debate at her alma mater in 2012.
In her free time, Alyssa loves to dance! She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, shopping, and visiting with family and friends in Jacksonville, Florida.
She loves her Chihuahua, Bella, and loves visiting the local animal shelters to play with the rescues anytime she gets.
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Mikaya Thurmond - Reporter
Mikaya Thurmond is an AP award-winning journalist, who joined NewsChannel 9 in November 2012. She began as a Video Journalist-- shooting, writing, and editing her own stories. Mikaya quickly moved through the ranks and was promoted to a General Assignment Reporter position in February 2013.
She comes to us after working as a member of the Gannett Talent Development Program for WXIA-TV in Atlanta, GA.
Born and raised in Atlanta to Georgia's former Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond, and Chattanooga native, Zola Thurmond, she grew up in and around the media. She earned her bachelor's degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from The University of Georgia.
While in her undergraduate career, Mikaya was crowned Miss Georgia International 2010 and went on to win the International Pageant title in 2011. She labels her 5-week service trip to South Africa and appearance on Good Morning America as the highlight of her reign.
In November 2012, Mikaya was featured in JEZEBEL Magazine as one of The 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans.
She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and credits God, as well as incredible parents, for molding her into the woman that she is still becoming.
You can connect with Mikaya on Twitter or send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
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