Joleen Chaney first joined the NewsChannel Four team in June 2007. That was the beginning of her television career after she walked in off the street one day and made herself an intern. Within a week she was hired behind the scenes as a weekend writer and assignment editor. Three months later, Joleen landed her first on-air job as a morning anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, TX during her senior year of college at Cameron University. Within a year, she was back at KFOR-TV anchoring and reporting the news. From June 2014 to June 2016 she worked at another local television station but returned home to her KFOR family as the weekday 4pm anchor with Lance West.

Joleen is a sixth generation Oklahoman, born in Fairview and raised in Rush Springs – and, no, Joleen wasn’t the watermelon queen!

Growing up, her mother would often tell her stories that always began with “Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Joleen.” Now, Joleen is a professional storyteller, telling the stories of Oklahomans each day on NewsChannel Four.

Joleen has been honored by the Associated Press for “Best Reporter Portfolio” and by the Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting, diversity reporting and feature reporting. In 2010 Joleen was nominated for a Heartland Emmy for breaking news tornado coverage. Joleen won an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for a series piece. She was also part of KFOR-TV’s multiple Emmy award winning team for coverage of the May 2013 Moore tornado.

When Joleen is not reporting the news you can catch her running or hiking. A lifelong athlete, Joleen participates in and emcees races across the state. In 2011 Joleen completed a half ironman triathlon, helping raise several thousand dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma. She has run and cycled in events to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the American Diabetes Association. Joleen ran her first full marathon in April 2012, completing the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Joleen was also named a member of ionOklahoma Magazine’s “30 under 30 NextGen” inaugural class to honor Oklahomans under the age of 30 for outstanding career achievement.

Recent Articles
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    MEEKER, Okla. – About an hour outside of Oklahoma City sits the little town of Meeker. And if you ask around, folks are known to have big hearts, especially Karen Hazelwood. “I teach inside the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh, and our young men needed to dress up in order to graduate. And she outfits our young men in suits and ties so that they have something nice to wear for their senior pictures and or graduation. That has […]

  • Oklahoma baby born 10 weeks early gets to join mom and dad during memorable wedding ceremony

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  • “It’s touched a lot of lives,” Oklahoma woman’s ministry creates blankets to help those affected by cancer

    OKLAHOMA – One knot alone can’t hold together an entire blanket, but intertwined they can – a fabric of hugs tied together with love. Nobody can fight cancer alone. It takes an army. “We want them to know that they are covered by love and surrounded with love and prayers,” Kay Norman said. Deedah’s Covers of Love is a ministry formed in honor of Geraldine Hines. Hines lost her battle with cancer, but she didn’t leave this Earth alone or […]

  • Woman arrested for using fake money at several places in Pauls Valley

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. — A shopping spree ended in handcuffs for a Pauls Valley woman who was arrested for allegedly using fake money all over town. Police say they kept getting phone call after phone call about this case, but the most surprising call was placed while the suspect was still inside a restaurant where she allegedly used fake money to order fast food. Already boxed away and sealed as evidence, officers had to sign out counterfeit money to show […]

  • Police: Set of car keys led authorities to series of burglaries

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – Investigators in Pauls Valley say a pair of car keys from a current case they are working may be the figurative key to solving a series of crimes in the area. Pauls Valley police officers say they have had run-ins with Doug Wallace in the past. Earlier this week, he was taken into custody for an unpaid city fine. However, officers noticed a few things out of the ordinary when they were booking him into jail. […]

  • Former El Reno police officer, her father face charges in burglary case

    EL RENO, Okla. – A family of burglars hit a metro home but, thanks to an alert neighbor who came across a Facebook post, authorities were led right to the suspects. Even though the house on South Hadden Street in El Reno is vacant, the homeowner still had a few things inside but not anymore. “The homeowner had left some property behind there,” said El Reno Police Department Lt. Van Gillock. “He goes over one day and realizes that someone […]

  • Mental health and social media: Does digital depression exist?

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Long before the internet, people have struggled with depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness. Often considered taboo, treatment and awareness for mental illnesses have come a long way, but there is a new element in this equation that mental healthcare professionals know little about. “Social media can be very stigmatizing or very positive,” Dianne, a depression support group member, said. “You really don’t know what you’re going to find when you log on.” Dr. Britta Ostermeyer, […]

  • Search continues in cold case of missing three-year-old Oklahoma girl after DNA results turn up negative

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – More than 20 years ago, a three-year-old Oklahoma girl disappeared. For decades, her face has been on missing and exploited children’s posters across the country. Her father has never stopped searching for her. Earlier this year, he believed there may be a break in the cold case: A possible DNA match he hoped would finally end the wait for his daughter, Bethany Tiner. “I want her to know that I was waiting for her to come home, and I […]

  • Officials warn about dangers of West Nile Virus after infected mosquitoes found in Oklahoma County

    OKLAHOMA COUNTY – Oklahoma County officials are warning residents about dangers of the West Nile Virus after infected mosquitoes carried it to the Oklahoma City metro area. Since 2013, county officials have been trapping mosquitoes inside a trap and testing them for diseases. “It’s a CDC gravity trap. It has water and hay in it and, as it decomposes, it puts off C02, which is what attracts the mosquitoes,” said Phil Maytubby, Oklahoma City County Health Department health director. The […]

  • Guthrie man upset after vintage bike he’s owned for years is stolen 

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – A Guthrie man, well-known around town for riding his bicycle, is without wheels. “That bike was Justin,” Guthrie Bike Shop owner Kent Denham said. “They were two of a kind.” Most around town know Justin and the bright yellow vintage bike he has been riding for years. “Part of it is for good health, but also it really does make a difference in how you get to know your community,” Justin Fortney said. “It’s a lot easier […]

  • New details in death of 13-year-old boy shot, killed in Chickasha

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – There are new details surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy found shot inside a Chickasha home. “He was well behaved. Smart. He liked to play his games,” family friend, Tasha Williams, said. It’s what 13-year-old Andrew White’s loved ones say he was doing when he was shot and killed Tuesday. Andrew lives with great grandparents and was visiting the home next door playing video games, when sources say the man who lives there was putting away […]