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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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    OKLAHOMA – You’ve heard the saying that dynamite comes in small packages. Well, this dynamite comes in the form of hope, zipping around in a little blue car delivering mattresses, furniture, and food. And behind the wheel, a community servant. Her name’s Danielle and Jaclyn nominated her for Pay It 4Ward. “I nominated you because on Down On Your Luck Oklahoma, you’re the one I see most often picking up for deliveries and delivering things to people,” said Jaclyn. Down […]

  • Two Oklahoma students recognized for heartwarming act of kindness to fellow classmate

    CEMENT, Okla. – It may not be the biggest community. Some may not even know where it is, but it is where some of the biggest hearts are growing up and passing along even bigger life lessons. Students at Cement High School are out for Christmas break but not these two. Nycoal Talbert and Brayden Carpenter are hard at work wrapping gifts for less fortunate children in town. Braydyn is more in charge of the tape, but what they don’t […]

  • Oklahoma woman’s labor of love for children touching the hearts of many

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Outside of the Woodson Senior Center in south Oklahoma City, leaves are changing color as winter fast approaches. Miss Odessa Ross is inside, and she, too, has been preparing for winter – Knitting more than 700 winter hats. “I nominated Odessa, because she’s such a giving person, and she always gives to people all the time. And to be able to knit more than 700 hats to the Grandparents Raising Grandkids, for the children who are living […]

  • Oklahoma high school football player beating the odds against diabetes

    OKLAHOMA CITY – You can’t tell by the pictures or the successful life Gage Bower leads. He is a high school athlete, is at the top of his class and thinks his mom can sometimes be a little over the top. “I thought she was being a little dramatic at the time,” he said. But now, he knows his mother’s intuition is what saved his life. “The way he was acting was different. He’s not a hateful kid or rude,” […]

  • “It is also illegal,” ACLU files lawsuit to protect disabled Oklahomans

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The special session may have ended, but many vital services remain in jeopardy. Friday, the ACLU announced they are taking action to ensure disabled Oklahomans get the care they need. “We just had to file a lawsuit against two public officials here in Oklahoma, and that is the director of the Department of Human Services, as well as the CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority,” said ACLU legal director, Brady Henderson. Henderson says it is nothing […]

  • Senator says his failed “swag” bill would have saved Oklahoma $30 million 

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill aimed at eliminating unnecessary spending on items like drink coasters, mouse pads, pens and more failed. The “swag” bill, authored by Senator Rob Standridge (R) told News 4 it would have saved Oklahoma $30 million dollars. “It’s those little trinkets – stress balls, pens, bottle openers, coasters – those types of things the state government does that people may not realize, that you go into the Labor Department and get a little pen that says […]

  • “He’s very helpful,” Oklahoma man praised for going above and beyond for others

    SHAWNEE, Okla. – When you reach a certain age, it can be easier to take everything with a light heart. It’s easier to laugh, easier to joke – you know your time left is what you make of it. And nobody knows that better than George. “Everybody calls George, and he takes them to the grocery store,” Clarice Stone said. “He helps them get in the car, and if you need furniture moved, just anything you need, George will do […]

  • Keeping you and your little ones safe this Halloween

    OKLAHOMA – The countdown to Halloween keeps getting closer and closer! We are now just 4 days away, meaning children across Oklahoma will hit the neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. And with the exciting day inching closer, officials are reminding trick-or-treaters to play it safe. Medical professionals at OU Medical Center say they see an increase of pediatric patients every year at Halloween. They say kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween […]

  • Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard members prepare to deploy for Afghanistan

    MOORE, Okla. – Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard members, along with their family and friends, gathered in Moore Wednesday for a farewell ceremony. The soldiers, from 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are deploying to Afghanistan where they’ll be providing security and support to train Afghan security forces. It was a proud, yet emotional day for family members. And behind the uniforms, these guys are one of us. “They work at FedEx. They work at the […]

  • “Please hurry,” 10-year-old Oklahoma boy’s crossbow death under investigation

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. – A 13-year-old boy is in custody after shooting and killing a 10-year-old boy. It happened Saturday evening near Wellston in rural Lincoln County. It is every little boy’s dream – a hidden tree house camouflaged inside a thicket of trees. It is where all the neighborhood children would go to play but, Saturday, it took a horrible turn. Dispatch: “911. Can I help you?” Caller: “One of the neighbors… I guess an arrow went through one […]

  • Oklahoma man who turned himself in wearing wig and glasses speaks out over controversial mugshot

    MAJOR COUNTY, Okla. – A mugshot is getting a lot of attention, as well as some outrage. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence and posed in a wig and glasses for his mugshot. “This was the wig that was used,” Brandon Harmon, 34, said. “You gotta straighten it out and work with it.” Harmon wore the wig and a pair of glasses into the Major County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in for after he was charged with domestic violence […]