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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
  • Dad upset after he says son with ADHD punished by being ‘locked in closet’ at Mustang elementary school

    MUSTANG, Okla. – A metro father is furious, because he said his son was locked inside a closet at school. Now, he is speaking out as the state investigates. It happened at Mustang Creek Elementary School in Mustang. The family calls it a closet, but the school refers to it as the “refocus room.” Nick Wynne was not in school Thursday. Hiding behind his wispy, brown locks, he was quiet as a mouse. However, his dad had plenty to say […]

  • Officials looking for armed and dangerous serial robber who targeted N.W. OKC businesses

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An armed and dangerous serial robber made his way across northwest Oklahoma City hitting business after business. However, his every move was caught on surveillance video. Three different stores and three different incidents, but they all played out the same way. “In each case, the suspect walks in wearing a ski mask and is armed with a pistol. He appears to work alone. There’s been nobody else seen with him,” OKC Police Department MSgt. Gary Knight said. […]

  • Metro realtor praised for creating program to help Oklahoma’s foster children 

    EDMOND, Okla. – By day, Kristy Payne is a realtor, but when she’s not selling homes, she is giving away something with a much richer commission through a program for children she appropriately calls “Fostering Sweet Dreams.” It may seem like something so simple, but for many children in foster care, a place to lay their heads at night can mean the difference between living in a shelter or going home. Jennifer Abney works closely with the Department of Human […]

  • “They didn’t have any money,” Edmond charity helping to provide clothes to children in need

    EDMOND, Okla. – As children head back to school this time of year, there are many Oklahoma students who will not be showing up for class with much. However, one local charity is changing that for many kids. On a quiet street just off of Broadway in Edmond, sits an old community building. Inside that building, U R Special Ministries provides clothing to young boys and girls, and are helping those going back to school. It started 18 years ago when […]

  • Former Oklahoma senator pleads guilty to embezzlement charges, receives probation

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Senator Kyle Loveless admitted to taking more than $100,000 in campaign funds for personal use. The illegal activity took place between 2012 and 2016. It forced the lawmaker to resign in April of this year, and on Thursday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed three felony counts against Loveless, who pleaded guilty to each of them. Loveless made a name for himself around the country as the go-to guy for civil asset and forfeiture reform, […]

  • “There are people who will not get fed,” Some Oklahomans to be removed from “Meals on Wheels” due to budget cuts 

    OKLAHOMA – Budget cuts have left many state agencies in crisis mode. Some of those affected are left with few options, including our state’s population of elderly Oklahomans who rely on organizations like “Meals on Wheels.” The financial crisis continues to have an impact as some warn there is nowhere else to cut. It’s nearly 100 degrees outside as an elderly Oklahoma woman waits by the door for food. For many, it is their only meal of the day – […]

  • Oklahoma woman creates charity to help children who need outfits for special occasions

    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

    OKLAHOMA – “As a mother, it’s hard to see your child go through something like that, and not be able to do anything but pray. A lot of prayer,” said new mom Kristi Middleton. Kristi was rushed to the hospital and after a complicated labor, her son, Robert Dutch Foster, was born by emergency C-section, 10 weeks early. “We were in middle of eating dinner and watching the NBA playoffs when he decides to make his entrance my water broke,” she […]

  • “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. […]