Memorial Day weekend looking to be in the 90s, low storm chances

Ed Doney is an award-winning Reporter and Sunday Evening Anchor with Oklahoma’s NewsChannel 4, joining the news staff in November 2005. Since that time, he has won two Associated Press awards, and has been nominated for an Emmy.

Hometown – Alexandria, VA

Life Goal – A fulfilling career in journalism while making as many friends along the way.

Play any sports/Favorite Sport – Love football and tennis. The Wimbledon championship match is second only to the Super Bowl.

Favorite TV Show – The Office.

Favorite Car – Ford Mustang.

Most embarrassing moment – Watching my very first newscast and realizing that you’re supposed to keep your scripts flat on the desk. Why? Mine could be seen shaking in my hands because I was so nervous.

Happiest moment in my life was… my sister’s wedding in Hawaii and so many other family gatherings.

4 notable persons you’d invite to dinner – Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein and Eddie Van Halen (for dinner music).

Favorite food – Pizza.

I have a pet (what) ..I wish I had a pet (what)… Don’t have a pet but the family cat is always good for entertainment.

Knew you wanted to be a reporter when… I went to the ’86 Peach Bowl in Atlanta and made it home to Illinois that night, just in time to watch the game-winning field goal on the news. I loved the immediacy and excitement of broadcasting.

Best movie of all time – Forrest Gump.

Hardest part of my job – The deadlines.

Best part of my job – Meeting so many good Oklahomans.

Favorite holiday – Christmas.

School fight song – Ball State, Ball State, Ball State!

My favorite story of all time – We did a phone interview with Nikolette Harris, a little girl fighting Leukemia in an Oregon hospital whose family was receiving financial help from OU fans. The Sooners were getting ready to play Oregon in the ’05 Holiday Bowl and fans from both teams were competing to raise the most money for this sick little girl. I asked her what she would say to these complete strangers from Oklahoma. While fighting back tears, she simply said “Thank you very much for helping me.” It was the most sincere expression of gratitude I’ve ever heard. It broke my heart. She died not long after that interview, but the money raised went a long way toward paying her medical bills. Her family was so grateful. The most memorable interview of my life happened over the phone. I’ll never forget her.

People are surprised when I tell them… I was a two-time high school tennis champ!

Recent Articles
  • AP U.S. History courses bill to be rewritten; Rep. Fisher refuses to comment

    OKLAHOMA – A controversial bill to rewrite U.S. History courses in Oklahoma is getting rewritten. A day after speaking with the State Superintendent, Rep. Dan Fisher (R-El Reno) said he is revising House Bill 1380, which would bar the use of state funds for Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History courses – which earn students college credit. Fisher is part of the Black Robed Regiment, which believes pastors should be politically active. He said his bill was taken out of context, […]

  • Three experts help Oklahoma leaders create academic standards

    OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to replace the Common Core education standards that were repealed last year, the Oklahoma Academic Standards Steering Committee met Monday to hear from three experts. Dr. Larry Gray, a mathematics professor at the University of Minnesota, came by the Sooner State to talk about developing English language skills, along with creating math standards. Dr. Jane Schielack, the associate dean for assessment and pre-K education at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a professor […]

  • Education leaders asking for state help in recognition of teacher shortage

    OKLAHOMA — State education leaders are calling it “unprecedented collaboration.” A report was released Thursday involving dozens of school administrators and board members giving their solutions to improve education. “So that we can be certain that those laws that are passed, those policies that are set, will actually have meaningful improvement for student outcome,” Joy Hofmeister, State schools Superintendent said. With a group of smiling students behind her at the State Capitol, Hofmeister called on lawmakers to embrace a vision […]

  • Lawmaker wants state to scale down level of tax credits wind energy companies receive

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma now ranks fourth in the nation for wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. wind farms continue popping up across the state. But one lawmaker believes the state should scale down the level of tax credits wind energy companies receive. “They receive three tax credits that I think are very lucrative,” Rep. Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville) said Monday.  “Overly generous.  Let’s use that word.” Sears estimates wind power companies received between 55 and 60 million […]

  • Bill would prevent teachers who have committed sex crimes from teaching again

    OKLAHOMA — State officials are trying to close a loophole in Oklahoma law to protect students from teachers who have previously been accused of sex crimes with children. Current statutes allow teachers accused of sex crimes with students to resign – rather than being fired – as long as no charges are filed. They can then become a teacher at a different school because districts are not allowed to ask possible employees why the they resigned from their previous position. “Some of them have […]

  • Former Oklahoma police officer accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old

    WEWOKA, Okla. – A former Wewoka police officer is being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and committing other sexual acts with her while on duty. After an investigation, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office uncovered the former police officer performed sexual acts with a minor. Officials say 30-year-old Trever Blackwell, who was 27 at the time of the alleged crimes, is facing one felony count of second degree rape as a result of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl between August […]

  • 10 more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA — The latest flu numbers have been released for Oklahoma. In the past week, 10 more deaths have been reported to the State Department of Health. That brings the total number of influenza deaths since September to 68. That is only three less than the total number of flu deaths for all of last year, and there are still three more months of flu season to go. There have now been 1,652 hospitalizations for the flu, already eclipsing last year’s mark […]

  • Hollywood star helps Oklahoma City recruit bilingual teachers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A Hollywood star is leading an effort to help Oklahoma City schools recruit bilingual teachers who live more than 2,200 miles away. The Oklahoma City Public Schools district (OKCPS) needs spanish speaking teachers to keep up with the ever-growing hispanic population. Actress Lymari Nadal, who starred alongside Denzel Washington in the movie “American Gangster,” loves Oklahoma so much, she moved here. “I wasn’t born in Oklahoma, but Oklahoma was born in me,” she said.  “I came here […]

  • Oklahoma City student dropout rate cut in half

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The student dropout rate in the state’s largest public school district has been cut in half. Oklahoma City Board of Education officials announced a 2.9% dropout rate for the school year ending in 2014. That’s 342 students, which is about half the number from 2013. What’s working? In part, flexible tutoring sessions and testing boot camps. Also, the district has been following up personally with dropouts. “This past year, we really worked hard to track down students […]

  • OHP trooper killed, 1 trooper injured in the line of duty over the weekend

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was killed in the line of duty over the weekend. According to the OHP, Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch were struck by a vehicle while investigating a collision involving an overturned semi on I-40 near mile marker 195 around 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Trooper Dees suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Burch was critically injured and taken to O.U. Medical Center.  He is listed in […]

  • Police: Man allegedly leads officers on two high-speed chases minutes apart

    EDMOND, Okla. – A man who allegedly stole a man’s wallet and car at gunpoint was arrested in Oklahoma City following two high-speed chases early Thursday morning. Jenny Monroe, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department, says 35-year-old Victor Eugene Joseph was arrested after he allegedly crashed the victim’s car near Hwy 77 and N.W. 36th St. The victim, whose name was redacted from the police report, told officers he had just gotten out of his car at his apartment complex […]