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Joleen Chaney joined the News Channel 4 team in June 2008 and is thrilled to be working in her home state with the same news team she grew up watching. She’s a sixth generation Oklahoman, born in Fairview and raised in Rush Springs... and, no, Joleen wasn't the watermelon queen!

She first visited KFOR as an intern, weekend writer and assignment editor. It wasn't long before she 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.

While at CU Joleen won an OBEA award for reporting. She also produced, reported and anchored for CU-TV and wrote for The Cameron Collegian and The Wichita magazine. Since starting at KFOR, Joleen has been honored by the Associated Press in the "Best Reporter Portfolio" category and by the Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting and feature reporting. In 2010 Joleen was nominated for a Heartland Emmy for breaking news tornado coverage along with several members of the KFOR team. Joleen also won an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for a series piece in which she followed the recovery of an elderly Oklahoma man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead. After seeing the reports, generous viewers donated their time and services to help restore the man’s hearing.

In 2011 Joleen completed a half Iron Man 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 is currently training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Joleen was also named a member of ionOklahoma Magazine's "30 under 30 NextGen" inaugural class to honor individuals under the age of 30 who have proven to be leaders in their career field.

Joleen couldn't be happier traveling across our great state for stories and meeting its wonderful people. When not working, she enjoys public speaking, running, cooking and spending time with her family located all over Oklahoma.


Recent Articles
  • Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from hospice patient

    DUNCAN, Okla. – An Oklahoma nurse has been arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from a hospice patient. It happened in the small town of Ryan in Jefferson County when the nurse’s employer caught on to what she was doing and contacted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Authorities arrested Kelly Shires, an RN from Duncan. “This nurse was picking up prescriptions that had been written to this patient, but then those prescriptions were never given to the patient,” OBN Spokesman Mark […]

  • Disagreement between neighbors leaves man fighting for his life

    GRADY COUNTY, Okla. – A disagreement between neighbors turns violent and sends one man to the hospital with life threatening injuries after he was allegedly stabbed by his next door neighbor. It allegedly started after a disagreement between the suspect and the victim’s wife. That is when police say the victim confronted his neighbor about it and things quickly escalated. “They made us all get on the ground, and I was very frightened, because I’m on medication,” Phillip Nunn said. However, […]

  • UPDATE: State officials apologize to Custer County over escapee reporting issue

    CUSTER COUNTY, Okla. – There is new evidence in a story NewsChannel 4 first brought you Tuesday evening. In Oklahoma when an inmate escapes from a county jail, it must be reported to the state. Earlier this week, we looked into the reporting of three recent escapees from county jails, but now new details in one of those cases leads to an apology from one state agency to an Oklahoma jail. When NewsChannel 4 originally reported the story, state authorities at the […]

  • County jail to be cited, failed to report escapees in timely manner

    UPDATE: 6/12 – Uncovered documents prove Custer County authorities reported escape in timely manner Two county jails in Oklahoma will be cited for failing to report escapees in a timely manner to the proper authorities. Anytime an inmate escapes, the State Department of Health must be notified. However, only one of three recent escapes in Oklahoma were reported until NewsChannel 4 made a few phone calls. Just within the past couple of weeks there have been three inmates escaped from Oklahoma jails. […]

  • Wanted man flees from police, leaves child in car

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – It was a traffic stop police say they will never forget. A wanted man flees the scene, leaving behind his car and a surprise for officers. The man behind the wheel had a warrant out for his arrest when they pulled him over, but now he is facing a lot more trouble. “He gets out of the car, and instead of interacting with the officers he immediately starts to walk away from the officers, of course they […]

  • Local authorities say cell phones have taken large chunk of tax revenue

    GRADY COUNTY, Okla. – Officials in Grady County say cell phones have taken away a good chunk of the county’s 911 tax revenue. Jim Weir says he is worried, and not just about the emergency calls that are coming in, but the ones dispatchers may not be able to take in the future. Weir said, “What’s happened over time is we’ve lost the tax base of the land lines that were funding the majority of the 911 system, and we’re not […]

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    Man, teen arrested for first-degree murder of OKC man

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Two men are behind bars for first-degree murder after police connected them to an Oklahoma City man’s death. For about a month a 15-year-old boy and another man have been hiding out from police. Authorities finally tracked them down at a south Oklahoma City hotel on Tuesday. The two are accused of murdering 45-year-old Kevin Gentry inside his home. Police say Gentry’s sister showed up at her brother’s apartment off south Shields Boulevard, and when nobody answered the […]

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    Pit bulls allegedly mangle thousands of dollars worth of livestock

    KINGFISHER, Okla. –  A Kingfisher family says their neighbor’s pit bull dogs are so vicious the animals have killed and mangled thousands of dollars worth of livestock. Leon Kophenower’s sheep are mangled. By looking at their faces, it is hard tell what kind of animal they are. The family says the neighbor’s pit bull dogs dug beneath their fences and took down their livestock. At least four of their sheep are dead, and the others are barely hanging on to life. “Right […]

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    ‘No place to go,’ Rebuilding process continues at Moore’s ‘ground zero’

    MOORE, Okla. – On Tuesday morning, a high-pitched bell cut through the silence in Moore. It rang out 25 times, each ring in memory of a life lost. “It was one year ago today that a moment in time in Oklahoma’s history that literally just took our breath away,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “Today it is important that we do remember, that we reflect, that we not forgot that there are still Oklahomans who are recovering, who are healing and […]

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    Chickasha man arrested after young girl claims he was spying on her

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – Police say they found meth and marijuana just feet from an Oklahoma playground. Authorities say they were tipped off after a young girl claimed Christopher Smiddy was spying on her through a peephole. Smiddy is in the Grady County Jail and is also accused of having drugs inside his home and taking pictures of the girl without her knowledge. When police arrived at his home, he told them there were no drugs inside his house. However, he ended up showing officers […]

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    Couple behind bars after stunning child abuse investigation

    LATTA, Okla. – An Oklahoma couple is behind bars after a stunning child abuse investigation. Jeffery and Brandy Graham are behind bars and are accused of severely abusing Jeffery’s young son. The little boy is 9-years-old and only weighs 35 pounds. Investigators are trying to figure out exactly what was going on inside their home in the town of Latta near Ada. Authorities say the little boy was malnourished, dehydrated and covered in bruises and scratches from head to toe, […]