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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
  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Fire crews battle a 2-story house fire for hours

    LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – A massive house fire in north Edmond shut down traffic and threatened firefighters as well as neighboring homes. Bob Moore Chopper Four was over the scene Wednesday afternoon as flames devoured the home near Waterloo and Kelley. It took several hours and several crews from multiple fire departments to get the fire under control. A driver passing the burning home called 911. “I believe there is a house on fire,” he told the dispatcher. “It’s a lot of […]

  • Oklahoma teens injured on senior trip after being pinned under collapsed concrete wall

    NORMAN, Okla. – A senior field trip took a dangerous turn for a group of Oklahoma students. It looks a little empty at Community Christian School in Norman because the entire senior class went on a trip to Branson, Missouri last week. The teens were enjoying a field trip and made a stop at Doennig Sports Swings and Ozark Paintball in Ozark, Missouri. While at the facility, a concrete wall somehow collapsed and pinned many of the teenagers to the ground. […]

  • Alleged owner attempts to reclaim a piece of history from OU

    NORMAN, Okla. – A French woman claims her family painting was stolen by Nazis and is now at the University of Oklahoma. The woman’s family spoke with Oklahoma lawmakers Monday in hopes of getting it back. Like the title of the coveted painting, Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep, a family who claims they are the rightful owners of the piece of art is trying to bring back the painting. They say it was stolen from their family decades ago. Now, the painting is in the […]

  • Raw Video: Suspect taken into custody after leading deputies on high-speed chase

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A high speed chase during the middle of rush hour traffic was caught on camera. NewsChannel 4’s Bob Moore Chopper Four was above the scene and was tracking the suspect along with police. The man behind the wheel was 33-year-old Arynn McKnight. From the air, you can see the silver four door Chrysler blow past others cars like they were not moving. McKnight was weaving in and out of rush hour traffic and hightailing it on the shoulder at times. He […]

  • Young military man in critical condition after being run over at party

    McCLAIN COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma teenager is in critical condition after being run over by another teen. The victim is a young man serving in the military, who came back home to Oklahoma for a visit. The soldier is in intensive care, and investigators say they have no doubt the crime was intentional. Somewhere at the end of this pasture, a 19-year-old soldier nearly lost his life. It’s not the battlefield you would expect for a boy in the army […]

  • Ashes returned, father and daughter make unbelievable discovery

    LUTHER, Okla. – Last year an Oklahoma man lost his father for the second time. It happened back in May 2013 when a tornado blew away his Luther home, taking his father’s ashes with it. However, just last week, someone found them. A man and his daughter were searching for mushrooms near Luther when they made the unbelievable discovery. Todd Nicholson barely survived a tornado that hit Luther last May, escaping to his cellar seconds before his house was blown away in the […]

  • One dead after standoff with former police officer

    HINTON, Okla. – An overnight standoff had one Oklahoma town on edge for hours. It started when a former police officer ran a limo full of kids headed to prom off the road. The former officer then locked himself inside his Hinton home and threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to come inside after him. This is not the first time this officer has been involved in a standoff with police. In late 2012 he had another standoff […]

  • DASH CAM: Wild chase ends in crash, suspect attempts to swim away

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – A wild chase ended in a crash and the suspect jumping into a creek to try to swim away from authorities. While on duty, a supervisor at the Chickasha Police Department noticed a familiar face drive by, and the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and had no valid driver’s license. He is also a convicted felon. He has quite the history with local police and immediately ended up leading them on one crazy ride. “Before he could even […]

  • Police: 83-year-old ‘Ganja Granny’ arrested for pot peddling near school

    STONEWALL, Okla. – An 83-year-old woman stunned everyone in town, including authorities, after police were tipped off she was selling drugs out of her house in Stonewall in Pontotoc County. The town is so small there is no stop light, but people in town were definitely stopping and taking a second look when they realized something at the elderly woman’s house was not right. A lot of things come up to this quaint little white and yellow house. Bird feeders […]