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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
  • ‘You could have killed someone,’ Police looking for driver after hit-and-run victim broken, bruised

    LEXINGTON, Okla. – A hit-and-run accident sends an unsuspecting jogger to the hospital but the person behind the wheel is still nowhere to be found. Corey Berlier says most people are friendly and wave at him while he is out running, but his most recent run left him with broken bones, bruises and a police report. Earlier this month, Berlier had a night to himself and decided to go for a jog near his home, just outside of Slaughterville and Lexington. “She went to […]

  • UPDATED: Fire crews knock out multiple grass fires NE OKC

    Thursday afternoon fire crews battled a large grass fire that sparked along the Turner Turnpike. The blaze spread for miles and got dangerously close to homes in the area and threatened livestock. “Our first crews encountered about six or seven different smoke columns,” OKC Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said. Emergency crews from Oklahoma City and several surrounding communities swarmed the blaze as it hopped across the dry landscape. “This fire burned right up to several of the homes we […]

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    Cattle help police bust a crime ring stretching across multiple states

    CUSHING, Okla. – Investigators say cattle helped lead them to a crime ring spanning three states. The Department of Agriculture recovered more than $500,000 in stolen property and cattle, and they are still looking for more. It all started in Cushing when someone called authorities because they saw cattle they thought looked suspicious. Jerry Flowers, with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, said, “Their brands had been altered and branded over in order to disguise this cattle.” The cattle were stolen, which […]

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    UPDATE: Vials, some containing PCP, found in woman’s private parts after arrest

    EDMOND, Okla. – A Del City mother is allegedly caught hauling around more than just her 4-year-old daughter after midnight. In fact, police say she nearly smuggled PCP into the county jail. The discovery was made in a ‘personal location’ within the woman’s body as she was being booked into jail. Around 2 a.m., there is not a lot of traffic in downtown Edmond. When an officer spotted Kendra Thomas speeding down Broadway about 2:45 a.m., he pulled over her car. Thomas is […]

  • Driver receives ticket after car runs through wall of northwest OKC medical center

      OKLAHOMA CITY – Wednesday afternoon Bob Moore Chopper Four and pilot reporter Jon Welsh were over an unusual scene at a metro medical clinic after a car had driven into an exam room. It happened near NW 63rd and Meridian, and it’s not something you hear about everyday. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Was it a dumpster,'” Monica Perez said. “I thought it was a door shutting,” Julie Sigle said. “We literally saw the car inside and the wood […]

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    New details on Oklahoma City man involved in 7 hour standoff with Police

    OKLAHOMA CITY – We are learning more information about a Oklahoma City man who was involved in a seven hour standoff with police. Brian Christopher Gass is in the Oklahoma County Jail, and now new details are emerging about his past and what lead up to his intense encounter with the law. “I looked out my window, and there was a policeman with a gun,” Barbara Johnson said. They were everywhere. Officers were camped out inside Johnson’s garage. Entire city […]

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    Oklahoma teen’s dreams of basketball dashed by unusual diagnosis

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Jayci Robison dreamed of playing college basketball. “I remember just getting really hot and overheated. I passed out in the middle of the game and we thought it was just dehydration,” she said. “We kind of just brushed it off, and then it just started happening every day and then three to four times a day.” Robison also started getting headaches and chest pains. She says she could not breathe and felt sick to her stomach, but […]

  • Oklahoma dispatcher arrested for allegedly smoking pot on job at police dept.

    CARNEGIE, Okla. – A police department dispatcher is arrested for smoking marijuana on the job. The incident was caught on the jail’s surveillance camera. Police say Vicki Boyung admitted to smoking marijuana inside the Carnegie Police Department during her shift. “The town has a drug free workplace policy,” Carnegie mayor James Powers said. Powers said Boyung did not follow that policy. Police reports state an officer was unable to make contact with Carnegie Police Department dispatch on the two-way radio […]

  • ‘It affects everyone,’ friends mourn the loss of 4-year-old boy killed in accident at Oklahoma school

    NICHOLS HILLS, Okla. – An Oklahoma community is in mourning after a 4-year-old was hit and killed by a car driven by his father at school on Tuesday. A father was dropping children off at Christ The King when his 4-year-old son, Quaid Dolan, decided to run back to the car after everyone was out. Quaid was not in view and his father accidentally hit him. His schoolmates did the only thing they knew to do after one boy ran inside […]

  • VIDEO: Allegedly drunk Oklahoma substitute teacher arrested at school

    ADA, Okla. – Ada police say they arrested a substitute teacher for allegedly showing up in the classroom drunk. Officers wear small video cameras during calls and captured their encounter with her on camera. The video was taken just outside Washington Elementary School in Ada on school property. Teachers did not want Michelle Childress getting behind the wheel of her car. So they distracted her in the parking lot until police arrived. When police confronted the woman, they say they […]

  • Oklahoma man beaten, robbed and locked in his trunk speaks out

    OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma man is beaten, robbed and locked inside the trunk of his car. It happened early Thursday morning when the man went outside to warm up his vehicle. That’s when four people ran up behind him and attacked him. Hiep Hoang speaks little English, but the bruises and wounds all over his body speak volumes. They might look like small scratches, but puncture wounds from a screw driver trail up and down Hiep’s legs. Bruises and several large goose […]