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Cassandra joined the News 4 team in June 2017. She’s a Los Angeles native eager to keep the people of Oklahoma safe and informed.

Prior to joining News 4, she worked as a multimedia journalist for the NBC affiliate WCYB that sat right on the border Northeast Tennessee – Southwest Virginia. There Cassandra reported on everything from the deadly opioid crisis, the declining coal mining industry, and struggles and victories inside that corner of Appalachia. Stories she covered range from the controversial bathroom bill, the devastating aftermath of a snowstorm in the winter of 2014, and was there on scene when three young girls fell from the top of a ferris wheel, barely surviving.

Cassandra earned her Bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine, then her Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, jamming in high-intensity spin classes, spending hours with a good book, and exploring the corners of Oklahoma.

If you would like to share story ideas with Cassandra, you can reach her via email at Cassandra.sweetman@kfor.com.

Recent Articles
  • Oklahoma man narrowly escapes after his home catches on fire

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – A man was forced to flee his home as it was eaten up by flames Monday morning. It happened not long after noon at the corner of East Warner Avenue and North Elm Street. “I think the glass breaking woke me up,” said the homeowner, Larry Schaible. It didn’t take him long to discover the source of the noise. Flames had overtaken the porch on the side of his home. “I panicked because my phone wouldn’t work, […]

  • Norman man flees to Hong Kong after horrifying child abuse allegations surface

    NORMAN, Okla. – A man is on the run after unbelievable allegations of child abuse were made against him. Jose Perez Manarang Jr. is charged with two counts of rape, forcible sodomy, lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, and three counts of child abuse by injury. Two children made the reports to police. According to court documents, “Manarang would put a plastic trash bag and tie it off around [the child’s] neck until [they] ‘about died.'” He […]

  • Stolen wedding ring found found in OKC pawn shop, but its dying owner still may never see it again

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A 62-year-old stolen wedding ring has been found, but the ring’s dying owner still can’t get it back, and her daughter fears she may never see it again before she passes. Trela Wishon said the ring was stolen off of her elderly mother’s hand while she was in Accel at Crystal Park skilled nursing home. She said it happened the same night she was given an Ambien the first time. “Then when she went to eat breakfast,” […]

  • Ponca City family infuriated when man responsible for woman’s death given probation at nursing home

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – A woman’s family is in disbelief after the man authorities say is responsible for her death is walking free. Gary Eggers was charged with manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend, Sandra Haight. Authorities say he beat her during a fight, and she later died from those injuries. Earlier this month, 74-year-old Eggers entered an Alford plea, a guilty plea in maintaining his innocence, but admitting there was enough evidence that a jury would likely find […]

  • Grieving family blames Norman hospital when loved one died hours after discharge

    NORMAN, Okla. – A Paoli family is in shock and confused after the sudden death of their loved one who was released from a hospital just hours before he died. Jane Wilbanks took her son, 55-year-old Kenneth Craig, to the Norman Regional Healthplex emergency room late one night. He was complaining of pain, difficulty breathing, and a swollen leg and abdomen. “He knew something was seriously wrong because he just never goes to the doctor,” Wilbanks said. “He looked like […]

  • “I felt like I was going to get killed,” 13-year-old foils armed robbery at Tecumseh Family Dollar

    TECUMSEH, Okla. – Counterfeit cash, a stolen car and drugs have been found – after a 13-year-old helps halt an armed robbery at an Oklahoma Family Dollar. It all started with what was supposed to be a quick trip to the Family Dollar. As soon as the teen, Braydon Self, and his stepdad walked in – they were faced with the robbery unfolding in front of them. “The first thing I saw was the guy aiming a pistol at [my […]

  • Neighbors on edge after man found shot dead in Northside neighborhood

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  Some neighbors shocked, others say it’s not surprising at all after a man is murdered in a north metro neighborhood. It happened Sunday at 2:30 a.m. near NE 78th and Kelley. Police found the man shot to death in front of a residence. They have not yet released his identity or further information from the investigation. “My mom woke up when she saw a lot of lights in her room,” said Melissa Winston. Just across the street […]

  • Bodycam video shows path of destruction after Norman car chase

    NORMAN, Okla. – Three people were charged after a chaotic car chase followed an armed robbery. Now bodycam video shows the path of destruction left as the three tried to escape capture. It all started when a man called 911, telling dispatchers he got into a car with alleged driver, Alexis Morales, K.C. Campbell, and Kristopher Pace. That’s when he said Campbell pulled a gun on him and robbed him his clothes, shoes, cash, and phone. According to the affidavit, […]

  • Britton construction immediately causing residential road traffic in The Village

    THE VILLAGE, Okla. – Residential streets are already seeing a massive influx in traffic after a stretch of Britton was closed for construction. On Thursday, westbound Britton Road was closed between Penn and May for the reconstruction of the road. Faced with sudden closure signs, some of the 20,000 drivers that travel daily on Britton are forced to reroute, and immediately, a large number poured through neighborhoods. The ordinarily quiet street, Carlton Way, is feeling the brunt of it. “Carlton […]

  • Elderly woman says her treasured wedding ring was stolen off her finger in metro nursing home

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An elderly woman says her most prized possession, her wedding ring, was stolen right off her hand while she was asleep in a nursing home. The woman’s daughter, Trela Wishon, said it happened at Accel at Crystal Park skilled nursing home the Sunday after Thanksgiving. “Took her wedding rings, and they were on her finger, while she slept,” Wishon said. The original wedding ring was 62 years old, and since then, she had been adding stones and […]

  • Alleged arsonist arrested for lighting 8 Norman fires

    NORMAN, Okla. – A man was arrested after allegedly starting nearly 10 grass fires in his neighborhood within a few weeks’ time. James Cardwell is charged with eight counts of arson, after allegedly getting caught and admitting to lighting grass fires. The fires were on or near Michael McDaniel’s family’s properties. One grass fire after the next started all over the area. “We didn’t know who was starting them at first, and we didn’t know why they were trying to […]