Joleen Chaney first joined the News 4 team in June 2007. That was the beginning of her television career after she walked in off the street one day and made herself an intern. Within a week she was hired behind the scenes as a weekend writer and assignment editor. Three months later, Joleen 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. Within a year, she was back at KFOR-TV anchoring and reporting the news. From June 2014 to June 2016 she worked at another local television station but returned home to her KFOR family as the weekday 4pm anchor with Lance West.
Joleen is a sixth generation Oklahoman, born in Fairview and raised in Rush Springs – and, no, Joleen wasn’t the watermelon queen!
Growing up, her mother would often tell her stories that always began with “Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Joleen.” Now, Joleen is a professional storyteller, telling the stories of Oklahomans each day on News 4.
Joleen has been honored by the Associated Press for “Best Reporter Portfolio” and by the Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting, diversity reporting and feature reporting. In 2010 Joleen was nominated for a Heartland Emmy for breaking news tornado coverage. Joleen won an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for a series piece. She was also part of KFOR-TV’s multiple Emmy award winning team for coverage of the May 2013 Moore tornado.
When Joleen is not reporting the news you can catch her running or hiking. A lifelong athlete, Joleen participates in and emcees races across the state. In 2011 Joleen completed a half ironman 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 ran her first full marathon in April 2012, completing the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Joleen was also named a member of ionOklahoma Magazine’s “30 under 30 NextGen” inaugural class to honor Oklahomans under the age of 30 for outstanding career achievement.
EL RENO, Okla. – It is often that when some of us are at our lowest, the highest is brought out in others. “She’s given back to the community for quite a few years,” Lynn Brice said. And right now a lot of people are at their lowest. El Reno was hit hard. Some lost their homes, their belongings. Others lost their lives, but this is home to a close community, including Tamera. She’s helped out less fortunate Oklahomans for […]
There’s just something about a mother’s love. It’s unconditional. There’s a mom named Ally Myers who spreads that love to more than just her flesh and blood. “I met Ally here,” Jaret Martin said. “She’d reached out about hosting Moms on MissionS, a nonprofit that serves moms – specifically moms who have overcome challenges or have kids with special needs. She has become a hero of mine, so when I saw one of the episodes I thought this would be […]
CHANDLER, Okla. – There are some things in life that money just can’t buy. Nick Carter’s smile is one of those things. If you’ve ever been to the Chandler Walmart, you’ve probably seen that smile in person. “Everybody knows Nick,” shopper James Childress said. “You can’t miss him. He’s changed locations. He used to be at the front door, but now he’s by the exit door.” Nick was a door greeter for six years, but that position was recently eliminated. […]
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – Imagine your loved one goes missing. No phone calls. No sightings. No evidence for police. In August of last year, 60-year-old Bobby McNutt disappeared from his Pauls Valley home. Investigators had nothing to work with until handwritten clues started surfacing inside his home and inside his mailbox. “You just don’t disappear like that without leaving something,” said Bobby’s brother, David McNutt. Vanished without a trace. “It almost seems like he walked out of the house to […]
WAUKOMIS, Okla. – “My little brother, he has down syndrome,” Waukomis FFA Chapter President Hannah Barton said. Sometimes you come across kids who are wise beyond their years. “This is my brother Brison,” Barton said. “Brison come up and say hi.” It is not the obstacles you have in life, but it is how you overcome them. “We continue to have it, because it was an amazing outcome and so heartwarming to see all those children get to do this […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma girl made medical history in this state by becoming the first recipient of a kidney transplant performed by a robot. “Why are you getting this surgery?” “So I can go to Disneyland.” If only life were as innocent as it is through the eyes of a child. “I named my kidney ‘rocket blaster,’” four-year-old Laney Culpepper said. “I just thought of it.” Laney was born with a rare genetic disorder. Laney wasn’t acting like herself, […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Teens taken down by police inside a local bank after the officers were tipped off by an Uber driver that one of them had a gun in his designer bag. Tuesday afternoon, multiple officers reported to MidFirst Bank on North May Avenue. An Uber driver dropped off his passengers, then called police. “Three teenagers told the calling party they had a gun, they walked into the bank, said ‘They were about to get popped,'” a dispatcher could […]
LAWTON, Okla. – Tiny little fingers. “It’s my daddy’s, and he’s in heaven,” Elias Finlay said. Holding a tiny piece of heaven. “I always have a piece of him. Here, here and here,” he said pointing to his head, his heart and a ring. But for more than 20 years it was buried here at a park in Lawton. The class ring was once on the finger of little Elias’s father, Lemuel. “He looks just like Lem,” his mother Dawn Finlay […]
OKLAHOMA – “Somebody’s probably looking for this, so I want to get it to them.” John Daum wasn’t exactly looking when he found it, though. Daum works as a lab manager in a cancer biology program, so he’s used to having a microscopic eye but – this time – he wasn’t at work. He was outside on a neighborhood run. “I was turning the corner off of Northwest 178th Street into a neighborhood called Twin Oaks, and it caught my […]
VICI, Okla. – In some places, there is no division. Everybody is going the same way. “Thankfully we live in a community that there are so many people out here who have that kind of character,” Shane Payton said. And it is that character that drove them into harm’s way, tossing care to the flames and doing for their neighbors more than they did for themselves. “Everybody had cattle. Everybody’s home was in jeopardy, and the Moss family, they have […]
HARRAH, Okla. – “I was gone. I was gone. I had a defibrillator that worked for a while, and it stopped working and never really brought me back,” Cameron Strange said. Christmas Day 2017, Cameron Strange just finished feeding his animals. “We were standing in the bedroom, and he said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack,’ and he grabbed his heart and started getting shocked,” his wife said. “His device kept shocking him.” Their daughter called 911. Officer Dave […]