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.
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 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Think back and remember the time someone stepped in and took you under their wing. Maybe it was a word encouragement, a simple act of kindness or a persistence in pushing you far beyond what you thought was possible. For Jaclyn Montgomery that someone is Becky Wood. “She is the reason I came back to school,” Jaclyn said. They say a mother’s work is never finished, and Becky was not finished with Jaclyn. Jaclyn enrolled at the […]
MOORE, Okla. – As a parent, sending your children to school each day is often coupled with a little prayer that they will make it home safely. Marlo Bettis knows this, because one of her sons almost didn’t. “One of my sons was nearly hit by a car that didn’t yield as they were exiting the bus last year,” she said. And she credits her sons’ bus driver that both of her twin boys step off the bus safe and […]
Heroes come in all ages, genders and generations. Their victories in life can be as varied as a world war, beating a deadly disease or simply overcoming the often unmindful status quo of today’s society. And you’re about to meet all three. Join News 4 and First Fidelity as we Pay It Forward. Now in their 80’s and 90’s, there are not many World War II veterans with us today. A picture within a picture captures images of the same […]
HOLDENVILLE, Okla. – He’s not physically on the field anymore, but he’s here in other ways. In the Muscogee Creek language, Oske means rain. “I’ve just been really grateful to still have him here,” Oske Lowe’s mother, Nancy Randall, said. And alive. He’s no longer fighting on the field. Oske is now fighting a different battle. “It can be hard and exhausting, but you’ll do whatever you need to do for your child, but we’ve come a long way,” Nancy […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – For most couples, there comes a day when the kids are grown, and our own youth has faded. But the love that brought them together in the first place changes and evolves. We grow old together. However, it is not always in sync. Sometimes the mind goes far before anything else. “It’s very difficult, because you’re watching them decline and their frustration,” Carol Goodwin said. “In the beginning they have so many frustrations, because they know something’s […]
EDMOND, Okla. – Sometimes when words fail, music can speak. “There is a wide variety of stories at our school,” Ida Freeman Elementary counselor Amy Smith said. “From great needs to smaller needs. Emotional. Physical needs. Academic needs.” But not all of them follow along the same story plot or ending. The demographic may be diverse, but inside Ida Freeman Elementary one teacher is using something can bring out even the most introverted of students. Smith sees every student, every […]