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
  • Family desperate after man was found stabbed and left for dead near metro gas station

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Family of a man found stabbed and left for dead are speaking out for the first time while police still search for answers. Frankie Washington was found near NW 16th and Meridian near 7/11 Wednesday morning with several stab wounds. After he was rushed to the hospital, he died from his injuries. “Justice will be served for him,” said his sister, Melvita Prince. Prince spoke to News 4 via Skype. She and Washington are from Florida. She […]

  • Fugitive shot by bail bondsman walks away from metro hospital

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A wanted fugitive allegedly accidentally shot by his bail bondsman is again on the run. Now the bondsman is concerned for the safety of his family. Bobby Lee Piearcy was wanted for two felonies, trafficking methamphetamines and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. A bail bondsman with 2 Blondes Bail Bonds was staking out an apartment when they spotted Piearcy. When he went to arrest him, he said Piearcy fought back, kicking him […]

  • Alleged crook caught in lie told to the wrong Harrah police officer

    HARRAH, Okla. – A wanted man was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and saying all the wrong things when he was caught in a Harrah residential neighborhood. According to Harrah police, a reserve officer was patrolling a neighborhood when he saw a red and black Chevy truck driving with a busted out window. The officer followed the man into a driveway, where the man parked and sat in his car. The officer confronted him and the man […]

  • Two jailers charged after allegedly beating a restrained inmate in the Kay County Detention Center.

    KAY COUNTY, Okla. – Two jailers were charged after they were accused of beating a restrained inmate at the Kay County Detention Center. Zane Vandeever and Danial Vandeever were each charged with one county of misdemeanor assault and battery. The inmate in question, identified as Christopher Branham, was also charged after the incident with four felonies, two counts of a prisoner placing body fluid on a county employee, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer. According […]

  • Residents displaced after metro townhome chimney fire spreads

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A chimney fire quickly got out of hand at a group of metro town homes. It happened at about 6:10 p.m. at the MacArthur Park Town Homes near NW 23rd and N. MacArthur Blvd. The fire started in a bottom floor chimney that residents said they were trying to stack with wood. Firefighters are still trying to determine what set the fire off. Flames traveled up the chimney and into an open attic that spread across other […]

  • Domino effect after Pauls Valley hospital closes

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – The domino effect after Pauls Valley General closed its doors left people in the area not only without an ER, but also without an ambulance service. The minute the hospital closed its doors at 5 p.m. Friday, October 12, Pauls Valley Police Chief Mitch McGill said the ambulance service went with it. That’s why he and other city officials have been working around the clock to make sure the area is covered. McGill was able to […]

  • Beaten Yukon woman speaks out, alleged attacker Adrian Vargas still on the run

    YUKON, Okla. – A 19-year-old woman is recovering after she said her ex-boyfriend beat her, dragged her down the street by her hair, and told her he was going to kill her. Her alleged attacker, 23-year-old Adrian Vargas, is still on the run. On Thursday, Alyssa Ruffalo opened up to News 4 about her brutal attack, and the fear he’s going to come after her if he’s not caught. On Thursday, Vargas led Yukon police on a high speed chase […]

  • Pittsburgh County teacher busted for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine

    PITTSBURGH COUNTY, Okla. – A special education teacher has been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Nichole Kay Hamm was charged Sunday with trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and obstructing an officer. The man Hamm was caught with, Anthony Michael Grant, was also arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling where CDS is kept or sold, obstructing an officer and unlawful use of surveillance cameras for the purpose […]

  • Loved ones remember Nicholas Rappa, killed in crash with cardiologist

    EDMOND, Okla. – Two weeks after a deadly car crash, the family of the man killed are speaking out, determined Nicholas Rappa’s legacy live on. First responders were called to the crash on I-35 near 15th Street on October 12. Cardiologist Bryan Perry is accused of driving drunk in his Mercedes when he crashed into Rappa, who was on his motorcycle. Authorities said Perry tried to make a getaway, even after crashing his car into a light pole. Rappa, 31, […]

  • 150 Oklahoma crime victims advocating for SQ 794, Marsy’s Law

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  The question of victim’s rights will be left up to voters in November as they cast their votes for or against State Questionn 794, commonly known as Marsy’s Law. The law would guarantee certain rights for crime victims, but some argue the law would further inequalities in the justice system. “If you haven`t been a victim of crime yet, the likelihood that it could happen to you in the future or somebody you know is probably relatively […]

  • Jury finds former Tishomingo teacher guilty of lewd acts with 14-year-old boy

    NORMAN, Okla. – A Cleveland County jury found a former Tishomingo teacher guilty of lewd acts with a 14-year-old boy Friday night. Shelley Jo Duncan, 50, was charged in 2016 after allegedly kissing the teen on two occasions. This was Duncan’s second trial after the first ended in a mistrial. The now 16-year-old alleged victim testified Thursday that the two kissed one time in a car and another time in the school district’s Alternative Education Building. The boy’s mother and […]