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Marika comes to us from KRCG in Jefferson City, Missouri where she worked as a general assignment, investigative, and crime reporter as well as fill-in anchor. She was on the “Fact Finder” team working to find answers in response to viewer questions.

She won a Missouri Broadcasters Association award for a piece on homeless sex offenders. Marika started her broadcast career at KOMU in Columbia, Missouri as a reporter and a member of the Target 8 investigative team. She has covered court cases featured on Court TV and 48 hours.

Marika graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Journalism and a minor in psychology.

Marika is originally from the San Francisco Bay area. Her interests are quite diverse. She loves to travel. She played trombone in Marching Mizzou, has a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, was a competitive gymnast growing up, and loves to snowboard.

She also loves hiking, geocaching, playing video games, and watching sports (not to mention singing loudly in the car when there are no passengers). Last year, Marika spent two months at sea on a research ship working for a nonprofit education organization.

Marika lives in Edmond with her husband, two dogs (Carmello and Makani) and a cat (Drake).

Recent Articles
  • Harrah family says son victim of racism, bullying

    HARRAH, Okla. — Bullying is a huge problem in schools throughout the nation. Now parents in Harrah say it’s getting out of hand there, too. They say their foster son is target of racism. Seventh grader Arzell Gaddis said he gets called the n-word and was even tackled during P.E. class in a game the students allegedly named “smear the n-word.” Gaddis said, “I just get mad about it when they call me that.” The family said instead of taking […]

  • Mailed marijuana lands OSU baseball player in jail

    STILLWATER, Okla. — Four people in Stillwater are in trouble with the law for mail-order marijuana. After their delivery showed up, so did police. The bust involved a player on the OSU baseball team. This story starts in southern California where postal inspectors pulled some suspicious packages off the line. Even though the product inside was vacuum sealed, wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in an envelope and then put in a box, dogs could still smell something was wrong. Warrants […]

  • New bill helps protect all in tornadoes

    OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin appear to have reached an agreement on legislation that would allow Oklahomans to provide a shelter from the storm without the risk of liability. It’s a measure that’s been hanging in the balance for several days now at the Capitol and was urgently addressed in the wake of last weekend’s tornado outbreak. Democratic Rep. Eric Proctor authored HB 2296 to address liability at mobile home parks. The idea came from a constituent […]

  • Rabies on the rise in Okla.

    NOBLE, Okla. — This year could be a banner year for rabies in Oklahoma. It appears the dangerous disease is on the rise. So far in 2012, Oklahoma has seen 35 cases of animal rabies compared to just 61 for all of 2011. Bats and skunks are the common Oklahoma carriers out in the wild. The skunk’s increased population could be the reason for the rise. Rondi Large with WildCare in Noble said, “Skunks, like all wild populations, will have […]

  • Parents worry school making students sick

    EDMOND, Okla. — Some parents at an Edmond elementary school spent much of Wednesday worried sick. Their little ones have been complaining of an odd illness and some believe the culprit is a problem inside the classroom. Two weeks ago a teacher at West Field Elementary School noticed a strange smell in her classroom. The maintenance crew found a gas leak and immediately fixed it, according to employees at the Edmond School District. But parents say their kids are still […]

  • Truck obeys traffic signals in OKC chase

    WARR ACRES, Okla. — We now know the identity of the driver who took police on a rush hour chase down the Northwest Expressway Tuesday. Warr Acres police said the chase started when 44-year-old William Christopher Goree refused to pull over for a Warr Acres police officer. The chase ended about 20 minutes later  near Northwest Expressway and MacArthur. At one point police said Goree was traveling 50 miles per hour through a shopping center parking lot. They said he […]

  • Foundation to remember OU football star

    ENID, Okla. — A family in mourning is trying to brace themselves for that dreaded day. May 19 will mark one year since OU football star Austin Box lost his life. Box had been battling sports injuries and taking prescription pain killers. His sister, Whitney Box, said that day his back was acting up again. He took more pills; the combination of prescriptions was deadly. She said, “After we kind of get through the first year and make it through […]

  • Toddler’s trauma has family warning others

    GUTHRIE, Okla. — A 2 year old’s frightening accident in the kitchen has a Guthrie family speaking out. They want to let everyone know just how dangerous cooking with children can be. Baylee Bryan is the type of 2 year old who lets nothing go unexplored. She and her older sister wanted to be helpers. They were making no-bake peanut butter cups with mom, otherwise known as Chasity Bryan. Chasity turned away for just a second and it happened. She […]

  • File of cell phone

    SMiShing in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Our personal information is under attack. Now scam artists are using local banks and your cell phone to try to lure you in. The strategy is call “SMiShing,” named after SMS or text message phising. In this case, without hacking into any database, thieves picked a bank in Hennessey, and a prefix for Kingfisher and started sending texts stating “YOUR CARD HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED.” They left a local number in the text for “customers” to call back […]

  • Proposed bill will replace blind food vendors at Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY — An idea at the Oklahoma Capitol has vision-impaired and blind people upset. Right now, just like in other government buildings in Oklahoma, the snack rooms at the Capitol are contracted out to blind vendors. This all happens through a program run by the Department of Rehabilitation Services. A proposed bill would take the contracts from Rehabilitation Services and offer them up to a private company. The idea scares other vendors in the program who say if it […]

  • Governor vetoes “Good Neighbor” Bill

      OKLAHOMA CITY — Now that tornado season is here, there is something timely happening at the State Capitol. The idea is to drop any liability for operators of mobile home parks if they let residents take shelter inside the main office building when a storm is baring down. The idea is not to require anything but instead take away any fear the operators have about being sued. Back in March, House Bill 2296 passed through both the house and […]