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Raised in Maryland, Lili joined KFOR in July 2017 after spending three years in Salisbury, Maryland at the ABC/CW affiliate WMDT. There, she served as a weekend producer and reporter before eventually moving onto the desk as the weekend anchor and senior reporter.

During her time on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she covered coastal flooding, politics, and a number of rallies during the 2016 presidential election. A few stories that caught national attention include a massive puppy mill bust considered the “worst case” Maryland had seen and the explosion of the unmanned Antares rocket seconds after launching from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Political Science. She is currently in the process of earning a Master’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Outside of school, she was an active member of Delta Zeta Sorority and held a number of internships including FOX 29 Philadelphia, CBS 2 New York, and “Nightline” on ABC News.

She is very excited to call Oklahoma City ‘home’ and to join the team at KFOR! Send her story ideas at lili.zheng@kfor.com and be sure to follow her on Twitter @lilizhengtv.


Recent Articles
  • Lawmaker plans to amend bill requiring payment to protest at Oklahoma State Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma lawmaker said he plans to amend a bill which has been criticized as unconstitutional by several groups. Senate Bill 592, authored by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, would require any organization or group of 100 or more people protesting at the capitol to “post a bond of $50,000 with the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority.” The purpose is to offset the cost of additional security, clean up and repairs, the bill states. “That language was misinterpreted downstairs, […]

  • What does the government shutdown mean for rural Oklahoma firefighters?

    GRADY COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma officials are bracing for possible funding problems for the state’s rural firefighting services if the partial government shutdown continues. The shutdown, now in its 31st day, is the longest government shutdown in history. Fire chief Perry Wenzel with the Grady County Fire Department said, though they are not feeling the pinch right now, the biggest concern is for rural fire departments in the event of a wildfire and if federal dollars or assistance is needed. […]

  • Government contractors may not get paid back after the shutdown is over

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The government shutdown is nearing a full month, but there is a part of the workforce that may not get paid even once the shutdown is over. Roughly 800,000 federal workers are impacted by the government shutdown. They are expected to eventually receive back-pay, according to Professor James Davenport. However, that figure does not include government contractors. “These are employees that don’t work directly for the federal government,” Davenport said. “They work for a private sector company […]

  • Proposed measure would let voters decide whether lawmakers can return to teaching after office

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A state senator has filed a joint resolution that would allow voters to decide whether lawmakers can return to teaching after leaving office. Dubbed the “Right to Return” legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 8 was authored by Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City. It would amend Section 23, Article 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution which currently prohibits legislators from accepting any job paid with state dollars for the first two years after leaving office. The current law states “no […]

  • Landowner’s family speaks out after bodies found on Okfuskee County property

    CLEARVIEW, Okla. – The grandson of a landowner said their family has no connections to two people whose bodies have been found on a rural Okfuskee County property. The two bodies found this week are believed to be those of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32. They were last heard from in the early morning hours of January 4 in Temple, Texas. On Tuesday, investigators combed the property on E. 1140 Road in Okfuskee County, which belonged to the […]

  • Company says busted cargo was hemp not marijuana, suspects plead not guilty

    PAWHUSKA, Okla. – Four suspects arrested and booked for aggravated drug trafficking have pleaded not guilty after police say they seized thousands of pounds of what they believe to be marijuana. Tadesse Deneke of Mobile, Alabama, Andrew Ross of Aurora, Colorado, David Dirksen of Comstock Park, Michigan, and Farah Warsame of Cleveland, Ohio were arrested on Jan. 9 in Pawhuska. Police chief Rex Wikel said the truck driven by Deneke and Warsame passed a red light when officers also noticed […]

  • “Still very hopeful, still prayerful,” Convicted Oklahoma murderer killed in prison; Kirsten Hatfield’s body remains missing

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Authorities fear, without a convicted killer, they will never bring full closure to the family of an 8-year-old girl last seen in 1997. Anthony Palma was convicted and sentenced in 2017 for the kidnapping and murder of Kirsten Hatfield. The 8-year-old was snatched in 1997 from her Midwest City home. In 2015, authorities arrested Palma who lived a few houses down after DNA evidence linked to him to the crime. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed […]

  • Convicted Oklahoma child killer identified as inmate killed in prison cell

    MCALESTER, Okla. — Convicted murderer Anthony Palma has been identified as the inmate killed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, officials confirmed Saturday. Palma was serving a life-without-parole sentence after being convicted and sentenced in 2017 for the murder of Kirsten Hatfield who disappeared from her Midwest City home in 1997. Hatfield was 8-years-old at the time. Prosecutors filed murder charges against Palma in 2015. According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, a correctional officer on a routine security check found […]

  • Enid couple, teenager facing possible felony charges after children found in filthy home

    ENID, Okla. — An Enid couple and a teenaged boy were arrested after police found two young children in a home in deplorable conditions. 47-year-old Tracy Jennerjohn and 41-year-old Brandy Washburn were arrested Wednesday and booked on complaints of felony child neglect. Detective Sergeant Nick John with the Enid Police Department confirms the couple remains at the Garfield County Detention Jail as of Friday afternoon. “There was dirty trash, animal feces, beer cans thrown throughout the house. Very unsanitary,” said […]

  • Rallying events scheduled for proposed Oklahoma anti-abortion bill

    OKLAHOMA CITY – At least two events within the next month are planned in support of an Oklahoma bill abolishing abortion. Senate Bill 13 is authored by Senator Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow. It has been cited as the “Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act.” “The event Saturday, a lot of people are going to come, and we’re just going to discuss really how the focus needs to turn away from the pro-life measures that regulate abortion and it needs to […]

  • Proposed bill would raise Oklahoma minimum wage

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill filed in the Oklahoma Senate would raise the minimum wage by more than $3. Senate Bill 102 is authored by Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, which proposes to raise the minimum from $7.25 an hour to $10.50 an hour. “When you’re talking about minimum wage, what you ought to be talking about is a living wage. How much does it cost for family of two to really survive and to really make it on?” Young […]