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 firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to follow her on Twitter @lilizhengtv.
LINCOLN CO., Okla. — An Oklahoma father charged after his teenage son was found starving in a barn has retained a new attorney and is expected to plead not guilty on allegations of child neglect. In 2018, the state of Oklahoma charged then 34-year-old Jimmy Jones, Sr., his wife 46-year-old Amy Adkins Jones, and his step-sons, 20-year-old Jonathan Plank and 24-year-old Tyler Adkins each with one count of child neglect. At the time, Jones, Sr. was also charged with one […]
GUTHRIE, Okla. – A man charged with impersonating a U.S. officer or employee is currently being held in federal custody in Oklahoma. James Christopher Benvie, 44, of Albany, Minnesota is facing two counts of false personation of a U.S. officer or employee, according to federal prosecutors. Benvie, who has been a spokesman for a small group of armed civilians patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, was arrested last Friday in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Officials did not provide specific details on the allegations, including […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Changes are right around the corner for Oklahoma drivers thanks to a new law taking effect July 1. Under Senate Bill 1339, passed and signed into law during the 2018 legislative session, drivers will now keep their tags if they choose to sell a car. Paula Ross with the Oklahoma Tax Commission said it’s meant to assist both law enforcement and the public, because it can currently be a hassle to prove a driver no longer owns […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — A sculpture originally believed to have been stolen from the Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown has been found, by our very own News 4 team no less. On Thursday morning, the officials with the Myriad Botanical Gardens filed a police report after a foam sculpture depicting the character “Max” from the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” was missing. “We are pretty sad this morning to learn that someone stole our Max sculpture from the Children’s Garden. […]
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. — A Pauls Valley couple is facing a number of felony charges related to child pornography. Gerard Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 29, remain at the Garvin County jail, each on a $5 million bond. They were arrested last Friday and face several charges including manufacturing child pornography, lewd acts with a minor, and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said his office has an agent who specifically investigates internet crimes […]
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. – An Oklahoma man is facing possible charges after authorities said he stabbed another person during a fight. Michael Hector, 37, was arrested on complaints of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill after deputies with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office responded late Friday evening to a home along a county road. Garvin County undersheriff Jim Mullett said the victim reported he had been stabbed. The altercation between Hector and the victim […]
NORMAN, Okla. — A current employee of the University of Oklahoma has filed a tort claim against the university and is suing the former Vice President over alleged sexual misconduct. Levi Hilliard, 24, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from former OU Vice President Jim “Tripp” Hall, III, who is already under a criminal investigation for such accusations. According to court documents, Hilliard was sexually assaulted by Hall on at least five occasions dating back to the fall of 2017 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a ballot initiative championed by a group seeking a public vote on Medicaid expansion for tens of thousands of low-income Oklahomans. On Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the group Oklahomans Decide Healthcare can proceed with gathering the roughly 178,000 signatures needed to get the question on the ballot. This was challenged by the think-tank Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) which argued the proposed ballot […]
NORMAN, Okla. — A crowd of students, alumni and supporters of the American Organ Institute have gathered on the steps outside of the president’s office at the University of Oklahoma on Monday morning, days after the university announced dozens of layoffs. Founded in 2006, AOI at OU is considered a one-of-a-kind organ music program with an emphasis on pipe organ construction and improvisation, along with organ performance. AOI supporters feared the latest round of faculty and staff cuts will shut […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — A newly formed task force announced this week has been charged with making recommendations on criminal justice reform, but some are questioning its transparency. The 15-member Criminal Justice Reentry, Supervision, Treatment, and Opportunity Reform (RESTORE) Task Force was created by Gov. Kevin Stitt through an executive order in May. It includes lawmakers, members of law enforcement, and agency leaders. “I think this is a really important task force. I think the people on it are exactly the […]
NORMAN, Okla. — University officials say there are no plans to remove campus structures with the name or likeness of former OU president David Boren at this time following news of his resignation. On Wednesday, OU regents announced, “the Title IX issue between David Boren and the University of Oklahoma has been concluded.” Boren chose to resign, which terminated the Presidential Transition Agreement and relinquishes his affiliation with the University of Oklahoma. At the Norman campus, at least one statue […]