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.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — An attorney for the Destiny Christian School confirmed it was one of their children who were sexually assaulted during a field trip. Earlier this week, authorities with the Midwest City Police Department arrested 37-year-old Joshua Kabatra. He remains in Oklahoma County jail and facing multiple counts including rape after police say admitted to inappropriately touching a four-year-old girl. “They [daycare workers] knocked on the door and it took some time for someone to answer. A white […]
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Police are investigating after they say a man raped a four-year-old child at a McDonald’s restaurant in Midwest City. Joshua Kabatra, 37, was arrested this week and booked on two counts of rape and one count of lewd acts with a child. The incident happened at a McDonalds along SE 15th Street in Midwest City. “Daycare workers were from outside Midwest City. They brought their children to the play center of this restaurant and while they […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — With the summer heat in full swing, the last thing people want to hear is that their air conditioning units may be obsolete, but for some who have an older air conditioner, that could be the case due to new regulations. Beginning January 1, 2020, R-22 or better known as ‘freon’ will no longer be produced. Freon is a refrigerant often used in air conditioning equipment. Jason White with Air Comfort Solutions said its phase-out process began in […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — The state’s largest virtual charter school system is under investigation for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding by illegally inflating enrollment counts. According to a search warrant filed in Oklahoma County court this week, Epic Charter Schools co-founders David Chaney and Ben Harris “acting jointly and together, devised a scheme to use their positions as public officers to unlawfully derive profits from state-appropriated funds.” Investigators allege Chaney and Harris split profit from Epic Youth Services (EYS) of […]
NORMAN, Okla. – After eight weeks of testimony, attorneys for the state and the nation’s largest drug maker have made their final arguments in a historic bench trial. Johnson & Johnson is accused of fueling the opioid crisis in the state of Oklahoma by oversupplying painkillers through deceptive marketing and downplaying the risks of addiction. “This company cut and ran. They took the money, and they ran and they’ve left us here holding the body bags,” attorney Brad Beckworth said during […]
NORMAN, Okla. — The defense counsel for the nation’s largest drugmaker has rested its case on the seventh week of trial. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is being sued by the state of Oklahoma, which claims the company fueled the state’s raging opioid crisis by oversupplying drugs and downplaying the risks of addiction through deceptive marketing. The defense offered Dr. Terrell Phillips, an anesthesiologist based in Oklahoma City, as one of their final witnesses Friday. Dr. Phillips said his […]
NORMAN, Okla. – A judge has denied the motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical companies. After a four-hour hearing in Cleveland County court Tuesday, Judge Thad Balkman ruled the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will move forward in litigation. The complaint, originally filed in June, lists several companies including Purdue Pharma. The state claims companies have made billions through their “deceptive and misleading” opioid marketing campaign, convincing doctors and consumers there is a low risk […]
NORMAN, Okla. — Attorneys have requested a lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies be heard in separate phases. The lawsuit was first filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter in June 2017. The state claims companies have made billions through their “deceptive and misleading” opioid marketing campaign, convincing doctors and consumers there is a low risk of addiction with long-term opioid use. Former U.S. District Judge Michael Burrage is serving as lead counsel for the State of Oklahoma. Prior to a scheduled […]
NORMAN, Okla. — Testimony from a corporate representative for Johnson & Johnson has entered its second day in the ongoing trial against the drug manufacturer. The company is being sued by the state of Oklahoma in the nation’s first civil trial for allegedly fueling the opioid crisis in Oklahoma through deceptive marketing. Kimberly Deem-Eshleman began her career with Johnson & Johnson in 1991. Deem-Eschleman has been designated as the corporate representative for this case, or the ‘face’ of the company, […]
NORMAN, Okla. – As the civil trial against the nation’s largest drugmaker enters its third week, a well-known businessman was presented as an expert witness for the state. Renzi Stone, CEO and founder of the Oklahoma City-based advertising agency Saxum, was called to the stand in Judge Thad Balkman’s courtroom Monday afternoon. Stone’s testimony was centered around internal company documents from Johnson & Johnson, which he reviewed. The drugmaker giant is being sued by the state of Oklahoma, accused of […]
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma is considered one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis, according to an opioid policy researcher. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of Opioid Policy Researcher at Brandeis University, was called to the stand Tuesday in the state’s case against Johnson & Johnson. The state is suing the nation’s largest drugmaker and accusing them of playing a key role in the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic. Kolodny, whose professional career has focused on the prescription opioid and […]