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
  • Fight at Oklahoma City school could lead to felony charges

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Four teenagers are facing possible felony charges after a fight at a local alternative high school. Oklahoma City police responded on Monday afternoon to Emerson South. They said it started with a 15-year-old female student who was involved in a fight. When the staff members tried to break it up, three other male students got involved. “I don’t know what their relationship was, maybe they were just protecting the other person that involved in the fight and […]

  • “I’ve hurt more people than I can name,” Ex-senator sentenced for child sex trafficking

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A former state lawmaker has been sentenced to 15 years of prison time on a child sex trafficking charge. Former state senator Ralph Shortey was sentenced Monday morning in federal court after police caught him in March 2017 in a Moore hotel room with a then 17-year-old boy. The teenager said the two had kissed and “fooled around” when police officers arrived. Shortey and the teenager met through Craigslist. One ad by Shortey read: “Hey there guys. […]

  • Teacher shortage task force identifies progress, unfinished business

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A working task force created to tackle the teacher shortage crisis in Oklahoma has released an updated report on its progress. The group was formed in 2015 and started with about 90 members including teachers, school districts, some lawmakers, and members of the business community. Superintendent Joy Hofmesister said they created about 40 recommendations. “There were about 8 or 9 that needed to go through the Legislature for changes in law to remove hurdles or barriers that […]

  • Interim study looks at school suspensions, alternative discipline

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The focus of interim study held Thursday at the Capitol was school discipline and the effects of suspensions. The study was requested by Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, stemming from Senate Bill 1435 which would have allowed schools to adopt alternative disciplinary actions. The bill failed to pass during the last session. “Our current suspension standards are if a child for whatever reason assaults somebody in a classroom and by assaults — that’s hit, kicks…physical contact — then […]

  • “It is not a one-and-done effort,” Lawmakers discuss testing standards, regulations for medical marijuana

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A legislative working group on medical marijuana focused heavily on testing regulations this week at their meeting. Two out-of-state experts were invited to speak with the group on Wednesday. Karmen Hanson is a program director with the National Conference of State Legislatures. The organization has offices in Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C. and is considered a resource for all state legislative bodies across the country. “We basically help state legislative bodies work better,” Hanson told News 4. […]

  • Council members set to vote on changing penalty for marijuana possession in Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY – In two weeks, council members will vote to change an ordinance on the penalty for marijuana possession in Oklahoma City. At a council meeting Tuesday, the public was invited to speak on the proposal by Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty. Under the proposal, those caught with simple possession of marijuana would be subject to a $400 fine. Under the current ordinance, offenders are arrested and can face a $1,200 fine and six months in jail. “I’m […]

  • Luther school board considering school resource officer

    LUTHER, Okla. – Luther school board members will meet Monday to consider adding a school resource officer. The meeting comes weeks after a student was stabbed at the high school on the first day of classes. Town officials, however, said they talked about adding a resource officer before the incident. Luther Police Chief David Randall said the designated officer is already a police officer but would have go through the school resource officer academy. The town has already drafted a […]

  • DNA testing on Julius Jones case will include joint communication, judge says

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A district judge has ordered for joint communication in DNA testing as attorneys for a man on death row work to overturn his conviction. Julius Jones, then 19, was convicted and sentenced for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell who was gunned down in cold blood in his driveway. Since then, Jones’ family and friends have maintained his innocence. His father, Anthony Jones, was among several family members and friends who were at the Oklahoma […]

  • Tulsa dentist found guilty for the murder of 19-month-old

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Tulsa dentist has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing a toddler. A jury has recommended Bert Franklin serve life without parole for killing 19-month-old Lincoln Lewis in July 2016. Lewis was the son of Roxanne Randall, a woman he was having an affair with. The jury also recommended life in prison after finding Franklin guilty of solicitation. Prosecutors say he plotted to hire someone to kill Randall while he was in jail. “Judge Roxanne Randall […]

  • Tulsa dentist found guilty of the murder of 19-month-old

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The jury has found Tulsa dentist guilty of killing 19-month-old Lincoln Lewis in July 2016 and soliciting murder against Lewis’ mother. Lewis was the son of Roxanne Randall, a woman Franklin was having an affair with at the time. For three hours Thursday, prosecutors for the state and an attorney for Franklin delivered closing arguments of whether jurors should find him guilty or not guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he also tried to pay someone to kill […]

  • OHP: Water jug may have caused fatal highway crash

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a water jug may have caused a fatal wreck on a busy state highway. The three-vehicle crash happened around 1 p.m. last Friday, according to Capt. Paul Timmons with OHP. Timmons said investigators have finished interviewing witnesses on the scene. “Initially, the information we have from witnesses was that an orange water cooler fell from another vehicle and landed in the center lane of the southbound roadway on Broadway Extension,” […]