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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Tiffany O Donnell

Tiffany O Donnell - Anchor

Tiffany O'Donnell is an award-winning journalist who came home to CBS 2/Fox 28 in January 2001.  You see her Monday through Friday on the CBS 2 News at 5, 6 & 10 and the Fox News at 9.

In 2010, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Tiffany with an Emmy nomination for Best On-Air Talent, competing against veteran Minneapolis broadcaster, Don Shelby.   The show she anchors, Fox News at Nine, was also honored by the Academy for Best Newscast.

Tiffany began her broadcasting career at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa as a morning weather and news anchor for the first weekend morning newscast in Central Iowa. From there she held posts ranging from weekend producer/anchor to special assignment investigative reporter, to co-anchor of the 5pm daily newscast, "Live at Five."

For the last 15 year years, O'Donnell has established a reputation as one of Eastern Iowa's most trusted newscasters. She's led breaking news coverage, including the 9/11 attacks, presidential caucus and election coverage, and has traveled across the country to interview newsmakers and celebrities. Her one-on-one reports include interviews with leaders ranging from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Presidential hopefuls John McCain and John Kerry.

O'Donnell has won awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association including honors for a Live Town Hall Meeting she hosted in the days following the 9/11 attacks, and Best Documentary from the Iowa Associated Press for "Life's Final Moments," following a woman's last days living with breast cancer.

In addition to her responsibilities at the anchor desk, Tiffany is extremely active in the community, having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Children's Museum, Secretary of the Board at Kids First Legal Office, and two-term Board member of the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.

She is also proud of her role as Co-Chair for Sight & Sound 2009.  This bi-annual event is the major fundraiser for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Orchestra Iowa.  The event raised more than $180,000, a record for the event.

Tiffany grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she double-majored in Communications and French. She and her husband, Michael, have two daughters.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Scott Sanborn

Scott Sanborn - Anchor

A veteran broadcaster with more than three decades of experience in television and radio, Scott is the recipient of two Upper Midwest Regional Emmy awards for his news reporting in the Corridor.  The Iowa Broadcast News Association has also recognized Scott for in-depth reporting. 
No stranger to major, breaking news events, Scott anchored live, local coverage of both the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the 2001terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.  Having interviewed numerous presidential and gubernatorial candidates, Scott was the first journalist in Iowa to interview George W. Bush in the run-up to the 2000 presidential election, traveling to Austin for an exclusive, one-on-one discussion with the Texas governor.  Bush would announce his candidacy in Iowa less than two weeks later.
Scott anchored live coverage of the Old Capitol Building fire in Iowa City in 2001 and the tornado that ravaged portions of that Johnson County community in 2006, the latter garnering Scott his first Emmy.  His most recent Emmy honors Scott's reporting on entrepreneurs in Iowas Creative Corridor. His Created in the Corridor is a weekly series featuring success stories of home-grown businesses and other local entrepreneurial initiatives.
Active in the community, Scott is a member of Hope Lutheran Church and serves on the Advisory Board for the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army. Heal so has been a volunteer for the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and several other organizations.
In his spare time Scott is an avid music lover, enjoys the local arts scene and traveling to concerts far and wide.  His efforts in promoting and emceeing musical performances in the Corridor and beyond recently won Scott a 2014 Spirit Award from the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association.
Scott and his wife, Beckie, are blessed with six grown children, fifteen grandchildren and are proud to call Cedar Rapids home.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Joy Howe

Joy Howe - Anchor

Joy Howe was born in Columbus, Ohio, and after spending most of her life in the south, she's happy to be at CBS 2/Fox 28 in Cedar Rapids and get back to her Midwestern roots. Joy is an award-winning journalist, who joined the team in October 2012 and anchors CBS 2 This Morning, Fox 28 News at 7 and Midday news on CBS 2.
She began her broadcasting career at WJBF in Augusta, GA covering the two-state as a reporter. Joy then moved to KALB in Alexandria, LA as an evening news anchor and executive producer. It was there, that she was honored by the Associated Press with multiple awards, including two first-place reporting AP awards.

Some of her more memorable stories covered include the state trial of the late James Brown, the nuclear waste clean-up at the Savannah River Site and the anniversary of the Graniteville train derailment.

 The best part of the job, Joy says, is the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with the community.  Joy was an active board member of the YWCA, and single-handedly started a weekly health segment franchise for her former station, called Fit it In.

Joy minored in Fashion Merchandising, which explains her love of fashion and shopping. She looks forward to exploring Iowa and calling it home and getting used to actual winters!


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Trei Johnson

Trei Johnson - Anchor

Originally from Binghamton, NY, Trei Johnson comes to CBS 2/Fox 28 from sunny Florida. She began her career in Upstate New York at WITV before heading to WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina as an Evening Anchor. Her next stop was Orlando where she covered hurricanes Charley and Frances, before being promoted to Morning Anchor at WOFL. After taking a few years off to raise her son, Trei is back in the news business anchoring the Morning and Noon shows for CBS and Fox.  This is her first time in the Midwest and she is loving the hospitality and friendliness of Iowans.
Shes also been on the Board of Directors of several non-profit charities including United Way and Kids Beating Cancer.When shes not covering the news Trei is spending time with her family or shopping.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts - Weather

Justin Roberts is an Emmy Award-Winning broadcaster and has called CBS 2 and Broadcast Park home since April 2, 2002 (started his first day at 2pm) and has been an on-air forecaster since July 2007.

He was born and raised in Iowa, growing up in Northeast Iowa in the small town of Fayette. He began his broadcasting career in radio at the heritage call letters KOEL in Oelwein and from there moved to the 'Big City' of Cedar Rapids and WMT AM & FM.

Having anchored Severe Weather coverage on radio for the last five years, he bought some ties, learned how to apply makeup, and made the move to TV Weather, where you can join him every morning on CBS 2 This morning and on the CBS 2 News at Noon. Since the move to television, the highlights of his career include nine hours of continuous wall-to-wall coverage of the devastating EF5 tornado that tore through Parkersburg and around-the-clock coverage of the historic Floods of '08 that took him from the forecast center to the anchor desk non-stop for 5 days on little to no sleep and no shower.

When he's not in the Forecast Center, you can find Justin catching a round of golf, at a Kernels or Roughriders game, or spending time with family and friends.
He's an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and occasionally fills in at the organ at St. Jude's Catholic church in Cedar Rapids and Welsch Congregational Church in Iowa City.
Justin is excited to be forecasting the weather for his hometown and the area he knows so well.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Jennifer Hildreth

Jennifer Hildreth - Meteorologist

Meteorologist Jennifer Hildreth joined the CBS 2/FOX 28 Weather First Team in March 2012. You'll see her weather forecasts Saturday and Sunday on the CBS 2 News at 6 & 10 and the Fox 28 News at 9. Jennifer also serves as a feature reporter on Thursdays and Fridays.

Jennifer is excited to still be able to bring eastern Iowans their weather forecasts!  Before coming to CBS 2/FOX 28, Jennifer was a part-time meteorologist at KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa from 2007-2012.  While there, she covered the devastating Parkersburg/New Hartford EF5 tornado and the historic floods of 2008.

Jennifer was born in Waverly, Iowa and has called eastern Iowa home her entire life.  Because of this, she knows how important the weather is to eastern Iowans.  Jennifer become interested in weather in 3rd grade after a weak tornado hit part of her town in the middle of the night with no warning.  At first, this experience caused Jennifer to be terrified of storms and especially tornadoes. But before long, the fear began to turn into a fascination and Jennifer wanted to learn as much as she could about the weather.

Jennifer attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in meteorology in 2003.  Growing up, Jennifer had always been shy and quiet, so the thought of being on television never crossed her mind. But during an internship at a local television station she was immediately hooked.  Now Jennifer gets to share her passion of weather with eastern Iowans.  Besides trying to make the weather fun, Jennifer also likes to share interesting tidbits of weather history and weather trivia with her viewers.

Currently, Jennifer lives in Cedar Rapids with her cat, Cooper. When she's not in the Forecast Center, Jennifer enjoys spending time outside, going for walk or a bike ride, playing volleyball, and playing cards and boardgames.  She also enjoys spoiling her nephew Cade and spending time with her family and friends.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Landon Stolar

Landon Stolar - Sports Reporter

Landon Stolar is thrilled to be covering the Hawkeyes and the rest of the corridor in eastern Iowa! Landon joined the sports department at KGAN CBS 2 and KFXA FOX 28 in October 2012 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.

Before moving to Cedar Rapids, Landon worked as the KTVM Sports Director for NBC Montana. In Bozeman, he covered Montana State, Tech and Western, as well as plenty of high school sports in beautiful Big Sky country.

A New Jersey native, Landon began his professional career while attending the S.I. Newhouse school of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Landon worked as the S.U. sports correspondent. Several of his stories aired on ESPN U and were posted to ESPN.com. Landon was also the voice of the Falmouth Commodores, a franchise of the Cape Cod Baseball League, from 2008 - 2009.

A zealot when it comes to all Syracuse sports, Landon is also a life-long Dallas Cowboys and New York Mets fan. In his free time, you can catch him writing a song on his guitar or watching anime.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry - Reporter

Kevin Barry joined the CBS2/FOX28news team in May 2013 as a Reporter.

Born just outside Chicago, Kevin grew up in New Jersey and is excited to return to the Midwest. Hes a proud Syracuse University grad where he majored in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. While at Syracuse, Kevin was the Sports Director at Citrus TV where he covered the Battle on the Midway in San Diego,the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl in New York City and the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta. He also worked in the Sports Department at WAER Radio.
 
When Kevin is not covering the Corridor, he enjoys watching The West Wing, The Newsroom and catching up on some reading. You also might find him out on a golf course or exploring Cedar Rapids and its surrounding areas. He's a die-hard New York Jets fan and was lucky enough to be in Canton, Ohio when Curtis Martin was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 Kevin is always looking to know more about the Corridor so feel free to shoot him an email or Facebook message about things you care about in eastern Iowa or even just to say hi!


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Jason Hackett

Jason Hackett - Reporter

Jason Hackett joined the CBS2/FOX 28 Team in January 2013 as a reporter. Jason is brand new to the Midwest, growing up in Miami, Florida and essentially living in Florida his entire life.

 Jason is a proud graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where he received a degree in Telecommunication. While at UF, he worked as a reporter/anchor for the campus TV station, WUFT. He also reported and produced for the Florida Public Radio Affiliate 89.1 FM, where he won two  awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in Radio News Reporting.  After 4 years of hard work, he was fortunate to land a job at WMBB in Panama City, Florida. Reporting from the Worlds Most Beautiful Beaches, he had the opportunity to tell a variety of stories and meet amazing people as the city's beat reporter. The beautiful sunsets and emerald green waters were a plus as well.

 Going from the sand to the snow provided a major change of scenery for Jason, but he is happy to now call the corridor home. In his spare time he loves reading, following his favorite sports teams (basically anything from Miami), and continuing his obsession with learning how to play the guitar. If you have any story ideas (or good restaurant suggestions) don't hesitate to email him.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Zach Hanley

Zach Hanley - Sports Reporter

Zach Hanley joined the CBS 2 and Fox 28 Sports team in November 2012.

Before moving to Cedar Rapids, Zach worked in Bismarck, North Dakota, as the KXMB CBS 12 Weekend Sports Anchor. In his 14months in the ND, Zach covered everything sports from a Bobcat hockey Texas trip to Demon domination in football and track to Moto-X in a backyard!

Prior to Bismarck, Zach worked as a Sports Reporter at WKBT in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Not only was working in his home market a thrill, but he will never forget covering the NFC Championship game in Chicago or being able to cover the Packer/Giants game the day after Christmas with his Dad as his photographer.

As a Wisconsinite and a UW-Madison grad, Zach loves everything Wisconsin - Packers, Badgers, Bucks, and Brewers, BUT he is willing to give the Hawks, Cyclones, and Panthers a chance.

In his free time Zach loves teaching swimming lessons, life guarding, and anything that involves swim trunks, flip flops, and sun screen. Some would call him a modern day David Hasseloff.
Zach is always looking for a sports story and he would love to hear from you because the best stories come from the viewers! So don't hesitate to hit him up with an idea, talk some sports, or even tell him his shirt and tie combo was the wrong choice!


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Marcy Jones

Marcy Jones - Reporter

Marcy Jones joined the CBS 2 news team in August 2013 as a reporter.

Born in San Francisco, California, Marcy grew up in Connecticut, and is excited to be a new resident of Cedar Rapids. Before moving to the Hawkeye State, Marcy worked in New York City in the production side of news at The Early Show and CBS This Morning.  As a part of the CBS News team she created and produced the weekly Saturday segment ,Trend Benders produced celebrity guests, and later produced a the daily segment Long Story Short for Gayle King (whom Marcy misses seeing every day!)

Prior to working in New York City, Marcy studied at University of Arizona, where she interned at the ABC News affiliate KGUN9.There she shadowed reporters covering Tucson politics and even had the privilege of interviewing Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (who says interns only get coffee?!)

Marcy graduated from the U of A School of Broadcast Journalism, and although she will always love her Wildcats, since being in Iowa is a big Hawkeye fan as well.

If you see her out covering the corridor make sure and say hi!


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Mugo Odigwe

Mugo Odigwe - Reporter

Mugo Odigwe joined the CBS 2 news team in January 2013 as a reporter.

Born in Nigeria, Mugo moved to Arizona when she was 12 years old. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a BA in broadcast journalism and a minor in English literature.

While at ASU, she served as an anchor and reporter for Cronkite NewsWatch, an award-winning student produced newscast that aired live Monday to Thursday on PBS World (KAET-TV). She participated in several internships in the Phoenix market including CBS 5 (KPHO-TV), ABC 15 (KNXV-TV) and Phoenix 11, the city of Phoenix government channel where she served as a reporter and associate producer. She also interned at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans where she shot, edited, wrote and produced a short documentary on youth mentoring organizations in the city.

When she isn't in the newsroom, Mugo enjoys reading, writing, running and spending time with friends and family. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society in journalism and mass communication.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Sheila Gray

Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent

Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.

Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV.  She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.

Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.

She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.

Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

Kristine Frazao - Reporter

Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience.  As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America.  She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well.  Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission.  She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.


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KGAN-TV CBS 4 Cedar Rapids :: News Team - Kai Jackson

Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent

Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news. He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.
 
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.
 
He's a member of several professional organizations including;
The Society of Professional Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists
The International Documentary Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University. Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.




 
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