CBS 11 News Anchors

Russ McCaskey<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782850" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/russ-mccaskey_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Russ McCaskey" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Russ is a co-anchor of CBS 11 News This Morning and CBS 11 News at 11. He is a multiple Emmy-award winning news anchor and reporter and has been honored more than 50 times from groups including the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He produced, anchored and reported an award-winning documentary covering the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. He traveled with a national guard unit on a C-17 to Europe the day NATO forces began bombing Kosovo in an effort to restore peace. He also spent time with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona who were guarding the American border with Mexico.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">But he says it's the stories here at home that have the most impact and can bring the most change.  He worked on an award-winning special about veterans not receiving the medical care they need and deserve.  He has produced, anchored and reported specials on bullying and the effects of methamphetamine that prompted changes in laws. He witnessed and has reported on executions, covered ice storms, flooding and tornadoes.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Russ is a native of Dallas. He grew up in Plano, and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. His first job in TV was in Sherman, TX at KXII.  Then he worked in Oklahoma City, Charleston S.C. and Tulsa, before returning to Dallas Fort Worth.  Russ is married with two kids Morgan and Connor.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In his spare time, you may find Russ on a tennis court or cycling or running.  Russ was invited to play basketball for the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters.  He scored five points and played five minutes.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">At one time Russ was an avid triathlete.  He competed in and finished Ironman Arizona (140.6 mile distance). However, the coolest things he says he has ever done, was a bike ride from London to Paris -- 4 days, 325 miles (ish) not including the ferry ride across the English Channel.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Gilma Avalos<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782849" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/gilma-avalos_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Gilma Avalos" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Gilma Avalos joined CBS 11 in October 2014 from WTVJ-TV in her hometown of Miami. During her time in Florida, Gilma covered several stories that made national headlines, including the death of Trayvon Martin and subsequent arrest of George Zimmerman. Gilma previously served as an anchor and reporter for News 12 The Bronx in New York City, where she received a regional EMMY nomination for Hurricane Isaac coverage.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Born in El Salvador and raised in South Florida, Gilma learned English as a second language. She credits her teachers with helping her discover her love of academics. It is why she is passionate about speaking to school children about the value of education. Gilma holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Spanish from Columbia University. She began her broadcasting career at the age of 12, as the host of Paleokids, a Spanish Language show for Discovery Kids Latin America.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering good restaurants, and walking her rescue Dachshund, Lola.</p> <strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong>
Ken Molestina<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782853" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/ken-molestina_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Ken Molestina" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to joining CBS 11 News in January 2014 as anchor and reporter, Ken was most recently a reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a news anchor and reporter at KVIA-TV in El Paso, where he focused on crime and public safety reporting.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken won an Emmy Award for his work on exposing underground sewer tunnels in El Paso which were being used by undocumented immigrants and human smugglers to break into the U.S. He was nominated for another Emmy Award for his reporting on the Barrio Azteca gang, a dangerous transnational border gang that primarily operates along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Ken is also the recipient of a 1st place award from the Texas Associated Press in the "Breaking News" category.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken says one of the most impactful stories he ever covered was the execution of a Texas death row inmate. He conducted the last public interview the day before the execution and was a witness to the execution the following afternoon.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">More recently, while in Washington D.C., he was one of the first live reporters outside the White House covering the celebrations that broke out following the 2011 assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Ken also reported on President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election and inaugural. He led his station's coverage of the federal government shutdown in the fall of 2013 from Capitol Hill.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Born in New York, but raised in Miami, Ken is a graduate of the University of Florida. He began his career as an intern at WFOR-TV in Miami. He has also worked as a news anchor and reporter at television and radio stations in Gainesville, Florida. Ken also has experience working as a first responder. He spent nearly three years working as a volunteer firefighter for the West Valley Fire Department in El Paso County. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken also co-produced "Terror on a Train," a documentary film on the 1993 massacre aboard a Long Island Railroad commuter train in Long Island, New York.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In his spare time, Ken likes making fun of golfers who play worse than he does (there aren't many), and has recently developed a love/hate relationship with Bikram Yoga.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken is looking forward to reconnecting with the Lone Star State in the DFW area, and is happy to be telling the stories of the people of North Texas.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Jennifer Lindgren<img class="aligncenter wp-image-714197" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/jennifersmile.jpg" alt="Jennifer Lindgren" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jennifer anchors the weekend morning edition of CBS 11 News, and reports for the morning show on weekdays. She joined CBS 11 News in September 2013. For her, the move is a return home. Jennifer spent eight years of her childhood in Dallas before her family relocated to Georgia. She returned to Texas for college, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">News reporting has taken Jennifer around the country and even overseas. In 2012, she spent a month in London covering the Summer Olympics for various NBC affiliates. In 2009, she traveled to upstate New York for a reunion of Holocaust survivors and the American soldiers who saved their lives 65 years earlier. She produced, wrote and anchored a 30-minute documentary on the experience, and it remains her most memorable assignment.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jennifer comes to DFW from Cleveland, where she reported for WKYC. Prior to that, Jennifer was a reporter and fill-in anchor for WTLV in Jacksonville and WLTX in Columbia. She began her career in TV news right up U.S. 75, at KXII in Sherman.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">While in Cleveland, Jennifer won an Emmy Award for breaking news reporting. She is also the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for writing, as well as awards from the South Carolina Associated Press and the Florida Society of Professional Journalists.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Doug Dunbar<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782864" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/doug-dunbar_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Doug Dunbar" width="550" height="310" /> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Doug Dunbar is co-anchor of CBS 11 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">He is passionate about bringing Dallas-Fort Worth viewers the news that affects their lives, but he’s equally dedicated to making a real difference in the community. In 2016, Doug competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. It was the journey of a lifetime in more ways than one, and when it was all over, Doug raised $156,000 for the fight against blood cancers!</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Doug has been honored with multiple EMMY Awards for his work, and in 2014, he was recognized with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a group of local D Day veterans’ emotional return to Normandy, France. Doug’s support for members of our armed forces and their families is very personal; He lost his father, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clarence Dunbar, in Vietnam. He was then raised by his mom, Inge, who -- among many other things -- taught him to speak German fluently.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">An accomplished pilot, Doug is one of the few civilians who’ve ever had to chance to fly both the F-16 and the FA-18. Even catapulting from the deck of the USS Harry S Truman AND trapping (landing) on it!</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">And random fact: he’s a former National Champion and record holder (since broken!) in the obscure sport of barefoot waterskiing!</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">However, Doug will tell you that nothing in the world is more important to him than his role as husband and proud daddy of two.</span></p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Karen Borta<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782854" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/karen-borta_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Karen Borta" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Karen is a veteran journalist who joined CBS 11 News in 1995. Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WTVT-TV in Tampa, KRBK-TV in Sacramento and KCEN-TV in Waco.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She has received numerous honors for her work, including regional Emmy Awards, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, Press Club of Dallas Kate Awards and the Association of Women Journalists’ Vivian J. Castleberry Award.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of the UTA Alumni Association, as well as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2003, Karen received UTA’s “Distinguished Alumni Service Award.”  In addition, she has been recognized for her service to the community by numerous charitable and civic organizations including Mi Escuelita, Cook Children’s Medical Center, and the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Karen is deeply devoted to the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer. Her mother and both grandmothers had breast cancer, and one of her grandmothers died from the disease. Because Karen has two daughters of her own, finding a cure is especially important to her. Karen was an Honorary Co-Chair for the 2000 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure and that same year she received a Macy’s “Heart and Soul Award” for her work in the fight against breast cancer. In 2005, she received the inaugural “Commitment to the Cure” award. Karen has also supported, since their inception, the survivors’ luncheon sponsored by the Joanie Hatcher Memorial Survivors Endowment Fund and the Celebrating Women luncheon presented by the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She and her husband, Jim, have three teenage children, Jake, Katie and Kylie. When she's not cheering them on at a game or attending one of their school functions, Karen enjoys playing tennis and reading.</p> <strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong>

CBS 11 News Director

Laurie Passman[caption id="attachment_797406" align="aligncenter" width="550"]<img class="wp-image-797406" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/laurie-passman-news-director.jpg" alt="Laurie Passman, Vice President & News Director" width="550" height="309" /> Laurie Passman, Vice President & News Director[/caption] Laurie Passman was named Vice President and News Director of KTVT-TV (CBS 11) in August 2018. Passman joined CBS 11 in August 2015 as the station’s Assistant News Director. Passman is a 20 year news veteran who has covered major news events such as the deadly ambush shooting of Dallas and DART Police Officers; Arizona’s devastating Yarnell Hill Fire and the shooting of US Rep. Gabby Giffords. Passman has managed news coverage for large scale events such as Super Bowls, elections and live televised debates. Passman manages the internship program at CBS 11 and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of journalists. She frequently donates her time as a guest lecturer for journalism classes. Prior to joining KTVT, Passman was Assistant News Director at KTVK-TV in Phoenix, where she managed the EMMY® Award-winning consumer news unit, “3OYS.” She was also the Executive Producer of the top-rated “Good Morning Arizona” and expanded the newscast to 5 ½ hours. Prior to that, Passman served as News Director at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, where she led the team to earn the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting award. While at KOB, she also launched an EMMY® Award-winning investigative/consumer news unit. Passman earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico School of Communication and Journalism. In her spare time, she plays the drums and enjoys live music. She is also passionate about two essentials of life: food and shoes. <ul> <li>To contact the station fill out the form below.</li> </ul> [wufoo username="cbslocalcorp" formhash="x1kul26h1mscwwm" autoresize="true" height="600" header="show" ssl="true"]

CBS 11 News Meteorologists

Anne Elise Parks<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782852" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/anne-elise_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Anne Elise Parks" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Meteorologist Anne Elise Parks is a native of New Albany, Mississippi. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience, with a major emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology and a minor in Communication. She "bleeds maroon and white" and loves all things Mississippi State. One of her most cherished memories at her alma mater was being named 2010 Homecoming Queen.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Anne Elise developed a strong passion for weather at a young age. Growing up on her family's farm, she had a firsthand view of storms rolling through the southeast region that further sparked her weather interest. This intrigue would eventually lead her to pursue a degree in meteorology from the prestigious Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State, where she was chosen to be a part of the Great Plains Storm Chase team.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Anne Elise comes to the CBS 11 Texas Weather Experts from St. Louis, Missouri, where she served as weekend morning meteorologist and co-anchor for FOX 2 News. It was here that she was named Best TV Meteorologist by ​St. Louis Magazine​. She began her career in Terre Haute, Indiana as morning/midday meteorologist for WTWO/WAWV news. Through her years spent in the midwest, Anne Elise gained experience with various weather extremes that ranged from tornado outbreaks to record cold and snowy winters. The March 2, 2012 severe weather outbreak across Indiana and the historic Christmas flooding in Missouri during December 2015 stand out as some of the most significant weather events that Anne Elise has covered.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">When she's not busy in the weather center, Anne Elise enjoys interviewing opportunities. Her resume boasts interviews with Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Robin Roberts and Seth Meyers. She reported live from the CMA Awards red carpet in 2013, and it instantly became a career highlight.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In her free time, Anne Elise enjoys being outdoors with her husband and goldendoodle, Murphy. You can find her checking out the vast food scene in DFW, delving into home design, taking a run down the Katy Trail or supporting one of the local sports teams.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Anne Elise is thrilled to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she can cheer on her favorite football team and quarterback from the stands of AT&T Stadium.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Scott Padgett<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782860" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/scott-padget_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Scott Padgett" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Meteorologist Scott Padgett joined CBS 11 in September 2013.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Like many meteorologists, Scott's interest in weather started at an early age. Oddly enough, he had a fear of the weather from the time he was 3 until he was about 12. Scott and his father would sit on the front porch watching the storms roll into his neighborhood. He still remembers watching with amazement at the force of the wind and the intensity of the lightning. Thanks to his dad, his fear turned into a fascination, leading him to study meteorology at Western Illinois University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and a double minor in broadcasting and math.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">During Scott's career, he has moved to and forecasted for many different climates. Scott has been challeged with ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and desert heat. Let's just say, Scott knows weather. But being from a military family, Scott is used to moving. However, he is now glad to be "back home" with family.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Scott is both a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In 2006, he was awarded the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society. Scott is also an Emmy Award nominated meteorologist bringing more than 22 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience to North Texas.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Scott loves being active whether it is in the gym, hiking, running or traveling. Scott is always up for an adventure so, if you have something fun you think he should do or a place where he should do live weather, drop him a line!</p> <p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong></p>
Jeff Ray<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782843" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/jeff-ray_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Jeff Ray" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 in December 2010. He came to North Texas from Nashville, where he spent the past 11 years, most recently as the morning meteorologist at WKRN-TV. His career has also taken him to Kansas City, Mo., where he was the senior meteorologist at KSHB-TV. Prior to that, he worked at television stations in Jefferson City, Mo.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Fort Pierce, Fla.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Born in Lubbock, Jeff spent most of his childhood in Tennessee. He returned to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his first undergraduate degree. Jeff went on to study news at the University of Florida and later completed his bachelor’s degree in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University. He also holds a master’s degree in science education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff and his wife are thrilled to be raising their two sons here in North Texas. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys gardening, cooking (which is more like scientific experimentation, if you ask his wife) and woodworking.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Jeff Jamison<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782838" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/jeff-jamison_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Jeff Jamison" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff is a meteorologist for CBS 11 News. You can watch his forecast weekday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. on CBS 11 and on CBSDFW.COM.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff was the only meteorologist in North Texas to fly into the eye of Hurricane Rita before it made landfall in September, 2005. In 2006, he was awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorology (CBM) Seal of Approval, the first in the Dallas / Fort Worth market.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to arriving at CBS 11 News in 2003, Jeff was morning and noon meteorologist at KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana. While there, he covered the land falling of Hurricanes Lili and Isadore along the Louisiana coast. Jeff also has experience in forecasting severe weather, including tornadoes and even ice storms. During his tenure at KTBS, Jeff and the weather team became the first broadcast meteorologists in the country to use a one million watt Doppler radar on the air. He also was an important part in developing the use of the country's largest weather lab for television and helped modernize the way weather forecasts are displayed.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff began his career in Bryan / College Station and Waco in 1997 as a meteorologist with CBS affiliates KBTX-TV and KWTX-TV. While there, Jeff was awarded the AMS Broadcast Seal of Approval. At KBTX, he presented a series of reports on the 100-year anniversary of the 1900 hurricane that leveled most of Galveston.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff attended Western Hills High School in Fort Worth and graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in meteorology. He also is an active member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jeff is married and has two sons. In his spare time, Jeff likes being with his family, exploring North Texas’ restaurants, and playing golf.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>

CBS 11 News Reporters

MaryAnn Martinez<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782861" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/maryann-martinez_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="MaryAnn Martinez" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">From crawling through drug tunnels on the U.S.-Mexico border to interviewing a U.S. presidential candidate, MaryAnn Martinez brings a wealth of reporting experience to CBS 11.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to joining CBS 11, MaryAnn spent two years telling stories at KENS-TV in San Antonio. While reporting there, her reporting on public corruption in Crystal City, Texas triggered an FBI investigation. All but one elected official were taken into custody during the FBI raid on city hall. She also covered Pope Francis’ visits to Washington D.C. and to the U.S.-Mexico border. MaryAnn has also previously worked at FOX Los Angeles, Miami's WFOR, and the FOX affiliate, KVVU, in Las Vegas.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Most people associate Las Vegas with gambling, but for MaryAnn, Las Vegas meant politics. Because Las Vegas is located in a swing state, former President Barack Obama made frequent trips to Nevada. MaryAnn covered all of his visits to Las Vegas during her tenure in southern Nevada. She also had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney while he served as the presidential nominee for the Republican Party.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In 2008, the U.S. Border Patrol called Tucson “ground zero” for human and drug smuggling. MaryAnn worked in Tucson during that time. She profiled the Arizona Minutemen, daily threats faced by border patrol agents, and reported from inside drug tunnels dug by El Chapo’s Sinaloa drug cartel.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">MaryAnn’s coverage of the border began in El Paso, Texas. MaryAnn regularly traveled into Juarez, Mexico as a turf war between the Juarez drug cartel and the Sinaloa cartel broke out. MaryAnn is fluent in Spanish. Her extensive coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border earned her an invitation to Mexico City from the Mexican Department of State.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">MaryAnn was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She attended Baylor University, where she majored in journalism and wrote for the Baylor Lariat.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Yona Gavino<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782859" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/yona-gavino_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Yona Gavino" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Yona Gavino joined CBS 11 News in May 2016 as a reporter for the morning newscasts. She’s thrilled to be living her dream every day – even if it means getting up before sunrise! While she loves the adrenaline of breaking news, she’s passionate about stories that capture emotion and solve problems.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">A native Floridian, Yona grew up in Pensacola and earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of West Florida.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She comes to us from WTMJ4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her reports ranged from covering the city’s soaring homicide rates, to natural disasters throughout the state. She feels privileged to have spent three years in a city that’ll always be special to her.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Her broadcasting career began in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she learned to write, shoot, and edit her own stories. She spent many snowy days lugging heavy equipment up icy hills and through blizzards. It’s proof she truly wanted to do this for a living!</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">One of her highlights was covering the Democratic National Convention.  Yona’s reporting caught the attention of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, who honored her with a Broadcast Excellence Award for Best News Reporter.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Yona enjoys inspiring through community service, and served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">When she’s off-air, she’s a bookworm and an avid traveler. She spent years as a competitive ballroom dancer and is a Krav Maga practitioner... because of this, Yona can dance and fight! But her true joy is storytelling. She loves connecting with viewers and infusing their day with sunshine and news they need to know.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Brian New<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782841" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/brian-new_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Brian New" width="550" height="310" /> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Brian New has been a member of the CBS 11 News team since 2013.  In 2017, he was awarded the Lone Star Emmy for best investigative reporter. This is one of ten Emmy awards Brian has been honored with during his career.  His recent I-Team investigations have uncovered flaws in the Dallas County probation system, federal gun laws not being enforced, and students being denied special education services from Texas public schools.  In 2017, his investigation into road rage won a Lone Star Emmy for best investigative report.</span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Before moving to North Texas, Brian worked as an investigative reporter for the CBS affiliate in San Antonio. His investigations in South Texas exposed how drunk drivers dodged DWI charges as well as how a loophole in a Texas law set mentally ill juvenile offenders free. As a result of a 2010 investigation, the San Antonio Police Department tested thousands of old rape kits.</span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">A native of Denver, Colorado, Brian received his degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.  During his time at Syracuse University, Brian ran cross-country and track and field for the Orange. He went on to work as a reporter in Cheyenne, Amarillo and Omaha before he joined KENS in San Antonio, where he was named “Best Reporter” by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in 2009-10 and 2010-11.</span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Brian and his wife, Rachel, are happy to make their home in Frisco with their three young sons; Trent, Jack, and Luke.  Most weekends they can be found at a soccer field or a basketball gym cheering on their sons.</span></p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Jason Allen<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782836" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/jason-allen_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Jason Allen" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jason came to North Texas after working as a reporter for four years in Orlando, FL. In 2010, he spent several weeks leading WFTV’s coverage of the Gulf oil spill and reported from Alaska on the lingering impact of the Exxon Valdez disaster as part of that coverage.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">While in college, Jason interned at WLS in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois and then began his career as a producer/reporter at Primary Focus. He went on to work as a reporter/anchor at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming and later as a reporter at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he reported on the prison release and subsequent re-arrest of convicted killer Steven Avery.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In 2009, Jason was recognized with a Suncoast EMMY award for exposing discrimination by a boat club operating on public land.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jason is a native of Southern California. He and his wife, Carli, have two young boys. They’re avid baseball and tennis fans and enjoy getting outside with their dog, a spinone italiano.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Andrea Lucia<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782851" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/andrea-lucia_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Andrea Lucia" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Andrea joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 in September 2010, one day before a tornado swept through the area. She’s been covering major stories across North Texas ever since.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">A native Texan, Andrea grew up in Houston and spent summers as a child in Colombia, South America. After earning her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism at Boston University, she landed her first television job at a small station in Laredo, right on the banks of the Rio Grande. While reporting just up the road in Harlingen, she covered border security and immigration issues. When Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his hunting partner, she was the first reporter on the air with eyewitness accounts.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Andrea later worked in Orlando at WFTV and then returned home to Houston, where she reported for KTRK and KHOU.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">What Andrea loves most about her job is digging up new stories to tell and showing viewers what’s going on in the world around them. She is a member of IRE - Investigative Reporters and Editors.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In her spare time, Andrea enjoys cooking, traveling and any new adventure life throws at her: Hang gliding, sailing – you name it! You can catch her running along the many trails around the Metroplex, where she's probably training for her next half-marathon or triathlon.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Steve Pickett<img class="aligncenter wp-image-714201" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/stevepickett.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Steve is an Emmy Award winning journalist. He has been recognized nationally for his coverage of Public Education and his reports from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina garnered the "Best News Story" Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Steve was the only broadcast journalist embedded with the 56th Brigade of the Texas National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   He also traveled with a group of Dallas physicians to Haiti in early 2010 to report on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake there.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He may be most noted for his coverage of the Dallas Independent School District. His daily reports provide solid information regarding the academic and educational landscape of North Texas.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Steve's career path includes work in Portland, Fresno, Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls. As a general assignment reporter, Steve has taken more in-depth looks into issues such as child neglect, race relations, domestic abuse and crime.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Steve has also received professional recognition from The National Association of Black Journalists, The Institute for Educational Inquiry, The Poynter Institute, and The University of Oklahoma Black Alumni Society.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Robbie Owens<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782840" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/robbie-owens_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Robbie Owens" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Robbie grew up in northeast Texas, in a tiny town where her family's history spans six generations.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">After working in the business world for several years, Robbie received a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School. She completed her graduate work with a 4.0 GPA, earning her the school's highest honor - the Harrington Award.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">After graduate school, Robbie moved back to Texas where she began her career at KWTX-TV in Waco. Robbie later worked in Austin as an Education Reporter at KVUE-TV.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">After a brief stop in Kansas, she returned to Dallas where she worked briefly at a local station before roaming the state with the News of Texas.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In her spare time, Robbie enjoys refinishing antique furniture and spending family time with her husband and daughter.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
J.D. Miles<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782862" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/jd-miles_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="J.D. Miles" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">J.D. is an award-winning reporter who has been covering North Texas for CBS 11 since 1996. He began his career in Longview and also worked as a reporter in Johnson City, Tennessee and Tulsa, Oklahoma. But he's a native Texan who was born in Dallas and raised in Plano. He attended Plano Senior High School and SMU, where he found his passion for journalism and decided to pursue a career in TV news.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">J.D. has reported from all over the world including the Middle East, Europe and Canada. He has also covered Texas from the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle. You'll see J.D. at the scene of many of the most important stories affecting North Texans. Some of his most memorable recent experiences include being knocked down by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, dodging wildfires in West Texas in 2006 and wading through floodwaters in North Texas in 2007, all while meeting some extraordinary people along the way.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">When he's not on air, J.D. is a competitive tennis player, and you'll usually find him practicing on a court or playing in a local tournament. He currently covers the Dallas Police Department for CBS 11 and is always on the lookout for the next big story!</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>
Jack Fink<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782837" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/jack-fink_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Jack Fink" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jack covers politics for KTVT-TV CBS 11 and has been with the station since September 2003.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">This year, he has interviewed Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as Gov. Greg Abbott.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to politics, Jack loves investigative reporting and has also covered numerous hurricanes and tornado outbreaks.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jack has won an EMMY for his investigative report on DFW Airport spending, and Texas Associated Press awards for his stories about the previous indictments against former Gov. Rick Perry, his coverage of the federal courts in Dallas, and his weather coverage.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Before moving to North Texas, Jack reported for television stations in Orlando, Southern California, Fort Myers-Naples and Utica, New York.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He began his journalism career in Syracuse, where he was an anchor and reporter at WHEN-AM.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jack has been happily married for 22 years to Amy, who is a morning news anchor at a local radio station. They are the proud parents of two daughters.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Jack and Amy both graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While they still bleed Orange, they love Texas and are happy to call it home.</p> <strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong>
Ginger Allen<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782855" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ginger-allen_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Ginger Allen" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger is the Senior Investigative Reporter for the CBS 11 I-Team. She's an award-winning journalist who has traveled the country investigating wrong-doings, following trials, and covering hurricanes.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger received an Edward R. Murrow Award after helping a North Texas mother track down lost cord blood she desperately needed for her sick child. After she began investigating, authorities shut down the blood bank. Ginger then exposed loopholes in the entire cord blood banking industry that were potentially putting others at risk.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger has also been recognized numerous times by the Dallas Bar Association. She was honored with the organization's Grand Prize Stephen Philbin Award for her ongoing investigation into questionable deaths and medical standards at a Texas State Jail. The series of reports gained national attention from civil rights groups around the country. Lawmakers eventually closed the facility. She's received other Philbin awards after investigating the fire that killed a veteran Dallas Firefighter -- which eventually led to on-scene procedural changes -- and for giving a voice to an innocent mom who witnessed a crime and was thrust behind bars as a criminal.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas State Comptroller agreed to audit convenience stores around North Texas after Ginger found many of them overcharging customers by taxing items that should not be taxed. The reports won a Lone Star Emmy Award.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Computer makers around the world recalled more than 10 million batteries used in laptop computers after Ginger exposed the dangers of overheating lithium ion batteries. The FDA reviewed its policies after she called it to task for allowing thousands of unapproved drugs onto the market. Dallas County Courts shut down and revamped an online public computer database after Ginger revealed it was exposing the highly sensitive personal information of thousands of adults and minors.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger's reporting has also earned her the Texas Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas, as well as recognition from the Associated Press, the Press Club of Dallas and the California Department of Health Services Award.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger began as a general assignment reporter at CBS 11 in 1999. She also previously co-anchored CBS 11 This Morning and the CBS 11 Weekend News.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Before coming to CBS 11, Ginger was a lead reporter for WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. She traveled with NBC News Channel covering major national news events for NBC affiliates all over the country. She was an anchor/reporter at KBAK-TV and anchor/co-host for KERN talk radio in Bakersfield, California. She reported at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs. Ginger began her career at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles as a researcher.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Mass Communications and an emphasis on Media.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger's family's founded the HP Buddy Bowl in 2017- an annual event which allows children with mental and physical challenges to play football. She also proudly participates in several other charities including Purple Stride DFW for Pancreatic Cancer, The Autism Treatment Center, The Greater Keller Women's Club, Young Man's Service League and National Charity League.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ginger and her husband, Scott, have two children.</p> <strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong>

CBS 11 News Sports Team

Keith Russell<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782856" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/keith-russell_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Keith Russell" width="550" height="310" /> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Keith Russell joined CBS 11 in March 2015 from WTXF in Philadelphia, where he hosted Eagles pre- and post-game shows for the 2014 season. </span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">It was Russell’s second stint in Philadelphia, as he was the primary sports anchor at WPVI for 7 years, from 2005-2012. </span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">There, he hosted a top-rated live weekly high school football show and anchored wall-to-wall coverage of live events such as the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series Championship in 2008. </span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1">Prior to his time at WPVI, Russell spent more than five years as an anchor at ESPN. He also had stops as a sportscaster at CNN/HLN and a news anchor in Washington, D.C.</span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="s1"> </span><span class="s1">When he’s not covering sports, Keith is an avid movie-watcher and bowler. You may run into him at the nearest discount store, adding to his reputation of being the biggest bargain shopper.</span></p> <strong><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/">Follow On Social Media</a></strong>
Bill Jones<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782842" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/bill-jones_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Bill Jones" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Having grown up in Irving, Bill has deep roots in the DFW area.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he has spent his entire sportscasting career in the state of Texas, working in Lubbock, San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He spent eight years at KXAS-TV from 1990-97 before becoming the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Texas Rangers baseball club for five years.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Since then, Bill has worked for the Dallas Cowboys, doing pre-season television play-by-play on CBS 11 as well as hosting a variety of weekly television programs including Cowboys Huddle on CBS 11.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Bill  also has worked for Fox Sports Net and ESPN doing play-by-play of a wide variety of college sports including Big 12 football, basketball, baseball, swimming and diving, gymnastics, track and field and wrestling.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Bill and his wife, Stacy, live in Southlake and have three daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Jordan.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a>

CBS 11 News Traffic Expert

Madison Sawyer<img class="aligncenter wp-image-782857" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/madison-sawyer_cbsdfw.jpg" alt="Madison Sawyer" width="550" height="310" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">Madison Sawyer is the traffic anchor and reporter for CBS 11 News This Morning, helping North Texans avoid tie-ups on the morning commute.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to joining CBS 11 in 2016 she was an anchor and reporter for KWTX-TV in Waco. While there she was also the lead reporter for the Emmy Award-winning “KWTX Baylor Gameday” show which airs before each Baylor home football game.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Previously, she was a sports reporter and anchor for Baylor Athletics. During her time with Baylor Athletics, she co-anchored regional broadcasts for events such as the Cotton Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, NFL Pro Day, and National Signing Day.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Madison competed twice in Miss Texas where she was first runner-up in 2015 as Miss Park Cities and second runner-up in 2014 as Miss Waco.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Her Miss Texas journey allowed her to share her passion for health and fitness through her platform, "Play Every Day,” which focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles through a partnership with the YMCA.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She was chosen as the 2015 Young Woman of Achievement and was recognized with numerous interview awards, a preliminary lifestyle and fitness award, community service awards for her involvement with over 40 non-profits and was even given awards for her talent…yodeling!</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Madison was born and raised in Fort Worth and spent years barrel racing in rodeos across the south on her horse, Barbie. You will likely find her out and about in North Texas looking for any opportunity to wear her cowboy boots.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">She graduated from Baylor University with a double major in entrepreneurship and journalism.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">While Madison is proud of her achievements so far in life, she is more grateful to have learned to have an “others-focused” outlook on life, which is what guides her to report on the stories that have significance to the community she serves.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a></p>

Contributors

Ken Foote<p style="text-align:justify;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-650730" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/unknown.png" alt="Ken Foote" width="550" height="310" /></p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken Foote is the Director of Programming for CBS 11 and TXA 21.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He got his start in radio in 1968 as a "guest DJ" on 103.7 KVIL-FM in Dallas. In 1972, he did the evening shift at KWBU-FM in Waco. Later, he was on KIXL-AM and KOAX-FM in Dallas for a short time while in college. In 1978, he started his TV career at WGHP-TV in Greensboro, N.C. He was transferred to Tampa in 1981 to the corporate office of its owner, Gulf Broadcast Group, where he was a financial analyst. He served as Assistant Program Director at KOOL-TV in Phoenix in 1983.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">By 1984, Ken started his longtime career in Dallas/Fort Worth, where he has since been the Director of Programming for five stations in the area: KXTX, KTVT, KDFW, KDFI and KTXA. He was originally with KTVT during its independent days from 1987-1993, and then rejoined in 2004 after KTVT became a CBS Owned & Operated station. From 2008-2010, he did the Saturday evening shift on Fort Worth's KTFW-FM, 92.1, a classic country music station.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Ken holds a bachelor's degree from SMU and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Country Music Association.</p> <a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/category/the-foote-files/"><strong>Read The Foote Files Here</strong></a> <p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://dfw.cbslocal.com/social/"><strong>Follow On Social Media</strong></a></p>
Tony Tantillo<p style="text-align:justify;"><img class="aligncenter" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/tony-tantillo.jpg" alt="Tony Tantillo" width="625" height="352" /></p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Tony Tantillo joined CBS 11 News in 2016 as a food expert, and contributes to CBS 11 News @ 11 and CBS 11 News @ 4. His 'Fresh Grocer' segments have been featured on news broadcasts in major markets since 1993.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Tantillo's segments are highly entertaining and informative. He gives tips about food storage and preparation, plus valuable nutritional information. He teaches consumers how to recognize produce that might be too costly, of poor quality or not yet at the peak of freshness. As a consumer advocate, he emphasizes "selection first" -- encouraging all of us to think about quality, value and nutritional benefits when selecting our favorite produce. Tantillo discusses how to ensure that, after selecting your produce of choice, the vitamins and minerals remain at their peak the whole time that they are in your home, from purchase to final preparation.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Helping to maintain a healthy America is incredibly important to Tantillo. He takes the time to help educate children all over the country about how vital it is to eat healthy.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Tantillo began his broadcasting career at KPIX in San Francisco, where he still contributes reports. He can also be seen weekly on KCBS in Los Angeles, KYW in Philadelphia, WBBM in Chicago and KDKA in Pittsburgh, and heard on more than 100 radio stations nationwide.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Born in Sicily, Tantillo moved to San Francisco at 5 years old and grew up working with his father in the south San Francisco produce markets, and later in his family's successful produce business. He now resides in New York with his wife and their three children.</p>

Storm Chasers

Jason McLaughlin<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/20140625_161948.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-514270" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/20140625_161948.jpg" alt="Jason McLaughlin" width="550" height="310" /></a> <p style="text-align:justify;">This will be my 8th year chasing as one of your CBS DFW Storm Chasers!</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">I have been chasing storms since 2001, so this is my 16th year now! I have always had an extreme interest in severe weather and tornadoes, ever since I was a little kid. In sixth grade, my science teacher even had me teach the entire unit on weather!</p> [caption id="attachment_728594" align="aligncenter" width="420"]<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2016.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-728594" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2016.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="237" /></a> (credit: Jason McLaughlin)[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">Witnessing the amazing power that storms are capable of is an amazing sight and experience I have been fortunate enough to be safely a part of. But the thing I like most about chasing is the opportunity I get to relay LIFE SAVING information to the public. New radar technology has made it easier to identify where a tornado may form, but the radar typically is unable to identify if the tornado has actually made it all the way to the ground. Being able to be on the storm lets me see what is happening, before radar is able to see it, and lets that information be relayed to viewers through warnings and live video feeds. There have been numerous occasions where I have been told after storms that people truly believe I saved their life through our coverage on CBS DFW, either through social media updates or by hearing the live reports given through the team at CBS 11.</p> [caption id="attachment_728593" align="aligncenter" width="420"]<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/dublin.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-728593" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/dublin.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="237" /></a> (credit: Jason McLaughlin)[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">Many people try to go out and chase storms, and every storm I see those with beat up cars, people clogging traffic under overpasses, and others that are untrained and are creating safety issues for the few chasers out there that are providing valuable information to assist in the warning process. I strongly encourage you to enjoy the site safely from your home, and not to go out and chase storms if you are untrained. Feel free to contact your local National Weather Service for training opportunities to be a spotter in your community.</p> [caption id="attachment_728591" align="aligncenter" width="420"]<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/05092016-boswell-nws.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-728591" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/05092016-boswell-nws.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="237" /></a> (credit: Jason McLaughlin)[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">My most memorable tornado events occurred in Happy, Texas, and in western OKC near El Reno, OK.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">On May 5, 2002 in Happy, Texas, after watching the storm in the same location for around 30 minutes, I got to see the entire life cycle of two tornadoes that occurred during this storm. The first one touched down west of town, and quickly grew into a very large tornado. The tornado weakened before hitting the town, but then another smaller one touched down and hit the town around 6:45, passing less than 100 yards in front of me, with winds around 130 mph. This was probably my most memorable tornado because not only was it the first tornado I was able to witness, but also because, unfortunately, I had to experience loss of life resulting from it. As soon as the tornado had hit, I immediately drove into the damage area to assist with the recovery efforts.</p> [caption id="attachment_728595" align="aligncenter" width="420"]<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/twins.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-728595" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/twins.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="237" /></a> (credit: Jason McLaughlin)[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">On May 31, 2013 in El Reno, OK, the largest tornado ever recorded at 2.6 miles wide began in a field just NW of my location. Upon trying to leave the area I was met with what could have been potentially catastrophic traffic as a television meteorologist in OKC told people to leave south as they would not survive above ground. This cause traffic to back up for miles and miles. I ended up in a church taking cover under a toilet as the tornado fortunately lifted before it got there. At that location, winds near 100 mph and a couple small tornado vortices passed over during the next hour, and nearly 15" of rain fell leaving cars floating in what appeared to be a flood disaster. Later that evening, I was informed of the deaths of 3 scientist who were only 2 blocks north of my initial location. This was a very unnerving event, and a reason I will never chase near OKC again. If that tornado had not lifted, thousands would have lost their life due to misguiding information.</p> [caption id="attachment_728592" align="aligncenter" width="420"]<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/11402508_856171727784205_5607691386877393701_o.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-728592" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/11402508_856171727784205_5607691386877393701_o.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="237" /></a> (credit: Jason McLaughlin)[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">There have been numerous tornado and hurricane events that I will never forget. Seeing the storms at their maximum fury is a dramatic experience in its own, but when those storms start to effect communities, it is heartbreaking. I am excited to help provide you the fastest, most accurate life saving information in the years to come. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/NorthTexasWeather" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Follow me on Facebook.</a></p>  
Mark Drees<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/drees.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-506211" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/drees.jpg" alt="Mark Drees" width="420" height="237" /></a> I am a native Texan born and raised in the small town Beeville, near Corpus Christi. As a child, I was afraid of thunderstorms. However, my fear soon turned into a passion. During my teenage years, I collected weather data for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi and completed both basic and advanced SKYWARN Storm Spotter training at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi by the age of 16. I started chasing soon after that. I have spent the past five years chasing for KXXV/KRHD-TV in the Waco/Bryan-College Station area (2010-2015) before joining the CBS 11 Weather Authority. When not chasing, I can be found working at AT&T and spending free time enjoying outdoors with my son, Joshua. My most memorable tornado would have to be the November 7, 2011 tornado near the Tipton-Snyder, Oklahoma, which was the most photogenic and the only EF4 tornado on record in the month of November.
Mike Prendergast<a href="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/untitled1.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-505974" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/untitled1.jpg" alt="Mike Prendergast" width="420" height="236" /></a> I've been chasing since 2011, but I've been into weather since the eye of Hurricane Alicia moved over our house in south Houston in 1983. The fury and strength of weather has fascinating me ever since. I love to experience the power of storms first hand; the sights, smells and sounds of it all. There is nothing more exhilarating than witnessing a tornado over an open field up close and personal! As much as I want to see a tornado, I never want to see it impacting people or property. That is why my wife and I are also trained in first aid so we can assist anyone in need we come across during a severe weather event until the first responders can get there. We also want to be able to relay what information we can during severe weather events to the community through CBS 11 and the National Weather Service. Did I mention my wife chases with me when she can? My most memorable tornado was on May 15, 2013. I was sitting in Granbury when the initial storm started ramping up. I remember the storm taking a "right turn" as it was about to produce a tornado and going directly over me and the city. It didn't put down a tornado at that moment thankfully but did over Lake Granbury. The view of the backside of the storm was something I’ll never forget. When not chasing storms, I'm the Program Director at 94.9 KLTY.
Clint Perkins<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-505973" src="https://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/perkins.jpg" alt="Clint Perkins" width="420" height="236" /> I have been chasing with CBS 11 since 2005. My fascination with weather began at an early age. While other kids were reading books about superheroes, I was the only kid reaching for books on tornadoes in the elementary school library. Growing up, Harold Taft was my version of a superhero. I began storm chasing in the Stone Ages, before cell phones and GPS, at the age of 17. I've pursued this passion ever since. My best storm chase was on May 12, 2005, when I left an active storm to move south for a newly forming storm near Lubbock, Texas. All of my storm chase friends questioned my decision and said I was crazy. My roll of the dice paid off when, later that evening, I had a monster half-mile-wide tornado literally drop right next to me. On that particular day, I was the only chaser that made that move south. Showing my chaser friends my recorded video was priceless. My career is in Emergency Medical Services for the State of Texas. On May 15, 2013, my two worlds collided. As shift supervisor for Hood County EMS, I found myself first on-scene and the EMS Incident Commander over operations, from the deadly EF-4 Granbury tornado. The memories from that night will live with me forever. One of the best parts of storm chasing is going down the forgotten highways and seeing small town USA. I enjoy finding places that are off the beaten path. Once, while storm chasing in West Texas, I found a ghost town that was overtaken by hundreds of goats. That's not something you typically see during rush hour in the Metroplex! I currently live in Benbrook, with my wonderful wife of nine years and our two beautiful children.