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Oklahoma's Own: Joleen Chaney

Joleen Chaney

Joleen Chaney joined the News 9 family in June 2014 after spending six years in Oklahoma City as an anchor and reporter. She's a sixth generation Oklahoman and was born in Fairview and raised in Rush Springs - and, no, Joleen wasn't the watermelon queen!

Growing up, her mother would often tell her stories that always began with "Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Joleen." Now, Joleen is a professional storyteller, sharing the stories of Oklahomans each day on News 9 at 10 pm.

Joleen's television career began at a local NBC affiliate where she walked in off the street one day and made herself an intern. Within a week she was hired as a weekend writer and assignment editor. Three months later, Joleen landed her first on-air job as a morning anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, TX during her senior year of college at Cameron University. Within a year, she was back in Oklahoma City anchoring and reporting the news.

Joleen has been honored by the Associated Press in the "Best Reporter Portfolio" category and by the Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting, diversity reporting and feature reporting. In 2010 Joleen was nominated for a Heartland Emmy for breaking news tornado coverage. Joleen also won an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for a series piece in which she followed the recovery of an elderly Oklahoma man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead. After seeing the reports, generous viewers donated their time and services to help restore the man's hearing.

In 2011 Joleen completed a half ironman triathlon, helping raise several thousand dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma. She has run and cycled in events to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the American Diabetes Association. Joleen ran her first full marathon in April 2012, completing the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Joleen was also named a member of ionOklahoma Magazine's "30 under 30 NextGen" inaugural class to honor Oklahomans under the age of 30 for outstanding career achievement.

Joleen couldn't be happier traveling across our great state for stories and meeting its wonderful people. When not working, she enjoys public speaking, running, cooking and spending time with her family - they're located all over Oklahoma.

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