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  • Anchor- Kristi Tedesco

    Anchor- Kristi Tedesco

    Thursday, January 29 2015 7:17 PM EST2015-01-30 00:17:45 GMT
    Kristi is an award-winning journalist with deep ties to Tucson, the city in which she grew up. A graduate of Amphitheater High School in 1989, Kristi also got her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Arizona in 1994. After a 10-year stint in the Midwest, she returned home in 2004 to the station she'd always watched, KVOA. Currently, Kristi anchors the 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts.Since 2004, Kristi has been recognized by her peers with two regional Edward R. Murrow awar...
    Kristi is an award-winning journalist with deep ties to Tucson, the city in which she grew up. A graduate of Amphitheater High School in 1989, Kristi also got her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Arizona in 1994. After a 10-year stint in the Midwest, she returned home in 2004 to the station she'd always watched, KVOA. Currently, Kristi anchors the 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts.Since 2004, Kristi has been recognized by her peers with two regional Edward R. Murrow awar...
  • Anchor- Allison Alexander

    Anchor- Allison Alexander

    Friday, March 20 2015 2:46 PM EDT2015-03-20 18:46:24 GMT
    Emmy-award winning anchor, Allison Alexander, is no stranger to the desert. Years ago, she worked in Tucson as a weekend anchor and, most recently, was an anchor/reporter in Phoenix. She graduated from the acclaimed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State where she met her husband, a Tucson native. While there, she received a Society of Professional Journalists award for her reporting and the Walter Cronkite scholarship for excellence in journalism.Allison started her profession...
    Emmy-award winning anchor, Allison Alexander, is no stranger to the desert. Years ago, she worked in Tucson as a weekend anchor and, most recently, was an anchor/reporter in Phoenix. She graduated from the acclaimed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State where she met her husband, a Tucson native. While there, she received a Society of Professional Journalists award for her reporting and the Walter Cronkite scholarship for excellence in journalism.Allison started her profession...
  • Evening Anchor/Investigative Reporter- John Overall

    Evening Anchor/Investigative Reporter- John Overall

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-12-20 22:04:21 GMT

    John Overall anchors News4 Tucson Today along with Nichole Szemerei. 

    John Overall anchors News4 Tucson Today along with Nichole Szemerei. 

  • Anchor - Nichole Szemerei

    Anchor - Nichole Szemerei

    Monday, April 3 2017 11:46 AM EDT2017-04-03 15:46:08 GMT

    Nichole Szemerei anchors News 4 Tucson Today along with Sean Mooney. Nichole is thrilled to be back in her home state where the sun shines 365 days a year and the sunsets over the mountains take your breath away. 

    Nichole Szemerei anchors News 4 Tucson Today along with Sean Mooney. Nichole is thrilled to be back in her home state where the sun shines 365 days a year and the sunsets over the mountains take your breath away. 

  • Anchor- Sean Mooney

    Anchor- Sean Mooney

    Thursday, January 29 2015 7:15 PM EST2015-01-30 00:15:34 GMT
    Sean Mooney's journey to News 4 Tucson took nearly 3 decades, but according to Sean, it was worth waiting for.After growing up in Tucson and watching Channel 4 as a kid, Sean went to the University of Arizona and earned a degree in Radio-Television. After graduating, he packed his bags and headed to New York City to work for Major League Productions, where he worked his way up to producer, and eventually, moved in front of the camera as a reporter and host. He would go on to work for World Wr...
    Sean Mooney's journey to News 4 Tucson took nearly 3 decades, but according to Sean, it was worth waiting for.After growing up in Tucson and watching Channel 4 as a kid, Sean went to the University of Arizona and earned a degree in Radio-Television. After graduating, he packed his bags and headed to New York City to work for Major League Productions, where he worked his way up to producer, and eventually, moved in front of the camera as a reporter and host. He would go on to work for World Wr...
  • Anchor- Angelique Lizarde

    Anchor- Angelique Lizarde

    Wednesday, September 2 2015 1:32 PM EDT2015-09-02 17:32:48 GMT
    You can find Angelique Lizarde anchoring the weekends with Sean Mooney on News 4 Tucson at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
    You can find Angelique Lizarde anchoring the weekends with Sean Mooney on News 4 Tucson at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
  • Traffic Anchor- Melanie Hunter

    Traffic Anchor- Melanie Hunter

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:20 PM EST2015-01-29 23:20:34 GMT
    Melanie Hunter is happy to be back in Tucson! 
    Melanie Hunter is happy to be back in Tucson! 
  • Sports - Paul Cicala

    Sports - Paul Cicala

    Thursday, January 29 2015 7:03 PM EST2015-01-30 00:03:20 GMT
    Paul Cicala is excited to return to his Southern Arizona roots after most-recently serving as Sports Anchor Special Assignment reporter in the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces area.During his time in El Paso, Cicala was nominated for multiple EMMYs for his sports and news reporting. Cicala also won the second Edward R. Murrow award of his career for a 3-part series reporting in Medellin, Colombia Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Cicala made such an impression on the borderland, he was voted the 2013 El Paso...
    Paul Cicala is excited to return to his Southern Arizona roots after most-recently serving as Sports Anchor Special Assignment reporter in the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces area.During his time in El Paso, Cicala was nominated for multiple EMMYs for his sports and news reporting. Cicala also won the second Edward R. Murrow award of his career for a 3-part series reporting in Medellin, Colombia Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Cicala made such an impression on the borderland, he was voted the 2013 El Paso...
  • Sports- Ari Alexander

    Sports- Ari Alexander

    Thursday, January 21 2016 5:44 PM EST2016-01-21 22:44:37 GMT

    Ari Alexander joined the KVOA Sports Team in January 2016 as a sports anchor and reporter. Ari comes to News 4 Tucson from Memphis, TN, where he grit and grinded for two years covering the Memphis Grizzlies and the NBA, along with Arizona grad Josh Pastner’s Memphis Tigers and the SEC.

    Ari Alexander joined the KVOA Sports Team in January 2016 as a sports anchor and reporter. Ari comes to News 4 Tucson from Memphis, TN, where he grit and grinded for two years covering the Memphis Grizzlies and the NBA

  • Weather - Matt Brode

    Weather - Matt Brode

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:59 PM EST2015-01-29 23:59:15 GMT
    Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode is back at News 4 Tucson after a 3-year stint at the CBS affiliate in Portland, OR."My body may have left Tucson when I moved to Portland, but my heart remained at KVOA"You may recall seeing him forecasting the weather from 2006-2010 on "Tucson Today"Matt jumped at the opportunity to return back to Tucson and to lead the True View 4 Weather team."This is truly my dream job. Having worked at KVOA for 4 years, being a two-time graduate of the University of Arizona...
    Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode is back at News 4 Tucson after a 3-year stint at the CBS affiliate in Portland, OR."My body may have left Tucson when I moved to Portland, but my heart remained at KVOA"You may recall seeing him forecasting the weather from 2006-2010 on "Tucson Today"Matt jumped at the opportunity to return back to Tucson and to lead the True View 4 Weather team."This is truly my dream job. Having worked at KVOA for 4 years, being a two-time graduate of the University of Arizona...
  • Weather - Jeff Beamish

    Weather - Jeff Beamish

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:57 PM EST2015-01-29 23:57:18 GMT
    Meteorologist Jeff Beamish joined KVOA in December 2007 and couldn't be happier to be in Tucson.Prior to his arrival in southern Arizona, Jeff was a weekend weathercaster for WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. After a short time covering severe thunderstorms and lake effect snow, sunny Arizona came calling and Jeff didn't pass up the chance."The sun, the mountains, the weather...can it get any better than this?" Jeff says, "I am proud to call Tucson my home and to have a chance to show viewers my ...
    Meteorologist Jeff Beamish joined KVOA in December 2007 and couldn't be happier to be in Tucson.Prior to his arrival in southern Arizona, Jeff was a weekend weathercaster for WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. After a short time covering severe thunderstorms and lake effect snow, sunny Arizona came calling and Jeff didn't pass up the chance."The sun, the mountains, the weather...can it get any better than this?" Jeff says, "I am proud to call Tucson my home and to have a chance to show viewers my ...
  • Weather - John Patrick

    Weather - John Patrick

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:56 PM EST2015-01-29 23:56:03 GMT
    Meteorologist John Patrick is an Arizona native and couldn't be happier to call Tucson his new home. He joined KVOA in March of 2012 after tracking the weather in Yuma, AZ as KSWT's main meteorologist. He considers himself lucky to have started his career in sunny Arizona and can't wait to continue it here while giving KVOA's viewers the most accurate forecast.Originally from Phoenix, AZ the summer monsoon is what got John interested in meteorology/climatology at a young age. He pursued a car...
    Meteorologist John Patrick is an Arizona native and couldn't be happier to call Tucson his new home. He joined KVOA in March of 2012 after tracking the weather in Yuma, AZ as KSWT's main meteorologist. He considers himself lucky to have started his career in sunny Arizona and can't wait to continue it here while giving KVOA's viewers the most accurate forecast.Originally from Phoenix, AZ the summer monsoon is what got John interested in meteorology/climatology at a young age. He pursued a car...
  • Reporter - Lupita Murillo

    Reporter - Lupita Murillo

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:54 PM EST2015-01-29 23:54:08 GMT
    Lupita Murillo joined the News 4 team in 1978 as a general assignments reporter, specializing in crime reporting. She also hosts the weekly talk show "Impact."Before coming to Tucson, Lupita worked at KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas - first as a reporter and then as weekend anchor. She can be considered something of a pioneer in her field - working as the first Hispanic female in broadcasting in South Texas, which is a little unusual considering the region is about 85-percent Hispanic.Born and rais...
    Lupita Murillo joined the News 4 team in 1978 as a general assignments reporter, specializing in crime reporting. She also hosts the weekly talk show "Impact."Before coming to Tucson, Lupita worked at KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas - first as a reporter and then as weekend anchor. She can be considered something of a pioneer in her field - working as the first Hispanic female in broadcasting in South Texas, which is a little unusual considering the region is about 85-percent Hispanic.Born and rais...
  • Investigative Reporter - Matthew Schwartz

    Investigative Reporter - Matthew Schwartz

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 11:52 AM EDT2016-04-20 15:52:33 GMT

    Investigative reporter Matthew Schwartz joined News 4 in April 2013. He brings 30 years of reporting experience to the Old Pueblo, including 20 years at one station in the New York market. 

    Investigative reporter Matthew Schwartz joined News 4 in April 2013. He brings 30 years of reporting experience to the Old Pueblo, including 20 years at one station in the New York market. 

  • Reporter - Sam Salzwedel

    Reporter - Sam Salzwedel

    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:52 PM EST2015-01-29 23:52:41 GMT
    Sam Salzwedel joined News 4 in September of 2011. He has been covering news in The Old Pueblo for a several years, spending 4 years at KOLD before going to KVOA.He was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. After high school, he immediately found his way out of the cold weather and down to sunny Arizona. Sam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. He says he's grown used to being a Sun Devil in Wildcat Country....
    Sam Salzwedel joined News 4 in September of 2011. He has been covering news in The Old Pueblo for a several years, spending 4 years at KOLD before going to KVOA.He was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. After high school, he immediately found his way out of the cold weather and down to sunny Arizona. Sam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. He says he's grown used to being a Sun Devil in Wildcat Country....
  • Reporter- Aalia Shaheed

    Reporter- Aalia Shaheed

    Monday, March 21 2016 2:47 PM EDT2016-03-21 18:47:42 GMT

    Aalia Shaheed joins KVOA from Fox News Channel, where she served as a Tucson-based reporter through the network’s Ailes Junior Reporter Program. After more than two years in the program, she is happy to still call Southern Arizona home. 

    Aalia Shaheed joins KVOA from Fox News Channel, where she served as a Tucson-based reporter through the network’s Ailes Junior Reporter Program. 

  • Anchor/Investigative Reporter - Nick VinZant

    Anchor/Investigative Reporter - Nick VinZant

    Friday, July 1 2016 5:58 PM EDT2016-07-01 21:58:52 GMT

    Nick joined News 4 as an Anchor and Investigative Reporter in June of 2016.

    Nick joined News 4 as an Anchor and Investigative Reporter in June of 2016.

  • Reporter - Zack Briggs

    Reporter - Zack Briggs

    Monday, July 18 2016 12:33 PM EDT2016-07-18 16:33:49 GMT

    Washington state native Zack Briggs joined the KVOA morning team in June 2016. 

    Washington state native Zack Briggs joined the KVOA morning team in June 2016. 

  • Reporter - Alyx Dote

    Reporter - Alyx Dote

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 11:23 AM EST2016-12-28 16:23:34 GMT

    Alyx Dote joined the News 4 Tucson team in June 2016. 

    Alyx Dote joined the News 4 Tucson team in June 2016. 

  • Reporter - Sarah Herrera

    Reporter - Sarah Herrera

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 1:52 PM EDT2016-07-19 17:52:04 GMT

    Sarah Herrera joins KVOA from Chicago, where she was heard on radio stations WBEZ, WCPT, and WILV.  

    Sarah Herrera joins KVOA from Chicago, where she was heard on radio stations WBEZ, WCPT, and WILV.  

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