John Purvis - Anchor
I've been around journalism and broadcasting almost my entire life. I grew up in Roswell and Artesia, New Mexico where my mom worked as a newspaper editor and my older brother was a disc jockey. I can remember feeling the excitement when I'd get to visit my mom's office and she'd be working on a big story, or trying to get everything in by the deadline. And hearing my big brother's voice on the radio always gave me something cool to tell my friends.
So, the decision to get into TV news was a natural progression for me. Thanks to my dad, who worked at the employment office in Roswell, I got my first job in television when I was in high school, working as a cameraman at the local TV station. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a Political Science degree, I returned to Roswell, where I worked for several years as a reporter, anchor, and news director. That led to a job with an Albuquerque TV station as their Santa Fe Bureau Chief, covering state politics and Northern New Mexico news.
Visiting El Paso was always a big deal when I was a kid. It was a huge city for a small town boy. I first lived here in 1992, when I became the weekend anchor at KVIA-TV. I also co-hosted the morning news there for more than 3 years. Later, I co-anchored and produced an evening news talk program for the station. From there I moved to Las Vegas, where I helped launched the city's first 24-hour cable news channel in 1998. While I enjoyed the bright lights and glitz of Las Vegas, I missed El Paso. So, when a wonderful opportunity presented itself here at KFOX-TV, it was easy for me to come home. KFOX has a great staff of professionals who make the job fun and challenging.
Another great thing about living on the border is the great cultural mix you find here. The blending of different cultures, ideas and people make this a fascinating place to live and work. In my spare time I like to take advantage of our great weather and mountains, by hiking in the Franklins, or exploring the history of our region.
Erika Castillo - Anchor
The first few years of my life were spent living in a pink house on South Walker street off Alameda. I spoke mostly Spanish, played in the ditch, got gum in my hair, and was a tomboy in fake patent leather mary-janes my grandmother bought downtown. I have great memories from downtown El Paso which I still visit regularly because I love the nostalgia. I dont have to take the bus there anymore. But I loved munching on burritos and waiting for the bus downtown with my mother and grandmother. In fact, the time I spent at El Paso bus stops and laundromats with my my mother seriously were the best times of my childhood. We walked, talked and read forever waiting for buses and laundry. Those were simple, beautiful times. Now life is beautiful on much different levels.
Im pretty sure Ive remained a tomboy in patent leather mary janes. I managed to get my degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso in four years after graduating from Ysleta High School while working an internship at the El Paso Times and at a gas station. That led to a paid scholarship internship at The Dallas Morning News. I was able to come home to break into tv news where I appropriately started at the bottom and worked my way up. On the way, I have reached various meaningful benchmarks earning a regional Emmy for the Juarez Serial Murders, appearing on the Bill O'Reilly show and Americas Most Wanted as the point-person for FOX on the break-out of The Texas Seven, being nominated for an Emmy for the American Airlines strike in Dallas, as well as for the problems plaguing the Childrens Protective Services agency in East Texas and coverage of immigration issues in Texas. Sometimes good can come out of what we do as journalists, and I am perhaps the proudest of the coverage I was able to bring to the problem of Meth Labs in New Mexico. With the help of some very dedicated and brave Law Enforcement officers, we were able to share the true horror of Meths indirect affects on children, and consequently able to convince lawmakers to change New Mexico laws empowering the State to better protect children.
I have an extraordinary family consisting of five amazing, beautiful, considerate children. My two step daughters Deven and Laneah. And three of my own, Maya, Polo and Elias. I have a wonderful and supportive husband who served his country for more than a decade in the USMC and who is a Purple Heart recipient and truly my hero. I feel blessed in every way, and extremely happy to be home.
Shelton Dodson - Anchor
We all have strengths and weaknesses. For example, I'm a decent baseball player but put me on a basketball court and I look like a pig on ice. Math has always come easy, but for the life of me I can't spell the word negotiate. (I only got it right that time thanks to spell check. But probably my biggest strength is my memory. And I'm glad it is because the Borderland has given me the greatest memories of my lifetime.
I started working in El Paso in the summer of 1994. That one is easy to remember because it was by far that hottest summer I had ever experienced. I was working as a part-time photographer and I covered 23 straight days of triple-digit temperatures, including a high of 114 degrees on June 30, 1994, which is still an El Paso record. As comedian George Lopez would say, "'Member, you 'member?"
Next my career took me to KVIA-TV where I was hired by the legendary Gary Warner. I, like so many other broadcast journalists, owe so much to that gentleman. Not only did he teach me the ins and outs of television news, he also taught me integrity, ethics and respect for the power journalist have. His lessons are easy to remember. I would spend six years at KVIA covering everything from the horror of the border drug war, to the heartbreaking murder of a young and beautiful NMSU student Carly Martinez. I had the chance to be in the then Special Events Center when Don Haskins got his 700th win on a tip-in at the buzzer and in the Pan American Center a year later when Lou Henson joined The Bear in the 700 club. I saw El Paso's eastside go from complete desert to a place I won't venture to without a GPS and Las Cruces expand from two high schools to now four. I then left the Borderland to work first in San Antonio and then in my hometown of Albuquerque. But rest assured that my mind was never too far away.
I found myself back in Las Cruces and El Paso quite a bit while working for KOB-TV in Albuquerque. Anytime news was happening in the Borderland, I would be the reporter they sent. In March 2003, I was dispatched to Alamogordo. I remember it well. I was sitting in a restaurant packed with locals and many members of the United States Air Force stationed at Holloman. Every television in the place was tuned to CNN. Then, eruption. Cheers from the servicemen and women as bombs lit up the hiding place of Saddam Hussein and his two sons. Two F-117 stealth fighter pilots from Holloman had just touched off the second Gulf War and this military town was ready to fight.
I would find myself back in El Paso just days later but this time the cheers has turned to fear. Six members of the Fort Bliss based 507th Maintenance Company had been captured and were being held as prisoners of war. Three of six were Borderland residents. El Pasoans' Shoshana Johnson and Edgar Hernandez, along with Alamogordo's Joseph Hudson would be held for 22 terrifying days. I returned to El Paso on April 13, 2003, this time to the tarmac at Biggs Army Airfield. Quite possibly the most powerful moment of my entire career happened that day when the cockpit hatch opened as the rescued soldiers taxied down the runaway and Joseph Hudson emerged waving the American flag. For the first time in my career, I cried while I was working. I couldn't control it and I didn't want to. They were safe and they were home. Nothing else mattered.
Typically in these "on-air talent bios" you read something about where the person grew up (near Albuquerque), where they went to school (New Mexico State) or what awards they've won (I would have to find them in a box somewhere). But what I really want people to know about me is how proud I am to be working in the Borderland. As you can tell, it has molded me into the person I am and you can't ask for more than that.
If you really want to know more about me or maybe have me come out and visit your school, send me an email. It would be great to meet you all.
Stephanie Guadian - Anchor
Stephanie Guadian wakes up with you every morning as an anchor of the highly rated KFOX Morning News Show from 5 to 8 a.m. She is an award-winning journalist who joined the KFOX news team in October of 2009. It was a move that brought her home. Stephanie grew up in Las Cruces and is thrilled to be back doing what she loves near the people she loves.
Stephanie comes to KFOX from KTRK in Houston. Prior to KTRK, she worked for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco and KTVK in Phoenix. Her career has taken her across the country and the world. Shes interviewed thousands of newsmakers.
The most exciting " and dangerous " job of her career to date was embedding with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Stephanie spent nearly a month with troops from the 31st Combat Support Hospital based at Fort Bliss. Her journey took her to Herat, Kabul, Helmand Province, Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif. Stephanie says her role as a war-zone reporter was by far her most challenging and rewarding reporting.
She spent weeks in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans gathering stories on Katrina and the storms aftermath. Stephanie was also on the front lines as Hurricane Rita came ashore. Other stories have taken her to Mexico for the history of Cinco de Mayo and a series of reports on Doctors without Borders.
Stephanie enjoys giving back to her community. She gives her time to various charitable organizations and animal welfare leagues. In her spare time she loves to travel and meet new people. She likes to stay active by kickboxing, running and playing racquetball. She also loves to read, watch sci-fi movies and hang out with her dog Susie. Above all, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is the eldest of three girls and remains very close to her loved ones.
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Sandra Diaz - Chief Meteorologist
Sandra's television forecasting experience is unmatched.
Prior to coming to lead the KFOX Severe Weather Team, Sandra spent three years as a Meteorologist with The Weather Channel. As the West-Coast prime-time Meteorologist, Sandra's forecasts were seen nightly by millions of viewers. While at The Weather Channel, she also had the opportunity to enhance her skills by working with some of Americas top Severe Weather experts.
Now with our regions most advanced weather technology, Sandra's experience, dedication and passion for accurate forecasting are keeping those of us in the Borderland safe and informed.
Sandra has been awarded the AMS Seal of Approval and is a member of the National Weather Association. In 2002 she was named Distinguished Alumni by her alma mater, Texas State University.
I am very excited to be able to bring my weather experience to the area. Working at the national level gave me invaluable forecasting skills that I like sharing with our viewers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.
The change from the Southeast to the Southwest was a welcome one. Im excited to be here and I enjoy interacting with the community as a volunteer with The Miracle League and as a platelet donor with The United Blood Services.
I love being a Meteorologist because it gives me the opportunity to warn people of incoming inclement weather and it gives me the chance to teach about weather and its impact.
Brad Montgomery - Meteorologist
I grew up in Cerritos, California, a suburb of Los Angeles and have had a love for nature since I was very young. Specifically having an interest in plants and especially weather. After graduating high school, I moved to Arlington, Texas with my family. It was in Texas where my love for weather grew even more, from seeing everything from freezing rain, to sleet to snow and thunderstorms.
In 1998 I was accepted to New Mexico State University and that was when I first lived in the Borderland. I have always had a fascination with weather as it is always changing and can have an impact on our day to day lives. Tracking weather has been a hobby of mine since I was very young and as a result quite often I find myself taking my work home with me.
Although I have lived other places, when I first attended New Mexico State University I couldnt get enough of the monsoon or summer thunderstorm season. Now that I am back in the borderland I love the fact that our weather here can come from any direction. And I love forecasting everything from the monsoon moisture that comes up from the south during the summer, to cold winter winds that can blow in from the high plains during the winter and the pacific storms that can bring us rain or snow.
Joshua Zuber - Reporter
Joshua Zuber joins KFOX as the weekend weather forecaster, anchor and a general assignment reporter. Josh comes from KCWY News 13 in Casper, Wyoming where he was a morning co-anchor and producer of the #1 rated show in the market, Today In Wyoming.
Before that, he interned at FOX 10 in Phoenix, FOX News in New York City as well as reporting for ABC News on Campus in 2008. Josh also worked on the production team in various capacities at KAET PBS 8 in Phoenix, gaining some valuable behind-the-scenes TV experience. He also was an intern for the newspaper The East Valley Tribune.
Josh holds a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
The Pittsburgh native looks forward to being back in the southwest bring El Paso the top news and best severe weather coverage to KFOXs viewers.
If you have a story idea or would like to drop a line, send him an email or follow him on Twitter and, of course, you should follow @KFOXWeatherTeam for the most up-to-date severe weather coverage brought right to your Twitter feed!
Ruben Veloz - Reporter
Im a Phoenix, Arizona native who loves being around the sun, except on a 110 degree day.
Since my family and I can remember, Ive always wanted to be a broadcast journalist. I was probably the only kid in my neighborhood that would head straight home just to watch the evening news.
Before coming to KFOX14, I reported and produced at MCTV in Phoenix, Arizona for an award-winning Spanish-language program called Enfoque en tu Futuro, covering issues and education surrounding the Hispanic Community.
I received my Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2009 from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. There, I co-produced a 25 minute documentary called The Inner Light, which received a 2009 Telly Award for Best Spiritual Documentary. During that time, I also interned for KNXV ABC 15 News, KNOW 99 Television, and KSAZ FOX 10 in Phoenix.
On my free time I love to enjoy the great outdoors, hiking, swimming or listening to my iPod. I enjoy meeting new people and look forward to calling El Paso my new home. From The Valley of the Sun, to the Sun City, Im sure the borderland and its people will treat me well.
If you have a story idea or concern, you can reach me via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Genevieve Curtis - Reporter
I joined the KFOX-14 Team in May 2012. I am thrilled to be in the Sun City!
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I am a cheesehead through and through!
I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a degree in broadcast journalism. GO TIGERS! In college, I reported for KBIA 91.3 (NPR) and worked as a reporter/anchor/ multi-media journalist for KOMU-TV the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. I had the opportunity to cover incredible stories, the most memorable being the Joplin tornado. I was the first reporter from my station to arrive in Joplin, just moments after the devastating tornado ripped through the city and I stayed on the story for 37 hours. Its an experience that will forever stay with me.
I had a fantastic experience as an intern reporter for ABC-6 in Providence, Rhode Island where I learned from my mentor--who just happens to be my uncle and godfather. While I was there, I had the opportunity to cover breaking news and interview professional athletes, politicians and celebrities.
I am a DIE-HARD Packers fan and Brewers fan. My love of sports lead me to journalism. I grew up watching sports with my parents and was always begging them to let me stay up late so I could see the post-game interviews. Ive always wanted to know the story behind the story! I am passionate about news and feel very fortunate to be living my dream!
I could not be happier to be in El Paso and Im looking forward to experiencing all the great things the city has to offer!
The news is about YOU and I want to tell your stories. Feel free to contact me via email or follow me on twitter and Facebook! Id love to hear from you!
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me!
Gina Benitez - Anchor
I was born and raised in South Florida but I'm definitely making my rounds in the Lone Star state.
My first job was in Laredo, where I reported during the week and produced on weekends. I then got the opportunity to anchor weekends in Abilene, so I said goodbye to the border and headed North. Now, I'm thrilled to be back down south, in a thriving, dynamic, and beautiful city! Ive covered a wide range of stories, and I can honestly say, Ive enjoyed each and every one. A day never goes by that I'm not grateful of how fortunate I am. I'm truly living my dream day in and day out. How many people can honestly say that?
I'm a proud graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee (Go Noles)! where I spent an amazing 4 years. I have an incredible family who has always supported me in everything Ive ever set out to do. I was an only child until a little over two years ago. Now, I have a beautiful baby brother named Luca, who is the love of my life.
I'm looking forward to my time here in the Sun City and experiencing everything El Paso has to offer. Feel free to send me story ideas. I'm always looking to look into what YOU want to know!
Bill Melugin - Reporter
Bill Melugin joins the KFOX team as a general assignment reporter. He graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a BA in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish linguistics. (Go Sun Devils!)
During his time at ASU, Bill was an anchor, reporter and studio producer for Cronkite NewsWatch (KAET-TV) in the Phoenix market, voted the nation's best collegiate daily newscast by the SPJ. He also interned with ABC15 (KNXV-TV) in Phoenix, worked with the State Press Television, and provided on air pregame, halftime and postgame reports for ASU football for The Blaze Radio.
Bill is excited to continue his journalism career in the Southwest and plans to bring El Paso hard hitting news with the help of the viewers of KFOX. If you would like to contact Bill with a story idea, he would love to hear it! You can reach him via email, or follow him on Twitter!
Melissa Gundersen - Reporter
I joined the KFOX news team in July 2013. Born in Long Island, N.Y., and raised in the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania, I'm happy to now call the Sun City home.
I went to Penn State and majored in broadcast journalism. I was often found around campus with a video camera in hand, chasing news.
After graduating in three years I started an internship at Blue Ridge Communications TV-13, a cable news station in the Poconos. I switched from intern to full time general assignment reporter in just two months. I spent two wonderful years at TV-13, where I was able to cover a lot of memorable stories. One that sticks out in particular is a high-profile murder trial, which aired on not only local stations, but also "48 Hours" and "Good Morning America."
During that time, I was named "Best TV Reporter" by "Greatest Around the Poconos."
In my spare time, I enjoy working out, singing, figure skating, dancing and watching Penn State football -- WE ARE? PENN STATE!
I'm truly passionate about what I do and am enjoying where life is taking me.
Stacey Welsh - Reporter
I joined the KFOX14 team in July 2013 as the Eastside Bureau reporter,and I'm a native Texan after growing up in the Dallas area.
I graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri (Mizzou-RAH!), and I got my start in TV news while in college. I worked as a multimedia journalist, weekend anchor and web producer for KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. I had the incredible opportunity to cover the 2012 Missouri Senate race between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin that gained national attention. Another story from KOMU I won't soon forget is when I exposed scams within a boat dock business in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Its owner pleaded guilty to felony charges and moved away from Missouri after my investigation aired.
I'm looking forward to putting my background inSpanish to good use in the borderland. I earned a minor in Spanish and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina during summer 2011. While there, I interned for the human rights group Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo. I worked with a documentary producer for the organization's television station to create my own video project on an Argentine prison reform program. I also had a great experience interning with the CNN medical news unit in college. I researched health-related topics, wrote stories for CNN.com and pitched in wherever else I could.
I'm excited to be a part of the fastest growing areaof El Paso, and I'm constantly motivated to tell your stories! Please reach outto me with what you want to see on KFOX14 News. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrisdyann Uribe - Reporter
Chrisdyann Uribe is no stranger to the streets of El Paso as she was born and raised on the eastside of town. She now joins KFOX14 as traffic anchor and reporter. She graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a major in Electronic Media and a minor in Media Studies. During her time in San Marcos, she anchored and reported for the weekly live news show Bobcat Update. There she was awarded third place for Best TV Audition Tape by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. She covered a wide arrange of breaking news stories from a deadly plane crash to bomb threats. She also interned in Austin at KXAN as well as reported and produced online videos for the University Star Newspaper. She couldn't stay away from the traffic center in Austin, helping out with the traffic reports every morning. When she isn't reading up on current events or finding ways to Beat the Traffic, Chrisdyann loves to work out, cook healthy meals and make her 2-year-old nephew Eli laugh.
Chrisdyann is excited to be back in her home town (and it isn't just because of Chico's Tacos). She is thrilled to help El Paso Beat The Traffic as the city's only traffic anchor.
If you know of any car wrecks or slow traffic in the area, you can always send her an Email at email@example.com
Crystal Price - Reporter
Crystal Price joined the KFOX 14 team as its very first multimedia journalist in October 2013. Crystal shoots, writes, and edits all of her own stories. She is thrilled to be in the Borderland where the culture is rich and the food is tasty.
Crystal got her start in broadcasting as a part-time editor at KOKH in Oklahoma City. Throughout her career, she has reported from the wetlands of southwest Louisiana; shucked oysters on a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico; reported on the heavy flooding along the Willamette River in western Oregon; and now, she is more than excited to report on the latest news here in the Sun City.Crystal has been recognized numerous times for her investigative reporting and photography skills by the Louisiana Associated Press. She has also been honored by the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, winning first place for hard news and second place for feature reporting.Crystal graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Mass Communication. She is an Okie and a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation. In her free time, you can find her shopping at the mall, catching the latest movie, or hiking the mountain trails of the Borderland.Crystal believes the best story ideas come from the station's viewers. If you have a story idea, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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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