FOX 66 News Team
Andrew Keller: Reporter
Before coming back into driving distance to the famous Halo Burger Boston Coolers and the great eats of an Angelo's Coney Island, Andrew's first job took him out to the oil-booming North Dakota Badlands.
He worked for two years splitting time between being a bureau reporter in Dickinson, North Dakota and then working in the newsroom in Bismarck, North Dakota for KFYR-TV. During this time, Andrew's coverage of floods in the Spring of 2009 throttled KFYR to receive two Emmy Awards.
Most recently, Andrew worked in Northern Michigan for 7&4 News. He was the bureau reporter in Gaylord, covering West Branch north to Sault Ste. Marie, including Petoskey and Charlevoix. While in Northern Michigan, Andrew's coverage of wildfires in Roscommon County was recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
He also had a very popular series called, "Andrew Vs." Andrew would do an everyday job, such as teaching or training for Coast Guard Rescue Swimming, and many times fail. It was a good way to have an average guy attempt a job that may be taken for granted in our communities.
Andrew chose journalism because he likes telling the untold story.
Did he mention he's a Spartan? On the weekends during the fall, Andrew will be at Michigan State Football games. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to sporting events, being outdoors, and being in the gym.
Cheri Hardmon: Reporter
Cheri grew up in Belleville, near Ann Arbor. Cheri's first job in broadcasting was in Youngstown, Ohio, as a Sports Reporter. She was the first female sportscaster ever, in that market. After that, she came back to Michigan, working as a news writer at WXYZ in Detroit.
Next up, Milwaukee, where she worked as a Sports Reporter/Anchor. Following that, Minneapolis and FOX SPORTS North.
After a few years away from broadcasting, Cheri joined WNEM, covering news fulltime for the first time.
Cheri says she is happy for an opportunity to work in her home state and in Mid-Michigan.
David Custer: Anchor
He graduated from the University of Michigan's Flint campus, graduating with a degree in Communications in 2001.
David's journey into television started as an anchor and a reporter in Alpena, Michigan, in 2002. The station, WBKB, also known as the ‘Sunrise Side', was the only news station in the area. After WBKB, he moved to WSMH FOX66 as both a reporter and a producer. He quickly transitioned from a reporter to weekend anchor.
The station merged with the WNEM-TV5 and he became the weekend morning anchor for WNEM-TV5 until the summer of 2007. While at WNEM, David won three Emmy awards bringing his total to four. David moved to Toledo, OH where he was the main anchor at the NBC affiliate.
David briefly left television in 2009 to pursue an executive position in the culinary field at Country Home Creations and start his own brand of natural gourmet mixes known as "Boy Gourmet." He combined this new venture with his love for television and began doing lifestyle segments on Better Mid-Michigan. In 2012, he was invited on to the Wendy Williams Show to share his recipes in the host's effort to help "Save the Twinkie."
David's passion is sharing stories that empower people to live their best life. He loves to taking risks and getting in on the action. He's jumped out of a plane, sat down with presidential candidates, reported live on CNN and one of his stories has been used on Dr. Phil.
He loves spending good times and laughter with loved ones. Catch him every night co-anchoring FOX66 News at 10pm.
Doug Moats: Chief Meteorologist
Doug grew up in Indiana. A native of the Midwest, Doug got his start forecasting the weather when he was a shipboard weather observer in the U.S. Navy. Doug forecasted aboard U.S.S. Inchon just after the first Gulf War. Doug studied communications along with radio and television arts at the University of Southern Indiana. After graduating from USI, Doug moved to the state of California to pursue some post graduate work. During that time, he got the witness first-hand the devastating damage of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Northridge, California.
While in college, Doug performed commercial voiceovers, read morning news and worked as a radio disc jockey. Doug landed his first job in front of the camera as a weathercaster on KECI-TV in Missoula, Montana. Doug provided wildland fire forecasts during the 1999 historic fire season, when wild fires scorched over a million acres of forest land in Idaho and Montana. Yearning for more experience, he moved back to Indiana for his second TV gig as a "weatherman/reporter" at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While in Fort Wayne, Doug attained a second bachelor's degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Eventually, WUPW, FOX Toledo made Doug a great offer to be their Chief Meteorologist. Doug worked there for three years.
Doug has three children, all boys. He has a son, Braedyn who is five years old and identical twin boys, Colin and Raylon who are 4 years old. He also has family that live in St. Clair county. So moving to mid Michigan is like a homecoming.
In his free time, Doug enjoys most outdoor activities, sports and spending time with his family.
Evan Beach: Sports Anchor
Evan has moved around a lot, but has managed to stay in Michigan his entire life.
Born and raised in Mid-Michigan, Evan attended Ovid-Elsie high school, graduated from Alma College in 2006 and then began his sports broadcasting career as sports director at WBUP-TV in Marquette (2006-2007).
From there Evan moved on to a sports photographer/reporter position at WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids (2007-2008) and most recently he was a sports reporter/anchor at WJRT-TV in Flint (2008-2011).
Being from the area and covering sports in the area for the past few years, Evan is very familiar with all the local teams and the sports landscape here in Mid-Michigan.
Evan loves living in the Saginaw community, is happy to be close to many family and friends and is thrilled to cover the pro and college teams he grew up rooting for. In his spare time, Evan enjoys spending time with family and friends, following his favorite sports teams and playing basketball.
Gino Vicci: Reporter
In his undergrad studies, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rochester College with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism and also obtained a video production degree from Specs Howard School of Media Arts.
Gino didn't stop there. In August 2012, he graduated with a Master's Degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
During graduate school, Gino reported at the White House, Capitol Hill and was published in several online publications including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, The Military Times, The Army Times and McClatchy newspapers.
Outside the newsroom, Gino enjoys strumming a 6-string and spending some quality time with his wife and son.
Fun Fact: Gino has lived in 4 countries and 6 states! If you have a story idea for Gino, he wants to hear from you.
Kristin Moore: Reporter
Kristin has always asked a lot of questions. She also enjoys listening to others share their experiences and stories. So, becoming a reporter just seemed natural.
She earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Florida A&M University. While at FAMU, she worked as a one man band reporter and anchor for the school's TV station.
Kristin's first professional on-air job brought her back to Michigan. She worked as a reporter at the Fox station in Lansing. In addition to reporting news and government issues in the Capitol city, she also learned to interpret weather models and forecast the weather. She became the station's weekend weather anchor.
Next, it was off to Green Bay, Wisconsin, also known as the "Frozen Tundra", where she worked at the CBS affiliate as a Reporter/Weather Anchor. There, she had a variety of assignments from covering the area's first blizzard in years, to reporting on a fatal fire, the city's first fire to claim the life of a firefighter.
Kristin returns to Mid-Michigan after working as a news writer and associate producer in Atlanta, Ga. She's ready to get back to her roots, interacting with people one on one and covering stories she hopes will make a difference to the people of Mid-Michigan.
So, if you see Kristin around town say Hello. And if you have a story you'd like her to look into send her an email at Kristin.Moore@wnem.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Kristine Frazao: Reporter
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.
Lauren Fahrenkrug: Meteorologist
Lauren has always been fascinated with (and frightened by) severe weather, and there was plenty of it during her childhood in Georgia. She originally set out to study environmental science at the University of Denver, and she blames her elective meteorology course for her decision to pursue meteorology. She transferred to North Carolina State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.
Prior to WNEM TV5, Lauren was the meteorologist at WBKB-TV in Alpena. She survived her first long, cold Michigan winter, discovered her love for snow, and is happy to stay in Michigan for more winter weather forecasting.
Lauren was a gymnast growing up, which influenced her to stay active as an adult. She's still involved with the sport, and has also picked up aerial silk as a hobby. Her favorite winter activities are snowshoeing and staying warm. In the summer, you can find her outside running, camping, or rock climbing.
Sheila Gray: Special Correspondent
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.
Carrie Sharp: Anchor
Carrie was actually born in Texas but spent most of her childhood and adult life in the "Bluegrass State." Since middle school, Carrie knew she wanted to be in the news business. A college internship got her hooked for life. For 12 years, Carrie worked at WAVE TV the NBC affiliate in Louisville. Most of that time she anchored the "Sunrise" morning show and hit the streets daily as a reporter.
That's how Carrie met her husband, Doug Sharp, a Bay City native living in Louisville at the time.
Doug competed in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City winning a bronze medal in the 4-man Bobsled. Carrie first met Doug while interviewing him for a story.
The two married in 2008 and decided to head north in 2010.
In her free time, Carrie loves to cook, garden, water ski and workout. She also has a cocker spaniel, Sally, which she spoils rotten!
Craig McMorris: Reporter
Craig is dedicated to literacy programs and is a board member of the Literacy Council of Bay County.
In his spare time Craig loves to go ballroom dancing with his wife Crystal.
Jason Fielder: Reporter
Jason began his career at WBKB-TV in Alpena, spending just over a year on the sunrise side, first as the weekend sports anchor/weekday sports reporter, then as the sports director.
Prior to that, he held internships at 1) WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C. where he covered major league baseball, especially the Orioles and Nationals; 2) WEYI-TV 25 in Clio, where he mostly worked in news; 3) WKTV 2 in Utica, NY where he covered sports; and 4) WSTM-TV NBC 3 in Syracuse, NY where he covered sports.
Jason grew up in the small town of Deerfield, Michigan, and received a B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University where he double majored in Communication and Political Science. He then went on to graduate school at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, NY where he received a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism.
Jason has volunteered for the MDA, co-hosting the entire local portion of the Jerry Lewis Telethon at WBKB. He also has been the keynote speaker at various SVSU Scholarship Recognition Programs, and also was the celebrity auctioneer at the Cardinal Cabaret, a spring fundraiser for the SVSU Athletic Department.
Jason is a founding member of the Upsilon Delta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at SVSU, and a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
While at TV5, Jason has developed a series of sports stories called "Fielder's Choice." In them, he takes on sports challenges from viewers. He won a 2008 Michigan AP Award for best feature story for his "Fielder's Choice" story wherein he was challenged by a young female archer.
In his spare time, Jason likes to hang out with friends and family, sing in his rock band, and meet new people.
Katie O'Mara: Anchor
Before joining WNEM, Katie anchored the morning and noon newscasts at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, OK. During her time at KFOR-TV, Katie anchored several breaking news stories on the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.
Katie has also worked as a morning anchor and reporter at WWTV in Cadillac, Michigan and at WPBN-TV in Traverse City, Michigan.
Katie is actively involved with many charitable organizations. She serves as a board member for the “Just for Kids” foundation. It’s an organization that gives back to children in the tri-county area. Katie also volunteers her time with “The Toni & Trish House.” It’s a true charity for the terminally ill in mid-Michigan. Katie loves all children and volunteers her time with the Saginaw County Child Abuse & Neglect Council, Special Olympics, MDA, The Saginaw Community Foundation and The Turn-Around Achievement awards.
Katie has emceed hundreds of events all over mid-Michigan. She has co-emceed events with former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, General Colin Powell, James Carville and Mary Matalin. Katie was even asked to host The Great Lakes Loons home opener with Tommy Lasorda.
Katie and her husband have four children and are grateful and happy to be a part of the mid-Michigan community.
Sam Merrill: Anchor
From 1990 to 1999, he was an anchor and reporter at TV5. In 1999, he returned to his boyhood home of Pittsburgh to anchor "Action News This Morning" for WTAE-TV. That program was twice nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award, and won the award for "Best Morning News" in 1999.
But he missed Mid-Michigan, TV5 in particular, and returned in 2002.
Sam is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony, and the Saginaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has also served on the boards of The Disability Network, the Genesee Food Bank, and the Central Michigan University Alumni Advisory Board.
In his spare time, Sam loves reading; particularly books about politics and history. He enjoys golf, tennis and is an avid runner who has competed in several local races.
Scot Johnson: Sports Director
Scot arrived in Mid-Michigan in 1996 and has been working in the local media ever since. A true sports fan, Scot pioneered the first Friday Night High school sports shows in the area and has made high school and local sports his passion.
Scot attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from HSU in 1988.
Through his 20 plus year broadcasting career Scot has done everything. Sports play-by-play, on location radio and TV shows, news anchoring, AD sales and he has even sold popcorn during half-time. Scot enjoys the Michigan sports scene, watching the Wings win Stanley Cups, Pistons taking home NBA championship trophies and the National Titles won by the UM Football and MSU basketball teams.
When Scot is not trying to sneak into a game, you can find him losing money at the poker table. If he's not there...you'll catch him at the beach with his two sons Andrew and Mathew.