Samantha Russell - Traffic Reporter
FOX 17 WZTV-TV welcomes Samantha Russell as our new Traffic Reporter providing Steer Clear Traffic Monday through Friday 4:30am-9am in FOX 17 This Morning.
“Our Steer Clear Traffic has become a daily necessity for viewers living in and around Nashville, and we conducted an extensive search to find the best talent possible to join our current roster of News professionals “says FOX 17 WZTV General Manager, Noreen Parker. “Samantha has a real passion for helping people navigate safely and quickly to their destinations. She is someone our viewers will come to count on and trust to find alternative routes to and from work!”
Russell was previously with KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK and most recently WBMA-tv in Birmingham, AL where viewers admired her traffic reporting skills so much that they gave her the nickname “Traffic Jam Sam.” In her spare time she is also an avid cyclist and runner.
Connect with Samantha :
Matt Alvarez - Reporter
Matt Alvarez is an Emmy nominated journalist who joined Fox 17 News in June 2015.
Previously, Alvarez worked as a general assignment reporter at WGAL in Lancaster, PA. Prior to that, he reported for WNYW/WWOR in New York and New Jersey. He also worked in Columbus, Ohio and began his career in Grand Junction, Colorado.
While in New York, Matt covered a wide range of stories including an investigation that revealed what security experts called a national security flaw at Newark Liberty Airport. This sparked a federal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and resulted in proposed recommendations for better security at all entrance points outside the airport. Alvarez was nominated for an Emmy for the investigation.
While in New Jersey, Alvarez also covered nearly all angles of Superstorm Sandy, including breaking news of a major flood that hit the town of Moonachie a day after the storm.
Alvarez earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. Matt is very glad to be in Nashville and enjoys hiking, live music, and ice hockey.
If you have a story idea, please contact the newsroom at 615-369-1717.
Connect with Matt:
Scott Couch - Anchor
No matter where you live in the Fox 17 viewing area, Scott Couch has probably been in your town covering the news. He's one of the mid-state's most experienced journalists. Scott joined the Fox 17 News team in June of 2007 after three years as main anchor at WPSD, the NBC station in Paducah, KY. Before that he spent 19-years in Nashville covering some of the region's most important stories. Scott covered, and been a witness to two executions including that of convicted killer Robert Glen Coe in 2001, the first execution in Tennessee in more than 40-years. Scott is a four-time winner of the Emmy award for excellence in television journalism and has won a dozen Associated Press awards. Scott is graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee. He serves as a professional adviser to the Department of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University and "The Meter", the student newspaper at Tennessee State University. He is active in charity work across the mid-state including the YMCA and the American Cancer Society. Scott is happily married. He and his wife Dana have two children: a teenage daughter and a young son. Scott says 'dad' is the title he is most proud of. To tell Scott about a story, call him at 615-369-5567 or send him an e-mail.
Stacy Case - Anchor
Stacy Case's career has taken her all over the world. She and her husband hand picked Nashville as the city to raise their family so shes thrilled to be back home in the South. Stacy anchors Fox 17s 9pm Newscast and reports Stacy's Saving You Money consumer segments and Waste Watch investigations. In her 21 year career, Stacy says the stories that matter most are the ones that effect change. "It's one thing to cover a story. It's another to offer solutions, to right a wrong. I am honored to be the conduit." Prior to joining Fox 17, Stacy worked at CBS in New York as a national correspondent for CBS Newspath affiliate service, the CBS Morning News, CBS Early Show, CBS Weekend Edition, and CBS Up to the Minute. She also works for shows on HGTV, Fine Living Network, and DIY. Stacy's career started at WXVT in Greenville, MS. Other career stops include WICD in Champaign, IL and WCPO in Cincinnati before joining CBS News. Stacy and her husband have been married 16 years and have two children. Stacy is a Girl Scout leader and volunteers her time with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St. Jude Dream Home Campaign, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Read Across America, American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, & many other charitable causes. She and her family attend Bethel World Outreach. Stacy also spends her time advocating for those sickened by heavy metal toxicity. You can follow her health story at www.mercurymom.com
Bob Sellers - Anchor
Bob Sellers is an award winning journalist with more than twenty years experience at the national and local levels. Before coming to Nashville in 2009, Bob anchored Fox 5 Morning News at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Bob anchored at Fox News Channel " including reporting live from Baghdad during the Iraq War " and at CNBC during the dot.com boom and bust.
He also worked as an anchor/reporter in Medford, Oregon (KTVL), San Antonio (KENS) and Seattle (KING). While the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor here in Nashville at WSMV-TV, Bob won an Emmy for his breaking news coverage during the historic 2010 floods in Middle Tennessee.
Bob is also the author of Forbes Best Business Mistakes: How Todays Top Business Leaders Turned Missteps into Success, which has been translated into six languages, most recently Russian. He has written blogs for HuffingtonPost.com and contributed columns to various newspapers and magazines. He is serves as a writing coach at Vanderbilt University.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Bob sits on the Board of Advisors for the Media Studies Department. He attended Virginia on a baseball scholarship, having been drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals. (A foot injury ended his career after playing three years in college.) He is married and lives in Williamson County with his wife, who is an elementary school teacher, and his fraternal twin daughters, one of whom actually looks a little bit like him.
Erika Kurre - Anchor/Reporter
You've seen Erika on Fox 17 since 2007, Anchoring and Reporting Nashville's most high-profile stories. Erika is Fox 17's Weekend Anchor and fills in hosting Tennessee Mornings and Fox 17s weekday evening newscasts. She's covered the Macon County and Murfreesboro Tornadoes, from touchdown to recovery, bringing Middle Tennessee viewers the information and help they need to keep safe and restore their lives. She also anchored breaking news coverage of Steve McNair's murder and local coverage of the July 2009 Michael Jackson memorial. Erika is one of the only media members to ever meet and tell the story of the worlds longest-surviving Iron Lung patient, Dianne Odell. Among her exclusives, Erika has interviewed the death row inmate convicted of one of Nashville's most notorious murders. She was also among a select few local reporters live in Spin Alley during the 2008 Presidential Debate at Belmont University. Erika is thrilled to be part of a team viewers turn to for news they count on, providing people the information they need on a day-to-day basis.
Erika is a winner of 3 Associated Press Broadcasting Awards for Best Anchor and Best Reporting. Before coming to Fox 17, she was an Anchor & Reporter for hometown news leader WTVY in Alabama. She also interned at FOX News Channels News Edge in Washington, D.C. and at KTVI in St. Louis, Missouri. Erika is a graduate of Malone College in Canton, Ohio and is involved in several Middle Tennessee community organizations. She enjoys helping with fundraisers and participating in activities that raise awareness. In her spare time, Erika is hanging out with her husband and her dog, named Cat, mostly traveling to visit family and friends.
Call Erika anytime with story ideas at (615) 369-5553.
Eric Alvarez - Reporter
Eric is an Emmy and AP Award-nominated multimedia journalist that has been reporting for Fox 17 News since 2010.
Eric grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and first came to Nashville to study at Vanderbilt University.
He also has a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Before coming to Fox 17, Eric was Nashville's primary source of Spanish news. He has been covering the Nashville area in both TV and radio since 2008.
Eric speaks fluent Spanish and French, loves soccer and football, especially the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys, and spends most of his free time with his puppy Simon.
He is always looking for new and compelling stories from the Nashville community.
Sky Arnold - Reporter
Sky Arnold is a reporter for FOX 17 News. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and yes, he's a big Sooners fan. Before joining FOX 17 in October of 2003, Sky had worked as a reporter at several stations in Kansas, Texas, and his native Oklahoma. If he looks familiar to some mid-state viewers, there's good reason: he also worked as a reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee during the late nineties. During his time at FOX 17 News, Sky has covered major stories ranging from the Tabitha Tuders disappearance to the Perry March murder trial. Sky loves living in historic East Nashville.
Kai Beech - Reporter
Kai Beech joined FOX 17 as a multimedia journalist reporter in 2014.He grew up on the beaches of Southern California and went to college on the coast of Northern California. Kai began his career in print working for newspapers in San Luis Obispo, CA, Aspen, CO and Humboldt County, CA. With a passion for multimedia storytelling, he transitioned to broadcast and worked at FOX 40 in Sacramento, CA and KHSL Chico, CA. Kai holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He is excited to live in Music City and looks forward to seeing all of what Middle Tennessee has to offer.
Craig Edwards - Meteorologist
Fox 17 Morning Meteorologist Craig Edwards has made a long, round trip back to Nashville television and he's glad to be back in the Music City. He knows the mid-state well.
He's a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University after attending David Lipscomb University and doing post-graduate work at Western Kentucky University, Lyndon State University and Mississippi State University.
Craig's career in television has been split between Tennessee and Kentucky. From the Tri-cities to Chattanooga to Louisville, Knoxville and back to Nashville, Craig has been forecasting weather for more than 30 years. He's experienced all forms of severe weather in the south including tornadoes, floods, snow storms and hurricanes. Craig has the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval (AMS) and the National Weather Association Seal of Approval (NWA). Craig and his wife, Liz, have three children, including two grand babies.
David Foster - Sports Anchor
Dave couldn't be more excited about returning to his hometown of Nashville. A 1989 graduate of Franklin High School, Dave also attended several Davidson County schools from kindergarten through 8th grade. (Go J.T. Moore Jr. High School Matadors!) He started anchoring sports at Fox 17 in February 2007. Before returning to the anchor desk, Dave worked for over a year in the newsroom at the assignment desk, helping to coordinate news coverage.
Prior to FOX 17, Dave worked in sports in Marshall, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. He's is a 1993 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with a Bachelors degree in Communications. He loves the SEC, (especially football) and is thrilled about having the chance to cover it once again. (He found it tough in Louisiana being surrounded by so many LSU fans.)
In his spare time, Dave enjoys watching sports, spending time with his family, and playing Texas Hold Em.
If you'd like to ask him about his passion for poker or anything sports-related.
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.
Connect with Kristine:
Jen French - Reporter
Jen French joins FOX 17 as a nightside reporter. She's thrilled to be in Nashville after reporting in Columbus, Ohio and anchoring and reporting in Denison, Texas.
Jen is an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) member and part of the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA).
While in Columbus, she reported on the 2012 Derecho that left hundreds without power in the Ohio Valley. Before she came to the Music City, she briefly reported on the Ohio State University Band Director sexual harassment investigation.
While in Texas, she covered wildfires, tornadoes and small town scandals. She did several reports on a misleading tax petition in Oklahoma. It prompted the Tax Petition Transparency Bill, which Governor Mary Fallin signed into law in 2011.
Jen graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a B.A. in Journalism. In college she worked as a freelance multimedia journalist and intern at WEEK News 25. Jen was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She enjoys running, water sports and cooking Italian food. She's always up for an adventure!
Sabrina Hall - Reporter
Sabrina Hall is the only FOX 17 reporter born and raised in the Aloha State. She also got her start in television on the islands as a crime and general assignment reporter for the CBS affiliate in Honolulu. In her first year in the news business, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her five-part series about Hawaiian inmates shipped to Arizona to serve their prison sentences.
Sabrina went on to anchor news in Corpus Christi, Texas and Madison, Wis., then landed in Memphis, Tenn. as a reporter. That's where she fell in love with Tennessee and is thrilled to be telling stories now in Nashville.
While Sabrina earned her criminology and broadcast journalism degrees from the University of Maryland, she interned at the ABC affiliate in D.C. during the sniper attacks in 2002. She reported on the crimes for her college radio station and got to experience a "media circus" for the first time at the site of one of the shootings in Spotsylvania, Va.
Sabrina's passion is talking to strangers and sharing their stories.
Meagan O'Halloran - Reporter
Meagan O'Halloran joined the FOX 17 News team in September 2012 from Destin, Florida. While on the Emerald Coast, she was the Weekend Anchor/Producer/Destin Bureau Chief at WJHG in nearby Panama City Beach.
While at WJHG, Meagan tracked the BP oil spill on a daily basis, which was recorded as the largest man-made disaster in U.S. history. She also covered the 2010 Bay County School Board shooting, and she managed to catch the attention of local law enforcement officers with her reporting on the synthetic bath salts drug which eventually helped lead Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill against the designer street drug.
Meagan graduated from Florida State University in her hometown of Tallahassee in 2009 and earned her degree in Mass Communications with a minor in English and special emphasis in Spanish.
Meagan loves the southern hospitality and the warm welcome Nashville has graciously shown her. She is always looking for ways to get more involved in the community, whether it be volunteering to support a good cause or sharing someone's story that inspires to make a difference in the lives of others. When shes not chasing down a story, Meagan enjoys traveling up and down the east coast to spend time with her parents, three brothers and two sisters, and niece and nephews.
You can catch Meagan reporting live Monday-Friday on Tennessee Mornings from 5-9 am. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-979-5380 to pass along your thoughts and story idea.
Paul Jones - Sports Director
Paul Jones joined FOX 17 News in August of 2002. For the past 11 years, he's been busy covering the Titans and Predators plus the Vols and Vanderbilt and numerous other universities and high schools in and around Nashville. His sportscasts have been honored by his peers.
He's a 5-time Emmy Award recipient, including wins for "Best Sportscast" in the Mid-South three times. He's also won four Tennessee Associated Press Awards for "Best TV Sportscaster".
Paul works hard each day to bring FOX 17 Sports viewers stories they won't see elsewhere. Before coming to Nashville, he worked worked in Indianapolis for two stations. Paul's first on-air experience came in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a sports producer in Washington D.C. working with, and learning from, legendary sportscasters Glenn Brenner and Warner Wolf. Over the years, Paul has covered many teams. He always prefers good "people" stories.
Erika Lathon - Reporter
Erika is a veteran reporter who's been covering news for more than a decade. After working in radio and television in Huntsville, Alabama, Erika moved to Nashville and FOX 17 News. She's been a reporter here since June of 2000. During that time, Erika's covered a wide variety of major stories ranging from trials and breaking news to elections. In September, she was the first reporter to get a live interview with newly-elected Mayor Karl Dean. Erika is a native of Detroit, Michigan but has lived all over the United States. As for being here, she says: "I love the station and the people I work with are fantastic, they make working hard a blast. Nashville is a great city and Titan fever is hard to resist." If there's a story idea you'd like to pass along to Erika.
Mikayla Lewis - Reporter
Mikayla Lewis joins the Fox 17 News team as reporter from Kansas. Born and raised in Wichita, she is a proud WSU Shockers fan. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Broadcast Journalism degree in December 2011. During college in 2009, Mikayla interned at Country Music Television (CMT) right here in Nashville. After moving back to Kansas and finishing school, her first job was as a reporter and bureau chief for NBC affiliate KSN News in Wichita and Great Bend, KS.
While at KSN, Mikayla covered major events like the April 14, 2012 tornado outbreak with more than 50 twisters hitting Kansas in one day. She won two, second place Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards in 2012 for In-Depth Reporting and Enterprise News Story.
In her spare time , Mikayla enjoys pilates, cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing guitar and listening to live music. Mikayla is thrilled to be back in Nashville, and is always looking for story ideas.
Katy Morgan - Meteorologist
Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan is a true all-American girl. She has lived all over the United States and is now proud to call Nashville home. In fact you could say it's a homecoming, as Katy has family roots in middle Tennessee. She has seen all types of weather stretching from the Puget Sound in Washington to the Grand Strand in South Carolina. Katy has lived in Washington, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, Ohio and now Tennessee. Her first funnel cloud sighting was in Kansas on a family vacation in the summer of 1994.
Since then, she's been hooked on weather. "Later that fall, I entered the science fair with a project on tornadoes. I was fascinated by weather. I think I got a bit of that from my Dad, who's a retired US Navy pilot." Katy holds a bachelor degree in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Missouri, with a minor in Geography. She is active with the AMS (American Meteorological Society) and has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval (CBM). Prior to working at WZTV, Katy has worked at KSNT-Topeka KS, WMBF-Myrtle Beach South Carolina and WXIX-Cincinnati Ohio. Katy has covered countless severe weather events in tornado alley, along with the March 2nd 2012 tornado outbreak in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. She was also part of tropical storm coverage in Myrtle Beach during the 2008 tropical storm season.
Katy and her husband Tom love the outdoors so you'll often find them out and about with their dog Casey. She also loves her sports and is a big baseball, football and hockey fan. You can catch Katy's forecasts every weeknight at 5:30pm and again at 9-10:30pm. May all your days be sunny.
Dan Phillips - Anchor/Reporter
Dan Phillips joined the Fox 17 Sports team in 2005. For the last seven years, he's covered everything from the Titans, to the Daytona 500. In addition, Dan's also reported on Vanderbilt, the Vols, along with nearly every other school in and around Nashville!
But it's about more than just giving scores. For Dan, telling stories is what's most important. So is making it fun and entertaining at the same time. Prior to arriving at Fox 17, Dan worked in Paducah Kentucky for nearly five years. He's also worked in Battle Creek, Michigan, Rocky Mount, North Carolina,and Marquette, Michigan. In his spare time, the Bowling Green State University graduate loves watching sports. Especially his beloved Michigan State Spartans. That is, when he's not chasing his 5-year-old son around and changing his baby daughter's diapers! Dan and his wife Joette are also big dog lovers. They own a chocolate lab named Shelby.
Kelly Rippin - Anchor/Reporter
Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly is absolutely loving her move to Nashville with everything going on in Music City. She loves all things Pittsburgh-sports related, but enjoys checking out the Titans, Preds and Sounds! She’ll even root for them as long as they aren’t playing a team from Western PA.
She loves all of the great food and cool neighborhoods that Nashville has to offer, and is always taking suggestions to add to her “to-do” list. Before coming to Nashville, Kelly worked at FOX19 in Cincinnati, and she started her career in broadcast journalism in Clarksburg, West Virginia at WBOY. She’s been lucky to work in cities where she is able to get involved in wonderful organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, and different charities that raise money and volunteer time to help youth across the areas.
A proud graduate of Penn State University, and faithful Nittany Lion fan, you can mostly find her with her pup, appropriately named Penny. Her favorite part of Penn State was participating in a 48-hour Dance Marathon that raises millions of dollars for the Four Diamonds Fund, helping families with a child battling pediatric cancer.
Two days of not sitting or sleeping is a sacrifice, but it was all made worth it to see the smiles on each child’s face. If you have any recommendations for places to check out, or story ideas, email her at email@example.com.
Barak Shapiro - Meteorologist
I never would have guessed it, but I have made it back to Tennessee! You see, in television, it is somewhat difficult to go where you want, but I've done it. I grew up in New Orleans, but spent my high school years in Memphis. That is when I realized how much I truly loved Tennessee!
It was Hurricane Andrew in 1992 that made me want to become a Meteorologist. Having seen what a hurricane can do, first hand, made me want to learn more about weather and I was glued to the television the entire time to see what was happening! That is when I found my calling. Plus, I think there were subtle signs guiding me in that direction my entire life. Case in point.....Barak, in Hebrew, means "lightning".
I received my degree in Meteorology from Florida State University and have been awarded a seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. I've also worked in Tallahassee, FL, Salisbury, MD, Tucson, AZ, Tulsa, OK, and Shreveport, LA.
When I am not forecasting, I am usually outdoors mountain biking, hiking, and just generally exploring the outdoors. I am also working on honing my skills at the piano and really enjoy just riding my bike around town exploring Music City.
You can catch me on Fox17 weeknights from 9:00pm - 10:30pm. If you ever have any weather related questions, don't be afraid to give me a shout.
Samantha Singer - Reporter
Samantha Singer joined the Fox 17 team in April 2014. She comes to the station from WAND-TV in Central Illinois where she was an Anchor/Reporter/Producer. Originally from the Chicago area, Samantha attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She loves to meet new people and share a large variety of topics while out and about reporting. Samantha is very happy to be in Music City and appreciates how warm and friendly people are here in Nashville. If you have story ideas or just want to say hello, email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 913-7774.
Jennifer Waddell - Anchor
Jennifer Waddell feels like shes coming home. The Virginia native has spent the past 8 years in Tucson, Arizona as a main anchor and reporter for KGUN9-TV. She's thrilled to be close to her family in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
A career spanning 16 years started with Fox 21-27 in Roanoke, Virginia where Jennifer worked as a producer, reporter and anchor. Shes honored to have covered stories that have made a difference in her communities. From reporting on high-profile murder cases to illegal immigration, border security, the January 8th shooting, and interviewing Arizona leaders such as Governor Jan Brewer and Senator John McCain, Jennifer is honored to have been trusted to bring viewers the news that matters. Her commitment has earned her an Emmy nomination and three Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Jennifer has been active in the communities where shes lived serving on numerous boards and volunteering for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Reading Seed, Rotary and MDA. She, her husband and two children are so excited to call Nashville home.Jennifer would love to hear from viewers with story ideas or recommendations for great Nashville happenings!