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FOX LOCAL NEWS

Anchors

Reporters

Bob Donaldson Steve Roggie

Russ McQuaid

Cheryl Adams Tracie Wells

Derrick Wilkerson

Brian Wilkes Steve Draganchuk
Eric Richey Rob Desir Darrielle Snipes

Meet the FOX 59 A.M. Anchors

Bob DonaldsonBob Donaldson

Bob joined WXIN Fox 59 in 1991. He anchors Fox News at 10, one of the most successful newscasts in the Fox network. Besides his work at the anchor desk, Bob has been an Emmy- Nominated writer and producer of documentaries on Fox 59. His efforts also helped make WXIN-TV "Fox Station of the Year" in 1992. Bob graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Bob began his professional career in the small Texas town of Beaumont. In seven years he climbed up the ladder of success. First in Oklahoma City as a reporter, then in Salt Lake City as an investigative reporter, Oklahoma again as a weekend anchor, and Little Rock, Arkansas, as a main anchor. Then, finally to Indianapolis as the main anchor for Fox News at 10.

Bob and his wife, Skye Winslow are the proud parents of two girls and a boy.

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Cheryl AdamsCheryl Adams

Cheryl Adams co-anchors FOX-59 NEWS at Ten. A graduate of the Marquette University College of Journalism, Cheryl has worked for television stations in Lansing, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, South Bend and joined FOX-59 in August of 1994.

Ms Adams is an award winning journalist with four emmy nominations, as well as recognition from the Associated Press and Society for Professional Journalists. She was also nominated for the Center for Leadership Development's Minority Achievers Award in Mass Media. Cheryl was given the Outstanding Journalist Award from Lutheran Child and Family Issues. She was also one of thirty journalists and two broadcast journalists in the nation chosen for a fellowship to the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families at the University of Maryland in 1997.

Because of her interest in children and family issues, she created "The Parent Place." The weekly news segment aims to help children by helping their parents to be the best they can be. The segment received two national awards from the Community Action Network in New York City.

In 1999 Cheryl was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal in its "40 under 40" publication which honors 40 people who've made an impact on the city before reaching their 40th birthday. She was also selected one of "the most Influential Women in Indianapolis."

An active member of the community, Cheryl serves on the boards of the Dale Davis Foundatoin, Prevent Child Abuse, Indiana, The Family Service Association, and is Vice-President of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists.

Ms. Adams also enjoys being a mentor to high school and college students with an interest in broadcast journalism.

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Brian WilkesBrian Wilkes

Meteorologist Brian Wilkes is the primary weather caster for WXIN Fox 59. Prior to WXIN Brian held the same position at WSJV-TV, the new Fox Affiliate in Elkhart, Indiana for their Six and Ten o’clock shows.

Brian graduated from Columbia College with a B.S. in Science Communication. He completed a 2 1/2 year internship at WGN-9 (Chicago), under Meteorologist, Tom Skilling. He is a member of the AMS (American Meteorological Society) and the NWA (National Weather Association.) In August of 1996, he received his Seal of Approval from the NWA.

While at WSJV, Brian produced, wrote, and hosted a documentary on the Palm Sunday tornadoes that ripped through South Bend in April of 1965. He also reported the weather on radio stations WLTA/WBYT-FM in South Bend and WTRC-AM in Elkhart, Indiana. Brian also co-hosted the Arthritis Foundation Telethon, the South Bend Ethnic Festival Parade and Elkhart County Fair.

Since Brian’s arrival at WXIN Fox 59, he wrote and hosted the tornado special "Blown Away" in April of 1996. In July of 1996 he flew into Hurricane Bertha that hit the coast of Florida to South Carolina and reported the experience on a episode of Special Edition. Look for Brian’s "Long Ranger," the 7 day outlook, every night on Fox News at 10.

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Eric Richey

Eric Richey became the Sports Director at WXIN in January of 2000 after three years as the Weekend Sports Anchor at Fox 59....

During the year, he was part of a Regional Emmy Award winning performance for "Best Sports Story."

Before coming to Indianapolis, Eric was a television sports anchor/reporter in Toledo, Ohio...Findlay, Ohio...Houma, LA...Melbourne FL...and Youngstown, Ohio.

Eric graduated from Clarion Univerity of Pennsylvania in 1989. He is the proud father of two children, Lani 10, and Chelsea 4.

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Rob Desir

Rob Desir replaced Eric Richey as weekend sports anchor in January 2000. Desir comes to Fox 59 from WALA-TV, (FOX) in Mobile, Alabama where he was a sports anchor for the morning news. After only fifteen months in the Port City, Rob's ready to bring a fresh and fun flavor to the Circle City. "I want to bring a new style to the art of sports anchoring," says Desir. "I want to make sports the most exciting part of our newscast." Prior to that, he was the Associate Sports Producer for the Jimmy Johnson Show at WTVJ in Miami, Florida.

After his first night on the air the station received phone calls complimenting the new sports anchor. "It's not often that viewers respond favorably that quickly to a new talent, " said Kevin Nunn. "Rob is a great addition to our cast".

Rob is originally from Spring Valley, New York. And is a extremely proud graduate of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Steve RoggieSteve Roggie

Steve is an Indianapolis native who returned to the Circle City to work for WXIN-TV Fox 59 in October 1996. Previously, Steve was a reporter forWHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois and an anchor/reporter for WANE-TV in FortWayne, Indiana. He also has extensive experience in radio.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ball State University in 1993. He is a graduate of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Steve’s interests include auto racing, business and politics.

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Tracie CollierTracie Wells

Tracie Wells joined the Fox 59 news team as a weekend anchor/report in September 1998. Tracie grew up Washington, Missouri, a small town just outside St. Louis. She began her career at WLFI-TV, a CBS affiliate in Lafayette, Indiana. Later, she moved to WWCP/WATM-TV a FOX/ABC affiliate in Altoona, Pennsylvania as a reporter and fill in anchor. She then joined the news team as the morning anchor in Peoria, Illinois at WHOI-TV, an ABC affiliate. Tracie established herself as the main anchor for the hour-long 10:00pm newscast in Lansing, Michigan at WSYM-TV, a FOX affiliate.

Tracie is an award-winning, emmy-nominated journalist. She is recognized by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hard News Merit Award for an investigation into corruption within the Department of Corrections. She's also been recognized by the Illinios Broadcasters Association.

Tracie graduated from The University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1993.

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Steve Draganchuk

Steve joined the FOX 59 team in February 2000. He comes to Indianapolis from WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois where he was most recently the morning weather anchor. Prior to that, he was the weekend anchor/producer and a weekday reporter.

Steve got his start in February 1996 as a news photographer with WTVO in Rockford after being a freelance videographer.

He's a 1993 Graduate of Illinois State University and a Chicago native.

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Russ McQuaidRuss McQuaid

Russ McQuaid is a veteran street reporter at Fox 59 News. A 1980 graduate of Western Michigan University, Russ has more than twenty years experience in Michigan, Colorado and Indiana. A former radio news director in Denver, Russ spent five years as a reporter/anchor at WIBC radio in Indianapolis. Ever since his arrival at Fox 59, Russ has specialized in investigative reporting and off-the –wall feature reporting. He has won several awards from associated press, society of professional journalists, radio and television news directors association and been honored for television magazine reporting with a regional Emmy. Russ is married with a son named Denver and two dogs, Casey and Mr. Blufis. All three of his children have been employed from time to time as "News Stooges" in some of Russ’ more entertaining feature stories.

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(Photo) Derrick Wilkerson

Derrick Wilkerson joined the FOX 59 News Team six years ago.  He's a central Indiana native who enjoys the daily challenge of gathering news.  Derrick's favorite stories to cover are anything about children, education, senior citizens and the poor.

Like a lot of journalists Derrick's passion for news was developed when he was a child.  His grandmother's favorite television program was the news anchored by Walter Cronkite.  At Grandmother's house you had to watch the news.   So Derrick grew up thinking he had to watch the news and read the newspaper.

At the University of Evansville, Derrick studied telecommunications.  He say a college education is the most  valuable tool young people can have.  Derrick's mother is an elementary school teacher and four of his sisters have college degrees.  For two years Derrick was a volunteer teacher at an Indianapolis elementary school.  He also helps coach his son's baseball team.

Derrick helped FOX 59 win an Emmy for a segment of our magazine show, Special Edition.  Derrick's story focused on the late great Indiana Pacer, Roger Brown.  Brown died from cancer in the spring of 1997.

Derrick is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and attends Eastern Star Baptist Church.

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Kimberly King

Kimberly recently joined fox 59 in the fall of 1999. Prior to WXIN, Kim worked for WTVQ-TV, the abc affiliate in Lexington, KY. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a degree in political science and italian.

A self-described adventure seeker, Kim moonlights as an exercise rider breezing racehorses. She began her career in Tyler, Texas as a reporter for the NBC affiliate.

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Darrielle Snipes

Darriele Snipes comes to Indianapolis from Fort Wayne, Indiana. There she was a general assignment reporter for NBC 33, WKJG-TV. In 1997, Darrielle worked at WLFI-TV 18 in Lafayette, Indiana as a Producer / Reporter. She got her start at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan as a weekend producer. A graduate for Michigan State University in 1995, Darreille is a native of the Chicago Area.

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Chris Hagan

Chris joined the Fox 59 Sports Team in November of 1999. Prior to moving to the Hoosier state, Chris worked at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky as the weekend sports anchor. His television career began as a sports reporter at WMDN-TV in Meridian, Mississippi in 1996. Before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo(AL), Chris spent 3 years pursuing a career in stand-up comedy.

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