Aaron Baskerville - Anchor It's great to be here in West Michigan. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Indiana University before heading to ESPN to work as a production assistant. I then went to Northwestern University where I received my masters in journalism. I have worked at several places before I landed here at WWMT. I started at WILX-TV in Lansing. From there I went to work at WKBW-TV in Buffalo for a few years. Before coming here, I was at CLTV, a 24-hours news station in Chicago, for two years.I love sports and spending time with my wife and dog. I look forward to becoming part of the community here. Connect with Aaron: Aaron Dimick - Reporter Aaron Dimick returns to his home state of Michigan with his role as a reporter at Newschannel 3.He grew up on the east side of the state in Marysville where he could see Canada from his bedroom window! Aaron moved down to the big city of Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Film Production in 2009.Sticking around the Motor City, he did lots of film and video projects, including working with Academy Award documentary filmmaker Sue Marx.Aaron was bitten by the news bug in 2010, when he landed a job as an Associate Producer at WDIV NBC Detroit. His desire to get in front of the camera led him to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he worked as a reporter at WEAU 13 News for two years.In his time there, Aaron reported on various recall elections, neighborhood crime alerts and won a Wisconsin Broadcasters Award for a story he did on a familys haunted house. Moving back to Michigan in April 2013, Aaron is excited to explore West Michigan and tell its stories.When not reporting during the week and waking up early for weekend mornings, Aaron enjoys collecting old movie cameras, swimming laps, typing letters on his typewriter and learning how to cook. Connect with Aaron: Alex Jokich - Reporter Alex Jokich joined NewsChannel 3 in September 2012. She is the morning show feature reporter and is very excited to help wake up West Michigan!Before coming to West Michigan, Alex worked up north at WWTV/WFQX in the Cadillac/Traverse City area. She started out as a general assignment reporter and eventually moved into the live morning reporting position on "Michigan This Morning." She received numerous awards for her work at 9&10 News/FOX32, including Best Feature Story and Best Spot News from the Associated Press.Alex graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a major in Broadcast News and a minor in Sociology. She was also honored as Pepperdine's "Most Outstanding Broadcast News Graduate" in 2009.While in college, Alex reported at Garden Grove Channel 3 in Orange County, CA. She also interned for the Investigative Unit at KNBC in Los Angeles and for the Health Unit at WMAQ in Chicago.Alex grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (go Cubs!) and is thrilled to continue her career in the Midwest. In her free time, Alex loves to run so make sure to give her a wave if you see her out on the local jogging trails!If you have an idea you think would make for a great human interest story, make sure to get in touch with Alex at AJokich@WWMT.com Connect with Alex: Amy Hybels - Reporter Amy Hybels returns home to Kalamazoo after spending more than five years in the Middle East working as a freelance Video Journalist for international news gathering organizations including CNN International. During her time in Jordan, she had the opportunity to cover the Arab Spring as well as the plight of the Syrian refugees. A Kalamazoo native, she graduated from WMU with a degree in Communications. Amy earned her MA in Journalism from Regent University in Virginia Beach. She worked in the Washington, DC market in local TV and radio including Newschannel 8, where she covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. She also flew to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to file stories for Associated Press Television News on the recovery efforts after the flood waters began to recede. Amy has worked as a local TV news reporter for KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri, KOLN TV in Lincoln, WGBA TV in Green Bay, and WVEC TV in Norfolk. She looks forward to hearing about the issues that impact your lives here in Southwest Michigan. Please feel free to reach out to her with your story ideas. Connect with Amy: Andy Pepper - Sports Anchor/Reporter Andy Pepper joined NEWSCHANNEL 3 in March, 2007, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor based in the Kalamazoo newsroom.Before coming to NEWSCHANNEL 3, Andy worked as a videographer and news reporter at WBOC in Salisbury, MD before moving into sports reporting there as weekend anchor. Andy then honed his sports journalism at WBRZ in Baton Rouge, LA as a reporter/anchor.Andy Pepper has covered major professional and college sports events including the World Series, Sugar Bowl, NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Nextel Cup and College Baseball World Series in addition to weekly reporting on the NFL's New Orleans Saints. His interest, he says, is not just in the game. I like to tell stories that go beyond regular sports, he says, compelling human interest pieces that happen to have a sports backdrop.Andy's efforts have already been honored with three Edward R. Murrow awards, four from the Associated Press for Best Sports Feature, and the 2013 Emmy Award for Best Sports-News Feature.Andy's interests include baseball, which he played while attending Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, golf, movies, and perfecting his Orange Whip recipe. I am definitely enjoying the change in weather after spending three years in the heat and humidity of Louisiana, he says Connect with Andy: Andy Dominianni - Anchor Andy Dominianni anchors Newschannel 3 weeknights at 5, 6 and 11pm as well as Newschannel 3 Live at 10 on the CW7. He is very familiar with the anchor chair at Newschannel 3 having served as WWMT-TV's morning anchor from 1997 to 1999 and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College.Andy has been honored with many journalistic awards, including a 2014 Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He returns to Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo from WSYX-TV (ABC) in Columbus Ohio, where he and his wife Erin co-authored "Columbus Italians" for Arcadia Publishing, which details the immigrant experience in Central Ohio. Andy has also held anchor positions at WCCB-TV (FOX) in Charlotte and WCCO-TV (CBS) in Minneapolis.Andy is a board member at the Community Healing Center in Kalamazoo, a board and advisory member of Discover Kalamazoo (Convention and Visitors Bureau), active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and a founding member of the Kalamazoo Italian American Club. He enjoys tennis, biking, bocce, Italian cooking, and being at the beach. He recently appeared on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Phil" show. Andy and his wife Erin live in Kalamazoo along with their two children Riley and Will. Connect with Andy: Brian Kaufman - Reporter Brian Kaufman joined the News Channel 3 sports department as Sports Anchor/Reporter in January 2015.He couldn't be more excited to come to Western Michigan and cover sports in this community!Before landing in Kalamazoo, Brian worked in the sports department at KWTX in Waco, Texas. He covered Baylor's 2014 Big 12 championship football team, as well as Texas high school football. He also spent time in the sports department at TV3 in Winchester, Virginia.Brian received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland. During that time, he covered all sorts of Terrapin sports, including the football, basketball and baseball teams.Brian enjoys warm weather, Will Smith movies and The Cheesecake Factory.Feel free to drop him a line and say hello! His e-mail is email@example.com. Connect with Brian: Brittany Gray - Reporter Brittany Gray joined News Channel 3 in May 2013 as a general assignment reporter. You can catch Brittany at 5 & 6 throughout the week.Before coming to West Michigan, she spent nearly four years working at WLNS-TV in Lansing. There she worked her way up the ladder from a video journalist, to a reporter and spent her last two years as the morning anchor. During her time in Lansing Brittany earned awards for Best Investigative story and Best Feature story from the Associated Press. She also had a brief stint at CNBC Europe in London which allowed her to visit several countries, including Greece, Germany and France.Brittany graduated from the University of Missouri and is a loyal Tigers fan. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Brittany also enjoys watching the Cubbies! There's always next year, right? She's thrilled to be a little closer to home!She and her husband welcomed their first child, Caleb, in June of 2012.Have a story idea? Shoot Brittany an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with Brittany: Cheri Hardmon - Reporter Born in Indiana, raised in Michigan, Cheri Hardmon is excited to make the move to West Michigan. Cheri grew up in Belleville, near Detroit, and attended Wayne State University. She made stops in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, working as a sports reporter, before heading back to her home state, and landing at WNEM, as a news reporter/anchor in Saginaw for the last 3 years, before starting at Newschannel 3 in March 2015. She looks forward to getting to know viewers here, and if you have a story idea, drop her an email. Connect with Cheri: Cyndi Kahlbaum - Meteorologist Meteorologist Cyndi Kahlbaum was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her love of weather came at an early age thanks to her father who is also a Meteorologist. When she was just five years old, she could accurately draw a weather map with the real symbols!Cyndi received her degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University. She is an avid stormchaser and has seen some of the most amazing and jaw-dropping storms.Cyndi comes to Kalamazoo from Rockford, IL and before that Denison, Texas, where she was the morning Meteorologist for WREX-TV and KTEN-TV.In her spare time she still loves to take pictures of the storms as well as hockey, cooking and baking, and Ballroom Dancing. Cyndi is in charge of weekend shifts and weather related stories during the week. Connect with Cyndi: David Bailey - Reporter David Bailey does a little of everything at Newschannel 3. He's Chief Investigative Reporter of Newschannel 3's I-Team, the station's Political Reporter, and our fill-in main anchor.David was honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as "Best News Reporter" in 2015. He's also won an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for "Best News Reporter". He's been nominated for 11 Emmy awards in his time at WWMT-TV for his investigative reports. David's also won several Associated Press awards for breaking news reports and in-depth features.Over the years, David's reporting has prompted the introduction of several pieces of legislation. His investigation in 2014 of a state worker playing golf on taxpayer time prompted new state rules along with criminal charges filed against that employee. In 2004, he helped his station win the prestigious Tribune Award for Excellence in Journalism for an investigative report that helped change a police policy.He joined our team in July of 2007 and has been working in the news business since he turned 16 years of age.David obtained his journalism degree from Ohio University with honors. He's also taught journalism at Grand Valley State University. Connect with David: Jeff Porter - Meteorologist Jeff Porter joined NEWSCHANNEL 3 in October 2009. He comes to West Michigan after spending nearly 4 years at WHIO in Dayton, OH, mainly as the morning/noon meteorologist. Jeff also worked mornings at WBOC in Salisbury, MD and briefly at WKTV in Utica, NY as the weekend meteorologist.An avid fan of all things weather since childhood, Jeff completed his meteorology degree from Penn State in 2003. He also spent a summer working at The Weather Channel. Jeff has both the AMS and CBM seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association Broadcaster's Seal of Approval. He enjoys listening to music when not following the weather.On a monthly basis, since 2012, Jeff volunteers at the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Connect with Jeff: Jessica Harthorn - Reporter Jessica Harthorn joined NEWSCHANNEL 3 in August 2011. She anchors the weekend morning newscasts. Before moving to West Michigan she spent a year as an anchor/reporter for WEYI-TV in Clio, Michigan. There, Jessica won the 2010 Best Individual Reporter award from the Michigan Associated Press. Jessica also won the 2011 State Bar of Michigan Wade McCree Award in the broadcast category for her series on a father fighting to change Michigans Paternity Act.Prior to WEYI-TV, Jessica spent two years at WICZ-TV in Binghamton, New York as their 6 pm anchor. In 2009, The New York Associated Press awarded Jessica first place for Best News Series on her coverage of struggling dairy farmers. The same series won The New York State Agricultural Society Cap Creal Journalism Award. She also covered the mass shooting at the American Civic Association in Binghamton during the spring of 2009.Jessicas broadcast career started in 2006 at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming. During her two years there, she anchored and produced the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. She was also the Assistant News Director. In 2008, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters honored Jessica with an award for Best News Anchor. Jessica also covered the Casper Mountain Fire during the summer of 2006.Jessica grew up in Dansville, Michigan, and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a Mass Communications/Journalism degree.Jessica and her husband Steve, along with their two daughters enjoy the great outdoors, camping, biking and spending time with family. Connect with Jessica: Jessica Wheeler - Reporter Jessica Wheeler joined Newschannel 3 in October of 2009.She came here from our sister station in Lansing, WLAJ, where she spent a year and a half as the weeknight news anchor.Jessica currently volunteers coaching and judging speech tournaments around west Michigan for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association. Forensics inspired her news career and she enjoys giving back.Prior to moving to Michigan, Jessica was a weekend news anchor, weather forecaster and reporter in Peoria, Illinois. While in Central Illinois Jessica helped bring awareness to a high number of teen driving deaths in the area by producing a series of public service announcements with the help of those who lost loves ones. The campaign earned Jessica an Illinois Broadcasters Association award for community service along with other public service awards.Jessica also spent 2 years in Idaho Falls, Idaho as a morning and noon anchor and weather forecaster. And a year working behind the scenes at WGN-TV in Chicago.Jessica grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and is happy to be just around the lake from her family and friends.She and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter, in January of 2012. Connect with Jessica: Kate Tillotson - Anchor Award-winning journalist Kate Tillotson anchors Newschannel 3 weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.Before joining the station in 2007 Kate worked at WRDW-TV (CBS) in Augusta, Georgia and KCFW-TV (NBC) in Kalispell, Montana. While in Augusta, Kate received two Georgia Associated Press awards for Best Feature Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting.During her time at WWMT-TV Kate has lent her voice to several community organizations, helping to raise money and awareness for the Borgess Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Kids Food Basket, Women At Risk, International and the American Heart Association.In March 2012, Kate was honored as one of West Michigan's "Most Influential Women" by Inforum, a Professional Women's Alliance with more than 1,800 members throughout the state of Michigan representing women in business.Kate began her broadcasting career as a college intern in Boston where she assisted reporters and assignment desk editors inside WBZ-TV (CBS) and New England Cable News. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston.In her spare time Kate enjoys strength training, tennis, healthy cooking, fashion, live music and road trips to Northern Michigan.A Northfield, Massachusetts native Kate currently resides in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Connect with Kate: Keith Thompson - Chief Meteorologist There are a lot of similarities between life on the Atlantic Coast of Florida and living in West Michigan. Just ask NEWSCHANNEL 3 chief meteorologist Keith Thompson. He'll tell you the biggest similarity is the influence a big body of water plays on the weather. He should know because Keith is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and grew up with an eye on the skies.Keith saw a lot of severe weather move across the northern part of Florida and that experience is important when he forecasts your WEATHER FIRST on NEWSCHANNEL 3 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harding University in Arkansas. Keith has also completed his post-graduate studies in Meteorology at Mississippi State University.Keith began his broadcast career in his home state. His first job gave him a lot of "hands on" experience as a news reporter, anchor and weather anchor at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida. In 1989 he joined the NEWS 3 team and became the chief meteorologist in 1996.Keith would tell you that one of the benefits of his job is that he often speaks to school groups and answers all the questions students have for the "weather guy." When hes not busy with those visits hes active as co-chair of the Southwest Michigan Campaign of the United Negro College fund. Hes also a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.Keith is known at NEWSCHANNEL 3 for his sense of humor. Hes always ready with a joke or an encouraging word and insists he doesnt take himself too seriously. Thats a good outlook for someone who has to try to forecast Michigan weather. Keith's a sports fan and especially enjoys ice hockey and auto racing. In his quiet times he enjoys reading.Keith lives in the Kalamazoo area. Connect with Keith: Kirk Mason - Anchor Kirk is a life-long midwesterner who is very excited to bring his family to West Michigan and help get your day started as co-anchor of the WWMT morning show alongside Marcie and Jeff. Kirk has more than seventeen years of experience working in television news. Most recently he was the morning and noon show anchor for WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. The market includes part of Southwest Michigan. During his time in South Bend, the Associated Press named Kirk Indiana's best reporter. He was also honored for an investigative report that raised concerns about the safety of a local community's drinking water. His experience as a reporter includes a trip to Vietnam with Indiana's former governor Joe Kernan to search for the village where his plane was shot down during the war. The future governor was captured and held for months as a prisoner of war. This was Kernan's first trip back to Vietnam. Kirk also travelled to the White House when the University of Notre Dame women's basketball team was honored for winning a national championship, and visited Fort Hood, Texas to see how local military reservists were protecting the military base after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Prior to South Bend, Kirk worked at KSPR-TV in Springfield, Missouri, and WFJW-TV in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Kirk's wife Carolyn grew up in Southwest Michigan and graduated from Michigan State. They have two sons, 3 year old Luke, and one year old Graham. Connect with Kirk: 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. Lourin Sprenger - Reporter Joining Newschannel 3 is a home coming for Lourin! The meto-Detroit native spent four years in West Michigan while attending Kalamazoo College.Keep an eye out for Lourin on the coast line she's living in Holland working as the station's Lakeshore reporter and can't get enough of the beach!Lourin joins WWMT after working as the evening anchor at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri. While in St. Joe, Lourin was humbled when she spent two weeks on the ground following the deadly tornado in Joplin, and taking helicopter tours with the governor following record flooding in northwest Missouri. She also enjoyed daredevil stunts, repelling off a 200 story building and tumbling in an aerobatic plane for the city's air show.Lourin also earned a Missouri Broadcaster Award for telling the story of a 70-year-old man paralyzed from his flu shot that learned to use his body again. Before starting her on-air career in St. Joseph, Lourin took a bite out of the Big Apple. She worked in New York City as an NBC Page (she believes Kenneth's character on 30 Rock is modeled after her), working for shows such as Conan O'Brien, The Today Show and SNL. She then moved on to recruiting talent for NBC. Lourin was a theatre major in college, but she was introduced to the media industry during an internship at Saturday Night Live. However, it wasn't until she accidentally walked in front of a rolling camera in front of Anne Curry and Al Roker that Lourin got a taste of life on the screen, and developed a knack for news. She has been chasing the dream ever since.When not tracking down stories, Lourin is an active Special Olympics and Red Cross volunteer. She is training for her third half marathon, loves skiing, is on a mission to make the perfect pizza dough and is a trained fire eater. Connect with Lourin: Marcie Kobriger - Anchor Marcie Kobriger is thrilled to be waking up early to bring you the news you need to start your day. She joined WWMT's morning news crew after years of reporting and anchoring in neighboring Wisconsin, and Indiana. She's excited to continue building her career while getting to know another part of the Midwest.Marcie made the move to Michigan from Green Bay, Wisconsin where she was an anchor and reporter. She covered Wisconsin's historic protests over collective bargaining at the state capitol, and followed the Packers all the way to Dallas, Texas to cover the team's Super Bowl XLV victory. Marcie has also worked in South Bend, Indiana and Bozeman, Montana. Her work has been recognized by the Indiana Associated Press, and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.Marcie was born and raised in Chilton, Wisconsin; in a county where cows allegedly outnumber people. While leaving Green Bay, where her parents could watch her shows every weekend was a difficult move, Marcie is finding the people of West Michigan more than hospitable. She's also enjoying the move to a (very) slightly warmer climate. Connect with Marcie: Ryan Duffy - Reporter Ryan Duffy joined the Newschannel 3 team in 2010. He reports live for all the nightly newscasts during the week. Before coming to West Michigan Ryan was a reporter in Florida. But growing up in Chicagoland he still remembers how to drive in snow.Ryan is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and most enjoys working on stories that dig deeper, get answers for our viewers and hold decision makers accountable.Ryan is an award winning journalist who has also reported in Georgia and Kansas. He was a co-winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for team coverage of breaking news and has won awards from the Georgia Associated Press, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Hearst Foundation.A graduate of the University of Missouri, Ryan enjoys watching Tigers sports and all the Chicago teams except the Cubs. He also spends time watching Curb Your Enthusiasm and golfing all over Michigan.He has a dog named Buck Duffy. Connect with Ryan: 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.