KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - John Purvis

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.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Erika Castillo

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.

I'm pretty sure I've 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.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Stephanie Guadian

Stephanie Guadian - Anchor

Stephanie Guadian wakes up with you every morning as an anchor of the highly rated KFOX14 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.

If you have a story idea, feel free to contact me.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Sandra Diaz

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.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Brad Montgomery

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.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Joshua Zuber

Joshua Zuber - Reporter

Joshua Zuber joins KFOX14 as the weekend weather forecaster 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

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Genevieve Curtis

Genevieve Curtis - Investigative Reporter

I joined the KFOX14 Team in May 2012. I love living in El Paso and telling stories from the heart of the borderland.

While in El Paso, I’ve enjoyed covering city and county politics, President Obama’s visit, ASARCO and City Hall demolitions, Triple-A baseball and the opening of the El Paso Chihuahua’s stadium.

Two of my stories received 2013 EMMA “Honorable Mention” awards. One for "One Basket: The Mitchell Marcus Story," and a special investigative piece on "Marriage for Hire” which exposed the amount of money wasted on sham marriages in the military.

My coverage of the ongoing water problems in Vinton helped change Texas State Law.

Investigative reporting is my passion. It’s my job to hold the powerful accountable, expose wrongdoing and give a voice to the voiceless. KFOX14 Investigates aims to go further for you, dig deeper for the truth and shine a brighter light on problems in our community. Someone once called me ‘relentless’ and that’s one label I’m ok with! Helping people and making a difference fuels me.

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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 worked as a reporter/anchor/ multi-media journalist for KOMU-TV the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. One of the most memorable stories I covered was the Joplin tornado in 2011. 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.

I’ve learned a lot about storytelling and reporting from my Godfather, Mark Curtis. I interned with him at ABC-6 in Providence, Rhode Island.

My love of sports lead me to journalism. I would beg my parents to let me stay up late so I could watch post-game interviews. I’ve always wanted to know the story behind the story!

I am passionate about news and feel very fortunate to be living my dream. 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! I’d love to hear from you!

Remember you can use the Hashtag: #KFOX14Investigates on Twitter
Or call the Tip Hotline at: 915-845-5369

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me!

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Stacey Welsh

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 swelsh@kfoxtv.com.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Crystal Price

Crystal Price - Reporter

Crystal Price joins the KFOX14 team as multimedia journalist.

Crystal joined the KFOX14 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 cdprice@kfoxtv.com.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes - Reporter

Patrick Hayes joins the KFOX14/CBS4 team as the Las Cruces reporter.

In 2013, Patrick reported for the FOX affiliate in Yuma, Ariz. Before that, he spent most of my time working behind-the-scenes as a director and photographer. He earned a BA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. (Go Cats!)

Patrick got his start in television working at the NBC affiliate in Yuma as a part-time master control operator. A few months later, he left the engineering department and began directing the station’s newscasts.

While in Yuma he covered three military bases, the U.S./Mexico border, immigration, agriculture and the local impacts of the Affordable Care Act.

When he’s not chasing down stories, Patrick likes to go to the movies, play basketball and watch football.

If you would like to contact Patrick with a story idea, you can reach him via email, or on social media.

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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Courtney  Schoenemann

Courtney Schoenemann - Reporter

Courtney Schoenemann joins the KFOX14/CBS4 team as multimedia journalist.

Courtney is excited to call the Borderland home. She spent the last year reporting in southern Oregon, and couldn’t wait to make it back to the Lone Star state.

She is a Texas native, born and raised in Spring, a suburb of Houston.

Courtney was a four-year Division I softball player at Sam Houston State University, where she also hosted a weekly radio show on 90.5 the Kat and reported the weather live on Cable Channel 7 News in Huntsville, Texas.

After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from Sam Houston, she traveled to the big apple as an intern for "Dan Rather Reports" in the summer of 2012.

One of Courtney’s most memorable moments is interviewing Rather about his most recent book, “Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News” and having Rather as her mentor where she learned from some of the most passionate editors and producers in the business.
Courtney got her start in TV news in the summer of 2013 where she moved nearly 3,000 miles from home to pursue her career as a journalist. While at KPIC-TV in Roseburg, Oregon, she covered breaking news, local government and education, but especially loves telling veteran and military stories.

Most of all, she has a passion for storytelling. Courtney’s love for journalism came at a young age as she became an avid viewer of "Good Morning America" in middle school. A huge sports fan, she can’t wait to attend her first Miner game.

Courtney loves country music, good food, and her family. She enjoys meeting new people and exploring new places.
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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Meghan  Lopez

Meghan Lopez - Reporter

Meghan Lopez joins the KFOX14/CBS4 team as weekend anchor, multimedia journalist.

Meghan Lopez is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with dual degrees in journalism and Spanish. During her time at UHM, Meghan studied abroad in beautiful Seville, Spain. Throughout college, she wrote for the school newspaper, worked for the campus news station and contributed to DISfunkshion magazine. During the summer, she also interned at KUSA in Denver and helped cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

In her senior year, Meghan co-created the digital media site for the Ka Leo O Hawaii newspaper. That same year, Meghan won the Fox News College Challenge for excellent storytelling. One month later, Meghan was the first ever student journalist selected to join RIAS/RTNDA fellowship on a tour of German news outlets as well as NATO and the EU. Afterward, Meghan traveled throughout Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic freelancing wherever possible.

In 2009, Meghan joined RTTV America as a broadcast journalist. There, she worked her way up the ranks from editor to line producer to deputy news editor before becoming an anchor/reporter. During her years with RTTV, Meghan specialized in national and international coverage. Meghan completed a six-month investigation on the drawdown of military equipment from Afghanistan, a three-part series on the dangers and abundance of synthetic marijuana and another series documenting the life of an illegal immigrant who was going through the deportation process.

Meghan is excited to come to El Paso and pursue stories in the Borderland. She prides herself on giving a voice to the voiceless and finding an alternative angle to every story.

Submit a story idea, email Meghan or follow her on Twitter and/or Facebook. 


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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Kezhal  Dashti

Kezhal Dashti - Reporter

Kezhal Dashti joined the KFOX14 Morning News team in March 2015 as the Social Media Anchor and Reporter. She comes from Arlington, Texas, where she attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (Go Frogs!) with a major in Journalism and a minor in Film, TV, and Digital Media.

Kezhal has always had an interest for news of all kinds, from international to pop culture. Nothing makes her happier than informing others on what’s happening around the world. She has worked at numerous places in the Dallas market, including The Dallas Morning News and Kidd Kraddick in the Morning. At TCU, Kezhal was the KTCU News Director and DJ, and the Projects Editor/Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist for TCU360xThe Skiff.

Kezhal has also interviewed several celebrities, like football stars and Hall of Famers, Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, and Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. She’s also interviewed Comedienne Anjelah Johnson, who is known for her popular skit Bon Qui Qui, and Face the Nation’s, Bob Schieffer.

Both of Kezhal’s parents are from Iran and she has traveled there on several occasions. Kezhal also speaks fluent Farsi (Persian), but her goal is to learn as much Spanish as she can!

Kezhal is excited to wake up with you every weekday morning. If you have a story idea, you can email her at: Kezhal.Dashti@kfoxtv.com.

And to voice your thoughts on the day’s trending topics, be sure to follow and tweet Kezhal @KezhalKFOX with the hashtag: #KFOX14Social

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