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


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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Erika Castillo

Erika Castillo - Anchor

I'm home grown. And I love El Paso. Here's a secret about me nobody knows (only you, if you're reading this). I get kind of irked at the term the "Sun City" because I feel we should allow the name EL PASO to be heard at every opportunity. I feel proud of this city, its heritage and its growth, and I feel like the term Sun City, while very pleasant and appealing, also dilutes the name of the awesome city I love: EL PASO. I say it, with pride, every chance I get. And you know what else I love? My country.

I am a proud AMERICAN. I have a German father (yes he lives there) and my mother is an AMERICAN of Mexican-Cuban descent (she lives in this beautiful city I love). I love them both. I very much love traveling and learning about other cultures, and I speak Spanish fluently. But I am thankful to be an American and am so thankful I can raise my children in a country where they are free to learn, pray, express themselves and pursue their dreams. I appreciate all those who fight to defend these freedoms, and especially those who have made great sacrifices to ensure them.

My life is filled with daily activities involving my wonderful career, five awesome, beautiful, amazing children who make me tremendously proud, and a husband with a heart of a gold, and a Purple Heart from Iraq with USMC Delta Recon. Needless to say, my family always feels safe.

I am a positive person but also pragmatic, which makes me good at this job... iI have a good attitude about pretty much everything and know how to meet deadlines. Trust me, these two things help if you want to stay in this business as long as I have. My resume includes The El Paso Times, The Dallas Morning News, KTSM (NBC) here at home a long time ago, KDFW (Fox) in Dallas and KRQE (CBS) in Albuquerque. I think the secret to success is not getting wrapped up in office gossip, staying focused on doing your job better every day, and never assuming you're irreplaceable. My husband the Marine says in combat, "complacency kills." I decided a long time ago that mantra is true of everything, not just combat.

I never plan to just sit back and assume my experience is enough to grant me this wonderful job of bringing the beautiful people of El Paso the news-- I will always work hard to deserve it.

At the same time, I'm excited at the crop of young people I have the chance to work with in the newsroom. I hope somehow I make a positive and lasting impression on them, and that they stay here and grow with our wonderful city.


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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 Severe Weather Team, Sandra spent two 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.

I’m 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 where I’ve served as a council member since 2007.

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. It also gives me the chance to meet many people, I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to meet. I feel blessed.


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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.

More about me:
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.
If you have a story to share or want to get in touch with her you can email her or follow her on Twitter:


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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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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Selena Madrigal

Selena Madrigal - Reporter

Selena Madrigal joins the KFOX Morning News Team as traffic anchor and reporter.

She is a Texas native, born and raised in San Antonio.

After high school, Selena made her way to Austin, Texas, where she attended the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated in 2015 in three years with a degree in journalism and a certificate in business. She is a proud Longhorn. (Hook ’em!)

Selena quickly fell in love with broadcast journalism when she started her college career and interned at both KSAT-12 and News 4 WOAI in San Antonio. She also worked at KSAT-12 as a part of its high school football coverage team while attending school.

A few of her loves include amazing food, watching movies, country music, meeting new people, traveling, being outdoors, bargain shopping and new experiences.

She is excited to help you beat the traffic every morning, and to be able to call the Sun City home.

If you have any story ideas or information involving traffic, construction or transportation, Selena wants to hear from you.

Feel free to message her on Facebook or Twitter (@SelenaKFOX_CBS) or send an email to selena.madrigal@kfoxtv.com.

Also, make sure to follow @KFOXTraffic for all of your El Paso and Las Cruces traffic updates.


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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill - Reporter

Ryan Hill joined KFOX14 as a multimedia journalist in June 2015.

He may have been born in the Detroit, Michigan, but Ryan has bounced around the United States quite a bit – moving six times to six different states. But St. Petersburg, Florida, is where he calls home.

After high school Ryan ventured west, where he attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science.

During his time at the Cronkite School, Ryan was a co-anchor and reporter for the award-winning Cronkite News airing on KAET PBS Ch. 8, reaching 2 million homes every night. He was named a 2015 Hearst Intercollegiate Journalism Award semi-finalist for his reporting for Cronkite News. His piece on the controversy surrounding the potential Grand Canyon business developments and tribal controversy aired on PBS "NewsHour." He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training and Super Bowl XLIX for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and azcentral.com. Ryan has held internships with USA Today and WUSA – the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Ryan enjoys the simple things in life – a good pair of cowboy boots, movies, all things OutKast and watching a ball game. He is eager and excited to cover and tell the gripping stories of the Borderland.

He says everyone and everything has a story; it is just waiting to be told. If you have a story idea or anything you feel should beaddressed, feel free to reach out to Ryan via email, Twitter and/or Facebook


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KFOX KFOX14 :: News Team - Tomas  Hoppough

Tomas Hoppough - Reporter

Tomas joined KFOX14 as a multimedia journalist in June 2015. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska – a very different climate than El Paso. But Tomas says he loves the weather and everything that El Paso has to offer. Tomas moved from Alaska to Kansas, where he played junior college soccer.

He transferred to the University of Kansas, where he enrolled in journalism school and graduated in May 2015. He started working during his junior year for KUJH News, where he was mentored by Brett Akagi, 21 regional Emmy winner, four-time National Press Photographers Association regional photographer of the year and an NPPA faculty memberi. Tomas worked as an anchor, reporter, producer and on the assignment desk for KUJH. In his senior year, Tomas worked for 6News in Lawrence, Kansas, where he produced the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news.

At KU, Tomas received the 2014 College Media Association Pinnacle Award for best newscast, the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 best all-around newscast, was a 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 finalist for general news reporting, and the 2015 Kansas Association of Broadcasters second-place award for hard news reporting for the first same-sex marriage in Lawrence.
Tomas has learned from fellow KU alumni award-winning storytellers like "The Today Show’s" Bob Dotson and KARE-TV’s Greg Vandergrift, and wants to emulate storytellers like KING 5’s John Sharify and 10News’s Joe Little.

Tomas enjoys soccer and going to the gym and is a longtime Buffalo Bills fan. He is excited to tell the stories of the Borderland.


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