Dudley and Bob
Journalistic Integrity Tournament
What is the Journalistic Integrity Tournament?
Several years ago we asked to interview a reporter who had just moved to Austin. The news director of that station wrote us back a polite letter declining our invitation. He explained that they do not hire reporters, anchors, weather personalities etc. based off looks but only Journalistic Integrity. Over the years we have noticed this to be absolutely true!
Turn on your television at 5, 6 or 10 and take in all the long legged, blonde haired journalistic integrity. We are not saying television news is a completely superficial industry (from sweeps sensationalism, to the faux puke voices and even the awkward small talk) we are just saying journalistic integrity is far from a priority.
Here at the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show we want to revert back to the old days and once again make journalistic integrity important. We've put together a list of the most honorable journalists in Austin (nominated by you) and decided to pair them up, head to head, in another April Madness bracket.
Thankfully, all of our friends in news know this is all in good fun. Do them and us a favor and give your favorites some love on social media!
Listen live every morning at 8:20am as we debate and decide!
STATION: TWC News
Elizabeth Jeneault has been a proud member of the Time Warner Cable News team since September, 2013.
She is a weekend anchor and reporter for Time Warner Cable News Austin. She assumed the position on October, 30, 2015. She got her start in Watertown, NY as a bureau reporter for TWC News Central / Northern New York. She then moved on to Syracuse, NY, where she was born and raised, to report for the same station. A well-rounded journalist, she has reported on everything from natural disasters, to politics, sports and much more.
RaeAnn Christensen joined the FOX 7 Austin News team in October of 2015.
Utah is home for RaeAnn and that is where she started her career in local television news. She first started as an Associate Producer for the FOX station Salt Lake City. She then switched to KSL, the NBC affiliate, as a full time producer. Working for KSL, she won many local awards and also became an Emmy® award winning producer.
STATION: TWC News
LeAnn Wallace joined Time Warner Cable News' political team in December 2012. A Minnesota native, she happily traded in months of snow and cold for months of Texas sunshine and triple-digit temperatures.
LeAnn graduated from St. Cloud State University. Before making the move to Austin, she was a reporter and anchor at the Northland’s NewsCenter (KBJR/KDLH) in Duluth, Minnesota. There, she was the station’s lead political reporter, covering everything from the 2008 Republican National Convention to the historic recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But as LeAnn quickly learned, there’s nothing quite like covering the wily world of Texas politics.
Award-winning journalist, Shannon Wolfson is the Evening Co-Anchor and an Investigative Reporter on the KXAN Investigative Team. She began her career at KXAN in 2006 as a general assignments reporter. In 2009, she was honored to help launch KXAN News at 9 on the CW as anchor. Shannon is also a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) organization. Her journalism career started at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas where she was an anchor and a reporter.
Meet the Contestants
This is all for fun and these are our friends that we hope you get to know over the next week.
2016 Journalistic Integrity Tournament
Kris Betts knew she wanted to be in the news since, well, forever. Her parents have video of Kris "reporting live" from the Twin Towers in New York at nine years old. Kris was bit by the news bug early and is proud to be joining the KVUE News team from her former station, KETK and Fox 51 in East Texas. Kris graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. While in college, she was a competitive boxer and met her husband at the boxing gym. It was love at first punch! MORE