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Journalistic Integrity Tournament III

THE BRACKETCONTESTANTS | PREVIOUS WINNERS

 

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!

Congratulations RaeAnn Christensen from Fox 7!

2017 BRACKET

 

FINALS

@RaeOnFOX7 defeated @ChikageWeather

FINE FOUR

@RaeOnFOX7 defeated @CourtCBS

@ChikageWeather defeated @HemaMullur

2017 Journalistic Integrity Tournament

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Kris Betts

GREAT EIGHT

Erin Jones | Reporter, KVUE

Twitter: @erinj_kvue

Bracket Appearances: Lost in Great 8 (2016)

JIT Activity: None

Has/Will Appear on Show: No/Not Sure

Bio: As a native Texan, Erin Jones is excited to join the KVUE team as a night-side reporter after spending the last two years in Oklahoma.

In Tulsa, Erin was a part of KOTV's morning show. She did a little bit of everything including reporting, anchoring and traffic reports. Memorable moments include covering tornadoes that hit Sand Springs and Broken Arrow, the Bever family quintuple homicide and the court proceedings leading up to Tulsa County former reserve deputy Robert Bate's trial.

 

RaeAnn Christensen | Reporter, Fox 7

Twitter: @RaeOnFOX7

Bracket Appearances: Lost in Fine 4 (2016)

JIT Activity: A lot

Has/Will Appear on Show: Yes/Will

Bio: 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.

 

 

Quita Culpepper | Anchor, KVUE

Twitter: @QuitaC_KVUE

Bracket Appearances: Lost in Great 8 (2016), Lost in Great 8 (2015)

JIT Activity: Some

Has/Will Appear on Show: Has/Yes

Bio: Quita Culpepper is one of Austin’s most celebrated and trusted TV journalists. Since moving to Austin at the age of 13, the city has become her home; sharing the stories of the community has become one of her biggest passions.

Quita earned her first television job in Austin, and during her time on the air she’s been honored with numerous awards and accolades. She first landed on the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” list in 1999, when she was named “Best TV Reporter.” She’s been on the list nine times since then and in 2015, Austin Way Magazine named her one of its “8 Influential Austin Women.”

 

Courtney Schoenemann | Reporter, CBS Austin

Twitter: @CourtCBS

Bracket Appearances: First Appearance

JIT Activity: None

Has/Will Appear on Show: Said she would

Bio: Courtney Schoenemann joined CBS Austin as a general assignment reporter in September 2016.

Courtney is excited to call Austin home. She spent the last two years in El Paso reporting on the U.S./Mexico border where she was covered the city council and county commissioner beat.

The most memorable moment for her was being a part of the news coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Ciudad Juarez.

 

 

Hema Mullur | Anchor, CBS Austin

Twitter: @HemaMullur

Bracket Appearances: Lost in Great 8 (2016), Lost in Great 8 (2015)

JIT Activity: Some

Has/Will Appear on Show: Has/Yes

Bio: Hema is thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas!

Raised in Plano, Hema attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Plan II Honors and Broadcast Journalism. Her career has taken her to Midland/Odessa, El Paso, and most recently Denver, CO. An Emmy award-winning reporter, Hema is looking forward to telling stories that impact the lives of Central Texans.

 

Sarah Merrifield | Sports, CBS Austin

Twitter: @SCMerrifield

Bracket Appearances: First Appearance

JIT Activity: None

Has/Will Appear on Show: Said she would

Bio: Sarah Merrifield joined CBS Austin in July 2016 as a Sports Reporter/Anchor.

Born and raised in San Diego CA, Sarah attended Syracuse University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. No surprise, Upstate New York was a little too cold for the SoCal girl. Her first job out of college, Sarah landed in Abilene, TX – a dramatic contrast.

 

 

Chikage Windler | Meteorologist, CBS Austin

Twitter: @ChikageWeather

Bracket Appearances: Lost in First Round (2016), Lost in Fine 4 (2015)

JIT Activity: Some

Has/Will Appear on Show: Yes/Probably

Bio: Chikage Windler is the Chief Meteorologist at KEYE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Austin. She forecasts the weather weeknights at 5, 6 and 10, and is proud to be a weather geek!

Chikage has nearly two decades of experience, including guest appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and ABC World News. She also worked in Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Washington, DC, Dallas, and Norfolk, VA. She got her first taste of television working behind the scenes in the Weather Department at KOTV in Tulsa during high school and college, and she never looked back.

 

Taylor Ellison | Day Break, CBS Austin

Twitter: @TaylorEllison

Bracket Appearances: Lost in First Round (2016), Lost in Fine 4 (2015)

JIT Activity: None

Has/Will Appear on Show: Has Not/ We are not sure

Bio: Taylor Ellison is a born and raised Austinite and excited to join the We Are Austin team. After graduating from the University of Texas, Taylor moved to Washington, D.C. to join Teach for America. While in Washington, she taught 8th grade at KIPP WILL Academy. Returning to Austin to attend the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Taylor then worked as an entertainment reporter covering culture, entertainment, and lifestyle across the city. Happily back in her hometown, Taylor spends her days doing what she loves most, trying to help others enjoy a city that has brought her so much joy through the years.

 

 

SEXY SIXTEEN

Matchup One: @erinj_kvue defeated @erincargile

Matchup Two: @RaeOnFOX7 defeated @TrafficSaarFOX7

Matchup Three: @QuitaC_KVUE defeated @SallyHernandez

Matchup Four: @CourtCBS defeated @JenniL_KVUE

Matchup Five: @HemaMullur defeated @GigiBarnettWJZ

Matchup Six: @SCMerrifield defeated @CoriC_KVUE

Matchup Seven: @ChikageWeather defeated @TaniaonFox7

Matchup Eight: @TaylorEllison defeated @ShannonWolfson

ROUND ONE

Matchup One: @erinj_kvue defeated @ChrisdyannUribe

Matchup Two:  @erincargile defeated @erikalopezwx

Matchup Three: @RaeOnFOX7 defeated @SarahNavoyCBS

Matchup Four: @TrafficSaarFOX7 defeated @mandydugan

Matchup Five: @SallyHernandez defeated @Mary_Wasson

Matchup Six: @QuitaC_KVUE defeated @LeAnn_Wallace

Matchup Seven: @CourtCBS defeated @TinaS_KVUE

Matchup Eight: @JenniL_KVUE defeated @NoelleonFOX7

Matchup Nine: @HemaMullur defeated @FerrariForecast

Matchup Ten: GigiBarnettWJZ defeated @YvonneN_KVUE

Matchup Eleven: @SCMerrifield defeated @RosieNewberry

Matchup Twelve: @CoriC_KVUE defeated @LaurenOnFOX7

Matchup Thirteen: @TaniaonFox7 defeated @BrittanyGlasTV

Matchup Fourteen: @ChikageWeather defeated @AmandaBrandeis 

Matchup Fifteen: @TaylorEllison defeated @RebeccaOnFOX7

Matchup Sixteen: @ShannonWolfson defeated @melanietorre

 


2016 BRACKET

 

2016 CHAMPION: Elizabeth Jeneault*

Station: TWC News
Position: Anchor & Reporter

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.

 

2015 CHAMPION: Kris Betts

Station: KVUE
Position: Anchor & Reporter
Like: Kris Betts FanPage
Follow: @KrisB_KVUE

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...MORE

 

2016 FINE FOUR

 

NAME: RaeAnn Christensen

STATION: Fox7

BIO: 

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.

 

NAME: LeAnn Wallace

STATION: TWC News

BIO: 

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.

 

NAME: Shannon Wolfson

STATION: KXAN

BIO: 

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.

 

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