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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Blake Brown

Blake Brown - Reporter

Blake Brown joined Local 15 News as a Multimedia Journalist in July 2014. He grew up on the Eastern Shore in Baldwin County and graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Blake is no stranger to the Mobile/Pensacola areas, having worked on the Gulf Coast in print, radio and in television since 2005.

Hes covered stories for local and national programs and is always looking for the next story to tell.

If you have a story idea feel free to share it with Blake by email, or by connecting with him through social media.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams - General Assignment Reporter

Jasmine Williams joined Local 15 News as a reporter in November 2013.

The Gulf Coast native is ecstatic about being back in Alabama and reporting in her hometown. Jasmine grew up in Theodore, Ala. She attended Theodore High School and Spring Hill College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications.

Jasmine began her career at Local 15 while in college. She interned and worked at the station as a production assistant.

In 2012, she began working as a general assignment reporter at 41NBC in Macon, Georgia. In Macon, she covered everything from crime and city council, to interviewing reality TV star Honey Boo Boo.

Jasmine is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. When she's not grubbing on seafood, Jasmine enjoys traveling, playing with her dog and spending time with her husband and family.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Kristina Zverjako

Kristina Zverjako - Reporter

Kristina Zverjako joined Local 15 in January of 2014 as a Multimedia Journalist and will be primarily focusing on Baldwin County.

Before moving to the beautiful Gulf Coast, Kristina reported at the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, California. There, she helped launch the only local weekend morning newscast by providing the viewers with exclusive and interactive reports.

Kristina graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil! She anchored and reported for Cronkite NewsWatch, the schools award winning nightly newscast that airs in Phoenix. Kristina also spent several months in Washington D.C., reporting on Arizona related news out of our nations capital and interning at Good Morning America.

If you watch Kristinas stories closely enough, you might pick up on her slight accent. She is actually Russian and was born in Tallinn, Estonia. Kristina moved to America after finishing 5th grade but still keeps up with the language by speaking it at home with her family.

You can watch Kristina on Local15 News at 5 p.m, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. She also loves hearing from viewers so dont be shy and reach out to her through e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

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.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Sheila Gray

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.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones - Anchor

Kelly Jones joined Local 15 Today in September of 2013 and looks forward to providing a jolt to your morning routine! Tune in each morning beginning at 4:30 a.m. for the latest in news, weather, sports and fun! You can also catch her on Local 15 News at Noon.

This proud mom of two children is a Michigan native and has crisscrossed the globe during her 14+ years as a journalist. Despite living in various countries, states, counties and zip codes she remains just as motivated, excited and thankful today as she was, her first day on air!

Prior to arriving at Local 15, Kelly was the morning/noon anchor at KCTV and then host of Better Kansas City. Jones enjoyed being a co-host on the #1 rated KC Zoo Show, which garnered numerous awards.

Ever the avid NFL fan, Kelly participated as a weekly contributor, (during NFL season) on the wildly popular, The Danny Parkins Show, 610AM Sports Radio. Listeners tuned in to hear her weekly NFL analysis, predictions and picks.

Before joining KCTV, Kelly was the morning show reporter at KFMB in San Diego where her reporting included covering court cases, wildfires and the military... sometimes all in one day!

Kelly's news career began in Yuma, AZ. Kelly anchored the morning and noon newscasts at KYMA and anchored a nightly entertainment segment on radio station KLJZ FM/Z93. Billings, MT would follow next; there Kelly was the main evening anchor at KSVI/KHMT. Kelly would spend the next three years as an American diplomat in Tirana, Albania, and Brussels, Belgium. Kelly was the Brussels Weekly newsletter editor, a publication prepared for Embassy, U.S. Mission to the European Union and U.S. NATO employees, family members and expatriates throughout Belgium and the world.

Kelly has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on BET. The San Diego wildfires of 2007 are one her most memorable moments in television. She worked nearly 24 hours straight, giving the viewers up-to-the-moment updates on the tremendous aftermath of the multiple fires.

In 2007, the Commandant of the Marine Corps decided to put more of an emphasis on the family that surrounded a U.S. Marine/Sailor and wanted to implement a full-time civilian as a Family Readiness Officer (FRO). The FRO on the group level is the liaison between Wing, the commander, the group, squadrons and families.

In December 2007, Kelly was named the first civilian FRO in the Marine Corps 232-year history. As the Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)-37 FRO based on MCAS Miramar, Kelly was responsible for MWSS-371, MWSS-372, MWSS-373 and MWSS-374. She provided direct command outreach, supported and assisted the unit's military personnel and their families, encompassing more than 18,000 Marines, Sailors and their extended family members.

Kelly was the primary staff member responsible for carrying out the commander's vision and intent. She also prepared and distributed official information on behalf of the commander, to include: speeches, strategic communication messages, presentations and briefs (from General Officers to family members) The 4-support squadrons spanned California and Arizona. OOHRAH!

Kelly received her bachelor's degree in radio/television from Wayne State University. The former Jet Beauty loves watching the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL hockey and of course college sports... from Big 10 to Big 12 to hello SEC!!! She played basketball, baseball, softball, ran track, ice skated and still describes herself as the ultimate tomboy!

Kelly is very passionate about giving back and loves emceeing events and most recently served as a board member for SAFEHOME (Support of Survivors of Domestic Violence) and the Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC).

Kelly says the best part of being in the news business is "being in the community, mentoring young people and having a direct and positive impact on people's lives each and every day!" Her motto: "I am blessed to have this platform and it's my duty/obligation to give back, otherwise, I'm wasting space!" It's motivation like this known as "Kellyisms," which she routinely posts on Facebook or Twitter.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Stephen Quinn

Stephen Quinn - Reporter

Stephen Quinn is a general assignment reporter for Local 15 News. You can watch Stephen reporting live for Local 15 Today and Local 15 News at Noon.

He joined the WPMI Team in August of 2013.

Raised in Northern Virginia, Stephen is a graduate of The Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. As a student, he was given the National Award for Television Breaking News Reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in covering Hurricane Isaac on the Mississippi Coast.

Stephen's reporting has also been recognized by the Mississippi Associated Press and the Southeastern Journalism Conference.

Stephen looks forward to experiencing everything the Gulf Coast has to offer. Feel free to e-mail him if you have a story or question!

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Modupe Idowu

Modupe Idowu - General Assignment Reporter

Modupe Idowu is a general assignment reporter for Local 15 News. She joined the WPMI Team in January of 2013. You can catch her on any given day reporting weekly for the 5 p.m., 6p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts.

She comes to us from West Tennessees WBBJ where she was a reporter, producer, and weekend anchor. During her time in Jackson, Tennessee, Idowu covered a variety of stories including the kidnappings and murders of the Bain sisters, devastating fires that ripped through historic downtown Jackson, and storm damage in Tornado Alley.

Prior to joining WBBJ, Idowu was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. At KOMU-8 News, Idowu covered everything from politics, hate crimes, and health in Mid-Missouri. Before jumping into television, Idowu had a taste of radio.  She reported for NPRs KBIA in Columbia, Missouri.

Modupe graduated from the University of Missouri based in Columbia, MO. There, she received her bachelors in Broadcast Journalism and a Sociology minor.  Her  parents are from Nigeria, but Idowu was born and raised in St. Louis, MO (Go Cardinals!).

So if youre having trouble pronouncing her, try it out phonetically: Mo-due-pay Ee dow-woo.

When shes not enjoying good seafood or exploring the Port City, Modupe likes to volunteer at her church, Gulf Coast Christian Center, read, cook, and workout.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Kym Thurman

Kym Thurman - Anchor

Kym Thurman has more than 15 years experience as a broadcast journalist. She anchors LOCAL 15 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. Kym came to the Gulf Coast in April 2007 as the morning and noon anchor for LOCAL 15, after just six short months, she was promoted to main anchor. Kym is also the medical reporter for LOCAL 15, you can catch her Your Health reports every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00. She reports on the latest medical technology and procedures that could possibly one day help save your life.

Kym comes to Mobile from Huntsville, Alabama, home of the Space and Rocket Center and the famous Space Camp. Kym was an Anchor and Medical Reporter at WHNT for 11 years. She also worked in Anniston, Alabama.

Kym is a second generation graduate of Oakwood College, in Huntsville, Alabama. Growing up her family traveled a lot; her mom used to refer to her dad as a nomad. But it was those days in the family R.V. that lead Kym into the world of broadcast journalism. She would watch Walter Cronkite and his reports from around the world, and was fascinated by his reports and wanted to be like him!

Kym is no stranger to the Mobile. Her husband Kyle is a Mobile native, a graduate of Vigor high school. Now his home has become hers! Kym has three beautiful, active children, Kyle(Mack), Konnor and Kirklyn.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson - Anchor

Greg Peterson is a 30 year veteran of the news business, and anchors LOCAL 15 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. His father was a broadcasting pioneer, working for more than three decades as a TV meteorologist, so Greg has been wandering the halls of television stations since he was old enough to walk.

"I have learned through my father, and my years in this industry, it is an honor to be invited into the living rooms of folks who watch the news. I work every day to earn that trust. It is something I take very seriously," Greg says.

Greg's love of the news business began in Chicago when he made his on-air debut on WGN Radio at the age of 13. Since then, he has enjoyed a variety of roles in the field of journalism anchoring and reporting in Knoxville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska;  St. Louis, Missouri and Mobile, Alabama.

During his award winning career, Greg has reported from locations all across the country, from natural disasters to the White House. He has ridden a bull in the rodeo, a thoroughbred race horse from the gate and is one of the few people who has flown with both the Navy's Blue Angels, and the Air Force Thunderbirds. But Greg says one of his most satisfying series of reports revealed the dangers of prostate and colon cancer, and how easily these deadly forms of cancer can be uncovered by a simple blood test or colonoscopy. Greg credits a PSA test with detecting his own prostate cancer and leading to its cure. Greg shared his journey with Local 15 viewers, and continues to be an advocate of early detection.

"It is very rewarding when someone calls to say because of my reports,  they had a colonoscopy or a PSA test, and early detection helped them beat these dreaded diseases," Greg says.

Greg has won several journalism awards throughout his career including four Emmys. Most recently, Greg was named Best News Anchor in Alabama by the Associated Press.  He even has a Superbowl Trophy for calling play-by-play for the St. Louis Rams during their championship season.

Greg graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in broadcast journalism. He is married and has four children, ranging in age from college to 6th grade. When Greg is not reporting the news on LOCAL 15, he can usually be found with his family fishing, hunting and exploring the wonderful variety of outdoor activities the Gulf Coast provides.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Andrea Ramey

Andrea Ramey - Anchor

Local 15s Andrea Ramey has been anchoring newscasts and bringing you live reports from across the Gulf Coast since 2006. She was named Best TV Reporter by the Alabama Associated Press in 2010 and again by the Alabama Broadcasters Association in 2013. Her investigative work has been nominated for three Emmy awards. In 2011, The Humane Society of the United States also recognized Andrea's investigations exposing dog fighting and organized cockfighting operations in Mobile County.

Andrea graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri. She received the Stephen A. Trenkmann Award for excellence in broadcast journalism and was selected as a national semi-finalist in the Hearst Foundations News Writing Competition.  While in school, she anchored weekends and reported for KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO.  She also worked as a capitol reporter in Jefferson City for KMOX in St. Louis.

You can catch Andrea anchoring Local 15 News on Sunday nights and her reports throughout the week. If you have a story idea, shed love to hear from you!

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose - Anchor/Reporter

Derrick Rose joined Local 15 News in October 2012 as an Anchor/Reporter. Derrick has always known he would end up working in television. It wasnt until college that he realized broadcast news would be the career television would have for him.

Derrick most recently worked at WBTV-TV in Charlotte as an enterprise reporter for the Emmy Award-winning

WBTV News This Morning after serving 3 years reporting and filling in on the anchor desk for the NBC/FOX affiliate WAVY-TV/WVBT-TV in Hampton Roads, Virginia. During his first year in Charlotte, the North Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters named Derrick Rookie of the Year.

In 2007, Derrick helped WAVY-TV break several developments and lead nationwide coverage of the federal dog fighting investigation of Virginia native Michael Vick. In 2008, Derrick was part of the team during WAVYs Emmy Award-winning coverage of a tornado that devastated Suffolk, Va. That same year, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences honored Derrick with his first Regional Emmy nomination for reporting. The following year, he earned another Regional Emmy nomination from NATAS-NCCB for live reporting. Derrick stresses how neither nomination would have been capable without the creativity and vision of a remarkably talented team of photographers at WAVY.

Derrick says some of his most memorable stories came during his tenure at WJTV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, MS. In 2005, Derrick was the first television reporter in the country to broadcast the arrest of reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi. That summer, in Philadelphia, with Derrick on the front lines, the nation watched a jury convict Killen exactly 41 years to the day of the killings. Two months later, Derrick found himself inside Mississippis Emergency Management Headquarters with state officials as they prepared, responded and recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Just before leaving Jackson, the citys Association of Black Journalists, a local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, named Derrick Journalist of the Year.

Beyond the career, though, television is Derricks past time. I dont need the money to enjoy it. But getting paid to be apart of something I love is truly a blessing only God can make possible; that's my happiness.

Derrick loves to interact with viewers and residents in the communities he works.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - James Gordon

James Gordon - Reporter

James has been with Local 15 News for 5 years now. He mostly covers news in Baldwin County for Local 15. James, a 25 year veteran of the news business has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer in various television markets from South Texas to Denver, Colorado and back to Mobile. James who is originally from Puerto Rico now calls Daphne and Pensacola his homes. He's a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Christian Jennings

Christian Jennings - General Assignment Reporter

Christian Jennings joined Local 15 in March 2012 as a general assignment reporter. She is thrilled to be in Mobile and covering the Gulf Coast!

Before moving to Alabama, Christian lived in New Orleans where she reported for the ABC affiliate WGNO for a year. In New Orleans, Christian covered a variety of stories that gained national attention, including Tropical Storm Lee, the Halloween shootings on Bourbon Street that killed two people and injured more than a dozen others, and the Danziger Bridge police shooting trial. Christian reported live as a jury convicted five New Orleans police officers in the Post-Hurricane Katrina shooting and cover-up.

Christian began her career in Albany, GA at the NBC/ABC affiliate WALB. For nearly three years she served as a reporter and fill-in anchor. In 2010 she won an Associated Press award for Best Spot News Reporting. She also received honorable mention in 2010 by the Georgia Associated Press for her series of live reports from the Gulf Coast on the BP Oil Spill.

Christian graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a major in Broadcast News and a minor in Music. Try not to hold it against her, but she is a Georgia Bulldog fan! Shes also an Atlanta Braves and New Orleans Saints fan and loves watching and attending sporting events!

In her spare time youll find her at the beach, playing kickball, singing karaoke, or visiting her friends and family in Atlanta.

If you have a story idea or would just like to talk, email Christian

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Darwin Singleton

Darwin Singleton - Anchor/Reporter

2014 marks Darwin's 34th year of either anchoring or reporting television news. This year offers another milestone for Darwin. He is now co-anchor of Local 15 Today, teaming up with co-anchor Kelly Jones and meteorologist Deitra Tate. Darwin will still offer up on-site reporting, as well as the occasional feature segment that has made him a fixture in the Mobile/Pensacola television community for 26 years!

Darwin was born in Hazard, Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains.

He worked in local radio in high school and community college before transferring to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He then worked in radio in Lexington until 1980, switching to television news.

Darwin served as South Kentucky Bureau reporter and, later, police beat reporter for CBS affiliate WKYT-TV in Lexington. He became weekend anchor in his hometown of Hazard for the CBS affiliate WYMT-TV.

In 1987, tired of the snow and cold of winter, Darwin headed south to the Gulf, landing at the local CBS affiliate in Mobile. Late in 1999, Darwin accepted a position at WPMI Local 15 News as a feature reporter, with his popular "Here's Darwin!" reports. 2014 sees him transitioning to the anchor desk, giving him another opportunity to communicate with his loyal viewers.

Darwin owns a century-old home in Midtown Mobile, in the city's Old Dauphin Way Historic District. Here at Local 15, his passion for Carnival has earned him the nickname of Mobile's Mr. Mardi Gras!

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Taren Reed

Taren Reed - Web Content Specialist/Producer

Social media is the name of the game! Taren Reed joined Local 15 News in 2010 as a producer and now mans all things digital, including the website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, the list goes on and on. Her official title: Web Content Specialist (it can be a mouthful sometimes on air).

Local 15 and Taren are constantly mixing new social tools into the pot, always experimenting to bring viewers the best of the best. There are a lot of things to sift through on the Internet, and thats where Taren comes in, making sure you get what you need and want not the rest.

Taren stays on top of the hottest trends online with her daily segment Around the Web. From apps and social media news to big stories making headlines on the Internet, Taren has you covered.

You can catch Taren every day on Local 15 News at Noon and 12:30. Even when shes not on air, her fingers are typing 90 to nothing behind the scenes to put the latest breaking news and weather online at

Before Local 15, Taren worked on the First Coast in Jacksonville, Fla., covering everything from arts and entertainment in the community to the hottest websites and products in technology.

Have a story idea for Taren or just want to chat, contact her: Facebook and Twitter pages are linked below.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Derek Beasley

Derek Beasley - Chief Meteorologist

Derek Beasley joined Local 15 as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2009. He delivers forecasts for Local 15 News weekdays at 5, 6, 6:30, 9 & 10 pm. 

Derek is originally from Rochester, NY, but grew up in the eastern Arkansas town of Forrest City. He has also lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma. He earned is B.S. in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma in 2001 and a M.S. in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State in 2004. 

"When I got into television, I made a mental list of the places I wanted to work at some point in my career. The Mobile/Pensacola television market was among the Top 5 on that list. From a weather standpoint, the Gulf Coast is incredibly challenging and offers a unique opportunity to forecast hurricanes and other types of tropical weather. Besides that, its one of the USA's best kept secrets. The mild winters, Mardi Gras and beautiful white sand beaches are only a part of what makes this area a great place to live. Prior to accepting the position at LOCAL 15, Derek worked in Cincinnati as morning and chief meteorologist at WLWT-TV News 5 from 2005-2009, weekend meteorologist at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fort Smith, AR from 2004-2005, and meteorologist at WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS from 2003-2004.

Derek became interested in meteorology at a very young age. He decided on a career in broadcast meteorology while in college. Derek is an experienced storm chaser, and when presented the opportunity will chase anything from blizzards and tornadoes to hurricanes. Some of the more notable storms he's covered are hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, Isabel and Irene. Ivan in particular stands out in his mind. "I was with a group of other chasers and we ended up riding out the storm in Spanish Fort. The house where we were survived Hurricane Frederic in 1979, so we figured our chances of making it through the night were better than average. It was my first night landfall and an experience I will never forget. The sound of the wind was absolutely frightening!"

Derek earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal Of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and the Seal Of Approval for Television from the National Weather Association. He is also a longtime member of both organizations.

Derek's other passion is repairing, collecting and driving cars, in particular older BMW & Mercedes. He also enjoys college football, photography, nature, spending time with his wife Lauren and taking spontaneous weekend road trips across the South.

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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Kelly Foster

Kelly Foster - Meteorologist

Kelly Foster is LOCAL 15's weekend meteorologist. She comes to LOCAL 15 from WDAM in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she anchored the station's highly rated Live @ Five newscast, and served as part-time meteorologist. Kelly also worked at WXXV in Gulfport as the morning anchor.

Kelly won a first place Alabama Associated Press award, and was named Best Feature Reporter in the state. She has also been recognized by the Associated Press with a first place award for "best franchise" reporting. She has been awarded the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval and has also received the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Kelly's passion is Tropical Meteorology, having covered close to a dozen Gulf Coast landfalls, with direct hits from Major Hurricanes Ivan (Strong Cat 3, Landfall Gulf Shores AL), Dennis (Cat 3 Landfall Pensacola/Navarre Beach, FL) and Katrina (Strong Cat 3 Landfall LA/MS border). Prior to landfall, Ivan and Katrina were Cat 5 storms with Dennis at its strongest just under a Cat 5. She also experienced first-hand the aftermath and destruction from Ivan and Katrina, which are considered some of the most destructive hurricanes of all time.

Kelly has two degrees. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Radio,Television and Film. Kelly also holds a degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She also studied at Auburn University and in England at the University of London.

Foster is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and is thrilled to be working in a market close to home. In her spare time Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Her hobbies include reading the works of Southern authors, playing tennis, singing, fishing, boating, watching sunsets.


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LOCAL 15 News - Mobile Alabama :: News Team - Deitra Tate

Deitra Tate - Meteorologist

I'm honored to be a part of the Local 15 team, and I absolutely enjoy keeping the public informed about weather happening along the Gulf Coast. Before joining LOCAL 15, I was the Weekend Meteorologist/Weekday Reporter at KEVN FOX 7 in Rapid City, SD. 

 I am a Chicago native. I received my Meteorology Degree from Northern Illinois University and a Broadcast Certificate from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. I'm a member of the American Meteorological Society & was recently awarded the designation of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.  When I'm not forecasting, I enjoy going to church and spending time with family/friends.  I'm also apart of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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