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Katelyn Keenehan

The WBIR brand, Straight from the Heart, really spoke to who I am as a storyteller.
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I joined the 10News team in June 2021 as a multi-skilled journalist. The WBIR brand, Straight from the Heart, really spoke to who I am as a storyteller. I love to shoot and edit inspiring stories, but more than that, I like to make deep connections with my community.

Before moving to East Tennessee, I completed my degrees in Journalism and Political Science at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and School of Politics and Global Studies. My love for journalism blossomed in college; however, my initial exposure to storytelling started back in high school. I started reporting at my high school TV station, “GTV,” and my love really just grew from there.

In college, I spent two years interning for KPNX 12News (TEGNA), the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. My time was split between doing social/digital for the morning show (which meant waking up before the sun) and working as a researcher for the Investigative Unit. I also worked as a general assignment reporter for The Arizona Republic and as a semester-long intern for PBS NewsHour.

In addition to the internships, I was a reporter and anchor for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. I also worked on innovative storytelling projects on the Cronkite School’s innovation team. Through my time at ASU, I won multiple student Emmys, SPJs, and Hearst awards.

When I’m not at WBIR, I’m spending time with my Cavalier puppy, Benji, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Knoxville. I am definitely a foodie, so let me know if you have any restaurant recommendations.

I am so grateful to be in Knoxville- and blessed to be telling stories Straight from the Heart.