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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. For me, this job is about connecting with people and making a positive difference in the community.

Before moving to East Tennessee, I completed my Journalism degree at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. My love for journalism blossomed in college; however, my initial exposure to storytelling started back in high school. My school had a television station called GTV, where we could practice writing, filming, and editing news stories. 

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 school’s innovation team. Through my time at ASU, I won multiple student Emmys and SPJ awards, in addition to Best of the Festival in News Reporting for BEA and 1st in the News category for the 2021 Hearst awards.

Since moving to Knoxville, I've been doing a lot of hiking. It is really special that we have the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in our backyard.

I also took a little sister with Big Brother Big Sister of East Tennessee and joined the Junior League to improve our local community through effective action and leadership. 

When I'm not out and about, I'm definitely at home cuddling with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Benji.

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

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