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  • Rob Quirk

    Rob Quirk

    Rob Quirk is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist.

    Rob Quirk is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist.

  • Elizabeth Watts

    Elizabeth Watts

    Emmy award winning anchor Elizabeth Watts joined KOAA News5 in August 2016. 

    Emmy award winning anchor Elizabeth Watts joined KOAA News5 in August 2016. 

  • Ira Cronin

    Ira Cronin

    Ira joined the News 5 Today morning team in March of 2015 and is so excited to be back west! 

    Ira joined the News 5 Today morning team in March of 2015 and is so excited to be back west! 

  • Brie Groves

    Brie Groves

    Brie Groves is an award winning journalist who joined News 5 in February 2016.

    Brie Groves is an award winning journalist who joined News 5 in February 2016.

  • Zach Thaxton

    Zach Thaxton

    Zach Thaxton is an Emmy-winning journalist who brings a decade's worth of experience to the News 5 newsroom.

    Zach Thaxton is an Emmy-winning journalist who brings a decade's worth of experience to the News 5 newsroom.

  • Mike Daniels

    Mike Daniels

    Mike is the weeknight Weather Anchor and has been forecasting the weather for KOAA for more than 20 years.

    Mike is the weeknight Weather Anchor and has been forecasting the weather for KOAA for more than 20 years.

  • Jessica Barreto

    Jessica Barreto

    Jessica Barreto is an award-winning, bilingual multimedia journalist who joins KOAA News 5 from the vibrant, upbeat city of West Palm Beach, Florida and knows exactly what it's like to always be on the move.

    Jessica Barreto is an award-winning, bilingual multimedia journalist who joins KOAA News 5 from the vibrant, upbeat city of West Palm Beach, Florida and knows exactly what it's like to always be on the move.

  • Jessica Van Meter

    Jessica Van Meter

    Jessica Van Meter came to News 5 in December 2015 from Northern Michigan where she forecasted for winter weather, lake effect, and severe weather. 

    Jessica Van Meter came to News 5 in December 2015 from Northern Michigan where she forecasted for winter weather, lake effect, and severe weather. 

  • Sam Schreier

    Sam Schreier

    Sam Schreier comes to KOAA News 5 from Des Moines, Iowa.

    Sam Schreier comes to KOAA News 5 from Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Grant Meech

    Grant Meech

    Grant Meech is the Sports Director at KOAA News 5 and couldn't be happier to live in his home state of Colorado.

    Grant Meech is the Sports Director at KOAA News 5 and couldn't be happier to live in his home state of Colorado.

  • Matt Prichard

    Matt Prichard

    Matt Prichard comes to News 5 from WFXL in Albany, Georgia where he worked as a Reporter/Anchor.

    Award-winning journalist Matt Prichard joined News 5 in 2013 after working in Albany, Georgia, where he started his career as a reporter, eventually making his way onto the anchor desk.

  • Andy Koen

    Andy Koen

    Andy KoenAndy Koen

    Andy started his broadcast career at KOAA News 5 in June of 2003. He has done everything from studio crew, to producer to photojournalism and editing. 

    Andy started his broadcast career at KOAA News 5 in June of 2003. He has done everything from studio crew, to producer to photojournalism and editing. 

  • Bill Folsom

    Bill Folsom

    Cracked ribs and a broken finger are the latest evidence of Bill Folsom's love for Southern Colorado. The wounds were the result of going over the handlebars of his mountain bike while riding one of the great local trails.

    Cracked ribs and a broken finger are the latest evidence of Bill Folsom's love for Southern Colorado. The wounds were the result of going over the handlebars of his mountain bike while riding one of the great local trails.

  • Eric Ross

    Eric Ross

    Eric Ross is an executive producer and lead investigative reporter for KOAA News5.  While he’s covered everything from snowstorms to political races, he has a true passion for investigative journalism.

    Eric Ross is an executive producer and lead investigative reporter for KOAA News5.  While he’s covered everything from snowstorms to political races, he has a true passion for investigative journalism.

  • Sam Kraemer

    Sam Kraemer

    Sam Kraemer is a multimedia journalist for KOAA News 5.Sam Kraemer is a multimedia journalist for KOAA News 5.

    Sam Kraemer knew he found a career in broadcast journalism the day he was named an 'anchor' for his elementary school newscast in 6th grade. 

    Sam Kraemer knew he found a career in broadcast journalism the day he was named an 'anchor' for his elementary school newscast in 6th grade. 

  • Jeff Matthews

    Jeff Matthews

    Meteorologist Jeff Matthews joined the KOAA First Alert 5 Weather team in December 2017.Meteorologist Jeff Matthews joined the KOAA First Alert 5 Weather team in December 2017.

    At a young age, I found you could make a living predicting the weather on TV. Since the age of seven-years-old, it was either left field for the Yankees, or TV Meteorologist. 

    At a young age, I found you could make a living predicting the weather on TV. Since the age of seven-years-old, it was either left field for the Yankees, or TV Meteorologist. 

  • Lena Howland

    Lena Howland

    Lena Howland is a Heartland Emmy Nominated journalist who joined the News 5 team in May 2014. 

    Lena Howland is a Heartland Emmy Nominated journalist who joined the News 5 team in May 2014. 

  • Laura Wilson

    Laura Wilson

    Laura Wilson comes to KOAA News 5 from after years of experience as a news and sports reporter in other cities, but has close family ties here in Colorado where she attended high school. 

    Laura Wilson comes to KOAA News 5 from after years of experience as a news and sports reporter in other cities, but has close family ties here in Colorado where she attended high school. 

  • Shayla Girardin

    Shayla Girardin

    Shayla Girardin comes to KOAA News 5 from California where she graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Political Science. 

    Shayla Girardin comes to KOAA News 5 from California where she graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Political Science. 

  • Alasyn Zimmerman

    Alasyn Zimmerman

    Alasyn ZimmermanAlasyn Zimmerman

    Alasyn Zimmerman joins the KOAA News 5 team after spending two years in the northern Rockies with KIFI/KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID. 

    Alasyn Zimmerman joins the KOAA News 5 team after spending two years in the northern Rockies with KIFI/KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID. 

  • Caiti Blase

    Caiti Blase

    Caiti BlaseCaiti Blase

    Caiti Blase joined the KOAA News 5 team as a multimedia journalist in August 2017.

    Caiti Blase joined the KOAA News 5 team as a multimedia journalist in August 2017.

  • Jon McMichael

    Jon McMichael

    Jon McMichael joined the News 5 team as a Digital Multimedia Journalist in November 2017. 

    Jon McMichael joined the News 5 team as a Digital Multimedia Journalist in November 2017. 

  • Tom Kackley

    Tom Kackley

    Tom Kackley joined News 5 in May 2016 as a television newscast producer. In mid-2017, he was moved to a new role as a digital content producer. 

    Tom Kackley joined News 5 in May 2016 as a television newscast producer. In mid-2017, he was moved to a new role as a digital content producer. 

  • Adam Knapik

    Adam Knapik

    Chief Photographer Adam Knapik is a seasoned photographer with nearly 25 years in the industry. Born and raised in Detroit, Adam joined the News 5 team in 2006. 

    Chief Photographer Adam Knapik is a seasoned photographer with nearly 25 years in the industry. Born and raised in Detroit, Adam joined the News 5 team in 2006. 

  • Rachael Wardwell

    Rachael Wardwell

    Rachael Wardwell is a Digital Content Producer for KOAA.comRachael Wardwell is a Digital Content Producer for KOAA.com

    Rachael Wardwell joined the News 5 team as a Digital Content Producer in August of 2017. She brings media experience in Boston and Denver to covering Colorado for KOAA.

    Rachael Wardwell joined the News 5 team as a Digital Content Producer in August of 2017. She brings media experience in Boston and Denver to covering Colorado for KOAA.

  • Joe Bevans

    Joe Bevans

    Award winning photojournalist Joe Bevans started his career with News 5 in late 1984.  

    Award winning photojournalist Joe Bevans started his career with News 5 in late 1984.  

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  • Broncos cut deal to feature New Mexico chile products

    Broncos cut deal to feature New Mexico chile products

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:16 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:16:07 GMT
    FILE - A plot of green chile peppers at New Mexico State University's agricultural science center. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)FILE - A plot of green chile peppers at New Mexico State University's agricultural science center. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)

    The fight over which state has the best green chiles just heated up with news of a partnership between the Denver Broncos and a distributor of New Mexico grown products.

    The fight over which state has the best green chiles just heated up with news of a partnership between the Denver Broncos and a distributor of New Mexico grown products.

  • CBI agent tells judge his theory on how Kelsie Schelling was killed

    CBI agent tells judge his theory on how Kelsie Schelling was killed

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:45:49 GMT
    File photo: Donthe LucasFile photo: Donthe Lucas

    We're working to learn more about the murder case against Donthe Lucas who's accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Kelsie Schelling more than 5 years ago.

    We're working to learn more about the murder case against Donthe Lucas who's accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Kelsie Schelling more than 5 years ago.

  • Wolf thing found in Montana baffles experts

    Wolf thing found in Montana baffles experts

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    There's a mystery wolf creature in Montana, and the internet is on fire trying to determine exactly what it is. 

    There's a mystery wolf creature in Montana, and the internet is on fire trying to determine exactly what it is. 

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