FOX 17 - NEWS TEAM
Stacy Case: Anchor / Reporter
Stacy Case is excited to be back home in the South after a career that's taken her all over the country and the world. She and her husband hand picked Nashville as the city to raise their family. Stacy found the perfect match for her next career move at Fox 17 News where she both delivers and reports the news, fulfilling her inner love of story telling and serving her community each and every day.
In her 17 year career, Stacy says the stories that matter most are the ones that effect change. "It's one thing to cover a story. It's another to offer solutions, to right a wrong, to help where all hope was lost. I am honored to be the conduit."
Stacy has worked as a national correspondent for CBS Newspath affiliate service, the CBS Morning News, CBS Early Show, CBS Weekend Edition, and CBS Up to the Minute. She's also worked in lifestyle cable television as a Host/Producer for various shows on HGTV, Fine Living Network, and DIY Network. Stacy started her news career anchoring and reporting in Greenville, Mississippi working her way up to WCPO-TV in Cincinnati before joining CBS.
Stacy and her husband have been married 12 years and have two preschoolers. Outside of work, Stacy enjoys spending time with them. She also teaches at the Hope Center for homeless women, serves as the celebrity chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and volunteers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Brentwood United Methodist Church.
Scott Couch: Anchor / Reporter
No matter where you live in the Fox 17 viewing area, Scott Couch has probably been in your town covering the news. He's one of the mid-state's most experienced journalists. Scott comes to FOX 17 from WPSD in Paducah, KY where he was the main anchor. Before that, he spent 14-years in television in Nashville and five more in the newsroom at WSM radio. In the past two decades Scott has covered some of the mid-state's most important stories. In 2001 he covered, and was a witness to the execution of killer Robert Glen Coe, the first execution in Tennessee in more than 40-years. Scott is a three-time winner of the Emmy award for excellence in television journalism and has won nearly a dozen Associated Press awards. Scott is happily married. He and his wife have two children: a teenage daughter and a young son. Scott says 'dad' is the title he is most proud of. To tell Scott about a story, call him at 615-369-5567 or send him an e-mail.
Erika Kurre: Anchor
You've seen Erika on Fox 17 since 2007, Anchoring and Reporting Nashville's most high-profile stories. Erika is Fox 17's Weekend Anchor and fills in hosting Tennessee Mornings and Fox 17s weekday evening newscasts. She's covered the Macon County and Murfreesboro Tornadoes, from touchdown to recovery, bringing Middle Tennessee viewers the information and help they need to keep safe and restore their lives. She also anchored breaking news coverage of Steve McNair's murder and local coverage of the July 2009 Michael Jackson memorial. Erika is one of the only media members to ever meet and tell the story of the worlds longest-surviving Iron Lung patient, Dianne Odell. Among her exclusives, Erika has interviewed the death row inmate convicted of one of Nashville's most notorious murders. She was also among a select few local reporters live in Spin Alley during the 2008 Presidential Debate at Belmont University. Erika is thrilled to be part of a team viewers turn to for news they count on, providing people the information they need on a day-to-day basis.
Erika is a winner of 3 Associated Press Broadcasting Awards for Best Anchor and Best Reporting. Before coming to Fox 17, she was an Anchor & Reporter for hometown news leader WTVY in Alabama. She also interned at FOX News Channels News Edge in Washington, D.C. and at KTVI in St. Louis, Missouri. Erika is a graduate of Malone College in Canton, Ohio and is involved in several Middle Tennessee community organizations. She enjoys helping with fundraisers and participating in activities that raise awareness. In her spare time, Erika is hanging out with her husband and her dog, named Cat, mostly traveling to visit family and friends.
Call Erika anytime with story ideas at (615) 369-5553.
Nick Paranjape: Anchor / Reporter
I'm very excited to be back in Middle Tennessee .. the place I call home. I grew up in Murfreesboro and attended MTSU. My parents, sister, and many friends still live there and it is great to be back with them.I am thrilled to be a part of the FOX 17 news team. I'm working with true professionals who happen to be great people. I think we really have something special here.
Speaking of special, my wife Lori and I have two wonderful children, Ava and Max. We enjoy spending lots of "family time" together. Lori and I also like to catch a movie whenever possible, spend time with friends, find a good place to eat, and watch our reality shows together. C'mon, I work for FOX...home of American Idol!
Before Nashville, I worked in Tupelo, MS, Jackson, TN, Knoxville, and Memphis.. so I know quite a bit about Tennessee. I've covered news and sports on both ends of the state. I'm excited about reporting here and anchoring a new morning newscast, bringing midstate viewers stories that affect them and their families.
Thanks for watching FOX 17 Morning News.
Kelly Sutton: Anchor
Emmy-nominated TV Anchor Kelly Sutton is the early morning host Nashvillian's have been waking up to since 2001.
She comes to Music City by way of Evansville, Indiana where she was the 6 & 10 PM anchor for CBS 44 News. She also worked on the CBS 44 Early Show for two years and anchored in the Owensboro Bureau for two months. Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Hanover, Indiana, she graduated from Franklin College and took a job at WTHR NBC 13 in Indianapolis out of college. Since beginning her career, Kelly has been an elephant keeper, reported on Presidents, flown with the Blue Angels, learned how to break boards with her hands and literally scaled one of Nashville's tallest buildings. She has had the pleasure of interviewing Country Music stars like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Tim and Faith to name a few!
Although she has been in several cities, Kelly now considers Nashville home.
Voted as Toast of Music City's Best Local TV Anchor/Reporter in 2010, as well as one of Nashville's 25 Most Beautiful People in 2003 & 2007, Kelly continues to volunteer with several charities. She has served as the Media Chair for the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk and BMI's Music City Tennis Invitational Tournament. She also volunteers with Monroe Harding Children's Home, Team in Training, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society, and New Leash on Life.
Kelly has completed 3 Music City Half -Marathons and is looking forward to training for her fourth race. Her hobbies include golf, tennis, running, and ballroom dancing. Kelly currently resides in Nashville with her husband Paul, her daughter Savannah Reese, and her Jack Russell Terriers "Jack" and "Emmy".
Eric Alvarez: Reporter
Eric Alvarez is excited to be a reporter with the Fox 17 News team. You can see Eric around town bringing you the latest from the Grand Ole Opry, fan reactions outside Titans and Predator games, and the stories that most affect the underrepresented communities of this great city.
Eric grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and first came to Nashville when he studied at Vanderbilt University. He then earned a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California (Fight On, Trojans). During his time in Los Angeles, Eric was part of the Peabody-award winning investigative team at KNBC.
He returned to Nashville in 2008 as the city's primary source of Spanish news, working for various local television and radio stations. Eric speaks fluent Spanish and French, loves soccer and football, especially the Tennessee Titans, and spends most of his free time with his puppy Simon, a black lab blue/heeler mix. He is always looking for new and compelling stories from the Nashville community.
Sky Arnold: Reporter
Sky Arnold is a reporter for FOX 17 News. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and yes, he's a big Sooners fan. Before joining FOX 17 in October of 2003, Sky had worked as a reporter at several stations in Kansas, Texas, and his native Oklahoma. If he looks familiar to some mid-state viewers, there's good reason: he also worked as a reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee during the late nineties. During his time at FOX 17 News, Sky has covered major stories ranging from the Tabitha Tuders disappearance to the Perry March murder trial. Sky loves living in historic East Nashville.
John Dunn: Reporter
John is an Emmy and AP award-nominated reporter who has been with FOX 17 News since July 2002. During that time, he's covered stories ranging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to deadly fires, tornadoes, crime, courts and even features. John also specializes in covering the Tennessee Legislature. His experience on Capitol Hill has resulted in thorough coverage of issues that affect you and your family.
Before FOX 17, John worked at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, TN. John says he wanted to be a news reporter since age 8, so he's living his dream! John is a Butler University graduate and grew up in Littleton, Colorado. While he may root for the Broncos, he's also a huge Nashville Predators fan. In his spare time, John enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He's also a news junkie who always makes time to watch the news.
Erika Lathon: Reporter
Erika is a veteran reporter who's been covering news for more than a decade. After working in radio and television in Huntsville, Alabama, Erika moved to Nashville and FOX 17 News. She's been a reporter here since June of 2000. During that time, Erika's covered a wide variety of major stories ranging from trials and breaking news to elections. In September, she was the first reporter to get a live interview with newly-elected Mayor Karl Dean. Erika is a native of Detroit, Michigan but has lived all over the United States. As for being here, she says: "I love the station and the people I work with are fantastic, they make working hard a blast. Nashville is a great city and Titan fever is hard to resist." If there's a story idea you'd like to pass along to Erika.
Mikayla Lewis joins the Fox 17 News team as reporter from Kansas. Born and raised in Wichita, she is a proud WSU Shockers fan. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Broadcast Journalism degree in December 2011. During college in 2009, Mikayla interned at Country Music Television (CMT) right here in Nashville. After moving back to Kansas and finishing school, her first job was as a reporter and bureau chief for NBC affiliate KSN News in Wichita and Great Bend, KS.
While at KSN, Mikayla covered major events like the April 14, 2012 tornado outbreak with more than 50 twisters hitting Kansas in one day. She won two, second place Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards in 2012 for In-Depth Reporting and Enterprise News Story.
In her spare time , Mikayla enjoys pilates, cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing guitar and listening to live music.
Mikayla is thrilled to be back in Nashville, and is always looking for story ideas.
Stacy McCloud: Reporter
Stacy McCloud is an multi-state AP award winning reporter who joined the Fox 17 team in April 2009 as Entertainment Reporter. Stacy keeps you in the know with daily celebrity news, events, and entertainment. From the CMA's to the Nashville Film Festival, she's covering the people and events that make Nashville Music City USA. Before joining the Fox 17 News team, Stacy worked as an anchor and reporter at WVLT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, not far from her hometown of Caryville, Tennessee. She started her career at WCYB in Bristol, Virginia then moved on to WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky.
Stacy is a native Tennessean. She grew up in Campbell County and attended East Tennessee State University where she was an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She graduated in 2002 with a double major in Communications and Psychology.
Stacy loves animals and has two "fur-children", her cats Gizmo and Hildi. In her free time Stacy enjoys exploring Music City, working out, reading, keeping up with all the celebrity gossip, movie nights, shopping, decorating her new loft, volunteering, and spending time with her family, especially her niece Bella.
Justin McFarland: Reporter
Justin McFarland joined Fox 17 as a reporter in December of 2008 and is excited to be home.
"I kinda grew up with the city," Justin says. "I remember Nashville when there was no Titans, Predators, or Batman building."
He joins us from WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama where he served as a photographer, reporter, and even interim sports director. When Justin's not working he loves cheering on his favorite sports teams the Chicago Cubs and of course the Tennessee Titans.
Meagan O'Halloran joined the FOX 17 News team in September 2012 from Destin, Florida. While on the Emerald Coast, she was the Weekend Anchor/Producer/Destin Bureau Chief at WJHG in nearby Panama City Beach.
While at WJHG, Meagan tracked the BP oil spill on a daily basis, which was recorded as the largest man-made disaster in U.S. history. She also covered the 2010 Bay County School Board shooting, and she managed to catch the attention of local law enforcement officers with her reporting on the synthetic bath salts drug which eventually helped lead Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill against the designer street drug.
Meagan graduated from Florida State University in her hometown of Tallahassee in 2009 and earned her degree in Mass Communications with a minor in English and special emphasis in Spanish.
Meagan loves the southern hospitality and the warm welcome Nashville has graciously shown her. She isalways looking for ways to get more involved in the community, whether it be volunteering to support a good cause or sharing someone's story that inspires to make a difference in the lives of others.
When shes not chasing down a story, Meagan enjoys traveling up and down the east coast to spend time with her parents, three brothers and two sisters, and niece and nephews.You can catch Meagan reporting live Monday-Friday on Tennessee Mornings from 5-9 am. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-979-5380 to pass along your thoughts and story idea
David Foster: Sports Anchor
Dave couldn't be more excited about returning to his hometown of Nashville. A 1989 graduate of Franklin High School, Dave also attended several Davidson County schools from kindergarten through 8th grade. (Go J.T. Moore Jr. High School Matadors!) He started anchoring sports at Fox 17 in February 2007. Before returning to the anchor desk, Dave worked for over a year in the newsroom at the assignment desk, helping to coordinate news coverage.
Prior to FOX 17, Dave worked in sports in Marshall, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. He's is a 1993 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with a Bachelors degree in Communications. He loves the SEC, (especially football) and is thrilled about having the chance to cover it once again. (He found it tough in Louisiana being surrounded by so many LSU fans.)
In his spare time, Dave enjoys watching sports, spending time with his family, and playing Texas Hold Em.
If you'd like to ask him about his passion for poker or anything sports-related.
Paul Jones: Sports Director
Paul Jones joined FOX 17 News in August of 2002. For the past ten years, he's been busy covering the Titans and Predators plus the Vols and Vanderbilt and numerous other universities and high schools in and around Nashville. His sportscasts have been honored by his peers. He's a 5-time Emmy Award recipient, including wins for "Best Sportscast" in the Mid-South three times. He's also won four Tennessee Associated Press Awards for "Best TV Sportscaster". Paul works hard each day to bring FOX 17 Sports viewers stories they won't see elsewhere. Before coming to Nashville, he worked worked in Indianapolis for two stations. Paul's first on-air experience came in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a sports producer in Washington D.C. working with, and learning from, legendary sportscasters Glenn Brenner and Warner Wolf. Over the years, Paul has covered many teams. He always prefers good "people" stories.
Dan Phillips: Sports Anchor / Reporter
Dan Phillips joined the Fox 17 Sports team in 2005. For the last six years, he's covered everything from the Titans, to the Daytona 500. In addition, Dan's also reported on Vanderbilt, the Vols, along with nearly every other school in and around Nashville!
But it's about more than just giving scores. For Dan, telling stories is what's most important. So is making it fun and entertaining at the same time.
Prior to arriving at Fox 17, Dan worked in Paducah, Kentucky for nearly five years. He's also worked in Battle Creek, Michigan, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Marquette, Michigan.
In his spare time, the Bowling Green State University graduate loves watching sports. Especially his beloved Michigan State Spartans. That is, when he's not chasing his 3-year-old son around! Dan and his wife Joette, are also big dog lovers. They own a chocolate lab named Shelby.
Erin Como: Traffic Reporter
Erin Como joined the Fox 17 news team in April 2012 as the traffic reporter for Tennessee Mornings. She is thrilled to explore Music City and spend time getting to know the local community.
Born in Richmond, VA, raised in Bucks County, PA, she graduated from Temple University with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and English. Before joining FOX 17, she worked at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys working out, exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her family and cat, Alexander.
Craig Edwards: Meteorologist
If Fox 17 Morning Meteorologist Craig Edwards looks familiar, you may have seen him on the Neyland Stadium jumbo-tron forecasting the weather for University of Tennessee football fans. Craig has made a long, roundtrip back to Nashville television and he's glad to be back in Music City. He knows the mid-state well.
He's a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University after attending David Lipscomb University and doing post-graduate work at Western Kentucky University.
Craig's career in television has been evenly split between Tennessee and Kentucky. From the Tri-cities to Chattanooga to Louisville, Knoxville and back to Nashville, Craig has been forecasting the weather for almost 30 years. He's experienced in forecasting severe weather and he's covered severe weather all across Tennessee and Kentucky. Craig is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the maintains the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. Craig and his wife, Liz, have three children among them, including one grandbaby! If you'd like to say hello to Craig.
Barak Shapiro: Meteorologist
I never would have guessed it, but I have made it back to Tennessee! You see, in television, it is somewhat difficult to go where you want, but I've done it. I grew up in New Orleans, but spent my high school years in Memphis. That is when I realized how much I truly loved Tennessee!
It was Hurricane Andrew in 1992 that made me want to become a Meteorologist. Having seen what a hurricane can do, first hand, made me want to learn more about weather and I was glued to the television the entire time to see what was happening! That is when I found my calling. Plus, I think there were subtle signs guiding me in that direction my entire life. Case in point.....Barak, in Hebrew, means "lightning".
I received my degree in Meteorology from Florida State University and have been awarded a seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.
I've also worked in Tallahassee, FL, Salisbury, MD, Tucson, AZ, Tulsa, OK, and Shreveport, LA.
When I am not forecasting, I am usually outdoors mountain biking, hiking, and just generally exploring the outdoors. I am also working on honing my skills at the piano and really enjoy just riding my bike around town exploring Music City.
You can catch me on Fox17 weeknights from 9:00pm - 10:30pm. If you ever have any weather related questions, don't be afraid to give me a shout.
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