Our upcoming season of Omaha Fashion Week is less than THREE WEEKS AWAY, and production is in full swing! A good emcee can make or break a showcase, which is why we are so grateful to KETV NewsWatch 7 for providing us with another amazing lineup! Keep reading to learn more about the fabulous emcees who will keep us entertained February 25th-March 2nd, and don’t forget to snag your tickets today!
Erin Hassanzadeh joined the First News Team in January 2017. Erin comes straight to Omaha from Seoul, South Korea after finishing a two year Fulbright grant. During her stint in Korea she lived with a host family for a year, fell in love with kimchi and traveled extensively throughout Asia. While she may be new to Omaha, she's no stranger to the Midwest. Erin grew up in the Twin Cities and attended Drake University in Des Moines receiving dual degrees in sociology and broadcast news with high honors. Erin has also lived in Italy and traveled extensively throughout Europe. She has also made her way to Iran, her father's home country. Because of her international experiences, Erin loves keeping up with global news but she's just as passionate about covering local stories that happen down the street!
James Wilcox joined KETV Newswatch 7 in March of 2017. He grew up in southern Minnesota and received a degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. James says, “I love my job and love telling stories that have an impact. News isn’t always good, so whenever possible I push for stories that bring something positive or spur change.” An award-winning journalist, James has been honored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Associated Press, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a regional Emmy nomination for his investigative report looking into the growing number of homeless youth in Rochester. He’s also been recognized by the Associated Press in Both New York and Nebraska.
Waverle Monroe comes from Northern Minnesota where she worked as a morning reporter in Duluth. She joined KETV as a Multimedia Journalist in mid-November. Though, Waverle transitioned from Duluth, she is originally from Omaha. She graduated from Burke High School in 2012 and went on to study broadcast communications at UNO. As a multimedia journalist, Waverle uses all platforms to provide audiences with news content. If you see Waverle out and about she will most likely be by herself, as she one-woman-bands almost all her stories. Waverle danced most of her life, practiced five years in Pointe, and still occasionally slips on her dance shoes. She has a four year old Maltese-poodle named Winston.
Michelle Bandur's award winning career has put her in the path of several deadly tornadoes, hurricanes, on death row and inside the Los Angeles Lakers locker room. That's what she loves about being a reporter. "I go to work and have no idea what the day will bring. I learn something new everyday," Michelle said. Born and raised in Omaha, Michelle originally joined KETV Newswatch in late 2009, and rejoined as a reporter in November of 2016. Michelle graduated from Westside High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Iowa State University. Among many other distinctions, the Nebraska Broadcaster's Association has given Michelle its highest honor, recognizing her as one of the state's top journalists for her investigative reporting.
Laurann Robinson has been with KETV NewsWatch 7 since February 2016. Originally from Los Angeles, the meteorologist has spent the last few years in the Midwest. Robinson considers herself to be just like her mother, who also studied journalism and was a news reporter. As a graduate of the University of Arizona, Robinson is a huge fan of Wildcat basketball and football! When she isn’t reporting, Robinson enjoys eating exotic foods and chatting with her family back in California. Robinson is a thrill seeker and whether it’s surfing, snowboarding, or skydiving, she loves adventure!
Alexandra Stone joined the KETV team in July 2014. She comes to Omaha from Amarillo, Texas where she anchored the morning show Today in Amarillo, and reported on city politics, the historic drought, and large area wildfires. Alexandra was born and raised in Des Moines Iowa, and she’s happy to be back near her home! She is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s of Journalism. Alexandra’s lifetime love of writing and great stories is what drew her to journalism. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys traveling, cooking, water sports, and spending lots of time with her friends and family!