A proud graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Belo School of Journalism, Katy began her career at KTEN in Denison, TX. Her in-depth reporting on issues concerning private jail facilities in Texas and problems within an Oklahoma police department prompted resignations, public apologies and changes in local law enforcement.
Katy joined KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, in 2011. She quickly became the go-to reporter tracking the state’s extreme weather and leading coverage on the market’s big stories. Her coverage of a stand-off that ended in the rescue of a 6-year-old girl earned her a regional Emmy.
In 2012, Katy tracked twin tornadoes as they developed in western Oklahoma and tore a path north through Kansas. She field anchored in Luther, OK showing the challenges facing rural fire departments as wildfires consumed entire communities and lead wall-to-wall coverage of winter storms from the anchor desk.
Then, came May 2013 – one of the most devastating months in Oklahoma history. Katy began May 20 covering one tornado-damaged community and by the afternoon was following a 17 mile path of destruction left by an EF5 tornado in Moore. She reported live on the rescue operations at Plaza Towers Elementary, the outpouring of volunteer efforts, President Obama’s visit and the rebuilding and recovery efforts that followed – heartache, hope and healing that have come to define the Oklahoma Standard.
Born and raised in McKinney, Texas, Katy enjoys traveling home to visit family and friends. When not working, she enjoys listening to live music, reading and exploring the great cities and small towns across Oklahoma and Texas.