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MEET THE TEAM

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Scott Beadle

WNBJ Anchor

Scott is from Big Sky Country -- the beautiful state of Montana.

He got his start in TV news at his hometown NBC station, working as a reporter, producer, and anchor.  Some of his most memorable assignments there include going on a Big Sky Honor Flight with World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.; a rockslide that shut down the Beartooth Highway, the famous scenic road to Yellowstone National Park; and a colorful four-way U.S. Senate race.  He has also anchored for stations in Florida, Louisiana, and Utah.

Scott graduated from Wheaton College in the west suburbs of Chicago, playing on the ice hockey club team and several intramural teams, as well as singing in the Men's Glee Club.

When he's not at the office, you might find him watching a football or hockey game, at the gym, on a hike, or planning his next international adventure.

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Anne Imanuel

WNBJ Anchor

Anne is from Ft. Myers, Florida and has worked at TV stations all across the Sunshine State. Most recently she was an anchor in Tampa. She's also anchored in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and worked as a reporter in Ft. Myers.

Her work has been recognized by several first place awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.

Anne is committed to volunteering and has dedicated her time to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society and animal rescue groups.

She has her very own rescue best friend! He’s a Pomeranian-poodle mix who she tries to spend as much time as possible with. Anne also enjoys reading, going to the gym (ok, she doesn’t love the gym but she goes anyway!), and traveling with her husband, Michael.

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Kris Sommers

WNBJ Chief Meteorologist

Kris Sommers is the Chief Meteorologist for 39 News.  He was born and raised in Long Grove, Iowa.  From a young age, he was always interested in the changing weather.

Kris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Meteorology.  During his junior year, he worked an internship at a TV station in Davenport, Iowa.  After graduation, Kris was hired at that station to update the station website and also to do fill-in work for the weather department.  He was eventually promoted to Weekend Meteorologist, and spent six years in that capacity.  Kris then changed career paths and worked for an insurance company for seven years.  He recently decided to get back into broadcasting the weather.

When Kris is not busy keeping up with the weather, he loves to spend his time outdoors, golfing, working out, and bowling.  He has bowled several 300 games.Colorado State Rams fan.

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Christen Hyde

WNBJ Reporter

Christen Hyde is from Thomasville, Alabama, and she is so excited to be a member of the 39 News team.  

Christen previously worked at WCTV Eyewitness News and WTXL ABC27, both stations in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from College in Tuscaloosa. 

She has always had a passion for journalism and reporting on stories that mean the most to the community. 

Christen enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, going to the movies, and spending time with her dog, Chloe. 

If you see Christen out exploring the city, please say hello and catch up with her on social media.

Twitter: @ChristenHyde_TV 
Facebook: Christen Hyde - The Journalist 

 

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Alexander Bitterling

WNBJ Reporter

Alexander Bitterling is from the tiny town of Portland, in middle Tennessee. He is thrilled to be a part of the 39 News team and share the stories of residents in West Tennessee.

Alexander is a 2021 graduate from Union University in Jackson where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and Christian Studies. 

He is passionate about people, telling their stories, and connecting with the community.

When not reporting he enjoys sports, spending time with his friends and family, serving at church, and experiencing nature. 

If you see Alexander out in the city, be sure to say hello and connect with him on social media. 

 

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Makayla Davis

WNBJ Reporter

Makayla is a native of the Bluff City, Memphis, Tennessee. She is elated to join the 39 News team and share community-based stories.

Makayla attended Tennessee State University where she studied Mass Communications concentrating in Journalism. While in school she gained experience as an Anchor and Reporter for TSU-TV News 98, as well as Communications intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

It is Makayla’s hope to share stories that will highlight positivity and create thought-provoking conversations.

If not on the frontlines ready to break a story, you can catch Makayla out exploring the city, shopping, or traveling.