FOX 56 News Team
Marvin Bartlett: Anchor'
Marvin is a native of Grafton, West Virginia. He's a 1983 graduate of Marshall University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. In 1985, he completed requirements for a master's degree in journalism at Ohio University.
After working for his hometown newspaper and radio station and then at the public TV station at Ohio University, Marvin's first job in commercial television was in Paintsville, Kentucky. There he served as the Eastern Kentucky Bureau Chief for WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia.
In late 1987, Marvin moved to Lexington to work for the NBC affiliate, where he worked his way up from videographer/reporter to weekend anchor and then morning anchor.
Marvin’s wife Elizabeth works for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. They have a son, Cooper, born in 2006 and a daughter, Eliza, born in 2008.
Marvin has also taught at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism. In 2002, he wrote “The Joy Cart,” a book about an inspirational young cancer patient he met while on the job. He’s a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church. In his spare time, his interests include golf, photography and travel.
Her passion for journalism began as a young girl who loved writing. Decades later, she’s living her dream as the anchor of a television newscast in a place she calls home. Abe has resided in Richmond since 2006, when she began reporting and anchoring for WTVQ.
“I love this community. I have friends here, my children go to school here and I care about the families in Kentucky. I want to represent what matters most to them in our newscasts,” Abe says of being part of the Fox 56 team.
Abe stepped away from the news business in 2008 to start a family. “I feel like I can relate to viewers even better now as a mom,” she said. She and her husband, a physician at St. Joseph London, have busy four-year old twins! Her parents and siblings reside in her hometown of Wooster, Ohio.
Erika is passionate about health care stories. She has a Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University. Her passion has turned into an opportunity to serve the local community. Erika is on the board of Health, Now! Clinic, a free charitable clinic in Madison County.
Erika is a member of Crossroads Christian Church in Richmond. She enjoys volunteering at Grace Now- a food pantry that offers free groceries to those most in need in Madison County.
Erika is eager to hear viewer’s stories and suggestions.
Chris Bailey: Chief Meteorologist'
Born and raised in Salyersville, Bailey started at WKYT in 1997 as an intern while still a student at Morehead State University. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Bailey became a full-time associate producer, helping do everything from writing news stories to printing and sorting scripts for anchors.
But Bailey’s passion was always weather.
“It was one of those situations you read about but never think will happen to you,” Bailey said about how he received his big break. “WKYT had an opening for a meteorologist and asked me to make a tape of myself doing a weather segment. They watched the tape, and I was hired the next day to do weekend weather.”
Bailey also graduated from the meteorology program at Mississippi State University. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
Bailey started his broadcasting career at a young age. While in the fifth grade, a flood hit his hometown of Salyersville and he did a live phone report describing the conditions.
“Weather has been in my blood since I was a kid,” Bailey said. “I got the opportunity to become a weather watcher for my old friend, Brian Collins, and which really set me on the path I’m on today.”
Bailey is an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. When he's not on air doing the weather, you’ll likely find him at his computer updating his blog (kyweathercenter.com).
Bailey and his wife Scarlett have a nine-year-old daughter.
Brian Milam: Sports Anchor'
While at Butler, he played baseball and football, helping the lead the Baseball Bears to the 1992 region title. He attended Morehead State University on a baseball scholarship, setting several school records for most hits and most at-bats in a career. The team won the 1993 OVC Baseball Championship.
Brian went to MSU hoping to become a high school history teacher and baseball coach, but got involved in the TV program and has worked in a newsroom ever since.
His first job after college was at WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky, where he stayed for 12 years as a news anchor, sports anchor and, eventually, sports director. "I love eastern Kentucky a great deal and the people at WYMT and in the mountains helped mold me into the person I am today," he says.
Brian loves doing play-by-play. "I have been behind the microphone for Morehead State football and basketball games, high school sports of every kind, but the biggest thrill I received came from the KHSAA. From 2006-2008, I did the television play-by-play for all 16 state football finals!"
Brian became the primary sports anchor for FOX 56 in late 2011 and also reports for WKYT-TV. His nightly "Fox 56 Sports Extra" is the most comprehensive sports segment on Lexington television.
Bill Bryant: Anchor'
Bill and some classmates started a newspaper and sold it on the streets when they were in the 5th and 6th grades. By the time he was 14, he started hanging out at the local radio station, where he was allowed to read announcements and pull wire copy for newscasts. When he was 15, he was given a regular shift on WEZJ radio, playing country music and doing local news. A year later, the managers started a cable TV station, and Bryant produced and anchored the news while also playing basketball and serving as class president.
He attended what is now the University of the Cumberlands and continued working in radio and TV and then transferred to Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a degree in broadcasting and political science.
The summer before his senior year at EKU, Bryant did an internship with WKYT in Lexington. He was supposed to be there just for the summer, but has remained there for more than 25 years. Bryant has anchored every show at WKYT at one time or another, as well as the long-running "Kentucky Newsmakers" program. In the fall of 2009, he added to his duties by becoming the co-anchor of the FOX 56 Morning Edition.
Bryant is a member of EKU's "Hall of Distinguished Alumni" and the Williamsburg High School "Hall of Fame." He's also been recognized by The Associated Press and is proud to have been a part of newscasts honored with Emmy and Communicator Awards.
He is active helping Kentucky Children's Hospital raise money and in recent years helped spearhead an effort to build a downtown community park in his hometown.
For fun, Bryant likes to work out, go boating and read. He especially likes to read about Kentucky history and the national political scene.
Rebecca Smith: Anchor / 'Reporter'
Rebecca came to the Bluegrass State from WQAD in the Quad Cities, where she worked for nearly three years as the weekend anchor/weekday reporter. Prior to that, Rebecca was a reporter at KOKI in Tulsa, OK where she covered education issues in addition to general assignment stories .
She was also a videojournalist in Jonesboro, AR where she covered the aftermath of the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak that killed 57 people in four states.
Prior to that, Rebecca was an associate producer at WHBQ in Memphis, TN, where she produced morning newscasts and set up interview segments for Good Morning Memphis.
It was in newspaper that Rebecca got her first real taste of journalism, working for her hometown weekly publication, The Collierville Herald.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2003 with a B.S. in Communications and a minor in Political Science. She also studied abroad in Swansea, Wales where she learned all about British politics and media.
In her spare time, she loves to run, paint, travel and spend time with her Silky Terrier, Peanut.
Volunteer work is also important to Rebecca, who is active in the Alzheimer's Association and Day of Dance for Health, a national community-based event focused on heart health.
Micah Harris: Meteorologist'
“April 27, 2011 is a day that a lot of us can remember no matter where you live,” Harris says about the day a record 62 tornadoes hit the state.
“It was definitely surreal and puts a knot in my stomach every time I think about it," says Harris.
“Now that I am in this beautiful city called Lexington, I can already feel a difference in the air,” says Harris. “My wife and I are extremely excited to call Lexington our new home." He says he looks forward to covering big snowfalls, something he didn't see much of while working in the south.
Before working in Montgomery, Harris was a meteorologist at KTEN in Denison, Texas. He studied meteorology at Mississippi State University.
Harris says he is often gets asked what is the best part about his job. “Meeting people is always my answer,” he says. “I really enjoy meeting and speaking to people, so if you ever see me around please come up and say hello."
Kristine Frazao: Reporter'
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
Sheila Gray: Special Correspondent'
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheila’s next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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