Our team delivers local news, weather and events from a lifestyle perspective. Hover over the pictures to learn more about the crew.
Lisa Carton is an award winning journalist who launched her career in the San Francisco Bay area as both anchor and reporter in television and radio news at the Bay area’s KTVU, KRON, and CNET TV. From San Francisco, Lisa joined FOX News Radio in New York as an anchor and national correspondent. Lisa and her family made a conscious decision to embrace a better quality of life, so they moved to beautiful Bend, Oregon.
My interest in weather started in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. I rode out the storm a mile from the beach with my immediate family and saw the devastation of the worst storm to hit the MS Gulf Coast in 36 years. During the couple of weeks after the storm, I climbed the ten foot piles of debris and tried to salvage what I could. It was then that I recognized my calling and wanted to learn How & Why all of that happened so I could tell everyone When & Where it will happen next.
Manager of News and Local Content
Curtis Vogel believes in the power of storytelling to spotlight stories that are underrepresented in the community, speak truth to power, be a watchdog against government corruption, and to stand up for those who don’t have the ability to stand up for themselves. In his new role as Manager of News and Local Content, Curtis is leading the startup of a new news department for KOHD-ABC, KBNZ-CBS, and COTV.
Donna Britt is the former executive producer of the nationally-syndicated radio show American Country Countdown. Her writing credits include the recently released cookbook Cookin’ It with Kix. Donna first relocated to Bend from her native South in 1988 and is the former host of “Cooking Central Oregon Style”. After a decade away from the beautiful Northwest, Donna came back ‘home’ in 2014.
Anyssa has never liked to sit still, and that’s how this native Texan ended up in Central Oregon, thousands of miles from the nearest Whataburger. After living overseas for several years she returned to the US to jump back into her first love, television, and is currently living her life-long dream of being a storyteller. When she’s not in front of the camera you can find her closest to the food in any social setting, shamelessly jamming out in public, binge watching shows.
Being a native Oregonian, Chris “Biggs” Kekke, decided it was time to get back to her roots, after living in several major cities where she pursued a career in the music industry, as a songwriter, dancer, rapper/singer. Then she took on her hardest job of all, being a stay at home mom. Itching to get back into story telling as a career, opportunities led her to become a guest reporter and content contributor for CO Daily.
Dave has been television news director/anchor, cable manager, award-wining filmmaker and a closet country rocker. A longtime central Oregon resident (and native Oregonian), Dave is deeply involved in the community. He enjoys traveling the state with the Destination Oregon crew, finding the popular and unknown places that make our state such a great place to live.
Brian Jennings has spent most of his long media career in Portland and Seattle radio newsrooms. For 14 years, he served as National VP of News, Talk, and Sports for a major radio company that owned 243 stations. Hanging around Bend part and full time since 1972, Brian has seen many changes in Central Oregon’s landscape, which provides a unique storytelling perspective. Everyone has an interesting story and Brian loves to find a way to tell them.
Eric grew up in Australia before moving to the U.S as a teenager. After graduating from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production, Eric started his career in San Diego working as a sports videographer/editor before shifting his focus into the business world. After spending 5 years working in various management roles in San Diego and Australia, Eric and his wife moved to Bend to be closer to family. Eric joined the Zolo team in 2015.
After attending the New York Film Academy for digital editing, Allison spent a year in Los Angeles working on TV show sets as a production assistant. She learned the true meaning of “behind the scenes,” and loved every minute of her 18-hour work days. But she couldn’t ignore the opportunity to try something new, in a new place. And it is here, in Central Oregon, where Allison discovered her true passion: meeting people who make their passions a reality.
Warren is a storyteller and videographer/editor for Central Oregon Daily. He also produces the War Stories weekly feature segments.
Matt is our resident Central Oregon Daily videographer and editor. He has a passion for detail and making sure everyone he films is perfectly lit.
Tim has been doing video work for the past 10 years. He loves to get outside and hunt, fish, hike, and enjoy neature (yes, spelled like that, because nature is neat). Tim has lived in Bend his whole life outside of the 2 years in Florida for college. He has a passion for design and handles the graphics and production for Central Oregon Daily.
Joel was born and raised in Portland and holds a B.A. in film and television production from Columbia College Chicago. He has done production work for acts like Aerosmith, Van Halen, and The Fray as well as worked on several TV shows and Movies. An avid traveler and movie buff, Joel can often be seen skiing the slopes at Mt. Bachelor or cooking almost anything that comes to mind.
COTV Sports Play-by-Play Announcer
Mike was the voice of Crook County sports on KRCO for four years and served as the play-by-play announcer for broadcasts of Bend Elks’ games for four seasons. In addition, Mike is a voice, commercial and stage actor and public address announcer. During the past 10 years, Mike has called more than 250 football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball games on radio, television and the Internet. He has been with COTV Sports since 2010.
Jim “Jimbo” Schoebel
COTV Sports Announcer
Jim’s passion for sports started at the age of 10, when he received a radio for his birthday and was hooked from that day. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he quickly became a fan of the Blazers and announcer Bill Schonley. Jim has covered high school sports off and on since 1985 and he is a huge fan of all sports! When he’s not watching sports, he enjoys time with his wife and daughter and his dogs.