Amanda Decker is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and joins WEVV from Little Rock, Arkansas where she worked at Independent News Network. Amanda was responsible for producing and anchoring five evening newscasts for stations in multiple markets. Amanda has nine years of professional experience producing and anchoring newscasts, reporting, and editing video.
Amanda says, “I’ve spent a lot of time in Evansville while my sister was a student at USI. I got to know the community, and I really liked it. Coming back to Indiana was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Amanda graduated from Ball State with degrees in Telecommunications, Journalism, and Political Science.
Chris Cerenelli joins WEVV from WTVF in Nashville, Tennessee. Before Nashville, Chris worked at WLIO in Lima, Ohio and at WKEF/WRGT in Dayton, Ohio. Chris has 7 years of professional experience producing and anchoring newscasts, reporting, shooting and editing video, forecasting the weather, and managing the assignment desk.
Chris says “It’s great to be in a city like Evansville. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio so I appreciate the Midwestern way of life. This is a truly special opportunity, and it’s a responsibility I take very seriously.”
Chris graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism.
Eli Roberts joined 44News after anchoring and reporting at Israel’s Channel One Network and reporting for WFTX in Fort Myers, FL. Eli served as the CEO at three start-ups over the course of six years in East Asia, most recently in Thailand and Myanmar.
As a dual-American-Israeli citizen, Roberts served as a combat soldier in Israel, where military service is compulsory, and speaks Hebrew, Spanish, Thai and some Japanese. Eli is an avid road bicyclist.
Eli graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with majors in Political Science and International Relations and a specialization in Asian Economies.
Chad Evans is a native of Odon, Indiana, and joins WEVV from WFLI in Lafayette, Indiana where he was the chief meteorologist. Chad may be a familiar name to those in the Tri-State, as he also previously worked at WEHT as weekend meteorologist.
Chad has ten years of professional experience as a meteorologist. Chad has a National Weather Association Seal of Approval and is a member of the Indiana State Climate Office Advisory Committee. Chad is an active blogger about the weather. He also has writing credits in two PBS weather documentaries (An Illinois Winter and Stinging Dust and Forgotten Lives: The Dust Bowl), and is the author of It Was a Mighty Tempest: Hoosier Severe Weather & Flood Events Prior to 1905.
Chad graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Climatology.
JoJo Gentry is a native of Anderson, Indiana, and she joins WEVV from WTHR-TV and WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
A recent graduate of Butler University, JoJo competed on the Butler Women’s Golf Team while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. During her time at Butler, she spent four years covering sports in local and national media markets with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and National Sports Journalism Center. She was also a reporting intern at WTHR-TV and WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where she covered high school basketball for ‘Operation Basketball’ at WTHR-TV and general news assignments at WISH-TV.
JoJo says “It’s an honor to do what I love in my home state! Indiana is a great place to live and work, where people are surrounded by Hoosier hospitality and community engagement.”