Shelby Coates is the Executive Producer and anchor of 44News This Morning.
“I am passionate about empowering local communities, strengthening women and mentoring young people. I look forward to joining the volunteering spirit of the communities of the Tri-State.”
Shelby is a native of Nashville, TN and graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology.
Kayla Moody is an anchor on 44News This Morning.
Kayla began her professional broadcasting career in Evansville in 2011. After reporting and anchoring in the Tri-State for four years, Kayla moved to Louisville in 2015 to continue her broadcasting career at WHAS-TV as an anchor and reporter.
Kayla first developed a passion for news on a mission trip providing relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. She took her camera to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast and shared the stories of the people her group helped. Her interviews with those who lost everything left a profound imprint on her life and she felt compelled toward a career in journalism.
Kayla grew up in Avon on the west side of Indianapolis. She now lives in Spencer County with her husband Philip and her two stepchildren.
Veronica DeKett is an anchor on 44News This Morning.
Veronica is from Philadelphia PA, and has previously worked at FOX29 as a Production Assistant. She graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
Jackie Brown is the meteorologist on 44News This Morning.
“I have always been obsessed with weather, and part of that reason was April 26, 1991 our house got hit by a tornado while we lived on McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. It was a scary experience but drew me to wanting to learn more about our atmosphere. I am excited for the new people and surroundings in the Evansville and Tri State Area, and joining you each morning to help you prepare for your day.”
Jackie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Broadcast Production.
Tommy Mason anchors 44News This Morning.
Tommy has spent the past 15 years working for radio stations in the Evansville market, as well as holding down public address duties for the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball Team and professional hockey at Ford Center. Beyond his broadcasting sports responsibilities, Tommy has been heavily involved in activities and events in the Evansville community.
Before his broadcasting career began and graduating from Vincennes University with a degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting, he attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis where he was a member of a State Football Championship team, and also played baseball.
Gretchin Irons is the Entertainment Insider for 44News This Morning.
Gretchin was new to Evansville and quickly developed a passion for the city. She began “The Best Day Ever Evansville” as a way to promote the individuality and flavor of the city.