Kelly Ogle

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Kelly Ogle
BornWalter Kelly Ogle
1962 (age 59–60)[specify]
Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S.
🏳️ NationalityCaucasian
🏫 EducationEdmond High School
🎓 Alma materBachelor's degree, Paul Miller School of Journalism and Broadcasting – Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
💼 Occupation
News anchor/reporter
📆 Years active  1981–present
👔 EmployerKOSU/Stillwater, Oklahoma (1981–1984);
WKY/Oklahoma City (1984–1988);
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (1988–1989);
KTVY/KFOR/Oklahoma City (1989–1990);
KWTV/Oklahoma City (1990–present)
Notable credit(s)Anchor/reporter/news writer, KOSU (1981–1984);
News anchor, WKY (1984–1988);
Feature reporter, OETA (1988–1989);
Reporter, KTVY/KFOR (1989–1990);
Anchor/reporter, KWTV (1990–present)
(noon anchor/business reporter from 1990 to 1993, weeknight anchor since 1993)
Height6 ft 7 in
👩 Spouse(s)
Michelle Ogle (m. 1984)
👶 Children4

Walter Kelly Ogle (born 1962) is an American television news anchor. He currently serves as a lead anchor for KWTV-DT (channel 9), a CBS-affiliated television station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kelly serves as primary weeknight co-anchor of KWTV's 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts, does occasional assignment reports, and hosts a nightly commentary segment (titled My 2 Cents) that airs during the Monday through Thursday editions of the station's 10:00 p.m. newscast.

Early life and career[edit]

Ogle was born in Edmond, Oklahoma, the son of Jack Ogle (1930–1999), a veteran television journalist who worked for NBC affiliate WKY-TV (channel 4, later KTVY and now KFOR-TV) as a news anchor and later news director from 1962 to 1977, and Ann Ogle, a former Oklahoma Senate employee and Oklahoma Historical Society bookstore manager. He is the youngest of their three sons, all of whom would eventually follow their father into the broadcasting industry. His older brothers, Kevin Bowman Ogle (born 1959) and Kent Jacob Ogle (born 1961), also presently work as television journalists in the Oklahoma City market (Kent joined KFOR-TV in 1993 as an assignment reporter, before being appointed weekday morning co-anchor and principal noon anchor in 1996; Kevin joined KFOR in 1990, as a weekend evening anchor/reporter, before being appointed weeknight co-anchor in 1996). His niece and Kevin's eldest daughter, Abigail Ogle, also works as a local television journalist (she joined ABC affiliate KOCO-TV [channel 5] in 2012 as a sports anchor/reporter, and later became weekday morning anchor in 2014 and then assigned as 6:00 p.m. anchor/weeknight reporter).

Kelly expressed interest in going into journalism during his childhood; as a student at Edmond High School (of which his brothers are also alumni), Kelly began taking a journalism class during his junior year. He began attending Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (also attended by his brothers) in 1980, majoring in radio and television broadcasting and minoring in political science. During this period, he began working as a news anchor, reporter and scriptwriter for the university's public radio station KOSU (91.7 FM). As a KOSU employee, he was mentored by Keith Swezey, a former broadcaster-turned-broadcasting professor who had previously worked in anchoring and assistant news directing positions, respectively, at Oklahoma City radio stations KOMA (1520 AM, now KOKC) and WKY (930 AM). He graduated from OSU, earning a Bachelor's degree from the Paul Miller School of Journalism and Broadcasting, in 1983.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Kelly first broadcasting job post-college came in 1984, when he was hired to work as a news department employee at WKY radio in Oklahoma City. After four-year run at WKY, he took a position as a reporter for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA)'s Oklahoma News Report in 1988, conducting a regular feature segment "On the Oklahoma Road," in which he (as well as middle brother, Kent, who also hosted some segments) profiled interesting places and people around Oklahoma. In 1989, Ogle became an assignment reporter at KTVY.

On October 15, 1990, Ogle joined Oklahoma City KWTV as an anchor of the CBS affiliate's noon newscast, in addition to serving as a business reporter and as a reporter for the station's "I-on-Oklahoma" consumer/investigative segments.[1][2][3] In June 1993, he was moved to the evening newscasts as the station's 5:00 p.m. co-anchor, taking over for Mitch Jelniker (son-in-law of former KWTV president Duane Harm), who concurrently was reassigned to the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. After Jelniker left KWTV in 1995 to take an anchor/reporter position at CBS-turned-ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver, Kelly's anchoring schedule was expanded to include the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts (originally being paired with veteran evening anchor Jenifer Reynolds, with whom he co-anchored until she left television news in 2001).[4][5]

In 2005, Kelly began hosting "My 2 Cents," a Monday-through-Thursday op-ed segment during the 10:00 p.m. newscast on Monday through Thursday evenings; the segment also features an "open topic" segment, known as Your 2 Cents, featuring comments responding to the editorials. (The commentaries are similar to those that Jack Ogle had previously conducted for KWTV during the late 1970s and early 1980s, following his departure from WKY-TV.)

Awards and honors[edit]

Several of Ogle's special reports, feature and investigative pieces have earned him more than 30 national and regional journalism awards for reporting over his career with the station (including Sigma Delta Chi, Associated Press and Heartland Emmy Awards.[6][7] He received awards for "Best Investigative Reporting" by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994[8] and the Oklahoma chapter of the Associated Press in 1996. The Oklahoma chapter of the National Academy of Television Journalists also named him "Best Anchor" in 1999.

In 2000, he was honored with an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for "Outstanding Special Programming: Weather" for Oklahoma's Surviving Spirit, a special he produced and hosted that chronicled the aftermath of the F5 tornado that hit Moore and other areas to the adjacent south of Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999, killing 36 people.[9] In 2001, Ogle was honored with the Don Bodard Friend of Youth Award for "Kelly's Kids," a now-defunct feature segment (produced in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Oklahoma City) that profiled Oklahoma children in need of an adult role model.[10]

In 2009, the Radio Television Digital News Association recognized Ogle with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for his field reports on the aftermath of the EF4 tornado that destroyed a 0.5 miles (0.80 km)-wide path through and killed eight people in Lone Grove on February 10 of that year.

Personal life[edit]

Ogle and his wife, Teri, have four children: one son, Chandler (born 1993), and three daughters Sayre (born 1995); Merritt (born 1997); and Avery (born 1999) – all of whom were named after towns in Oklahoma. He and his wife currently reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

References[edit]

  1. Kevin Eck (October 12, 2015). "KWTV Celebrates 25 Years of Kelly Ogle". TVSpy. Beringer Capital. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. Mel Bracht (February 11, 2001). "Sons continue Ogle's TV legacy". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. "Jack Ogle dies at 68". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. October 5, 1999. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. "KWTV Fills Anchor Post". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. June 9, 1993. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  5. "Ogle Replacing Jelniker at KWTV". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. June 11, 1995. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. Mel Bracht (July 16, 2000). "City broadcasters due honor". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. "2017 HEARTLAND REGIONAL EMMY® COMPETITION: LIST OF NOMINEES" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. "KWTV Staff Receives Awards". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. March 12, 1995. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  9. "Channel 9 news wins awards". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. January 2, 2000. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  10. ""Kelly's Kids"". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. May 9, 1999. Retrieved March 7, 2018.

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