8 On Your Side Newsteam Biographies - WFLA News Channel 8

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  • Gayle Sierens

    Gayle Sierens

    Gayle Sierens, WFLA AnchorGayle Sierens, WFLA Anchor
    Gayle Sierens co-anchors News Channel 8's "News Channel 8 at 5", 6 and 11PM newscasts. Sierens joined the Channel 8 staff in 1977.
    Gayle Sierens co-anchors News Channel 8's "News Channel 8 at 5", 6 and 11PM newscasts. Sierens joined the Channel 8 staff in 1977.
  • Keith Cate

    Keith Cate

    Keith Cate, who began working at WFLA-TV in January 2000, serves as the co-anchor of News Channel-8 at 5, 5:30, 6 & 11.
    Keith Cate, who began working at WFLA-TV in January 2000, serves as the co-anchor of News Channel-8 at 5, 5:30, 6 & 11.

  • Stacie Schaible

    Stacie Schaible

    Stacie Schaible joined News Channel 8 in January of 2000. She anchors weeknights with Keith Cate and leads the 8 On Your Side consumer problem-solver unit.
    Stacie Schaible joined News Channel 8 in January of 2000. She anchors weeknights with Keith Cate and leads the 8 On Your Side consumer problem-solver unit.
  • Rod Carter

    Rod Carter

    Rod Carter co-anchors News Channel 8 Today each morning from 4:30 - 7am with Gayle Guyardo.
    Rod Carter co-anchors News Channel 8 Today each morning from 4:30 - 7am with Gayle Guyardo.
  • Gayle Guyardo

    Gayle Guyardo

    Gayle Guyardo co-anchors News Channel 8 Today with Rod Carter each morning from 4:30-7am.
    Gayle Guyardo co-anchors News Channel 8 Today with Rod Carter each morning from 4:30-7am.
  • Josh Thomas

    Josh Thomas

    Weekend Anchor/reporter Josh Thomas was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in Radio/TV with a minor in Journalism.
    Weekend Anchor/reporter Josh Thomas was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in Radio/TV with a minor in Journalism.
  • Leigh Spann

    Leigh Spann

    Leigh Spann joined WFLA in September, 2007. You can catch her forecasts every weekday morning starting at 4:30am. Since so many people ask, she says she wakes up at 2am and goes to bed at 7pm!
    Leigh Spann joined WFLA in September, 2007. You can catch her forecasts every weekday morning starting at 4:30am. Since so many people ask, she says she wakes up at 2am and goes to bed at 7pm!
  • Lauren Mayk

    Lauren Mayk

    Lauren Mayk joined WFLA as a reporter in late 2010, covering news and consumer issues in the Tampa Bay area.
    Lauren Mayk joined WFLA as a reporter in late 2010, covering news and consumer issues in the Tampa Bay area.
  • Jennifer Leigh

    Jennifer Leigh

    Jennifer Leigh anchors News Channel 8 at 7 Monday through Friday nights. She also reports on stories from Polk County and around the Bay Area.
    Jennifer Leigh anchors News Channel 8 at 7 Monday through Friday nights. She also reports on stories from Polk County and around the Bay Area.
  • Steve Jerve

    Steve Jerve

    The Storm Team's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve provides your workday with weather forecasts on News Channel 8's 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm newscasts.
    The Storm Team's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve provides your workday with weather forecasts on News Channel 8's 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm newscasts.
  • Bryan Bennett

    Bryan Bennett

    Bryan Bennett joined the Storm Team 8 Weather Team in May of 2013 as the weekend morning meteorologist and senior weather producer. Bryan is an Emmy Nominated meteorologist and has been a member of the
    Bryan Bennett joined the Storm Team 8 Weather Team in May of 2013 as the weekend morning meteorologist and senior weather producer. Bryan is an Emmy Nominated meteorologist and has been a member of the
  • Julie Phillips

    Julie Phillips

    Meteorologist Julie Phillips joined Storm Team 8 in June of 2013 as the weekend evening meteorologist and one of the meteorologists for the 4pm show. When the opportunity came to move back to Florida she could not have been more excited!
    Meteorologist Julie Phillips joined Storm Team 8 in June of 2013 as the weekend evening meteorologist and one of the meteorologists for the 4pm show. When the opportunity came to move back to Florida she could not have been more excited!
  • Steve Andrews

    Steve Andrews

    Steve Andrews is 8 On Your Side Senior Investigative Reporter for Tampa Bay's most recognized and honored I-team.
    Steve Andrews is 8 On Your Side Senior Investigative Reporter for Tampa Bay's most recognized and honored I-team.
  • Melissa Beckman

    Melissa Beckman

    Melissa Beckman joined the News Channel 8 team in November 2012. She first moved to the area in 2006 to work as Bay News 9's Polk County reporter. After five years at the 24-hour station, she spent a
    Melissa Beckman joined the News Channel 8 team in November 2012.
  • Peter Bernard

    Peter Bernard

    Peter Bernard joined News Channel 8 as a reporter in August of 2002. Prior to coming aboard, Bernard was already working in Tampa as a reporter and fill-in weatherman.
    Peter Bernard joined News Channel 8 as a reporter in August of 2002. Prior to coming aboard, Bernard was already working in Tampa as a reporter and fill-in weatherman.
  • Shannon Behnken

    Shannon Behnken

    Shannon Behnken is an award-winning reporter who specializes in real estate, property rights and consumer issues.
    Shannon Behnken is an award-winning reporter who specializes in real estate, property rights and consumer issues.
  • Holly Bounds

    Holly Bounds

    Holly Bounds is the Polk County reporter with WFLA. She joined the news team in January 2014.
    Holly Bounds is the Polk County reporter with WFLA. She joined the news team in January 2014.
  • Judd Chapin

    Judd Chapin

    Pilot/Reporter Judd Chapin joined WFLA as Eagle 8's pilot in 1985. Judd began his career in aviation as an Army helicopter pilot in Viet Nam.
    Pilot/Reporter Judd Chapin joined WFLA as Eagle 8's pilot in 1985. Judd began his career in aviation as an Army helicopter pilot in Viet Nam.
  • Mark Douglas

    Mark Douglas

    Mark Douglas is an Emmy Award winning investigative journalist who has worked in Newschannel 8's Pinellas County news bureau since 1995.
    Mark Douglas is an Emmy Award winning investigative journalist who has worked in Newschannel 8's Pinellas County news bureau since 1995.
  • Jason Jennings

    Jason Jennings

    Jason joined News Channel 8 in August 2012 as a sports reporter and anchor.  The warm winters of Tampa helped lure him away from his hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
    Jason joined News Channel 8 in August 2012 as a sports reporter and anchor.  The warm winters of Tampa helped lure him away from his hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
  • Dave Kraut

    Dave Kraut

    Dave Kraut started working at News Channel 8 in October 2002.
    Dave Kraut started working at News Channel 8 in October 2002.
  • Leslee Lacey

    Leslee Lacey

    Leslee Lacey earned her chops as a traffic reporter on the crazy roadways of Los Angeles, CA. She joined the News Channel 8 morning team in October of 2010 as the morning traffic anchor.
    Leslee Lacey earned her chops as a traffic reporter on the crazy roadways of Los Angeles, CA. She joined the News Channel 8 morning team in October of 2010 as the morning traffic anchor.
  • Dan Lucas

    Dan Lucas

    Dan is a Tampa guy who was put through his paces and has returned home to work at the hometown TV station.
    Dan is a Tampa guy who was put through his paces and has returned home to work at the hometown TV station.
  • Candace McCowan

    Candace McCowan

    Candace McCowan is a general assignment reporter with WFLA. She joined the news team in January 2014.
    Candace McCowan is a general assignment reporter with WFLA. She joined the news team in January 2014.
  • Melanie Michael

    Melanie Michael

    WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Melanie MichaelWFLA News Channel 8 reporter Melanie Michael
    Melanie Michael joined WFLA News Channel 8 as a reporter in 2014. For her, Tampa Bay is paradise, and she couldn't imagine living or working anywhere else.
    Melanie Michael joined WFLA News Channel 8 as a reporter in 2014. For her, Tampa Bay is paradise, and she couldn't imagine living or working anywhere else.
  • Chip Osowski

    Chip Osowski

    After joining News Channel 8 in 1999, Chip Osowski moved into reporting the day's earliest news on News Channel 8 Today 4 years later.
    After joining News Channel 8 in 1999, Chip Osowski moved into reporting the day's earliest news on News Channel 8 Today 4 years later.
  • Jeff Patterson

    Jeff Patterson

    Since joining WFLA-TV in 1988, general assignment reporter Jeff Patterson has covered a wide variety of stories in the Tampa Bay area.
    Since joining WFLA-TV in 1988, general assignment reporter Jeff Patterson has covered a wide variety of stories in the Tampa Bay area.
  • Adrienne Pedersen

    Adrienne Pedersen

    Adrienne joined the News Channel 8 team in August 2010. In addition to reporting, she also shoots and edits her stories. Adrienne grew up in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
    Adrienne joined the News Channel 8 team in August 2010. In addition to reporting, she also shoots and edits her stories. Adrienne grew up in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
  • John Rogers

    John Rogers

    John Rogers is the Sarasota area reporter for WFLA.  John comes to WFLA from WALA TV in Mobile, Alabama, where he was a reporter and backup anchor since 2009. Prior to that, John worked at WCTV in Tallahassee.
    John Rogers is the Sarasota area reporter for WFLA.  John comes to WFLA from WALA TV in Mobile, Alabama, where he was a reporter and backup anchor since 2009. Prior to that, John worked at WCTV in Tallahassee.
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