8 On Your Side reporter biographies - WFLA News Channel 8

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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