When news broke this week that Tammy Dombeck was out at KTVT/Channel 11 after more than two years as a free-lance fill-in traffic reporter, local-media blogger Ed Bark reported — citing “a number of sources,” reported that Chelsey Davis was the front-runner for the position.
The front-runner is in: Davis, a former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, will begin June 8. Technically, she replaces not Dombeck, who was not on staff at the station, but Whitney Drolen, who left in October.
Davis comes to CBS 11 from KPHO-TV in Phoenix, where she is a multimedia journalist and traffic reporter. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. While in college, Davis served as a reporter and weather anchor for Cronkite NewsWatch, ASU’s award-winning nightly television newscast which airs on PBS in Arizona.
Here’s a compilation of her traffic reporting. Very Phoenix-y. But you’ll get the idea.
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Davis has been with KPHO since July 2013, when she started as a fill-in traffic reporter, according to her KPHO bio. Much more from that bio, some of which we’re sure will change:
“She freelances for the Arizona Cardinals, who she is a die-hard fan of,” the bio states (welcome to Cowboys country!). “She has worked in their broadcast and media department during the day as talent, while also shooting and editing pieces on the official Cardinals website. Chelsey has also been the host for the annual Big Red Rib and Music Festival three times, drawing thousands of fans each year. In addition, she was an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader for five seasons, and captain for two. Chelsey has developed the cheerleading brand as a team choreographer, and an ambassador for tours across the nation and overseas. She also coordinated and hosted the Jr. Cheer weekend for hundreds of little girls across the valley. Chelsey will always be honored to wear the Pro Bowl title for 2014.”
In 2010, when she was the Cardinals’ cheerleader of the week, she said her goal was to be on TV in three to five years. Find out more by checking out this clip.
She has also worked as an intern at Phoenix’s KNXV and a producer at the city’s KPNX, as well as serving a stint as a print reporter. Check out her Facebook page. More of her in action:
CBS 11 reporter Elizabeth Dinh will do fill-in traffic till Davis’ arrival. And to recap: This is the latest in many changes at CBS 11 This Morning during the past several years, and especially during the past few months, which have seen the departures of co-anchors Brendan Higgins and Adrienne Bankert; the move of longtime CBS 11 anchor Karen Borta from evenings to mornings; and the announcement of Russ McCaskey as Borta’s co-anchor. He’s due to start June 1.