Chanley Painter, a former Miss Arkansas USA and attorney, has joined KARK/KLRT as a full-time reporter, News Director Austin Kellerman confirmed Thursday. The addition was one of several staff moves in the stations' news division.
Alecia Owens was named the new weekend producer for Fox16, and with her promotion, Neale Zeringue moves to full time as the nightside associate producer. Martin Couch has also returned to the news team as a photojournalist.
Painter, who has done modeling and acting when not facing down criminals as a former deputy prosecuting attorney, will serve as a multimedia journalist and live reporter, according to Kellerman. "This is a spot that's been earned," Kellerman said in an email to staff members. "Chanley has been freelancing for us for two years. Twenty-four months ago, I told her it would be a difficult path to earn a full-time spot. She's stuck with it and proved herself."
Beyond her law degree and an honors as a political science graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Painter has a master's from the William J. Clinton School of Public Service.
Kellerman said that Owens also paid her dues. "Over the last few months, Alecia has proven she's well-prepared for an opportunity like this. I appreciate her hard work, effort to improve herself, and loyalty."
Kellerman said that Couch is "a pro" with extensive experience in markets across Texas and Oklahoma, and praised Zeringue for a "skillset to be a great contributor to our shows."
Kellerman said he still has open positions for an investigative reporter, a weekend/noon associate producer, a part-time photographer and an assignment desk/web professional.