KARK and Fox 16 Hire Web Anchor, Haylee Brooks

KARK and Fox 16 Hire Web Anchor, Haylee Brooks
Haylee Brooks

Haylee Brooks, a news reporter at KMID-TV in Midland, Texas, has joined Little Rock sister stations KARK, Channel 4, and KLRT, Fox16.

A 2012 graduate of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a degree in mass communications, Brooks will be web anchor for the two Little Rock stations and will handle live shots for KARK’s 4 p.m. newscast, according to KARK News Director Austin Kellerman.

“Words cannot describe how excited I am,” Brooks said in a Twitter post before talking by phone to Arkansas Business. “Little Rock, here I come!”

The appointment was announced on Twitter by Ernie Paulson, assistant news director at the Little Rock stations. “KARK is one of our sister stations, and it’s kind of a flagship station with a good amount of resources devoted to it. It was sort of a no-brainer coming to Little Rock, if they’d have me.”

She also said she’s excited to be reunited with former Midland colleague Tyler Thomason, now a KARK/KLRT reporter. “I’ve been to the station and I visited Arkansas last Fourth of July,” Brooks said, noting she had fallen in love with Petit Jean Mountain, not to mention Arkansas’ more seasonal weather and trees. “There aren’t many trees in Odessa, Texas.” A pet lover, she’ll be bringing her dog, Bo, when she arrives in Arkansas.

It’s “another great example of growth inside #NexstarNation,” said a tweet by Kellerman, who is leaving Little Rock for a content job for the Nexstar chain, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “From Midland to Little Rock, Team20 is pumped to welcome Haylee Brooks next month.”

Team 20 is KARK/KLRT’s name for its news team, adding the channels, 4 and 16, for a sum of 20. “Haylee will lead our push to get more video to our websites earlier in the day instead of relying on traditional clips broadcast on television,” Kellerman told Arkansas Business.

Brooks spent two years in Odessa/Midland as a news reporter for KMID, an ABC affiliate. KARK is Little Rock’s NBC station; KLRT, of course, is Fox.

Before taking her first full-time job in Texas, Brooks reported for UTVS News in the town where she attended college, St. Cloud. There, she also gained experience as an assignment editor while learning production skills and web development. A native of Stillwater, Minnesota, her first day on the job in Little Rock will be March 11.