News Anchor/ Producer
Amanda Decker decided early on that she wanted to be a journalist. But, it wasn’t until she went to college and stepped into the newsroom that she was positive that’s where she wanted to be.
Amanda was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana at a very young age. She graduated from Ball State University with degrees in broadcast journalism, journalism writing and political science. She also studied musical theatre and performed in a few musicals in college. She began her career in broadcasting at WIPB, the PBS affiliate in East Central Indiana, then became the morning and noon anchor at WCJB in Gainesville, Florida. Amanda enjoys working inside and outside the newsroom. She enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. Outside the newsroom, Amanda especially enjoys sports. She started playing tennis and began dancing at just five years old. She is also a huge fan of college football, especially the Crimson Tide. Amanda also loves to travel. Her favorite place in the world is Sydney, Australia. Watch Amanda weeknights at 6 and 10 during ABC 31 News on KLAX TV.
Kris knew at an early age that he wanted to learn more about the weather. Kris was born and raised in Long Grove, Iowa. He spent a lot of his childhood on his grandparent’s farm, and they were always watching the weather. The way that the weather changed almost daily peaked his interest.
Kris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. During his junior year, he did an internship at a local TV station in Davenport, Iowa. After graduation, he was hired at that station to update the station website and also to do fill in work for the weather department. He was eventually promoted to Weekend Meteorologist, and spent 6 years doing that. He then changed career paths and worked for an insurance company for 7 years. He recently decided to get back into broadcasting the weather.
When Kris is not busy keeping up with the weather in Central Louisiana, he loves to spend his time working out, golfing and bowling. He has bowled several 300 games. Watch Kris weeknights at 6 and 10 during ABC 31 News on KLAX TV.
Wade Harle was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at a young age. A decade later, he moved to Iowa. He studied journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University, earning his degree in 2009. He provided color commentary and play by play for Junior Hockey broadcasts in Iowa, and worked with WHBF, the CBS affiliate in Rock Island, Illinois before receiving his first full-time sports casting position at KLAX in 2013.
Ever since he was a kid, Wade has had a passion for both playing and watching sports. He played hockey all throughout high school and college, and even tried out for some professional teams upon graduating. He’s a big fan of the NHL, NFL, NCAA and MLB, and is a particularly big fan of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. In addition to sports, Wade enjoys movies, listening to music and hanging out with friends. Watch Wade weeknights at 6 and 10 on ABC 31 News on KLAX-TV.
Babs Zimmerman has been in news just about as long as she can remember–in newspapers, wire service and later television.
She is a graduate of LSU and completed graduate work there, too. Babs is a native of North Louisiana but has lived all over the state, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She is an avid reader on every subject, likes to cook for friends and family and spends time with her husband Jim and their dog plus two cats.
News Photojournalist/Editor/IT Tech
Jerry wears lots of hats at KLAX-TV where he is a photojournalist, news editor and computer technician/engineer.
Jerry spends a portion of his day zipping around Central Louisiana shooting stories for news, then back to the station for editing; you can also see Jerry occasionally on-air reporting the news. He is an Operation Desert Storm veteran and is fast becoming a veteran actor around town. His work in radio gave him an excellent voice which he now projects on the stage. He and his wife have three active boys, and most of his spare time is spent with his family.