Meet the Team

Jojuana Phillips was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana.  Despite living further down south in the state for a short period, Alexandria always has been and always will be home.

She got an early start with amateur reporting in high school for the publications department along with working on the newspaper, photography, videography and yearbook.  Once it came time for college she started as a Nursing major and quickly realized that her passion lied elsewhere.

Jojuana graduated from Louisiana State University of Alexandria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media Communications.  During her last semester of college she interned at Cenla Broadcasting and still holds a part-time position with the company as a radio personality for Q-93 while being a full time reporter for KLAX.

When she’s not working you can find her playing with her two dogs or catching up on much needed sleep!

 

Char Thomas was born in Vallejo, Ca, but Louisiana has been her home for most of her life. Char knew she wanted to work in TV news ever since she realized she could make a huge impact in others’ lives . Her dreams of working in the business were solidified after interning at KSLA NEWS 12 and NBC 6 NEWS  in Shreveport, La.

Char graduated from Wiley College home of the great debaters in Marshall, Tx with a B.A. in Mass Communications. During college, she filmed local church services and reported campus stories. Char has received varies honors and awards during her college career.

When Char isn’t working she enjoys finding new avenues to better herself and of course, shopping. Char believes there is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence.

 

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.

Babs is the station’s News Director and Producer for KLAX-TV’s ABC 31 News.

 

 

 

Scott Beadle is from Big Sky Country… the beautiful state of Montana! He joined the KLAX team in April of 2016.

Scott got his start in TV news at his hometown NBC station in Billings, working as a reporter, producer, and anchor. Some of his most memorable assignments there include going on a Big Sky Honor Flight with World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.; a rockslide that shut down the Beartooth Highway, the famous scenic road to Yellowstone National Park; and a colorful four-way U.S. Senate race.

Scott graduated from Wheaton College in the west suburbs of Chicago, playing on the ice hockey club team and several intramural teams, as well as singing in the Men’s Glee Club.

When he’s not at the office, you might find him watching a football or hockey game, at the gym, on a hike, or planning a trip to some out-of-the-way island.

Watch Scott weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX-TV’s ABC 31 News.

 

Kris Sommers was born and raised in a small town in eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi River.  From a young age, he was always interested in the changing weather.

Kris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology.  During his junior year, he did an internship at a Davenport, Iowa TV station.  After graduation, he was hired at that station to update the station’s website and also to do fill-in work for the weather department.  He was eventually promoted to Weekend Meteorologist, and spent six years doing that.  He then changed career paths and worked for an insurance company for seven years. He recently decided to get back into broadcasting the weather.  He is a member of the National Weather Association.

When Kris is not busy keeping up with the weather in Central Louisiana, he loves to spend his time outdoors, golfing, working out, and bowling.

Watch Kris weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX-TV’s ABC 31 News.

 

Kim Walker joined the ABC 31 Weather Team in August 2015.

Kim’s weather broadcasts have earned the prestigious “Seal of Approval” by the American Meteorological Society. She has been honored by the Associated Press, the Mississippi Broadcaster’s Association and the International Association of Business Communicators with first-place awards for her work; including coverage of a devastating tornado outbreak in northern Mississippi and a series of reports on historic floods in southern Texas.

Kim graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Journalism and went on to earn a master’s in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. While in school, she chased storms across the Gulf States and even intercepted a CAT 4 hurricane that made landfall on the Louisiana Coast.

She is a voracious reader, a marathon runner and an adventurous eater. But her favorite pastimes are enjoying outdoor activities with her husband (also a meteorologist) and children…and sharing her faith.

Kim looks forward to getting to know ABC31 News viewers; watch Kim weekday mornings during GMA, and weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX-TV’s ABC 31 News.

 

Nick Franck grew up in a small town in North Dakota. He joined the KLAX sports team in July of 2016. From a young age, he was always passionate about sports.

Nick graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. During his time at ASU, he was a sports anchor for the college TV program and the sports director for the college radio station. He earned a national Hearst Broadcast Award for his radio work.

After college, he was hired as the weekend sports anchor at a TV station in Duluth, Minnesota. Nick spent two years covering some of the best prep hockey in the country as well as Vikings’ training camp and the 2014 MLB All Star Game.

When he is not busy reporting on sports, Nick loves golfing, running, biking and grilling! Despite the lifelong heartache it has caused him, he fully supports the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Wild.

Watch Nick weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX-TV’s ABC 31 News.