Emily Leonard comes from Lubbock, Texas, where she worked as a morning news anchor and reporter for six years at KAMC-TV. Emily graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in Telecommunications. In her career, Emily has covered everything from high-profile murder investigations to interviewing a man who caught a fish with human-like teeth.
But the most memorable story she has had the privilege of sharing is the story of the Brown family from Wellman, Texas, who lost their daughter Alex in a texting and driving accident. Their efforts to minister to other teens about the dangers of texting and driving caught the attention of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Emily had the opportunity to not only watch a deserving family receive a home, but also to interview designer Leigh Anne Tuohy, actress Emma Roberts, and host Ty Pennington.
In her spare time, Emily loves to dance (tap, jazz, and ballet), cook, hike, travel, and cheer on her beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats and her husband, Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Matt Laubhan—yes, she's married to the weatherman!
After spending almost a year in the financial investments business, Jim Holder returned to WLOV and WTVA in December 2008. He previously spent ten years in the WTVA Sports department, where he began as a reporter and eventually became a weekday anchor.
Jim has co-hosted the football shows Friday Night Fever and First Down on FOX, and has been honored by the Associated Press for Best Sports Reporting.
Before arriving at WTVA in 1998, Jim was the sports director at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Jim and his wife, Nan, were married in 2002 and reside in Tupelo.
Matt Laubhan is the Emmy® Winning Chief Meteorologist for the WTVA Weather Authority and is Northeast Mississippi's first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™.
Matt has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emmy® Award for Best Weathercast in the Southeast Region, and has been named "Best Weathercast" by the Mississippi Associated Press. He has received 3 Emmy® Award nominations for his weather coverage over the last two years.
Matt is passionate about severe weather preparedness. He first completed spotter training when he was only ten years old, and has tracked countless tornadoes from the field and studio. Originally from the small Kansas town of Russell, Matt graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science. He graduated at the top of his class, and was awarded departmental honors for his study of tornado outbreaks. Matt also has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious CBM Seal from the American Meteorological Society.
Prior to joining WTVA, Matt spent seven years forecasting severe thunderstorms in West Texas as Chief Meteorologist for KLBK-TV, and before that as Morning Meteorologist for KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas. While attending the University of Kansas, Matt worked as an on-air meteorologist for KUJH-TV and KJHK-FM, and was an intern and assistant weather producer for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.
Matt, his wife Emily, and their daughter Penny are happy to call the Magnolia State home, and are thankful that God has led them to Northeast Mississippi. If you would like to have Matt visit your school or event, click here to e-mail Matt. You can also follow Matt's forecasts and severe weather updates on Twitter or on Facebook.
The American Meteorological Society grants the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ designation to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations.