Hosted by: Jenifer Reynolds and Ron Stahl
Hitch a ride with us each week to discover friendly folks, tucked-away attractions, roadside eateries, and grand adventures – from the extreme... to the serene – plus, insider tips for making your next Oklahoma get-away unforgettable!
AAA Discover Oklahoma is shown Saturdays at 6:30 pm on KOTV-6 in Tulsa, KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City, KSWO-7 in Lawton. Or at 6:00 pm Saturday on KXII, Sherman/Denison, Texas and KCTU in Wichita, Kansas.
Meet the Discover Oklahoma Staff
Jenifer is a native Oklahoman, born in Miami. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the DuPont-Columbia Award, the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. She’s the only college student ever to receive the honor. Her 14 years at Oklahoma City, CBS affiliate NEWS 9, were spent reporting on various issues including government and children’s issues, but she’s also known for her work on special programs about country music, rodeo and the natural beauty of places like the Glover River in southeast Oklahoma.
A lover of the outdoors and proud mother of three children, Jenifer has traveled with her family extensively around the state for fun, and now says she hopes to share some of her experiences with “Discover Oklahoma” viewers.
Born and raised in McAlester, Oklahoma, Dino Lalli is a Co-Host and producer for Discover Oklahoma. Prior to joining the crew, Dino worked in the Oklahoma Film and Music Office for almost nine years. He held the position of Field Representative. In that capacity, some of his duties included location scouting and photographs, production logistics, eliminating red tape for various types of productions, research, acting as a liaison between a production entity and the community and/or state, and point of contact for various production companies. Prior to his service with the state, Lalli was the Creative Services Director in the television division of a worldwide, non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City…a position he held for two years.
Over a 20-year period, Dino served as the entertainment editor and film critic for three television stations; the ABC and NBC affiliates in Oklahoma City as well as KNBC in Burbank, California. While at Channel 5 in Oklahoma City, he hosted and produced an award winning nationally syndicated program on movies. He is one of just a handful of entertainment reporters in the country ever to be nominated for an Emmy Award. Several of the Academy Awards specials Dino produced and hosted were nominated for regional Emmy Awards while at Channel 5.
Much of Dino’s work has aired nationally on various ABC affiliates, The Today Show, CNN Showbiz Tonight, ESPN, and Entertainment Tonight.
Dino received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism Radio/TV Broadcasting from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. His freshman year at OU, he was a McMahon Journalism Scholar.
He and his wife Laryssa have three children.
A native of Yukon, Oklahoma, Shel Wagner is thrilled to be “back home” after an 18-year career stint in Los Angeles, where she worked as a scriptwriter, director, and producer of more than forty independent films and television dramas, as well as dozens of commercials, and educational videos.
Shel has spent her share of time around universities. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film and Television Production from UCLA, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio TV Film from Oklahoma State University. She also taught beginning cinematography, and 3-camera television production classes at UCLA.
Shel received the coveted Jack Nicholson Distinguished Director Award, a Cine Golden Eagle, a Cindy Award, a Telly Award, a Motion Picture Association of America Award, and a bucket-full of prizes and recognitions from film, television and screenplay festivals worldwide.
When she’s not writing segments for Discover Oklahoma, Shel relieves stress by sanding and painting the hundred-year-old house she’s renovating with her husband Kurt Kaya, in the heart of Kingfisher’s Main Street. Kurt and Shel have two little girls, Cricket and Prairie Kei …both girls named in honor of Shel’s Oklahoma heritage and love for the state.
Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Jeff is SOONER born & SOONER bred and grew up in Bethany. He was totally consumed with FOOTBALL all the way through high school until he blew out his knee and lost a college football scholarship. He then attended OSU of OKC for a business degree. As a sophomore in high school he started pushing buttons at a local radio station and kept his fingers in it through the rest of high school and college, eventually becoming KMGL radio’s “Magic Man” on the “Steve and the Magic Man” morning radio show: one of the most highly rated drive-time radio programs in the Oklahoma City market. Jeff added “Discover Oklahoma segment host” to his resume in the summer of 2010, taking on adventure stories…and any segment requiring the wearing of a swimsuit.
Jeff is married to Janet and together they have three children; Stephanie, Luke & Mark. They reside in Edmond.
Abby is the Associate Producer for the Discover Oklahoma team: A role that requires wearing many ‘hats’- everything from story idea generator to writer, production scheduler to segment host, and viewer relations to bill payer.
Abby also works as freelancer on several projects in the entertainment sector. She is an event producer for Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge, which promotes film, music, and interactive companies at South by Southwest in Austin, TX, but also at numerous events around the State.
In the summer of 2012, Abby left the Oklahoma Film & Music Office (OF&MO) after four years as their Development Coordinator. The OF&MO markets Oklahoma as a viable location for producing motion picture, television and music projects, providing resources for every aspect of production including an incentives program, personnel, locations, equipment and permitting. During that time she co-created the Buffalo Lounge.
With a passion for film, music, and the state of Oklahoma, Abby is ecstatic to have found a career that encompasses all those things. Abby is a Tulsa native, a Kappa Alpha Theta alumna, and a Junior League of Oklahoma City member. She is also a member of the 2012-2013 Oklahoma City LOYAL (Linking Oklahoma City’s Young Adult Leaders) class VIII. Abby holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan Oklahoma native Tommy Evans came to Discover Oklahoma after working for KWTV in Oklahoma City for 22 years. While at KWTV, he gained valuable experience working on commercials for local businesses such as Mathis Bros. and Evans Furniture and in 1996, Tommy became NEWS 9’s marketing videographer and non-linear editor.
Tommy's work in on-air promotion has been honored by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, and the Oklahoma City Advertising Club. He has also garnered Emmy nominations for both short form (:30 promo) and long form (documentary) pieces. He has received the coveted CBS Eye on Excellence award as well.
Tommy’s television career is an outgrowth of his interest in still photography. He is a founding member of the Metro Camera Club, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007. His still photography has been used in Oklahoma Today magazine, in a calendar, a postcard, and the Oklahoma City brochure produced by the Chamber of Commerce.
Walt Cox is a Lawton, OK. native who brings more than 20 years experience in the television industry to Discover Oklahoma. His career began while he was a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he worked at the student operated television station and moonlighted, literally, as an overnight videotape editor at Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV. Upon graduation from UCO, Walt accepted a photojournalist position at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
After two cold winters in Michigan, Walt jumped at the opportunity to return to Oklahoma and KFOR, where his work was honored by the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, American Women in Radio and Television, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
For two years, Walt was Director of Photography for the program "Your New House" on the Discovery channel. He also worked as a freelance photojournalist traveling the country to produce television for domestic clients such as ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, TLC, MTV and others, as well as international clients that included RTL Germany and the BBC.
In addition to his duties with Discover Oklahoma, Walt teaches non-linear film and video editing at Oklahoma City University and grows vegetables on a modest acreage in Northeast Oklahoma County with wife Angie and daughter Kennedy.
You may reach the staff by sending e-mails to DiscoverOklahoma@TravelOK.com
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