Meet the Team

Emily Goodell

Emily Goodell joined the KAPP/KVEW team in February 2019. Emily was born in raised in Yakima, where she currently works as our Yakima Bureau Chief. She’s worked in nearly every journalism medium, but above all else, her passion is investigative reporting.…

David Mann

David Mann is a multimedia journalist who uses the web to share stories. He writes, creates videos and helps run things on the KAPP-KVEW’s social media accounts. He grew up in Portland, Oregon as an avid snowboarder and science geek…

Jamison Keefover

Jamison Keefover joined KAPP/KVEW in October 2018. She is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She stayed close to home to attend Oklahoma City University and studied Broadcast Journalism. She competed as an international debater and got to travel worldwide representing…

Rio Barber

Rio Barber joined the KAPP/KVEW team as a reporter in December of 2018. She was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington with a major in communications and a minor in music.…

Kaitlin Knapp

Kaitlin Knapp joined the KAPP/KVEW team as a reporter in April 2018. Prior to her move to Washington, Kaitlin worked as a news producer in Las Vegas. She was hired during her second internship at 8 News Now. As a…

Jason Valentine

“What can I say, I love my job. I love being a part of this community, and helping them plan for their day.” Jason joined KAPP/KVEW in September of 2005. He started in the production department, but soon found his…

Carissa Lehmkuhl

Carissa Lehmkuhl is a born-and-raised Southern California girl, excited to experience the PNW. She was born in San Diego, and attended Biola University in Los Angeles, majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in Spanish. After graduation in 2014, she got…

Monica Petruzzelli

Monica loves telling stories – whether that be through newscasts, documentaries, or the songs she writes. She was born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in sunny San Diego, California. Monica is now happy to be living in Benton County, Washington…

Kristin Walls

“I’m going to love putting my weather knowledge to good use for everyone in the Tri-Cities & Yakima area. I’m excited to explore and make the Pacific Northwest my new home!” Kristin Walls was born in a small town in…