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Spokane and KHQ have been Dan's home since 1985!

Dan Kleckner makes up part of the KHQ main anchor team, along with Stephanie Vigil.

Dan has asked the tough questions of political, business and other leaders & newsmakers over the years as part of the KHQ "6 Questions" series. Dan says, "it seems every year that goes by, I get to add to the incredible list of people I have had the chance to meet… from sports icons Hank Aaron and Jack Nicklaus to fellow broadcast journalists Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams."

Dan's role at KHQ has evolved over the years – from Sports Director to Morning News Anchor, Evening News Anchor and now a new segment called Connect with Kleck in which Dan addresses viewer's questions, concerns, comments and story ideas.

Dan was inducted into the 2014 Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for broadcast excellence. The Silver Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the Northwest Chapter television for at least part of their 25-year career. The Northwest Chapter of NATAS has been honoring and celebrating Silver Circle members since 1991.

Dan's love of sports goes beyond his 12 years as KHQ Sports Director. As an Emmy-award winning Sports Anchor, Dan's sports career highlights include: Traveling with the Gonzaga Bulldogs when the Zags made their first NCAA appearance in 1995, carrying the Olympic Torch as the flame made its way across the country to Atlanta in 1996, and meeting his boyhood idol, Chicago Bears Hall-of-Famer Gale Sayers for a 6 Questions Interview.

Growing up in Chicago, Dan couldn't help but be a Bears and Cubs fan (Dan's apologies to the White Sox) even though Windy City fans didn't always get to enjoy many victories. It was there Dan was "hooked" on being a "sports guy." Dan's favorite sport has always been football and he's proud to say, "I'm probably the slowest defensive back to ever play college football (at the University of Redlands)!"

Dan enjoys giving his time to Special Olympics, SIDS Foundation and Catholic Charities. He loves spending time with his wife Donna and his 3 children. Dan also loves to play golf at the incredible courses in our area, but is "still waiting for that hole-in-one!"

  • KHQ Anchors

    • Stephanie Vigil

      Stephanie is the proud recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award and several Emmy awards.

    • Dan Kleckner

      Spokane and KHQ have been Dan's home since 1985.  Dan says, "it seems every year that goes by, I get to add to the incredible list of people I have had the chance to meet..."
    • Sean Owsley

      During his time at KHQ Sean has covered major stories that have shaped our area.
    • Kalae Chock

      Kalae is excited to be part of Spokane's #1 morning show with Sean Owsley, as KHQ's crime tracker reporter.  She also anchors the KHQ Saturday morning show.
       

    • Claire Graham

      Claire Graham is so excited to be part of the KHQ team! You can watch her Monday through Friday in the evenings, when she anchors the Fox First at 10 and 11@11 newscasts.
  • KHQ Reporters

    • Patrick Erickson

      Patrick Erickson was born and raised in the beautiful Inland Northwest and is a reporter for KHQ Local News and KAYU Fox First At Ten.
    • Katie Chen

      Katie Chen joined the KHQ news team as a Reporter/MMJ in June 2015.

    • Claire Graham

      Claire Graham is so excited to be part of the KHQ team! You can watch her Monday through Friday in the evenings, when she anchors the Fox First at 10 and 11@11 newscasts.
    • Matt Rogers

      In February of 2009, Matt's position at KHQ evolved when he was offered the opportunity to cover Sports.
    • Peter Maxwell

      Peter T. Maxwell Jr. joined the KHQ news team in 2017 as a reporter.

    • Caitlin Rearden

      Caitlin Rearden joined the KHQ news team in October of 2014 as the weekend anchor/reporter.
  • Weather

    • Leslie Lowe

      Leslie Lowe is our weekday evening forecaster for KHQ Local News.  In addition, she can be seen forecasting the weather on SWX.
    • Blake Jensen

      Blake is a Washington native and graduated from Washington State University in 2009.
    • Ryan Overton

      Ryan Overton joined KHQ news team in November of 2014 as a weekend weather anchor and a member of the SWX weather team. Ryan made the move from "the last frontier", Alaska after working in Anchorage.
    • Bridgette Larsen

      Bridgette Larsen is from the California Bay area and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend school at Washington State University. A proud Coug, joined the KHQ team in December 2014.
    • Dave Law

      Dave Law's 25 years of forecasting experience has taken him around the world a time or two.
    • Amy Rose

      Amy's interest in weather came at a very young age. What started off as a fear of storms turned into a passion for weather and forecasting.
  • KHQ, SWX Sports

    • Sam Adams

      Sam Adams is the senior sports anchor at KHQ-TV and has helped to launch SWX, Spokane's first and only all-sports and weather channel.
    • Femi Abebefe

      Femi Abebefe joined the KHQ and SWX sports team as an Anchor/Reporter in August of 2016.
    • Lindsay Joy

      Lindsay joined the KHQ and SWX sports team in October of 2014 as an Anchor/Reporter.
      Lindsay joined the KHQ and SWX sports team in October of 2014 as an Anchor/Reporter.
    • Matt Rogers

      In February of 2009, Matt's position at KHQ evolved when he was offered the opportunity to cover Sports.
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