News Team


Our team delivers local news, weather and events from a lifestyle perspective. Hover over the pictures to learn more about the crew.

Matt McDonald

News Director

Veteran newsmaker, who recently anchored for KSTU- FOX in Salt Lake City, Matt has been hired as the new Central Oregon Daily news director. Previously a top anchor for KTVZ -NBC and KOHD-ABC, Matt is a familiar face for the Central Oregon market.

Samantha O’Connor

Anchor/Storyteller

As a 13-year local of Bend, Samantha has a deep passion for Central Oregon and the stories of this community. She has six years of experience in the industry, all of which were spent in Bend, giving her an edge in Central Oregon reporting. She anchors the 3pm and 5pm broadcasts and takes pride in making viewers feel engaged, informed and excited about where we live.

Allen Schauffler

Anchor

Allen comes to CO Daily News with 32 years experience in broadcast news, print journalism and film production.
An anchor and reporter at KING-NBC in Seattle for 21 years, he also served as Pacific NW correspondent for Al Jazeera America.

Dorrell Wenninger

Meteorologist

My interest in weather started in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. I rode out the storm a mile from the beach with my immediate family and saw the devastation of the worst storm to hit the MS Gulf Coast in 36 years. During the couple of weeks after the storm, I climbed the ten foot piles of debris and tried to salvage what I could. It was then that I recognized my calling and wanted to learn How & Why all of that happened so I could tell everyone When & Where it will happen next.

Brooke Snavely

Storyteller

Brooke is a 35 year multimedia veteran with deep Central Oregon roots. He anchored and reported on KTVZ-NBC in the 1990s and has been on local radio stations. He also wrote the best-selling “Fishing Central Oregon” guide book, now in its sixth printing.

Dave Jones

Storyteller

Dave has been television news director/anchor, cable manager, award-wining filmmaker and a closet country rocker. A longtime central Oregon resident (and native Oregonian), Dave is deeply involved in the community. He enjoys traveling the state with the Destination Oregon crew, finding the popular and unknown places that make our state such a great place to live.

Steve Kaufmann

Storyteller

Steve is a television photojournalist of 17 years and has two Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism. A story teller with a video camera, he has seen almost every form of natural disaster, watched an armed occupation of a bird sanctuary unfold, and covered many government meetings.

Eric Lindstrom

Storyteller

Eric grew up in Australia before moving to the U.S. as a teenager. After graduating from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production, Eric started his career in San Diego working as a sports videographer/editor before shifting his focus into the business world. After spending 5 years working in various management roles in San Diego and Australia, Eric and his wife moved to Bend to be closer to family. Eric joined the Central Oregon Daily team in 2015.

Anyssa Bohanan

Storyteller

Anyssa has never liked to sit still, and that’s how this native Texan ended up in Central Oregon, thousands of miles from the nearest Whataburger. After living overseas for several years she returned to the US to jump back into her first love, television, and is currently living her life-long dream of being a storyteller. When she’s not in front of the camera you can find her closest to the food in any social setting, shamelessly jamming out in public, binge watching shows.

Dalton Roth

Storyteller

After growing up in Iowa and studying Journalism at Iowa State University, Dalton left the Midwest behind to follow his passions here in the Pacific Northwest. It was his love of interesting people and a unique story that lead him to Central Oregon Daily. When Dalton isn’t in front of the camera, you can find him exploring one of the many trails Bend has to offer.

Meghan Glova

Storyteller

Meghan comes to us from Charlotte, North Carolina. After four years as a college sports reporter at North Carolina State University, she has found a passion for reporting within the Bend community. Her love for television, people, and adventure is expressed in every story told. When Meghan isn’t in front of the camera, you can find her eating her way through Bend or exploring on her motorcycle.

Donna Britt

Storyteller

Donna Britt is the former executive producer of the nationally-syndicated radio show American Country Countdown. Her writing credits include the recently released cookbook Cookin’ It with Kix. Donna first relocated to Bend from her native South in 1988 and is the former host of “Cooking Central Oregon Style”. After a decade away from the beautiful Northwest, Donna came back ‘home’ in 2014.

Tim Wehde

Storyteller

Tim has been doing video work for the past 10 years. He loves to get outside and hunt, fish, hike, and enjoy neature (yes, spelled like that, because nature is neat). Tim has lived in Bend his whole life outside of the 2 years in Florida for college. He has a passion for design and handles the graphics and production for Central Oregon Daily.

Matt Pugerude

Storyteller

Matt grew up outside the Seattle area. After his move to Oregon, over two decades ago, he found his love for all types of TV production at Southern Oregon University. Matt has enjoyed the last 18 years honing in on his craft and he still finds new ways to fall in love with production. That passion to tell a great story is the thing that Matt loves to bring to his work. When looking through the viewfinder of a camera to fine-tune the edit, he always strives to show the best of that story.

Cydney McFarland

Storyteller

After living on the Washington coast, Cydney came to Bend in 2017 for some more sun and a new career in TV news. She joined the Central Oregon team because of the commitment to providing a more in-depth look at local news. Cydney started her journalism career in print, first as a features reporter in Idaho and then as an editor in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula. She has also worked as a photographer with the U.S. Army and the Arizona Republic.

Forrest Smith

Storyteller

Coming from rural Eastern Oregon, Forrest’s small-town upbringing adds a down-to-earth perspective to storytelling. After earning a BS in Media Arts and Communications and a minor in Film Production from Eastern Oregon University, Forrest put his storytelling talents to use by promoting community development programs. As a result, Forrest recognizes that video production is a great way to promote positive change in our community.

Cody Rheault

Storyteller

Cody started his career over a decade ago in photography, which developed into filmmaking. Over the years, his work has taken him abroad, where he honed his desire to tell meaningful stories. He strives to tell those stories best through composition, lighting, movement, but most importantly, great storytelling.

Heather Roberts

Assignment Manager

Heather is a native Oregonian and award-winning journalist who started behind the scenes at KATU-ABC in Portland. She has covered news in Central Oregon since 2006, and most recently, Heather served as news director for KBND News Radio.

Ted Taylor

Digital Content Producer

Ted is an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of newspaper and television newsroom experience in Oregon, Colorado, Arkansas and Nebraska. A 19-year resident of Bend, Ted has written, edited, reported, produced and has been a managing editor in news capacities.

Marc Heron

Digital Media Specialist

Since obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, he has spent the past two years working with over 50 local businesses and has run marketing campaigns for nearly every type of industry. Most recently, Marc was a digital account manager for the Bend Bulletin.

Mike Ficher

COTV Sports Play-by-Play Announcer

Mike was the voice of Crook County sports on KRCO for four years and served as the play-by-play announcer for broadcasts of Bend Elks’ games for four seasons. In addition, Mike is a voice, commercial and stage actor and public address announcer. During the past 10 years, Mike has called more than 250 football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball games on radio, television and the Internet. He has been with COTV Sports since 2010.

Andy Satterfield

COTV Sports Analyst Announcer

If you look up “Football Fanatic” in the dictionary you would find a picture of Andy. Some have even referred to him as a football freak, although he fancies himself an “enthusiastic student of the game”. From peewee to professional Andy enjoys every aspect of the game of football of that there can be no doubt. Drawing on his experience as a former player, coach and lifelong fan Andy offers unique insights and perspectives to the COTV viewer.

Jim “Jimbo” Schoebel

COTV Sports Announcer

Jim’s passion for sports started at the age of 10, when he received a radio for his birthday and was hooked from that day. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he quickly became a fan of the Blazers and announcer Bill Schonley. Jim has covered high school sports off and on since 1985 and he is a huge fan of all sports! When he’s not watching sports, he enjoys time with his wife and daughter and his dogs.