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News Team

Michael Berk – LEX 18 Sports Reporter

Michael Berk joined LEX 18 in December of 2015, after spending 2-1/2 years as a sports reporter with the CBS affiliate up the road in Cincinnati.


Berk has spent most of his career working in sports departments across the country including stops in Eugene, Oregon, Las Vegas, Nevada and Portland, Oregon. While in Las Vegas, he anchored news on a few occasions, and “got the bug” to make it more of a long-term career choice. Click on the image to learn more about Michael.

Angie Beavin - LEX 18 Anchor/Reporter

Angie Beavin – LEX 18 Anchor/Reporter

Angie Beavin joined the LEX 18 news team in August 2015 as a reporter and she anchors LEX 18 News at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The move to Lexington was as much personal as it was professional for Angie. She was born and raised in Lexington, and is excited to be back in the Bluegrass.


She came back to the “Horse Capital of the World” after living in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Angie worked at NBC affiliate KXAN in Austin, Texas. Angie fell in love with Austin, as most people do, and knows she’ll miss the milder winters of central Texas. Click the image to learn more about Angie.

Claire Crouch – LEX 18 Anchor/Reporter

Claire Crouch joined the LEX 18 news team in June of 2015. Claire an anchor on Sunrise weekdays and a reporter.


Claire comes to Lexington from KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma, where she reported and anchored on everything from rattlesnake festivals to an historic drought and even national news stories like the murder of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane. Click on the image to learn more about Claire.

Tom Ackerman – LEX 18 Sunrise/Noon Meteorologist

Tom Ackerman is the morning and noon meteorologist for LEX 18. Tom is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), a professional recognition from the American Meteorological Society.


He’s from the small town of Dover, Ohio just south of Cleveland. And although he grew up in the Buckeye State he and his family have been “on the road” for years. Click on the image to learn more about Tom.

Bill Meck – LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist

The chances are good that your child or one you know has had a visit from LEX 18 StormTracker Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck. Since arriving in Lexington way back in 1999 Bill has seen over 100,000 Kentucky kids with his Bill’s Weather 101 presentations. It’s a program that makes teaching the complexities of weather fun and interesting for the kids. At it’s peak (when he was younger!) Bill’s Weather 101 was at nearly 100 schools every year. In recent years that number has cut back to about 50 schools throughout central and eastern Kentucky.


Bill never dreamed of anything but being a TV weatherman. The dream became a reality while a sophomore at Iowa State University when Bill joined the staff at WOI-TV in Des Moines working on air in several different capacities. Click on the image to learn more about Bill.

Keith Farmer – LEX 18 Evening Sports Anchor

Keith is from Richmond, KY, and attended Madison Central High School, home of the 2013 high school basketball champion Indians, and later Morehead State University.


He started his career in Eastern Kentucky at WYMT where the focus was on high school sports and the University of Kentucky. During his first three year stint at LEX 18, Keith helped cover the 1998 UK National Championship in San Antonio. Click the image to learn more about Keith.

Leigh Searcy – LEX 18 General Assignment Reporter

Lee Searcy is from Versailles, Kentucky and is a News Reporter for LEX 18 news at noon, 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. Lee was a Reporter for WLWT in Cincinnati for five years. She has been honored for “Best Reporter” by the Associated Press.


Lee obtained her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Kentucky University.  She enjoys Horseback riding, outdoor activities and decorating.  Lee is married and has a son, Reece (born December 2006) and a daughter, Olivia (born June 2008).  The family has two dogs and two cats.  Her favorite books include mysteries, and she is currently enjoying a new author named Karin Slaughter.  Lee’s favorite movie is “Beaches” – she loves Bette Midler and any Tommy Lee Jones and any Morgan Freeman movie.  She loves living in Kentucky with the beautiful horse farms that make this area so unique. Click the image to learn more about Lee.

Lee Cruse – LEX 18 News Anchor/Co-Host

Our Live with Lee & Hayley Co-host and 4 p.m. LEX 18 field anchor also works as a stand-up comic. He travels the country working at various comedy clubs, colleges, universities and corporate events. Lee became the national spokesperson for the golf warehouse in December 2006 playing the character “Anchor Chip Green” which is based from his observations of Kevin Christopher. You may also see Lee on the Hey Kentucky show from time to time.


Married to Elizabeth Cruse since July 2000, Lee grew up in Winchester but graduated from Nicholas County High School. His senior year before basketball season the Cardinals traded him to the Bluejackets for a couple of old practice balls. He attended Maysville Community College, a 2-year school, for 3 years. Flunked algebra. Then attended Eastern Kentucky University and flunked algebra again. Lee now audits the books for LEX 18 and Willie Nelson. Click the image to learn more about Lee.

Chris Goodman – LEX 18 Sunrise Anchor

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. I can’t believe I have already been at LEX 18 so long. It’s wonderful being back home in Kentucky. I was born in Paducah and grew up in Louisville. I even hung out a lot in Lexington for a couple years while working in radio here. I didn’t live here at the time…I actually lived in Louisville and commuted the 70 miles one way to work everyday.


I was the night guy at 104.5 The Cat and if you remember listening, you know I was kinda wild! I’ve calmed down a little since then and am very excited to be working at LEX 18! You can see me anchoring alongside Claire Crouch on LEX 18 Sunrise and with Dia Davidson on LEX 18 News at Noon. I came here after spending a few years working as an Anchor/Reporter in Milwaukee. Click the image to learn more about Chris.

Dia Davidson – LEX 18 Anchor

Dia Davidson came from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master of Journalism at Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Georgia.  Dia began her career at LEX 18 in December of 2000.  Dia is a news anchor for LEX18 News at Noon, 12:30, 4 and 5:30 and 7 p.m.


Dia has a variety of experience such as a membership coordinator for Temple University Public Radio, the Promotions Manager at WJJZ-FM Philadelphia, an Instructor for Morris College, an anchor/reporter at WIS News Radio 1320 in Columbia, an anchor/reporter at South Carolina Educational Television in Columbia, an anchor/reporterat WOLO-TV in Columbia, an anchor/reporter at WXLV-TV in Winston-Salem, an adjunct instructor at North Carolina A&T State University and an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky. Click the image to learn more about Dia.

Kevin Christopher – LEX 18 Anchor

Kevin Christopher’s broadcasting career began when he signed on as the Sports Anchor for Turner Broadcasting’s TBS Evening News in the spring of 1980. For the next seven years he was the main studio anchor for Atlanta Braves baseball, Atlanta Hawks basketball, NBA basketball, SEC College football and the Sunday night Coors Sports Page highlight show, as well as a contributor to CNN and Headline News. He later briefly freelanced for ESPN on the West Coast, then headed to New Jersey’s second largest daily newspaper, The Asbury Park Press, as a columnist.


During the early 1990’s Christopher did double duty as a studio anchor and national correspondent for Washington D.C.’s Sports News Network, before returning for a second stint at The Asbury Park Press. When his two-year tenure as the Sports Director at New York’s WLNY-TV ended in 1995, Christopher made the move to news full-time as a bureau chief and evening anchor at Cablevision’s 24-hour cable news service, News 12 New Jersey. In March of 1997 he helped launch the news division at Tallahassee, Florida’s WTWC-NBC News 40. After three-and-a-half years as the main anchor, managing editor and host of the station’s political talk show at WTWC, Christopher signed on as co-anchor of the 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 PM newscasts at LEX 18 in October of 2000. Now in his 35th year in broadcasting, he also anchors LEX 18 News at 5:00 and LEX 18’s Evening Edition at 7:00. Click the image to learn more about Kevin.

Nancy Cox – LEX 18 Anchor

Nancy Cox grew up in Taylor County, Kentucky and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University.


After serving a year as Miss Kentucky and competing in the Miss America pageant, she feels blessed to have been able to spend her entire career in the home state she loves.  Nancy came to LEX 18 in 1992.


Since then, Nancy has won four Emmy Awards for anchoring and reporting, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and multiple Kentucky Associated Press awards.  Some of the highlights of her career include covering more than 20 elections, a presidential inauguration,  a one-on-one sit down interview with Hillary Clinton in the final weeks of her 2008 campaign for President, interviewing the legendary Cawood Ledford upon his retirement and eighteen Kentucky Derbies. However, possibly the proudest moment came when LEX 18 received its first “Best Newscast” Award from the Kentucky AP. Click the image to learn more about Nancy.

Hayley Harmon – LEX 18 Anchor

Hayley Harmon joined the LEX 18 News team in September 2014.  Hayley co-hosts Live with Lee & Hayley and is also an LEX 18 Anchor on the 4 p.m. news.


Hayley comes to Lexington from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she served as weekend morning anchor for two years for ABC affiliate WATE 6 News. But this is her second trip to the Bluegrass. Hayley’s first job in broadcasting was in Bowling Green, where she anchored the morning and mid-day news on WBKO. Click the image to learn more about Hayley

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