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Sean McLaughlinVeteran Valley broadcaster Sean McLaughlin has had multiple roles at CBS 5 News, including chief meteorologist, news anchor and reporter.

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Sean McLaughlin

A nine-time Emmy award winner, McLaughlin now serves as the main weeknight news anchor for CBS 5 News. McLaughlin joined the CBS 5 News team in 2006. Prior to his return to the Valley, he served as MSNBC's weekday main meteorologist and Sunday weather anchor on NBC's "Weekend Today" with Lester Holt and Campbell Brown. He frequently Joined Matt, Katie and Ann on the weekday TODAY show filling in for Al Roker. During his network stint, McLaughlin reported for all broadcast platforms for NBC Universal and was an integral part of the network's coverage of the record-breaking hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, including broadcasting live for nearly 16 hours straight as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf coastline. Other broadcast highlights include live, network coverage of the president's inauguration, multiple space shuttle launches, Winter & Summer Olympic Games, the Daytona 500 and multiple Super Bowls. After being named "Outstanding Young Alum" at Iowa State University, he now currently serves on the advisory board for the Greenlee School of Journalism at ISU. He currently maintains his National Weather Association's Broadcast Seal of Approval and filled in on "The Early Show" for CBS in New York for over six years. McLaughlin is married with four young children and enjoys exploring Arizona with his family.

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Kris PickelAward-winning journalist Kris Pickel joined veteran Valley broadcaster Sean McLaughlin on the anchor desk for CBS 5's evening newscasts in June 2015.

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Kris Pickel

Pickel returns to Arizona from Cleveland, where she was the main anchor for the NBC affiliate. Prior to that, she was an anchor in her hometown of Sacramento, CA. An Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Pickel is no stranger to Arizona. In fact, she is a familiar face to Tucson residents. Pickel spent nearly a decade on the anchor desk at KOLD, and her work made quite an impact. Her investigation into riots and injuries that accompanied the University of Arizona's NCAA win led to procedural changes for police crowd control in the city. "Kris is an amazing story teller," CBS 5 Vice President and General Manager Ed Munson said. "She has a unique ability to connect with people while telling their stories. This genuine passion for journalism shines through with Kris and is evidenced by her numerous accolades and awards." Pickel started her career as a college intern and has since worked almost every job a newsroom has to offer. Pickel, a mother of two boys, has made it a habit to give back to the city she calls home , and Phoenix will be no different. "I believe the best anchors spend time out in the community and not just behind the desk," she said. Excited to join the stellar team at CBS 5, Pickel is looking forward to getting out and being part of everything that makes Phoenix a great place to live and work. Over the course of her career, Pickel has won 7 Emmy Awards.

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Paul HortonMeteorologist Paul Horton loves Arizona. He worked as the morning meteorologist and host of the CBS morning show for eight years. He has done more 1,000 live shots in our state and is considered by many as the concierge of the Valley.

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Paul Horton
CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist

Paul realized he had an interest in weather in 1989, when he and his family were huddled in the bathroom of their small St. Thomas home enduring the wrath of Hurricane Hugo. After that experience, he realized how important a meteorologist's job can be. He is a graduate of the communication/broadcasting program at George Fox University and received his meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. Paul is a five-time Emmy award winner, including the Governor’s Award for his work on his annual car wash. Being involved in the community is very important to Paul. The car wash is a huge event for CBS 5's "Pay it Forward." It happens every October and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona. Last year alone, it raised more than $240,000. Please join him again this year at Desert Ridge Market Place. Paul is originally from Portland, OR and was a weather anchor in Spokane and Cincinnati before moving to Phoenix. On the weekends, you can find Paul hosting events, hiking, at the pool or exploring the great state of Arizona with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Jake.

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