Hello there! My name is Jeff Kolb and I joined FOX23 as the weekend sports anchor in June 2016 (disclaimer: I had nothing to do with Kevin Durant leaving, I swear).
I came to Tulsa from my home state of Rhode Island. I guess that means I’m trading snowstorms for tornadoes, right?
Before joining FOX23, my need for a career of watching sports for a living took me to Pennsylvania, Michigan and most recently to Rhode Island.
At WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, I was lucky enough to cover the New England Patriots’ run to Super Bowl XLIX and the ensuing Deflategate saga.
I also covered a Providence College basketball team led by NBA lottery pick Kris Dunn and a PC Hockey team that won its first NCAA Division-I national title in 2015.
Let’s be clear about one thing though – I’m a baseball guy first and foremost. Once upon a time I took my pitching talents to Division-III Emerson College in Boston, MA. That said, my favorite assignment of all at WJAR was traveling to Williamsport, PA, to cover the Little League World Series!
What drives me to do this job more than anything are chances to tell human interest sports stories. For example, I was fortunate to earn the trust of Bryant University men’s assistant basketball coach Chris Burns, who became the first openly gay coach in major sports in the fall of 2015. Burns spoke exclusively to me about his journey in a way that informed and inspired people.
I really hope I can tell similar types of stories at FOX23 that inspire you to be grateful, strong and a believer that anything is possible!
I love telling those stories because they inspire me, too. I’m a believer in the teachings of the late legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden said, “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." I believe that’s at the heart of all stories of perseverance.
At the end of the day, I love to have fun. I’m so excited to cover Oklahoma sports, especially Friday night football! If you see me at a game, story or just out in the community, make sure you say “hi.” Selfies are always an option, too!
My family back in Rhode Island includes my parents, Ivy and Bill, and my brother Adam. They promise to watch me closely on FOX23.com to make sure my tie is straight and my pocket square is tucked in well.
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