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  • Meet Anna Kooiman!

    Good morning everyone!

    As I mentioned, I have a new office-mate.  Her name is Anna Kooiman, and comes to us from North Carolina!  (She was at Fox Charlotte).  

    If you’ve seen her on air, you know that she’s a beauty, but she’s also a really really nice person (which is a relief since we’re in the same room for much of the day!)    As promised, here’s a few questions and answers she kindly submitted for you all to read.  If you have anything you’d like to ask Anna, feel free to post them here…

    A few of you have asked if her name is Dutch, so I asked her this morning.  She was pleasantly surprised and said “Yes!  How observant of your bloggers!”  :)  

    I know you will all warmly welcome our latest addition to the FNC Family!

    Where were you born?

    The Queen City… AKA… Charlotte, NC

    First job?

    First job ever? Lee’s Ice Cream Parlor…. At 14 and a half… Mama and Daddy Kooiman said it was time to make my own money! First TV Job… During my last semester of college I became a one man band reporter at ABC in Wilmington, NC. I would schlep around my own camera, microphones, batteries, cables, tapes, etc… I would set up the camera on a tripod… and report in front of it! LOL I’m sure I looked silly in my suit and high heels… melting in the southern heat and humidity.

    Where did u go to school?

    University of North Carolina at Wilmington


    I am definitely a NEWS NERD. I’m enjoying working for FOX during an election year. Politics can be more entertaining to watch than professional sports or reality television! My other passion is fitness. I like to compete in triathlons and marathons. I ran distance on the track team at UNCW. And I was an exercise instructor in Charlotte. My favorite class is Turbo Kick. It’s a mix of kick boxing, hip hop dancing, and athletic drills all rolled into one… choreographed to the hottest… heart pumping hits on the radio. I also taught classes to kids at an inter-city after school program.

    Favorite books/movies?

    Hands down favorite book… Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life. I have read it 4 or 5 times!

    How do u like living in NYC?

    New York is FUN! I’m trying to drink up the city as fast as I can… from Broadway to The Giants, to The Knicks, to Central Park, and of course the food! I had a few friends living in the city already… and I’ve been hanging out with new friends (that mutual friends have set me up with). I certainly miss my family, church, and amazing girlfriends in North Carolina though.

    What has been the biggest adjustment?

    The biggest adjustment for me has been trying to run errands all over Manhattan without a car… BUT I have a 100 pound yellow lab, Baxter who moved with me to the city. The noise was a little hard on him at first… but he’s doing pretty well now. I have hired a dog-walker who Baxter absolutely loves… and not just because of the treats she gives him. ;-) This lovely lady gives Cesar Milan a run for his money and calls herself the ‘Mother Theresa of Dogs.’ Baxter still barks at the horses pulling carriages through Central Park every once in a while… but he loves being able to go there to escape from the concrete! Here’s a question for someone who has spent harsh winters in NYC…. The dog-walker tells me I need to get my ‘Baxter Bear’ a coat and booties for the winter… Do big dogs wear them too? Or will Baxter look like a sissy???

    What’s your idea of a great vacation?

    An ideal vacation… hmmmm… sunshine, smiles, good food, dancing, and culture… and if there’s time… some relaxing… so a ‘vacation from the vacation’ isn’t necessary!

    Favorite weather/time of year?

    My TV career took me to Ohio for a couple of years… it was nice to REALLY experience the different seasons there. I like them all for different reasons… The turning of the leaves in Fall, the crisp air and clear skies in Winter, the green grass and cherry trees in Spring… and the tan lines and sand between the toes during Summer! But if I had to pick just one… SUMMER… everyone seems to be in a better mood right?… Positive energy is contagious!


Best of luck Anna.

January 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.