Tamara Jolee is a multi-award winning news and sports journalist and arrives to the Treasure Valley from Dallas, Texas. She spent the last year covering everything from Super Bowl XLV, Texas Rangers World Series run, International Film Festivals and movie premieres. In May 2011, she arrived in Joplin, Missouri, just days after the tornado and covered stories of people whom lost lives and homes.
Prior to Dallas, Jolee hosted a regionally-syndicated sports program that aired across Texas and Louisiana in a dozen markets on FOX affiliates, reaching an audience of 25-million viewers. She followed the 2010 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl winning-season. While Jolee has a passion for sports, her first priority is news and she’s been awarded by the Texas AP Broadcasters for anchoring and reporting. She covered the 2008 Presidential Elections and landed interviews with former President Clinton, Michelle Obama and John McCain. In additions, Tamara broke the story of a major child sex ring that made headlines around the world.
Perhaps Tamara’s most recognizable story, however, is her own. In September 2009, at age 29 and at the height of her career, she was diagnosed with an incurable form of blood cancer and given five years to live. She continued to report despite battling 20 rounds of chemotherapy in the last two years. During the same time, Jolee completed two half-marathons and traveled around the world speaking to thousands about children and young adults with cancer. She’s made it her lifelong mission to do community outreach to raise awareness and funds for chronic and terminal illnesses. Tamara completed her last round of chemo in April 2011. By late July, she accepted the news anchor position with FOX9 and three days later doctors delivered news that shocked everyone: for the first time, Tamara was in remission.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Jolee’s career started as a sports publicist and she enjoyed stints with USA Basketball, Florida State athletics, TCU football, Pepperdine University and more. Over 50 of her former athletes play in the NFL, NBA, WNBA and MLB. By age 25, Tamara had worked alongside sports legends like John R. Wooden, Bobby Bowden and the best NBA players in the world with USA Basketball. Her career sent Jolee overseas to places like Cuba, Switzerland, Ireland and dozens more countries. She lived in Germany and witnessed the final NFL Europe season of 2007.
One thing people will quickly learn about Tamara – she has a deep passion and love for children and the community. She volunteers for numerous organizations and hosts her own charity race in Dallas each November. Tamara will deliver a weekly segment on FOX 9 News at 9 called “Positively Idaho.” The stories will focus on hometown heroes, charities, organizations and events that inspire.
The native Texan comes from a large family and calls her 3-year-old nephew, Lucas, the shining star of her life. Her family includes parents (Joe and Vicki), sister (Tara) and brothers (Joseph and Justin). Although she’s covered sports professionally for a decade, she’s also a huge fan of sports. Her favorites: the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech Red Raiders and Florida State Seminoles.