Your Fox 18 KLJB Nine O'Clock News team:
As a Quad Cities area native, Bailey is thrilled to continue her career here with the Fox 18 Nine O'Clock News team.
Bailey grew up in Sherrard, Ill. She then went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Illinois State University. There, Bailey was awarded numerous honors, including Best Senior in Journalism and the Doris Dungey Endowed Scholarship. Besides ISU, she's worked with news teams in Peoria, the Quad Cities, and even in South Korea to gain experience both in front of and behind the camera. As a foreign exchange student for a semester at Dong Ah Institute for Media and Arts, Bailey also fell in love with Korean culture and traveling.
Among the highlights in her journalism career, Bailey has been behind the badge, training with the Moline Police Department, and traveled to Camp Ripley in Minnesota for weekend training with the Iowa National Guard. You may have seen Bailey go to new heights to tell a great story; from jumping out of a plane with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team to rappelling down the Hotel Blackhawk, and even diving into a chilly lake for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Bailey is always up for a challenge. She especially enjoys any chance for outreach in the community she calls home.
When she's not bringing you the news, Bailey is often out exploring different Quad Cities hot spots, which often includes a few tunes of karaoke. In her spare time she also likes spending time with her two dogs, camping, and throwing a few right hooks at the punching bag.
Erik is no stranger to Fox news after having worked at Fox 9, a station owned and operated by the Fox Network, in Minneapolis for four years before returning to the Quad Cities in 2011. Prior to that, he was a Quad City weatherman for 13 years.
Erik studied meteorology and broadcasting at Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil. Outside of his first year forecasting in the desert at KPNX in Phoenix, Erik has had a Midwestern career with stops in Traverse City, Mich., and Mason City, Iowa. Growing up in Minnesota, Erik is a HUGE hockey fan and loves to follow the Mallards. In the warmer months you'll find him at as many River Bandits games as he can fit in. When he's actually participating in sports, he's either playing golf or running. Erik has three Quad Cities Marathons under his belt and six Bix 7s. Other outdoor endeavors include doing anything from flying kites to road-tripping. Don't be surprised if Erik drives in to your town on any given weekend in his pride and joy: a red 1987 Porsche 924S He calls "The Chili Pepper."
Erik enjoys speaking to school kids about weather and entertaining community groups with talks about weather, television, and his favorite subject: Erik Maitland! But, if you ask, he'll also talk about his two cats, his piranha, and some of his hobbies including woodworking and touring microbreweries.
Thom has been a sports authority in the Quad Cities for four decades. A native of the QCA, Thom graduated from Alleman High School. He's a pioneer through and through. He was the first voice of University of Iowa basketball, covered the first and every professional QCA-based golf tournament, which you now know as the John Deere Classic, and has been the voice of every Bix 7 road race. Thom was named sportscaster of the year in 1985, 1987 and 1991. He was inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.