Ricky Maranon is Weekend Weatherman/Reporter for KMTR and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Ricky first started reporting in Oregon at KCBY in Coos Bay where he covered breaking news, crime, government and local politics for a year before moving to Eugene to be a part of the KMTR family.
Before going in front of the camera, Ricky was a producer at KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City where he also covered a few court cases and breaking news events.
Before entering TV news, Ricky was a reporter for the Tulsa World newspaper in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he covered higher education and the state capitol.
Ricky also anchored and produced in college for his school’s newscast OU Nightly, and he also reported for the school’s newspaper The OU Daily. While in college Ricky also did some severe weather coverage where some golf ball sized hail did a number on his truck. He still has the pictures at home.
Ricky was named Top Male Journalism Student in 2011 by the Oklahoma Gridiron Foundation, and he was awarded first place for in-depth and enterprise reporting by The Oklahoma Press Association for his coverage of a typo in a hate crimes bill that drastically altered the meaning of a proposed bill that was moving through the Oklahoma legislature in Spring 2010. That bill would have taken away hate crimes protections based off race and religion. His story was later quoted by Oklahoma House members as a reason the hate crimes bill was killed in committee.
In addition to being recognized by The Oklahoma Press Association, Ricky has also been honored by the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting after he followed a check fraud artist across the State of Oklahoma as he tried to establish a fake charity for abused children.
Ricky’s stories have also appeared on MSNBC and The Huffington Post.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Dec 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM PSTLast Updated: Dec 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM PST
Winter wonderland or not, Tuesday morning's commute could come with some hazards.
"We're geared up from the coast clear up to the Cascades," said Rick Little with Oregon DOT. "We're ready to plow if need be, apply sand and spray magnesium chloride or the deicer. We're ready to go no matter how it hits us, and for the individual, it just depends on where they are."
ODOT and forecasters expect much of the action will be in higher elevations, although there could be impacts to travel in the valley from the cold freezing moisture on pavement.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Nov 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM PSTLast Updated: Dec 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM PST
People are gearing up for the holiday season, but before you are ready to shell out some green, we found some ways to get the best bang for your buck when you decorate this holiday season.
The day after Thanksgiving is the first true shopping day of the holiday season, but there are a few tricks out there to keeping your tree greener and also saving some green when it comes to turning on those twinkle lights.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Nov 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM PSTLast Updated: Dec 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM PST
While some shoppers scampered to the mall and big box retailers the day after Thanksgiving for deep discount and sales, one local animal shelter was hoping to draw in new loving homes for its feline occupants.
The Greenhill Humane Society played host to Black Cat Friday this year offering deep discounts in adoption fees and pet supplies for pets with new homes.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Nov 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM PSTLast Updated: Nov 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM PST
"Titanic," "Ladder 49 "and even classics like "Driving Miss Daisy": It’s highly unlikely you will find movies like these in your local Redbox, and local independent video stores say that is what is keeping them in business.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM PSTLast Updated: Nov 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM PST
Two men who have never met each other get in to similar fights with their girlfriends, watch the same movie, come to rural Oregon and experience similar fates. Is it just a coincidence, or is there more linking them together?
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Oct 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM PSTLast Updated: Oct 28, 2013 at 9:09 PM PST
As the first freeze of the season moves in to the Willamette Valley overnight Monday, the area's homeless are left without one resource they usually depend on in cold months of the year: the Egan Warming Center.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Egan Warming Center program is not ready for the upcoming cold season yet, said Associate Executive Director Charley Harvey.
“We have had early freezes before, but this one kind of took us by surprise,” Harvey said.
Harvey said St. Vincent’s begins the Egan Warming Center program on November 15, usually when the first freezing nights of the season are forecasted to arrive.
“We haven’t trained the volunteers yet, and we actually lost one church this year,” he said. “We are looking for a possible new site to replace the center we no longer have.”