Meet the KFDM News Team
Chrissie Mouton - Southeast Texas Live Co-Host
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
I love what I do, so I have fun every day as host of Southeast Texas Live. I was born and raised in Southeast Texas, so I'm proud to call it home, and I love having the ability to showcase the amazing people here on Southeast Texas Live.
I'm no stranger to the world of television, beginning my career, 16 years ago right here in Beaumont. I've covered everything from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, to the raid on the Texas FLDS compound. Now, I'm tackling the "lighter side of the news" focusing on the world of entertainment, arts, music, and events going on in the area.
I love interacting with the great people that call Southeast Texas home. There's a plethora of amazing food, culture, music, and community spirit. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and Southeast Texas is no different.
As host of Southeast Texas Live, I hope to not only showcase the people, events, and culture of the area, but to inspire all of our viewers to retain the Southeast Texas spirit, and continue to make this area the best it can be.
I welcome feedback, so tell me what YOU want to see on Southeast Texas Live. Let me know about your event! Find me on Facebook and like my page! You can also email me at Cmouton@sbgtv.com
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Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent
Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news. He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.
He's a member of several professional organizations including;
The Society of Professional Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists
The International Documentary Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University. Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.
Kelli Phillips - Anchor
I was born in San Antonio, TX., and grew up in Portland on the GulfCoast. I was always interested in theater and broadcasting and appeared in my first television commercial when I was only 14.
At age 18, while attending the University of Texas in Austin, I was hired to host Evening Magazine on KENS-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio. I was the youngest host in the country for the popular syndicated program.
While working in TV, I became attracted to the "anything can happen"atmosphere of live radio broadcasting and went to work for KTFM . I later became a deejay known as 'Kelli Lee' and appeared on several stations including94Q and K106 in southeast Texas.
I was attracted to southeast Texas because the people here are so genuine. Plus, you cant beat the flavor of the food!
After moving to Beaumont, I began working in television again where I became a popular spokesperson for several companies, appearing on their TV commercials. It was during this time that I was approached by KFDM-TV about joining the station's popular morning program with Dan Gresham and James Brown.
I think the morning program worked so well because all three of us came from a radio background and we approached the show like it was radio with pictures!
In 2008, I was promoted to the evening newscasts and began anchoring the Live at Five show solo and anchoring the 10 o'clock newscast with my co-anchor Bill Leger. After the retirement of legendary broadcaster Larry Beaulieu in 2011, I succeeded him as co-anchor of the 6PM newscast.
One of my favorite stories was covering Hurricane Ike. We were all gathered in the newsroom waiting for the storm to hit when Bill Leger and I decided we couldn't just sit around. We drove to the Port Arthur seawall and were standing or trying to stand there, describing what was happening to our viewers, when the waves started crashing over the seawall, flooding the streets, and we realized we were at ground zero as the storm arrived.
I am married to veteran broadcaster Bob Phillips and have two children,Charlie and Dylan. When I'm not working, I enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with my family. I work with several charitable organizations and my husband and I are spokespersons for ARC of Greater Beaumont.
I can be reached via email at Kelli@KFDM.com.
Greg Kerr - Anchor
Many say you can't go back, but for me, coming back to Southeast Texas was really something I felt was a terrific opportunity. Channel 6 has long had a top-notch reputation for its news coverage and I'm so excited to be a part of it and team with long-time anchor Kelli Phillips. Kelli has made me feel welcome and I know well be a great team and bring you a newscast you'll enjoy watching. KFDM has been the best station in the market forever and there is a reason for that. The newsroom has such diversity, from veterans to newcomers. It's a perfect blend and one that really played a major factor in my decision to comeback to Channel 6. There is a lot to be said for our experience and solid news judgement, as well how genuine the people are here.
For those of you who don't know or recall, I was Sports Director at KFDM for almost 10 years spanning the late 80s to the mid 90s. We did some fabulous things here, among those that I remember most fondly were covering two Super Bowls, televising Lamar Basketball games and airing the annual Beaumont Bowl between Central and West Brook High Schools. Also, I can tell you,of all the sports markets Ive worked, the high school football here was better than most, I loved doing the Friday Football Shows. I meet so many interesting people during my time here and you'd be surprised how far reaching the Beaumont connection is among sports and television people.
After I left KFDM, I worked in Oklahoma City, Greensboro, NC and Dallas at Fox Sports Southwest. I earned a Lone Star Emmy for a documentary I produced while at FSSW, it was truly one of the most fulfilling moments of my career. But over the last several years, I wanted to make the jump to news and my first job was as Morning Anchor at the Fox affiliate in Austin. Let me tell you, waking up a 2:20 am was no fun and I lifestyle I didn't enjoy, so hats off to Dan Gresham who's done it for years.
I'm married with two daughters, Courtney and Caity, both of whom were born in the area and both are now in college.
I graduated from Dallas Carter High School and attended Weatherford JC, University of North Texas and received my degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. I also played basketball at WJC and UCO and still enjoy playing H-O-R-S-E every now and then.
I enjoy cycling but I'm wondering where the hills are around here? If you see me out riding be sure and wave, I'm usually wearing a bright green and orange stripped jersey so cars can see me.
Greg can be reached at email@example.com
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Tom Wright - Reporter
Those around me tire of hearing it. But I'm from Missouri. You have to show me. So I come by cynicism honestly.
I've lived and worked in Southeast Texas since I earned a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1984. I raised my children here. And almost all of my professional career has been with KFDM-TV.
You can see me reporting on community events on "Live at Five", hosting a viewer call-in show "KFDM Listens" on the second Thursday of each month, and talking about one of my passions on "The Movie Guy" every Friday on News at Noon.
I am also part of the KFDM News management team as Managing Editor.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to produce a number of shows including "Larry Beaulieu: A Life in Broadcasting", "Hurricane Ike: Wind and Surge", "RX: Prescription for Abuse", "Hurricane Rita", "Stories of the Century", "Gardens Under the Sea", "A User's Guide to the Big Thicket", "Gusher: The Story of Spindletop", and "The Garbage Glut".
I spend time exercising, gardening, backpacking and exploring the world of ideas. I also write and play music. For the last ten years, I've played original music with a band I formed called Buffalo Blonde.
I've found the people of Southeast Texas to be caring and giving. They always respond when needed. The dynamic weather here keeps life interesting. And you can't beat a Southeast Texas winter!
Dan Gresham - Anchor
For more than 20 years I have started my workday in the middle of the night! Serving as the Executive Producer / Host of a two and a half hour morning show requires rolling into the office while most people are sleeping. Not sure you ever get used to the strange hours!
I'm a native Texan, born in Houston, raised in Longview. I started my career doing radio news while still in college at Baylor University studying journalism/broadcasting. I got my first television reporters job at KWTX-CBS in Waco before moving to Port Arthur and KJAC-NBC as weekend sports anchor in 1979. After five years in sports I left television and tried radio management in Tyler before returning to Beaumont to start Southeast Texas first daily talk radio show on Newtalk 560 KLVI in 1986. Uncle Larry talked me into joining the staff of Channel Six News in 1987 and for a short period of time I anchored the 10pm news with Sally Rieger.
As you can imagine I jumped at the chance to move to the morning shift and work with James Brown...it has been nothing if not interesting. I've had the opportunity to interview presidents, actors, authors, hundreds of local business owners and volunteers through the years. Everyday is nonstop action! During my time at Channel Six I have also had a chance to try my hand at sports play by play for Lamar Baseball and Basketball. Several years ago I returned to my roots and talk radio. For almost 4 years now I have hosted "Gresham Live" every weekday afternoon on Newstalk 560 KLVI.
When I'm not working, I enjoying spending time with my wife of more than 30 years, three grown kids and four grandkids...all girls! I've been known to do doubleheader movie days, but really enjoy spending my spare time outside. An avid tennis player, I love to travel and have checked one item off my bucketlist by attending the US Open in New York City.
I like to think I have a simple mantra for my life...Try To Learn Something New Everyday and around the KFDM newsroom there never seems to be a shortage of opportunities!
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Mike Friedman - Sports Director
KFDM was my first job in TV, I put myself through college working in women's shoes at the Dillard's in Scottsdale Fashion Square. We made commission on top of hourly, let's just say I took quite a cut in pay to pursue my dream job and come to KFDM. I worked at a local grocery store in high school. I was in the deli bakery and they would always let me get on the intercom to announce the "delicious hot French bread right out of the oven and located at check-stand number eight for your shopping convenience".
There's no question the people here are my favorite thing in SETX. I've been so fortunate to have met some great student athletes and work with some incredible high school coaches.
When not trying to get the scoop on the latest in SETX sports, I can't get enough of my twin baby girls. They'll always be my baby girls no matter how old they get and I spoil them to death. They're true southeast texans, they were saying "y'all" and "fixin- to" before they were 3.
I've had some great memories from my years here at KFDM. One of my favorite stories was one of my first mid-county madness features. I used the comparison of King Kong vs Godzilla, it's a colossal battle only southeast texans can understand. I also enjoyed my first meeting with now OKC Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins. Coach Andre Boutte granted me his first TV interview, he was just about to start his Freshman season at Ozen. I can remember a lot of "yes sir's" and I don't think he looked up from starring at his feet the whole time. To cover Kendrick from then until now has been great.
The return of Lamar University football is one thing I will never forget. I along with so many in the area wanted local college football and I enjoy every bit of having the Cardinal Football team now. The Coach Ray Woodard airs Sunday nights at 11:05pm during the season with yours truly as the host.
I've had some great stories on the bigger stage too, Scottie Pippen's debut with the Rockets is one I'll always remember. The Astros move from the Dome to then Enron Field was a treat. The first training camp for the NFL expansion Houston Texans. It's been so much fun and I know there's still so much more to come.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dana Melancon - Meteorologist
Born and raised right here in Southeast Texas makes me even more proud and dedicated to what I do; because my family is here, in Southeast Texas. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and went right into broadcasting with my first job being a disc jockey at local radio station KHYS. I am also extremely proud of the fact that I was the last "station announcer" hired at NBC in 1980. After some coaching from my best friend, the sports director, I was hired to take over the weekend forecasting position.
I attended Mississippi State University through correspondence and received my certificate in Broadcast Meteorology. After 3 months of weekend forecasting, I was moved to the expanded morning show at Hometown News NBC 4 as co-host and weather forecaster. After 4 years, and a lot of coffee, I was promoted to the chief meteorologist position, heading up the finest weather department in the market at KBTV, Fox 4. I am also a meteorologist for KFDM News Channel 6, Fox 4's sister station.
I'm proud to have hosted and emceed at just about every event here in Southeast Texas including, Cavoilcade, Shrimpfest, Mardi Gras, and many social and civic events. I'm also proud to serve on the board of directors for Girls Haven, The Ehrhart School of Fine Arts and Athletics, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas and others.I enjoy talking to students and mentoring to the underprivileged . I attend Infant Jesus Church in Lumberton.
I like all kinds of music, especially jazz; both listening and playing. I spend my spare time dancing, cooking. If that weren't enough, every Sunday morning from 6 to 10 a.m., I host the Cajun Express on KD 101.7 along with Gloria Roy. I have a beautiful daughter Kelli, and handsome boy Parker (who gets a heck of a lot more fan email than I do), a sister that's too wonderful, and a couple of ugly brothers.
Greg Bostwick - Chief Meteorologist
I received my education in Meteorology in 1979 and joined KFDM-TV in July, 1979, so I am going on my 34th year at Channel 6. As you might imagine, it is quite rare for anyone to stay at the same station for that length of time.
Not only do I appear on the evening news on television, I also give weather reports on KLVI-AM weekday mornings. I also do weather consulting work for area industry and emergency management.
I have forecasted literally over 100 hurricanes and tropical storms over the years and take great pride in helping the families of Southeast Texas weather these weather events. Some of the most memorable storms were Allen in 1980, Alicia in 1983, Bonnie in 1986, Andrew in 1992, Rita in 2005, Humberto in 2007, and of course Ike in 2008. Obviously Rita and Ike were the "big" events with those hurricanes causing extensive damage in Southeast Texas. Hopefully the hurricane seasons in the future will be quiet in our area.
Being an Aggie, I am a big supporter of Texas A&M football and you will usually find me and my family at Kyle Field at home games.
I also have a greenhouse and nursery business at my home near Winnie called "Bostwick Farms". I grow and sell plants to area landscapers and nurseries and really enjoy getting my hands dirty.
My family and me have made Southeast Texas our home and hope to enjoy retirement here in the future. Thanks for trusting KFDM-TV for your weather needs.
I can be contacted at email@example.com and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Nicole Murray - Anchor
It puts a smile on my face as I proudly say, "Southeast Texas is home!" I moved to Beaumont after accepting a job as the Weekend Anchor in 2007. Three years later I was promoted to News at Noon Anchor and soon after joined Dan and James in the morning. I can truly say I am enjoying my dream job!!!
I was raised in Riverside, California by my two loving parents Philip and Carolyn Murray. At a very young age I remember watching the Anchors on the news and thinking that must be the perfect job! Growing up, I never lost the determination and drive to one day become a News Reporter and eventually graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a degree in Broadcasting.
In 2001, I accepted my first job as a News reporter at KWES in Midland, Texas. I loved every moment of getting my feet wet and learning the business hands on. Two years later I moved to Killeen, Texas where I worked as Bureau Chief and News Reporter for KCEN. My main assignment was covering Fort Hood, at the time the largest Army base in the country. It was heart wrenching to watch families send their loved ones off to war knowing some would never return home. The four years I spent in Killeen taught me to appreciate every day, love my family with all my heart, and never take life for granted.
Although I found myself torn to leave Killeen, I knew God was leading me in another direction and I had to follow his plan, that plan lead me to Beaumont and KFDM Channel 6!!! I have never looked back. It has been so rewarding to be a part of this community. Thank you for allowing me to share in the laughter and tears. We have literally gone through the storm and survived! I feel so blessed by the love and support I've receive from my Southeast Texas family and my immediate family Rev. Brandon Carter and our son B.J.
Jennifer Gordy - Reporter/Weekend Anchor
Jennifer Gordy returns to television after a brief hiatus to raise her two children. With one studying at The University of Texas and the other headed to Texas A&M University in the fall, she felt it was time to return to the field about which she is most passionate. Jennifer spent ten years in the media, including anchoring the 6 and 10 oclock newscasts on Channel 4. She has volunteered with many non-profit organizations around Southeast Texas, including Family Services of Southeast Texas, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, Julie Rogers Gift of Life, Young Life of Southeast Texas, Junior League of Beaumont, CASA of Southeast Texas, Symphony League of Southeast Texas, and The Neches River Festival. Her family has been in the Beaumont area since Spindletop. Jennifer thrives on being a part of, and giving back to, her community.
Kerry Cooper - Meteorologist
I was born and raised in Southeast Texas and lived in Orange, Texas most of my life. When I was young and loved weather I would be with my parents driving through Beaumont and would always turn and point and say "I'm going to work there one day". Kerry graduated High School in 1987 from Little Cypress-Mauriceville. I went on to Mississippi State University and graduated in 1994 with a degree in Meteorology.
After college Kerry landed his first job in Waco, Texas as the morning Meteorologist at KCEN Television. He worked there until 1996 when he dreamed of working back home at KFDM Channel 6. My favorite stories I have covered was the Jarrell, Texas Tornado in 1994 and the flooding we had with Allison here in Southeast Texas. I enjoy relaxing, playing sports and Ghost Hunting while not at work. I have been awarded "Best Weathercast" by the Port Arthur News.
I have also covered High School Football for KFDM for several years as well as other sporting events locally. The one thing I love about covering weather in Southeast Texas is it's always changing, never one season. I have enjoyed watching my son grow up as well being here.
Haley Bull - Reporter
I am a Midwest girl at heart (OH-IO!), but excited to now call Southeast Texas home! I grew up in Cincinnati and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Government and Politics.
I've wanted to be a reporter since grade school when my 6th grade superlative was "future newswoman." I am so happy that it is coming true in Southeast Texas.
Reporting the news is my first passion. I truly believe everyone has a story and I love giving a voice to those tales. Before graduating from UMD, I worked as a reporter for Capital News Service, where I won a regional student Emmy for my work, interned for the CBS Evening News and the Political Unit in the Washington Bureau, worked covering the Presidential Inauguration for CBS and interned at FOX19 in Cincinnati. I also was a writer for the lifestyle online magazine, Her Campus Maryland.
My second passion is swimming, and anything to do with water. I was a member of UMD's varsity swim team and started swimming competitively when I was only 8 years old. I was a three time high school All-American and a proud Terrapin athlete! I love sharing my sport with others, I also lifeguarded and coached a summer league swim team for five years.
The people in Southeast Texas are so genuine and welcoming. I am thrilled to now call Texas home and see all it has to offer! Feel free to message me with any story ideas or just to say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org, @HaleyKFDM, Id love to hear from you.
Andrew Chernoff - Reporter/Weekend Anchor
Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Chernoff and I am the weekend sports anchor/sports reporter for KFDM-TV Channel 6. I began working at the station in July 2012.
After being born in Atlanta, GA, and living in Tampa, FL, for a few years, I spent the majority of my life growing up as a Hoosier, in Carmel, IN (a suburb of Indianapolis). It is there where I graduated from Carmel High School in 2008. After that, I attended Syracuse University, where I graduated in May 2012 with dual majors in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. So, if you see anyone wearing orange T-shirts around SETX, its probably me.
I have previous experience at 88.3 WAER in Syracuse, NY, covering Syracuse University sports. Meanwhile, I was also involved with the schools student-run radio station, Z89, and TV station, CitrusTV. Back in Indianapolis, I completed two internships at WISH-TV in its sports and news departments.
In my time working at those places, I have had the opportunity to cover two Indianapolis 500s, the Syracuse University mens basketball team and a couple Indianapolis Colts training camps.
When I'm not working, I can be found watching IndyCar Series or Formula 1 races, playing golf at any golf course around or jamming to country music!
My biggest inspiration has to be my family and friends. They are my rock in life and give me great support. Plus, I don't know how they put up with me.
My favorite part about working in Southeast Texas is just interacting with everyone. Everyone is so nice here! I thought Hoosier Hospitality was unique, but I was wrong. I'm lucky to have lived in two places, Indiana and Texas, where treating people well is a top priority.
If you have a story idea, have any comments or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at email@example.com or tweet me @ADChernoff.
Leslie Rangel - Reporter
I'm from Dallas, I went Red Oak High School, home of the Hawks, and I am a proud Longhorn alumni from the University of Texas at Austin!
Before joining KFDM 6 News, I served as the University of Texas reporter for FOX 7 Austin, interned with CBS The Early Show in New York City, contributed to an international fashion blog, College Fashionsita, wrote for the Houston Defender as the Legislative Reporter, interned with KXAN Austin News and also interned with CBS Radio in Dallas.
I am excited to cover stories in the Beaumont community and learn all about what SETX has to offer!
When I'm not in the newsroom, you can find me teaching workout classes, going for a run, taking road trips, keeping up on the latest trends and shopping!
My biggest inspiration is my mother who taught me how to believe in my dreams.
My favorite interview so far is talking with Jamie Schanbaum, a meningitis survivor turned paralympian. It showed me how impactful and personable stories can be. My most memorable story was going live via phone for the NBC station in Austin after there was an active shooter on campus.
Please feel free to send your story ideas.
Justin Hinton - Reporter
I joined KFDM in September 2012 as a general assignment reporter.
I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in MassCommunications. My dream to become a journalist was solidified right after my senior year.
I chose to study journalism in Egypt. While there, I landed in the middle of the Arab Spring. Grabbing my camera, I hit the streets shooting footage of the historic moment. From there, I traveled to Korea covering stories about Korean culture while continuing my studies.
After returning home, I was chosen as one of 10 people across the country to train with NBC as a News Associate. In that role, I field produced the Olympic segment, Hometown Hopefuls. I interviewed potential Olympic athletes from North Texas on their quest to reach London 2012. I also served as the Social Media Director for KXAS during the Olympics.
I am a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and I'm ready to make Southeast Texas my new home.
I look forward to getting involved with his community. If you have any story ideas, don't hesitate to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Huet - Reporter
Although I was born in Houston, I call Austin home. I have lived there for the past 13 years, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin this May (Hook 'em!). Although I just moved to Beaumont, I am already loving Southeast Texas and the wonderful people that live here.
News and politics fascinate me, so I majored in broadcast journalism and minored in Government. During my time at UT, I interned with Fox News Channel in New York City, and reported live, in Austin, once a week for Fox 7 News as their UT Reporter. I also interned with KXAN and reported for Texas Student Television's KVR News.
Besides news, my passions include acting, horseback riding, speaking French, and having adventures. I suppose growing up reading Nancy Drew books influenced me there. The most important things in my life are my faith, family, and friends.
If you'd like to connect with me, please like my facebook page, tweet me, or email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear your story ideas!
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Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
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Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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