Leeann Tweeden

Leeann Tweeden

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Leeann Tweeden
Leeann Tweeden Kuwait 3.jpg

Tweeden signing an autograph at Camp Arifjan in December 2007
Born Leeann Velez Tweeden
(1973-06-13) June 13, 1973 (age 44)
Manassas, Virginia, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Model, announcer, television personality
Spouse(s) Chris Dougherty (m. 2010)
Children 2
Website www.leeanntweeden.com
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Hair color brunette
Eye color brown

Leeann Velez Tweeden (born June 13, 1973) is an American radio broadcaster, model and sports commentator. Since February 2017, she has been the news anchor for McIntyre in the Morning on Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tweeden was born in Manassas, Virginia,[2] to Bill Tweeden, a retired Air Force Chief Mechanic, and her mother, Catherine.[3] She is half Filipina on her mother’s side. After graduating from Osbourn Park High School, in 1991, Tweeden moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in modeling.[4]


In 1992, while working as a hostess at a Hooters restaurant (she was in their 1994 calendar) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she won first place in the Venus International Model Search. This break led to national exposure, including a regular role as a fitness model on the TV show Fitness Beach. Tweeden modeled for promotional work for Hooters, Venus International, and Frederick’s of Hollywood.[4]

Tweeden was a correspondent for Fox Sports NetworksThe Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2001 to 2007. In 2008, Tweeden became the third hostess of the NBC late night television series Poker After Dark.[5] She has also appeared on the political discussion series Hannity in 2011 and 2012.[2] She was a member of the “Great American Panel” and also occasionally appeared on the panel of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.[6][7]

Tweeden was seen in pre- and post-game coverage of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Fox Sports West and is currently working on Fox Sports 1‘s UFC Tonight, with Kenny Florian and Ariel Helwani.[6]

Tweeden is currently on the Los Angeles morning radio show McIntyre in the Morning on KABC, 790 AM from 5 – 10AM as the news anchor. She joined the show on February 7, 2017.[1]


In 1996, Tweeden appeared non-nude in a fitness model pictorial for Playboy magazine. Fifteen years later, at 38 years old, she appeared again in the December, 2011 issue of Playboy, this time posing in a nude pictorial. In 2002, she was a guest character in the motocross video game Freekstyle as a motocross rider. The March 2007 Issue of FHM (which was the final printed US issue) featured Tweeden as the cover girl.[8] As part of Hooters’ 25th anniversary in 2008, she was named among “The Top Hooters Girls of all time”.[9]

Since 2002, Tweeden has gone on at least sixteen tours with the USO including twelve to Afghanistan and Iraq.[2][10]

Allegations against Al Franken[edit]

Franken and Tweeden in Kuwait on their 2006 USO tour

On November 16, 2017, Tweeden gave an interview to 790 KABC, and wrote a post on their website, accusing Al Franken of inappropriate behavior toward her when the two were on USO tour to the Middle East in 2006. Tweeden stated that Franken, who in 2008 was elected to the United States Senate from Minnesota, insisted that they rehearse the kiss that appeared in the script for a skit in the USO show: “I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”[11] She said she pushed him away, feeling “disgusted and violated”.[11][12][13]

Tweeden wrote that Franken also posed for a photograph with her while she was asleep on the C-17 cargo plane flying home.[11] According to the Washington Post, the photograph “shows Franken looking into a camera, his hands either over or on Tweeden’s chest as she slept”.[12][13][14] Franken responded, saying: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. … As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”[15] He issued a longer apology later,[16] which Tweeden accepted.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Tweeden met her husband, Chris Dougherty, a retired Air Force pilot for the California Air National Guard, during a USO tour. They married in 2010. They have two children, son Kane and daughter Kaia.[2][18]

She considers herself fiscally conservative and said that she voted twice for President George W. Bush.[2]

In 2009, she became the public face of the website Rethinking Autism, which uses a series of videos to educate the public about autism.[19]

In a 2011 interview with Sean Hannity, Tweeden supported the birther movement that questioned President Barack Obama’s American citizenship. In the same interview, she praised future president Donald Trump, who was a leading voice of the birther movement.[20]

Actress (5 credits)
 2018 Eruption: LA
Newscaster #2
 2015 Lavalantula (TV Movie)
Sue Schnell
 2012 UFC Tonight (TV Series) (Self)
 2005 NASCAR Nation (TV Series)
 2002 Fusion TV (TV Series)

2002 Philips Fusion Soul Bowl: Young Guns Skateboarding (2002)

Self (38 credits)
 2017 The View (TV Series)

Bob Saget (2017) … Herself
 2017 The Lead with Jake Tapper (TV Series)

Episode #5.227 (2017) … Herself
 2009-2013 Hannity (TV Series)
Herself – Panelist / Herself

Episode dated 25 July 2013 (2013) … Herself
Episode dated 9 January 2013 (2013) … Herself
Episode dated 11 July 2012 (2012) … Herself – Panelist
Episode dated 6 June 2012 (2012) … Herself – Panelist
Episode dated 23 March 2011 (2011) … Herself
 2012 Fox NFL Sunday (TV Series)

Episode #19.10 (2012) … Herself
 2011-2012 Red Eye w/Tom Shillue (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Panelist

Episode dated 12 July 2012 (2012) … Herself – Guest Panelist
Episode dated 3 April 2012 (2012) … Herself – Guest Panelist
Episode dated 6 March 2012 (2012) … Herself – Guest Panelist
Episode dated 8 February 2012 (2012) … Herself – Guest Panelist
Episode dated 20 December 2011 (2011) … Herself – Guest Panelist
 2012 Kendra on Top (TV Series)
Herself – Playboy Model & Sports Personality

Fore Play (2012) … Herself – Playboy Model & Sports Personality
 2008-2011 Poker After Dark (TV Series)
Herself – Host / Himself – Host

Craziest Hands (2011) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 13 August 2011 (2011) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 12 August 2011 (2011) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 11 August 2011 (2011) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 10 August 2011 (2011) … Herself – Host
 2011 Hooters 2011 International Swimsuit Pageant (TV Special)
Herself – Judge
 2011 The Hooters 2011 Swimsuit Pageant (TV Special)
Herself – Judge
 2011 National Memorial Day Parade (TV Special)
Herself – Host
 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship (TV Mini-Series)
Herself – Host
 2007 USA Rock Paper Scissors League Championships (TV Special)
Herself – Co-Host
 2007 25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 Arby’s Action Sports Awards (TV Special)
 2006 The Best Damn Sports Show Period (TV Series)
Herself – Correspondent

Best Damn New Orleans Road Show – 2006 (2006) … Herself – Correspondent
 2006 Stranded with a Star (TV Movie)
Herself – Panelist
 2006 Mansionpoker.net Poker Dome Challenge (TV Series)
 2006 Racing Superstars: Off the Track (TV Movie)
Herself – Host
 2005-2006 The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (TV Series)

Episode dated 12 January 2006 (2006) … Herself
Episode dated 1 December 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2005 Beyond the Glory (TV Series documentary)

Sex and Sports (2005) … Herself
 2005 Hannity & Colmes (TV Series)

Episode dated 4 February 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2005 Party @ the Palms (TV Series)

Episode #1.9 (2005) … Herself
 2003 54321 (TV Series)
Herself – Host
 2003 The New Tom Green Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 21 July 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series)

Episode #1.55 (2003) … Herself
 2003 Player$ (TV Series)

Enter the Playtrix (2003) … Herself
 2002 America’s Party: Live from Las Vegas (TV Special)
Herself – Reporter
 2002 The Skateboard Show (TV Movie)
Herself – Host
 2002 Freekstyle (Video Game)
Herself (voice)
 2002 Howard Stern (TV Series)

Episode dated 26 April 2002 (2002) … Herself
 2002 Piratenet (TV Series)
Herself – Host
 2002 High Octane (TV Series)
Herself – Host
 2001 Bluetorch TV (TV Series documentary)

 2000 Toughman (TV Movie)
Herself – Host
 2000 Southern California Sports Report (TV Series)
Herself – Correspondent
 1998 Fitness Beach (TV Series)
 1996 Playboy: Hard Bodies (Video documentary)
 1995 Edenquest: Pamela Anderson (Video)


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