Spot the fake! How to tell a real FOX 29 employee as Twitter unveils verification changes
PHILADELPHIA - Twitter has followed through on their plans to remove "legacy" blue checkmarks for thousands of Twitter users this month, opting for a paid-only model instead.
The change, which took effect April 20, put an end to Twitter's previous verification system to prevent impersonations of high-profile accounts.
Along with the verification came a blue checkmark, which often signaled an account was "authentic, notable and active."
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Thousands of journalists, celebrities, news outlets, politicians and big brands have achieved blue checkmark status since 2009.
The previous process required a form, work submission and identification. However, now any user willing to pay $8 a month can "get verified" without any authentication.
Therefore, in an effort to keep our viewers as informed as possible, FOX 29 is sharing the authentic Twitter accounts of its reporters, anchors and contributors:
FOX 29 News Anchors/Hosts
- Alex Holley @AlexHolleyFOX29
- Mike Jerrick @MikeFOX29
- Shiba Russell @ShibaRussell
- Jason Martinez @JasonFox29
- Karen Hepp @KarenFox29
- Thomas Drayton @thomasdrayton
- Bill Anderson @BillAFox29
- Richard Curtis @mrrichcurtis
FOX 29 News Reporters
- Steve Keeley @KeeleyFox29
- Shaynah Ferreira @ShaynahFerreira
- Jennaphr Frederick @JennFredFOX29
- Jeff Cole @JeffColeFox29
- Kelly Rule @KellyRuleTV
- Marcus Espinoza @MarcusFOX29
- Chris O'Connell @CoconnellFOX29
- Jennifer Joyce @JenniJoyceTV
- Shawnette Wilson @SWilsonFOX29
- Dawn Timmeney @DawnFox29
- Hank Flynn @HankFox29
- Jennifer Lee @JennLeeTV
- Eddie Kadhim @KadhimWrites
- Ellen Kolodziej @EllenKolo
- JoAnn Pileggi @joannpileggi
- Cheyenne Corin @CheyenneCorin
FOX 29 Weather/Traffic Authority
- Sue Serio @SueSerioFox29
- Kathy Orr @KathyOrrFOX29
- Scott Williams @ScottFox29
- Bob Kelly @BobKellyFOX29
- Drew Anderson @DrewForecast
- Jacqueline Jewell @JJewellFox29
FOX 29 Sports
- Breland Moore @BrelandFOX29
- Scott Grayson @SGraysonFOX29
- Sam Stafford @SamStafff
All Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok accounts are also linked to their biographical page on FOX29.com.