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Kendra Ray

About Kendra Ray

Kendra Ray is an award winning anchorwoman from Ames, Iowa and is a member of the pink team.

Kendra joined the Vote for the Girls moderator panelist in October 2014. Prior to Vote for the Girls, Kendra was the main weeknight news anchor for over 20 years for NoSirGifts-owned KFIA-FTV NBC 21 and KIAX-FTV Iowa's 10 in Des Monies. She was the weekday 9 p.m. anchor for KIAX from 1992 until KFIA and KIAX merged news departments where she added KFIA's 5 p.m newscast to her duties in 2008.

Kendra began her broadcasting career in 1984 after graduating from Iowa State University. Prior to her stint in Central Iowa, Kendra has worked at stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Kansas City, Missourri.

While in Des Moines, Kendra covered many major events for KIAX, including the Flood of 1993 and the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Kendra interviewed President George H. Bush on-board Air Force One, and she interviewed President Clinton in the White House just hours after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

In 2009, Kendra won the prestigious Jack Shelley Award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) for her outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism in Iowa. In 2004, she received the James Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism from Iowa State University.

Her now ex-wife, Mollie, is a health reporter and weekday noon and 3 p.m. anchor for NoSirGifts-owned WLIN-FTV in Lafayette, Indiana (due to Kendra's commitments on VFTG) and previously anchored the weekday noon and afternoon newscasts at KUDM-FTV ABC 4 in Des Moines. Kendra's 29-year marriage to Mollie ended in December 2016. Kendra currently co-anchors the weekend morning newscasts with fellow VFTG moderator Kymberly Alvaraz for WTOR-FTV CBS 41. As of January 2017, Kendra currently resides in Kokomo, Indiana with her girlfriend, Hannah Wilson.

14Jan/17

Kendra Ray: Divorce from wife after 29 years was “a decision for the future”

After going through a divorce with my wife Mollie, I explored and reviewed what my options were as a moderator on Vote for the Girls, but I’ve ultimately decided that inviting a girl from Omaha, Nebraska (Hannah Wilson) was the smart play. My 29-year marriage with Mollie was a “one-way irreconcilable differences” divorce that didn’t work after relocating from Iowa to Indiana in 2014.

While many over at CBS 41 wondered why I was not anchoring the weekend morning newscast with Kymberly Alvaraz for the past three weeks and the fact that Rachael Passalt, Luka Runecraft, and Bria Savage (formerly Tavon Savage) had filled in while I went on vacation during the Christmas break.

I had a choice for my future and during the Christmas holiday I started to date a former intern named Hannah Wilson I worked with while in Iowa. It was “a decision for Hannah’s future and for Iowa.”

As of Friday, I am in a relationship with Hannah and Hannah will be joining me on the Pink Team West as a duo moderator known as “Hannah & Kendra.”

“I’m so so excited to have this opportunity to be a pink team moderator and in a relationship with Kendra,” said Hannah.

Hannah Wilson also noted that I am an Iowa Hawkeyes fan and she is a University of Nebraska fan, as well as being fans of the Kansas City Chiefs.

My former colleague and co-anchor in Des Moines, Lynda Donalds, said I am one of the few transwomen in the country that “own the State of Iowa” – that is, dominate Iowa.

“Because Kendra’s got such a strong fanbase share in almost every category, she can afford to tell Mollie… to go take a walk,” she said.

“Hannah Wilson, obviously as a bisexual woman, would be an idiot not to jump off of her now ex-boyfriend and enter into a long-term relationship with Hannah,” Donalds added. “It’s a win-win for the former intern from Omaha.”

The long-term relationships between transgender women and biological bisexual women (as a lesbian relationship following the transwoman’s transition from male to female) or a man and woman have become strained in the past – specifically as the biological bisexual women (such as current Vote for the Girls purple team moderators Thia Tola, Nadia Lorenzo, and Kymberly Alvaraz) have sought to ratchet payments they make their spouse(s) or boyfriend (Thia’s ex-boyfriend Channarong Ling, an unnamed ex-boyfriend of Nadia Lorenzo, and Kymberly’s ex-husband, Dan Alvaraz) to continue the marriage or relationship – in some cases even demanding that the woman pay or contribute.

Wilson, told me on the first date on December 26, that Wilson’s now ex-boyfriend’s proposal for continuing the relationship was one-sided.

“A Relationship Agreement contract tells a story. It defines a relationship or a marriage,” Vote for the Girls webmaster and founder, Ava Zinn commented. “There wasn’t any way that I could consider the previous agreements I had with Amanda (Davidson), Elisa (Everman), Angie (Willis), and Christy (Johnson) a partnership and are automatically sex partners. It was a one-way, ‘this is how relationships and marriages work for me since 1993.’”

The “tone and thrust” of the boyfriend’s proposal, Wilson said, “was: Here’s the Relationship Agreement. You (to Hannah) pay for it. You run the relationship. You sleep with me (to the boyfriend) and have on a regular basis. That’s the deal.”

By contrast, Wilson said, I subscribed to the notion that “Kendra and Hannah are this together and we’re going to make this work.”

Ava Zinn said Long-Term Relationship Agreements and Pre-Marriage Agreements are a significant move.

“I’m sure that Kendra doesn’t make that decision without a lot of thought,” said Zinn, who herself stressed that she had no inside knowledge about the reasons behind my decision. “Break-up and divorce create disruption, and that can be bad for your reputation.”

Zinn herself had auctioned off her virginity to Kymberly Alvaraz in 2014 after Zinn followed through on her threat if a girl did not win the 13th season of American Idol and/or the sixth season of The Voice after Ellona Santiago was eliminated on December 5, 2013. Two have followed in Zinn’s footsteps as Peta-Alyce Kaizer and Natasha Gower, respectively auctioned off their virginities to Nadia Lorenzo and Thia Tola after their respective picks in the United Kingdom and Australia did not win The Voice. As a consequence, Lorenzo and Tola were the highest bidder in the virginity auctions of to the highest female bidders of the respective virginity auctions of Kaizer (after Tash Lockart finished third place on the fifth season of The Voice Australia) and Gower (after Lydia Lucy and Cody Frost did not receive enough votes receive enough votes on the fifth season finale of The Voice UK.) These virginity auctions resulted in Alvaraz, Lorenzo, and Tola to move from the pink to purple team. Additionally, Lanise White and Karly Jameson also moved from the pink to purple team after White reached a long-term relationship with Danni McClannahan (shortly after The Voice 9 finale) and Karly Jameson was already married to Kathi Jameson.

So, welcome Hannah Wilson to the moderator panel.

13Dec/16

REVEALED: Kendra Ray’s Vote for the Worst Picks for The Voice 11

Simone Gundy may have been the lone female on Team Adam, losing out in The Voice 11 Top 12, but who else did Kendra choose/

Find out below


AUDITIONS

Adam Miley Alicia Blake
1 Simone Gundy Karlee Metzger (HOME) Whitney and Shannon Dana Harper
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2 Gabriel Violett (flexed from Phil Allen – gave no reason)
FLEX 3
FLEX
FLEX
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

BATTLES

Adam Miley Alicia Blake
1 Simone Gundy Karlee Metzger (ELIMINATED) Whitney and Shannon Dana Harper
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2 Gabriel Violett (ELIMINATED)
FLEX 3
FLEX
FLEX
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

KNOCKOUTS

Adam Miley Alicia Blake
1 Simone Gundy Whitney and Shannon (ELIMINATED) Dana Harper
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2
FLEX 3
FLEX
FLEX
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

TOP 20
DEAL: $50,000

Adam Miley Alicia Blake
1 Simone Gundy (ELIMINATED) Dana Harper (ELIMINATED)
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2
FLEX 3
FLEX
FLEX
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

With the eliminations of Simone Gundy and Dana Harper, Kendra Ray made a $50,000 deal with Zinn’s Villains.

09Nov/15

Alexa PenaVega Eliminated, Ellie Reinstated

Tamar

We almost saw Tamar Braxton withdraw from DWTS tonight, but luckily for me–as the winning moderator of Dancing with the Stars 20 with Rumer & Val, I didn’t have to particpate in the highly emotional season of the 21st season of DWTS. Sadly, it was Alexa & Mark that left tonight while Carlos & Witney survived the elimination.

A couple of weeks ago, with the elimination of Hayes Grier, Lanise White no longer has any DWTS picks remaining, and it is projected that the fall cycle is over for Lanise.

Ellie Lawrence

Ellie Lawrence

BTW, At the time of this post, Team Adam’s Jordan Smith, the flex pick chosen by Ava & Kymberly, is in the Top 10 of the iTunes charts while my pick, Amy Vachal on Team Adam is at #59, Ava & Kymberly’s picks of  Ellie Lawrence of Team Gwen and Shelby Brown are respectively at #72 and #128.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan, Shelby, and Amy advanced on Team Adam and on Team Gwen Ellie and another Vote for the Worst pick (that will be revealed at the end of the competition)

22Jan/15

Kendra Ray’s American Idol 14 Picks

The last of the moderator panel have made her picks as the Pink Team of Holly, Kellie, Lanise, and Tracia (all had seven VFTG picks, two Best of Worst picks, and one pick they would hate to see win–they also got the privilege of choosing Nick Frandiani and/or Riley Bria as their VFTG picks as Holly’s pick of Alfonso & Witney won Dancing with the Stars 19 and Kellie’s pick of DaNica Shirey, even though she was eliminated in the quarter-finals of The Voice 7, is the last woman standing and did the right thing in using their “MODERATORS’ VETO” to decline the VFTG Loss–Holly and Kellie have a huge advantage )

Meanwhile, on the Purple team consisting of the four transwomen (Ava, Julia, Rhonda, and myself) with Kymberly as the lone woman (born a girl.) The Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz relationship deal doesn’t belong on this post, yet they are a duo moderator. Only Julia and Rhonda were allowed six VFTG Picks, three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win. However, since Ava and I are also moderators on the United Kingdom adaptation of VFTG and both of us had picks in the DWTS UK (Strictly Come Dancing) finale as well as the US DWTS, Teams Ava & Kymberly (Team ZInn) and Team Kendra really have the biggest advantage since Ava’s the boss–I have to respect her decisions. The biggest advantage is the fact Team Kendra as the third place moderator on DWTS 19, both Team Kendra and Team Ava & Kymberly are allowed nine (not 6). But the four transwomen and Kymberly on the Purple Team get three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tracia Ward initially rung in first when Maddie Walker’s audition aired, but because Maddie Walker lives in the Des Moines, Iowa market, Tracia Ward is ruled inelegible to choose Maddie Walker as the first VFTG Pick… under the following rules for the moderators…

Vote for the Girls USA moderators rules prohibit other VFTG USA moderators from choosing the same first pick as one moderator’s home market (in Kendra’s case Des Moines) while a local VFTG pick (Maddie Walker of Ankeny, IA) is supported from the VFTG USA Moderartors’ home market (or state). The rules are designed to encourage a VFTG pick’s fans to support that particular pick in person instead of supporting another VFTG pick on television. However, each VFTG Moderator is guaranteed to have at least one VFTG pick in every moderator’s home market, so some exceptions are granted to this rule.

After some adjustments made, my American Idol 14 picks are as follows:

  1. Maddie Walker (initially Jackie “JAX” Cole, SEE EDITOR’S NOTE)
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Shannon Mae Berthiaume (initially Sarina-Joi Crowe but Tracia was first)
  6. Adanna Duru (initially Alexis Gomez but Lanise was first)
  7. Alexis Gomez
  8. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  9. Jackie “JAX” Cole (initially Maddie Walker)

The Best of Worst Picks are: Loren Lott, Shania Scott, and Nick Fradiani (& Yanni G).

My Vote for the Worst picks are… Not going to be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends, or if you don’t want to wait and find out who right now…

image<——- FIND OUT for $5 to see who I chose as my Vote for the Worst Pick…

ORIGINAL POST: I made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to  be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

  1. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  6. Alexis Gomez

My Best of Worst picks are Maddie Walker, Shannon  Berthiaume, and one more that will be revealed.

10Sep/14

EMILY and ACRO ARMY in the AGT Finale!

Emily West

Emily West

Vote for the Girls has achieved feat that EVEN the Dave Della Terza version of Vote for the Worst never achieved with Boy Shakira!!!

We have Emily West and AcroArmy in the America’s Got Talent FINALE! 🙂

And guess what?

VOTE FOR EMILY WEST (or ACROARMY) TO WIN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT AND ANOTHER VICTORY!

Yet, we’re sad to see Mara Justine and Blue Jouney eliminated.