News anchor Leeann Tweeden said in a story published Thursday that Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and kissed her during a United Service Organizations tour in 2006.
Tweeden is currently an anchor for the “McIntyre In The Morning” show on 790 KABC Radio in Los Angeles, and has appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto” and “Red Eye,” as has co-anchored “Good Day LA” on KTTV Fox 11.
She got her start as a model, and has also worked as a sports broadcaster.
In 2012, she covered “UFC Tonight” on Fox Sports 1. That job lead to her covering the Anaheim Angels for Fox Sports West. During her sportscasting career, she covered Super Bowls, MLB and NFL training camps, Daytona 500s, the Kentucky Derby and the World Series, just to name a few.
For four years, she was also the host of NBC’s “National Heads-Up Poker Championship” and the late-night show “Poker After Dark.”
She has also done 16 USO tours, traveling around the world to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during one of those tours that the Franken forcibly kissed her and took a photo of him touching her breasts as she slept.
Her father served in Vietnam, and she is married to Chris Dougherty, a pilot for the California Air National Guard. She met him when he was on active duty in 2004 during one of her many USO tours. The two married in 2010 and have two children.
In 2011, she was honored by the nonprofit Veterans of Foreign Wars for her “outstanding contribution to America’s Armed Forces in the form of entertainment.”
Tweeden was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of getting into modeling and acting.
She has appeared in such publications as Playboy, FHM and Maxim magazine.