• Katherine Whaley is an American journalist and reporter best known for working as the morning traffic anchor for the ABC13 Network.
• She has a net worth of over $300,000 and an annual salary of at least $40,000.
• She contributed to the ABC13 show “Food Truck Friday” and has her own blog “Dash of Decadence”.
• She is married to Chris Wadley and is expecting her first child in 2019.
• She is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) with long blonde hair and green eyes.

Known for movies

Short Info

FactBest known to most audiences as Sorsha in Willow (1988). She had her dark brown hair dyed bright red for the role.

Who is Katherine Whaley?

Katherine Whaley was born on 1 November 1986, in Houston, Texas USA, and is a journalist, and reporter, probably best recognized for working in the position of the morning traffic anchor for the ABC13 Network.

Katherine Whaley Net Worth

Over $300,000. Her annual salary is at least $40,000.

Early Life and Education

Katherine spent her childhood in Houston, where she was raised alongside her sister, named Jenna Elizabeth, by her father, Larry Whaley, and her mother, Charlotte Whaley. Upon matriculation from Memorial High School, she enrolled in Rice University, from which she graduated with a BA degree in History; she also spent a semester at the University of Seville, Spain. To speak further of her education, Katherine also obtained a Certification in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Katherine Whaley

Career Beginnings

Katherine became involved in the field of journalism even before she obtained her degree, as she did an internship as a part of People Magazine in London, England, which led her to earn enough knowledge and experience as a journalist. So, right after graduation, she started pursuing her professional career, as she was hired at KLFY-TV 10, serving in the positions of a reporter and anchor. After a year, she became a part of KVBC-TV not only as an anchor but also as a weathercaster, which marked the establishment of her net worth.

Rise to Fame and ABC13

In 2009, Katherine joined KHOU-TV (Channel 11), which added a considerable amount to her net worth and increased her popularity in that field. During the next five years there, she distinguished herself as a professional and ambitious journalist, covering various stories related to lifestyle and entertainment. In October of 2014, Katherine got an offer to work for the ABC13 Network in the position of a traffic anchor, which she obviously accepted, increasing further her wealth.

Thanks to her accomplishments, she was named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Houston Business Journal. Moreover, she was also nominated for a Lone Star Emmy award, after which she won the Louisiana Associated Press Reporter of the Year (Division B) Award.

Other Projects

Katherine is also noted for being a huge fan of a variety of cuisines. So she contributes to the ABC13 show called “Food Truck Friday”. Moreover, she shares her own recipes and different stories about food via her blog called “Dash of Decadence”, which also contributes to her net worth.

Personal Life and Charity Work

Katherine Whaley met Chris Wadley at a Hollywood event in October of 2010. The couple began dating in 2011 and became engaged four years later, and eventually tied the knot at a wedding ceremony held on 30 April 2016 at the St Paul’s United Methodist Church, then spent their honeymoon in Ireland. They are expecting their first child late in 2019.

Katherine is also known for her collaboration with Kids’ Meals, among many others charitable organizations.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Long blonde hair and green colored eyes. Her body shape can be described as hourglass, as she stands at a height of 5ft 2ins (1.57m).


1That's what acting is about, for me at least, tackling different personas and characters.
2Most actors try to do as many different things as possible. I like the encouragement I get from doing new things. I like to feel scared or challenged in the hope that I can pull it off. That little bit of fear creates an energy that I can channel into the performance. And you have to keep tapping new parts of yourself, keep working or you never improve. The only way to improve is to set yourself harder goals.
3I don't remember sitting down and saying, 'This is why I want to be--an actress.' I just knew. It was never a conscious decision or a revelation.


1Gave birth, at age 33, to her 2nd child, son Jack Kilmer, on June 6, 1995. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Val Kilmer.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a daughter Mercedes Kilmer on October 29, 1991. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Val Kilmer.
3Performed the role of the unnamed narrator in the audiobook of Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian".
4Did not tell her husband, Val Kilmer, that she wanted a divorce. She waited until after he left to work on The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) to file the divorce papers. He heard the news while watching CNN in a hotel room. He said finding out about it, especially like that, hurt him greatly.
5Met (now ex-) husband Val Kilmer while filming Willow (1988).
6Was a member of the group Cindy & The Saffrons (Joanne was Cindy, The Saffrons were Lindsay Neil and Sally Stairs). They recorded the Shangri-Las song "Past, Present and Future" (1982) and "Terry" by Twinkle (1983).
7Best known to most audiences as Sorsha in Willow (1988). She had her dark brown hair dyed bright red for the role.
8Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]




Reilly: Ace of Spies1983TV Mini-SeriesUlla
Bergerac1983TV SeriesChristine Bolton
The Gentle Touch1982TV SeriesDany
A Kind of Loving1982TV Mini-SeriesIngrid Brown Ingrid Rothwell
Pink Floyd: The Wall1982Groupie
Noddy1981TV MovieMary
Coming Home1980-1981TV SeriesAssistant travel agent / Travel Agent
The Gaffer1981TV SeriesNancy
Scene1980TV Series documentaryEvelyn
Juliet Bravo1980TV SeriesMaureen Maskell
ITV Playhouse1980TV SeriesLindsey
Birth of the Beatles1979Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Omnibus1979TV Series documentaryLittle Red Riding Hood Madge
How We Used to Live1976-1979TV SeriesSarah Hughes / Marjorie Dawson
Crown Court1976-1978TV SeriesLinda Mason / Janice Scott
The One and Only Phyllis Dixey1978TV MovieDoris
Emmerdale Farm1977TV SeriesAngela Read
Coronation Street1974-1976TV SeriesPamela Graham / Customer
Joby1975TV MovieMolly McLeod
The White Princess2017TV Mini-SeriesMargaret of Burgundy-Duchess
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands2016TV Mini-SeriesRheda
A.D. The Bible Continues2015TV SeriesClaudia
The Ark2015TV MovieEmmie
Wolf Hall2015TV Mini-SeriesKatherine of Aragon
Jamaica Inn2014TV Mini-SeriesAunt Patience
The Borgias2011-2013TV SeriesVanozza Cattaneo
The Challenger Disaster2013TV MovieGweneth Feynman
Gossip Girl2011-2012TV SeriesPrincess Sophie Grimaldi
Golf in the Kingdom2010Agatha McNaughton
44 Inch Chest2009Liz Diamond
Diverted2009TV MovieMarion Price
Unknown Sender2008TV SeriesCarolyn
Life Line2007TV MovieKaty Adair
Flood2007Patricia Nash
Justice League Unlimited2006TV SeriesEmerald Empress Sarya Phantom Girl ...
The Virgin Queen2006TV Mini-SeriesQueen Mary
Child of Mine2005TV MovieTess Palmer
The Californians2005Luna
Criminal Minds2005TV SeriesKaren Donovan
402003TV Mini-SeriesJess
Before You Go2002Mary
Virginia's Run2002Jessie Eastwood
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis2000TV MovieJackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Breathtaking2000Caroline Henshaw
The Guilty2000Natalie Crane
Run the Wild Fields2000TV MovieRuby Miller
A Texas Funeral1999Miranda
The Man Who Knew Too Little1997Lori
Scarlett1994TV Mini-SeriesScarlett O'Hara
Trial by Jury1994Valerie Alston (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
A Good Man in Africa1994Celia Adekunle (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Mother's Boys1993Colleen 'Callie' Harland (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
The Secret Rapture1993Katherine Coleridge (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Storyville1992Natalie Tate (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Shattered1991Jenny Scott (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Crossing the Line1990Beth Scoular (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
A TV Dante1990TV Mini-SeriesBeatrice
Navy Seals1990Claire Varrens (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Kill Me Again1989Fay Forrester (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Scandal1989Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
To Kill a Priest1988Anna
Screen Two1987TV SeriesJackie
The Singing Detective1986TV Mini-SeriesNurse Mills
Hold the Back Page1986TV Mini-SeriesLaura Fox
Edge of Darkness1985TV Mini-SeriesEmma Craven
The Good Father1985Mary Hall
No Surrender1985Cheryl
Dance with a Stranger1985Christine
A Christmas Carol1984TV MovieFan


The Word1990TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1989TV SeriesHerself
The Media Show1989TV Series documentaryHerself
Troldspejlet1989TV SeriesHerself
Willow: The Making of an Adventure1988TV Movie documentaryHerself - 'Sorsha'

Archive Footage

Gossip Girl: XO XO2012TV Movie documentaryPrincess Sophie Grimaldi
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble Performance44 Inch Chest (2009)

Nominated Awards

2011Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress - Drama SeriesThe Borgias (2011)
1986BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressEdge of Darkness (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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