Dorrell Wenninger & Vanessa Jacobson

Meet Dorrell

Dorrell Wenninger

Dorrell Wenninger

Central Oregon Daily

Dorrell has been a meteorologist for 8 years. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University, where he completed his studies in Broadcast Meteorology. After graduation, he started his career in Central Louisiana where he was the morning meteorologist for 5 years. Prior to joining the Central Oregon Daily News family, his career brought him to Bismarck, North Dakota… so he is no stranger to extreme winter weather and very cold temperatures.

Dorrell married the love of his life in October of 2017, just before moving to the Bend area to begin this new chapter of their lives together. They do not have any children, but they did adopt a fur baby while in North Dakota. Her name is Lily and she is a lab mix who was rescued as a stray puppy.

Dorrell and his wife enjoy spending time outdoors. This includes everything from hiking to fishing, playing golf and winter sports. They are looking forward to taking advantage of all of the different outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as learning how to curl and play pickleball.

Dorrell is the type of person who digs in & plants roots in the community. He loves to be involved in church and as many community events as possible. If you see him out and about feel free to say Hi! Both Dorrell and his wife are looking forward to calling Central Oregon their home and diving into everything that our area has to offer.

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa Jacobson

Vanessa Jacobson

Competitive Dancer

Vanessa began dancing as a young girl in ballet and jazz. After a miraculous recovery from toxic shock syndrome and re-learning to walk in 2010, she took up ballroom dancing seven years ago and was soon dancing competitively.

With a Mirror Ball win in 2014, Vanessa is honored to return for a third SWTS performance. She loves being a part of the community connection that is created through supporting Sparrow families. When not partner dancing, you’ll find her doing Zumba, yoga or rock climbing.

Vanessa and her star partner, Dorrell, are thrilled to be trotting on stage in support of Sparrow Clubs!

Watch it LIVE and Support Your Favorite Dancer!

Seats are limited at Bend's Tower Theatre, so get your tickets early!