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Rochester: Erick Adame
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Meteorologist

While living in upstate New York most of his life, Erick has experienced the wide variety of weather that this part of the nation can offer. He lived briefly in Texas and brought back with him significant experience tracking storms in Tornado Alley!

Erick is no stranger to lake effect snow either. He walked through many snow squalls during his time at SUNY Oneonta, where he received his degree in Meteorology. Erick has been part of the Time Warner Cable News Weather on the 1s team since 2007.

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Jennifer Auh joined us as an anchor and reporter in November 2013.

If you are up bright and early on the weekends, you can catch her anchoring on the TWC News Weekend Morning newscasts.

Jennifer has worked as a reporter at KIVI and KNIN-TV in Boise, ID. During her two years there, she was awarded for her consumer reporting by the Idaho Press Club. Prior to that, she was the weekend anchor and weekday reporter in Monroe, LA.

Jennifer is a native of Seattle, but she is not new to the East Coast. In college, she interned at Nightly News with Brian Williams at the Rockefeller Center in NYC. She graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

When she’s not hunting down breaking news, she loves to read, write, listen to music and go hiking in the great outdoors.

Jennifer is a member of the Asian American Journalist Association.


 


Adam Balkin hosts our Tech Talk features, seen regularly on Time Warner Cable News. Adam began working at our New York City station, TWC News-NY1, in August of 1997 as a writer. After a year and a half of writing for the station's anchors, he was given the go-ahead to write for himself as a part-time General Assignment reporter. And when we decided it was time to add a Technology Beat to the mix, Adam jumped at the opportunity.

He says he's been fascinated with "cutting-edge technology" since 1983, when his family bought one of the first personal computers available (a Franklin Ace 1000).

Adam was born in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, as a third generation New Yorker. His maternal grandparents were both born in 1907 – one in Greenwich Village, the other in Brownsville, Brooklyn – and his paternal grandmother was born in Queens.

Unfortunately, he cannot lay claim to all five boroughs. No roots trace back to the Bronx or Staten Island. Adam, however, spent most of his childhood just across the river in Livingston, N.J.

During his college years at Penn State University, Adam worked with sports reporter Dick Schaap at ABC News and at the ABC News affiliate feed station, NewsOne. He also interned and wrote for the CBS affiliate WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania. But Adam says he learned most of what he knows about writing and digging for a story while shadowing Dateline NBC correspondent Mike Taibbi.

In his free time, Adam is a rabid Penn State football, Yankees and Knicks fan. His hobbies include playing the drums, traveling and participating in pretty much any sport that involves hitting, throwing or running after a ball.


 

Capital Tonight Anchor

Liz Benjamin hosts Capital Tonight each weeknight on the Time Warner Cable News stations across Upstate New York. Liz joined the Time Warner Cable News political team in April of 2010 after spending more than a decade reporting and blogging about New York politics for the New York Daily News and the Albany Times Union.

In addition to her duties behind the anchor desk, Liz is the driving force behind Capital Tonight’s blog, State of Politics.

Liz began her career in journalism in 1997 when she joined the staff of the Albany Times Union covering suburban government, city hall and the state capitol. She also launched that’s paper’s political blog, Capitol Confidential –- the first blog devoted to state politics and government.

In 2007, Liz took a job with the New York Daily News writing a weekly column and taking over primary responsibility for the Daily Politics blog, delivering coverage of state politics to New Yorkers in real time.

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Anchor Casey Bortnick brings you the latest news from WNY weeknights on TWC News.

Promoted to his current role in July 2012, Casey was reporter for the station’s Healthy Living franchise since 2008 and as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor in Rochester since 2006.

Prior to that, he worked for the company in Jamestown for five years. There, he made a name for himself covering the five-month manhunt for fugitive Ralph “Bucky” Phillips for all four of Time Warner Cable’s Upstate New York news channels and briefly for CNN.

Throughout his career, Casey has been distinguished with three RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow awards and two New York Associated Press Broadcasters awards. He was nominated in 2012 for his first NY Emmy award.

A native of the New York's North Country, he graduated from Au Sable Valley Central School outside of Plattsburgh. Casey is a graduate of SUNY Morrisville where he studied journalism technology and was named captain of the Mustang football team.

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from SUNY Brockport where he honed his skills hosting his own sports talk show at WBSU radio and covering numerous news and sporting events.

Casey is the youngest of five children and enjoys spending time with his seven nephews and three nieces. His father is the environmental health officer at Plattsburgh State University and his mom is a school nurse at North Eastern Clinton Central School.

Casey is an avid sports fan who follows the New York Jets and the New York Mets. He’s also a big fan of Notre Dame football.

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Virginia is currently a morning and midday news anchor and reporter at TWC News.

Virginia has spent most of her nearly 30-year news career in Rochester, the last 20 with us.

Virginia has also served as executive producer and anchor of the 7 O'Clock Report and executive producer/anchor of CNN Headline News, Local Edition updates.

Virginia started her journalism career the day after graduating from Emerson College as news director and anchor at WJCC radio near Boston Mass. She moved to television as anchor and reporter at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA.

An anchor position at WROC brought her to Rochester. She accepted an anchor position at with us in 1990.

"Since joining this team, I have helped build several successful start-up news operations, all under one roof. In this business that's a very rare and challenging opportunity!”

Virginia, her husband Dennis and three boys Zack, Ben and Jake live in southeast Monroe County.

With little spare time, Virginia makes the most of it balancing family, a career and a commitment to the community she lives in.

Virginia serves on the board of directors for Hope Hall. She currently volunteers at her boys' schools and coaches children on the student news program. She also volunteers at Equicenter in Mendon.

Virginia was also a participant in the 2006 Mosaic Partnership, a year-long program of partnering and dialogue to address race relations and diversity issues in Rochester.


 

From February 1997 to the present, Ed has served as the news director for Time Warner Cable News Rochester. In September 2010, Ed added duties as News Director at Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo.

Ed is a Rochester area native, born and raised in Wayne County. He graduated from St. John Fisher College.

A 28-year local news veteran, Ed started his career at WHEC-TV-10, then worked at various radio stations in the Finger Lakes, including becoming News Director at start-up radio station WNYR-FM, Waterloo in 1989. He also served as weekend morning anchor at Rochester's WHAM radio.

Ed returned to Rochester television to work at WOKR-TV-13 (now 13-WHAM).

In early 1990, when former Channel 10 co-worker Pete Dobrovitz called with an opportunity to work as the main producer of Rochester's first-ever 10 pm report at a startup local cable news channel WGRC-TV5, Ed jumped at the chance.

Ed is proud to be a charter employee who helped launch Time Warner Cable News when it was called News5 Rochester in April, 1990. He assisted with the launch of Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo (then YNN Buffalo) in March 2009 as well.

"It's amazing to take something from 'day one' to being an established news channel that viewers tune into every day," says Ed.

From the launch of the Ten O'Clock Report, Ed assisted Dobrovitz with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Rochester news department. In July 1995, as the Rochester station became a 24-7 news service, Ed was named Assistant News Director.

Professionally, Ed is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Asian-American Journalists Association.

In the community, Ed is a member of the Education Committee of Rochester Broadway Theatre League, a school board member for the Rochester Catholic Diocese and a member of his parish finance council. He takes part annually in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser.

Ed's past memberships included service on the Greater Rochester Diversity Council, the Walworth Seely Library Board of Trustees, and the School Advisory Committee of Holy Trinity School in Webster as the volunteer marketing co-chair prior to its closing in 2008.

He has volunteered his time as a mentor to communications students at Rochester's Edison High School as well as a presenter to students at East High School, Webster Thomas High School and St. John Fisher College.

Ed has sung professionally for more than 30 years and serves as a cantor at his family's church twice a month.

Ed is a descendant of Susan Quinn who, at 15, became the youngest signer of the Declaration of Sentiments for the suffrage movement in 1848 in Seneca Falls.

His hobbies include mixology and gardening. Ed, his wife Maria, and their daughters Chelsea and Juli make their home in Walworth.


 

While Sports Director/Executive Producer Tom Carroll mostly works behind the scenes, he occasionally anchors for TWC News Sports at :16 and :46 after the hour.

Tom, a first generation Irish-American, was raised in Brighton. Tom graduated from Aquinas Institute, Monroe Community College and Fredonia State University.

He worked at WXXI-TV from 1986-88 and spent time as a disc jockey at WGVA in Geneva.

Tom joined Time Warner Cable (then Greater Rochester Cablevision) in 1988 and became part of the TWC News Rochester staff in 1995.

Tom has produced live sporting events including Rochester Americans and Rochester Red Wings games.

He has also produced local coverage of such golf tournaments as the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and LPGA at Locust Hill.

He is a member of the Rochester Press-Radio Club.

Tom, his wife Ellen and their two children live in Penfield.


 

Kevin keeps you up-to-date on the Rochester area’s latest local sports news at :16 and :46 past the hour, every hour on weekdays and weeknights.

A fill-in sports anchor/reporter with us from 2002 to 2007, Kevin took a full-time job at Rochester’s CBS affiliate in October of '07 before returning full-time to our Sports department nine months later.

Kevin started his career in 2000 as a sports producer at WJAR in Providence, RI, covering both the New York and New England sports scenes. Looking to get in front of the camera, Kevin made the move to Minot, ND, where he became KMOT's Sports Director covering everything from local high school sports to the latest on fishing and hunting.

In 2001, Kevin joined the Time Warner Cable family when he became the Sports Director/Anchor at Time Warner Cable 8 News in Jamestown, NY.

Along with covering local high school and college sports, Kevin has covered professional sports at every level, from Single-A baseball to the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Kevin, grew up just outside of Boston, MA and is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

He currently lives in Chili with his wife Clair and their two Chihuahuas Chloe and Calypso.


 


Lisa writes, hosts and co-produces our twice-weekly Pet Pointers features on Time Warner Cable News. She also regularly fills-in on our daily traffic reports. Lisa has worked in all aspects of electronic media. In radio as an announcer, commercial producer and host, then in television as an editor, audio technician, assistant director, segment producer, feature producer and producer.

Chelenza received her first National Emmy Award for her work on the “2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Utah” as a Feature Producer for NBC Sports and her second for her work on the “2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece” once again for NBC Sports as a feature producer. .

During her career Chelenza has worked as on camera talent for TNN, Fox Sports Net and Showtime, a feature producer for Lifetime Television and NBC Sports. Lisa also delivers news and entertainment reports as part of the top rated “Gomez, Dave and Lisa in the Morning” show syndicated from TK-99 radio in Syracuse.


 

Yevette Collins grew up in Geneva and graduated from Geneva High School.

Her career in journalism started while in high school, when she was hired as a reporter/intern at the Finger Lakes Times where she worked part-time from 1989-1993.

She went on to graduate from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication/journalism.

In June 1994 Yevette was one of 50 students nationwide selected for a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Editing Internship. She attended a two-week copyediting training at Temple University in Pennsylvania, before putting that experience to work as a copyeditor at a daily newspaper, The Record Eagle, in Traverse City, Michigan.

During her senior year of college, she took an internship with then R News, the local Time Warner Cable television station in Rochester. Upon graduation Yevette was hired as the station’s first weekend morning producer as the station began 24-hour news production on July 4.

She worked her way through the ranks of producer, and even did a stint as a camera operator for live gavel-to-gavel trial coverage.

Within five years, she became a senior producer, and in 2001 was promoted to executive producer and supervisor. In 2009, she was promoted to a manager role and in 2013 became the station's assistant news director.

Yevette is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

She currently lives in Greece, but enjoys spending time with her family in Geneva.


 


Valarie D'Elia has been packing her bags and jumping on airplanes, ships and trains for as long as she can remember.

She comes from a family of travel agents who predate the flight of the Wright Brothers by a year. Her great grandfather started D'Elia Travel in Bridgeport, CT in 1902 by booking his relatives from Italy to Ellis Island on trans-Atlantic voyages in steerage class.

Today, Valarie continues the D'Elia travel tradition for a fourth generation in her career as a broadcast travel commentator appearing on national and local media outlets including NBC's “Today Show,” CNBC, Fox News and “The Early Show” on CBS. She is also a featured speaker at the New York Times Travel Show and makes numerous other public appearances.

On New York television, she is seen as the travel correspondent for with her featured segments, Travel with Val. For nine years, Valarie was the host of “The Travel Show” on the WOR Radio Network.

D'Elia spent five years covering the globe for The Travel Channel as a producer/reporter, developing and presenting news and feature reports on hundreds of domestic and international destinations. She also was the host/producer of TWA's monthly in-flight video, Ambassador Theater.

As the director of production for HBO's Visitor Information Network, D'Elia was responsible for a hotel TV channel providing tourist information for guests in 10 major U.S. cities. Other TV credits include the Outdoor Life Network, CNN's Travel Guide and CNN's Airport Network. She has been quoted in major national publications such as The New York Times, Cigar Aficionado, Woman's Day, Redbook, Reader's Digest's New Choices and Family PC. D'Elia appeared on the cover of the New York Resident and was profiled in the Italian-American publication Oggi.

D'Elia began her broadcast career as a radio news anchor in Miami while a junior at the University of Miami. She went on to anchor and report for several radio stations in the New York metropolitan area before earning her master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


 

Cristina Domingues can be seen weekdays anchoring and reporting on TWC News.

She joined us as a general assignment reporter in November 2000. This move followed several years in television production including the New York bureau of TV-Globo Brazil.

Cristina holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She completed her undergraduate study at Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Cristina’s job opportunities and studies have taken her to places around the world and around the country. She’s lived in Sao Paulo, New York, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

“I have lived around the world, but love calling Rochester home,” said Cristina. “I find that this is a great news town with an incredible quality of life. And while I never intended to stay so long, I plan to be here for a long time to come.”

Cristina is fluent in Portuguese and enjoys traveling to Brazil often to visit her family.

Cristina, her husband Frank, and daughters Catarina and Bianca live on the west side of Monroe County.


 

You can watch Chef Dan Eaton's "Cooking at Home" segment every three hours beginning at 7:24 a.m. seven days a week.

Dan joined us in March 2005.

Dan spent his early years on a dairy farm in Vermont where he developed a fondness for foods “straight from the land.” Cooking seasonally was more of a necessity then, but Dan still finds local ingredients, in season, a driving force behind his menu creations.

After resettling in upstate New York, Dan attended Alfred State College. There, he was exposed to ceramics through the world-renowned art department at Alfred University. Making pottery became a favorite passion that continues today. In fact, some of the plates and bowls seen on Cooking at Home segments are original, handmade pieces!

After college, Dan moved to Rochester and began apprenticing at local upscale restaurants. Dan considers himself a self-taught chef and has worked at and commanded the stoves at some of the city's top restaurants. These include the Rochester Club, Rooney’s, 2-Vine, the Rio Bamba, tonic, Pearl and Max of Eastman Place.

Over the course of a 20-year culinary career, Dan has had the opportunity for intensive stints with some of the country's most well-known chefs. These include David Bouley in NYC, Richard Reddington in Napa Valley, California, and a short turn through Thomas Keller's French Laundry, also in Napa Valley. Additionally, in December 2003, Dan was invited by the French Culinary Institute to cook at the renowned James Beard House in NYC.

Dan is married and has two children and is excited to balance home life and the world of food with "Cooking at Home" on TWCN.

Another passion of Dan’s is writing and playing original acoustic pop/rock music. “The Dan Eaton Band” plays out regularly in the Rochester area.


 

Reporter Rose Eiklor joined the TWC News team in March 2013. You can watch her report weekdays from our Batavia newsroom. Rose covers Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

Rose began her news career in 2011 as a news reporter at WZBN News in Trenton, New Jersey.

Rose grew up on Long Island. She is the oldest of two and enjoys spending time with her family. On Long Island, she was very active in the community. Rose coached cheerleading for many years and worked at ACLD as a program aide for children with disabilities.

Rose attended her first two years of college at SUNY Plattsburgh and went on to finish at New York University. She graduated in 2011 with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Media, Culture and Communications. During her college career, Rose interned at CBS and News12 Long Island.

She has been using her spare time in Western New York to be involved in the community and experience first-hand all of the wonderful and interesting activities that the area has to offer.

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Horticulturist Terry Ettinger hosts and produces our weekly Garden Journeys and Going Green segments on Time Warner Cable News. Terry works in the field of environmentally sensitive lawn, landscape and garden design and management. He has spoken to professional groups across North America.

Originally from Illinois, Terry's interest in horticulture is the product of time spent at his grandparent's northern Illinois Christmas tree farm. He received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He's done additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota - St. Paul and the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

In addition to Garden Journeys and Goign Green on TWC News, Terry's lawn and garden column “Let’s Get Growing” appears each week from March through November in the Eagle Group of community newspapers.

Terry owns the environmental landscape consulting firm, Terry L. Ettinger Horticulture Consulting Services. You can check out his website, tlehcs.com, for additional gardening tips and information.


 


Journalist Marcie Fraser has dedicated her career to health and medical stories. As a veteran journalist, Marcie began her news reporting career at WRGB-TV the CBS News affiliate in Albany, New York. In 2002, Marcie joined the Health team at our station. Today her health reports are produced for both Albany and the other Upstate New York Time Warner Cable News channels and websites. Along with her medical reports, Marcie keeps viewers healthy with her bi-weekly fitness segment called “Tone Up.” Children’s health and wellness also play an important role in Marcie’s reporting. Watch for her weekly Child Wellness reports every Wednesday.

Marcie is also an author of two books, Where’d My Butt Go? contains the knowledge and experience gained from her practical work as a Behavioral Eating Specialist. Besides her on-air and web reporting, Marcie also writes a Health column for some Capital Region newspapers. In 1993, Fraser earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Family Health from the University of Albany. To expand on her health knowledge, Marcie is also an instructor of Human Nutrition at Empire State College, University of Albany.

An avid ballroom dancer, tri-athlete and retired bodybuilding champion, Marcie has motivated and counseled thousands of individuals. She has shown them how to maximize their performance and reach their full potential through nutrition.


 
Rochester: Michael Gouldrick
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Director of Meteorology


Michael joined Time Warner Cable News in 2003 as part of our original launch team and became our Director of Meteorology in 2005. In that capacity, Michael leads our team of meteorologists providing Weather on the 1s on our 24-hour newschannels across Upstate New York. Michael knows the challenges of forecasting lake-effect snow. He's a graduate of Herkimer Community College and holds a meteorology degree from SUNY Brockport. Michael came to TWC News after being the chief meteorologist at WUHF-TV in his hometown of Rochester. Michael's forecasts have the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.

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Videojournalist

Tara Grimes joined Time Warner Cable News in March 2014 and is thrilled to be living in the Rochester area.

Tara grew up in a suburb of Chicago. Her interest in journalism first began in high school where she was feature editor for her high school newspaper.

From there, Tara attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and, in May 2011, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in psychology.

Before coming to Rochester, Tara worked as a multimedia journalist at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana. She has also worked as a reporter and anchor for KOMU in Columbia, Mo., a contributor for Huntley Patch and has also written for NBCChicago.com.

In 2011, while at KOMU, Tara helped cover one of the nation’s single deadliest tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. Her experience has been published in the book “Joplin: Our Words, Our Stories, Their Hope.” All proceeds from the book go to “Rebuild Joplin.”

Tara is a member of the Association of Heath Care Journalists and Radio and Television Digital News Association.

When she isn’t out meeting new people and telling their stories on Time Warner Cable News, you can find her traveling, shooting photos, and walking along Lake Ontario. She is also an avid fan of watching and playing sports.

Tara is always looking for story ideas. If you have one, please email her or follow her on Twitter.


 

You can see Alex anchoring every weekend on Time Warner Cable News.

Alex joined YNN in October after working as the morning anchor for WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin. He also previously worked as a morning anchor at KCWY-TV in Casper, Wyoming.

Alex graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) with a degree in Broadcast News Communication.

This is Alex's 6th state of residence (Texas, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Wisconsin), and he is excited to make his home in Western New York.


 

Mike Hedeen can be seen reporting weekday nights on TWC News Rochester.

After covering sports for more than 30 years, Mike made the transition to news in 2006 as nighttime reporter.

Mike began his television career at KBJR in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota where he covered the 1976 Silver Broom World Curling Championships.

He’s a former sports director at WDIO in Duluth where he called play-by-play for University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey.

Mike has also worked for WLUK in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa. There, he hosted the University of Northern Iowa Football Show. He’s covered Big Ten and Big East college football and basketball in addition to the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.

Since his move to news, Mike provided live coverage the night the Fast Ferry left Rochester, in addition to former Vice President Dick Cheney and First Lady Laura Bush campaigning here for local congressional candidates.

Mike has garnered many awards form his days in sports including the Rochester Press-Radio Club’s Gary Smith Award as Sportscaster of the Year, The Rochester Red Wings/American Legion Sports Reporter of the Year and the Section V Soccer Media Awards.

Mike is on the board of directors at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and a member of the marketing committee.

He is an avid vegetable gardener and also enjoys cooking.

Mike is married and the father of two.


 
Rochester: Todd Kerkman
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Meteorologist

It's easy to come to work everyday when you love what you do. That’s how Todd feels about weather forecasting. A graduate of SUNY Brockport, Todd has been forecasting weather on Time Warner Cable News for several years and loves its many challenges.

“We are right in the middle of everything here, so you get a wide variety of forecasting challenges from major winter storms and lake-effect snow to severe thunderstorms and even the occasional tornado,” Todd says. Todd's continuous live coverage of a tornado that struck Elmira in 2012 earned him a First Place award from the Syracuse Press Club for best weather reporting.

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Mary McCombs can be seen reporting on TWC News.

After taking a break from broadcasting, Mary returned to Rochester, NY, television with a part-time reporting job with us beginning in June 2004.

Mary has enjoyed a long career in both radio and TV news. Her award-winning broadcasting career began while she was still a student at Syracuse University. She worked part-time at Rochester radio stations WHAM and WVOR.

In 1984, Mary landed her first TV anchor/reporter position at WIXT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, where she earned the 1986 Media Award from the Professional Insurance Agents. That led to an anchor position at then top-rated WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo. While in Buffalo, she earned an award from the Hospital Association of New York State for a series of medical reports.

Mary returned to her hometown of Greece when she signed on with WOKR-13 in 1991. Mary left that full-time position 10 years later to raise her daughter.

Mary resides in Irondequoit with her husband, Dr. Joseph Carbone, and their daughter, Roma.

Mary is active with her church, and she has served as Mistress of Ceremonies in Irondequoit's annual Independence Day parade.


 

Anne began her career with TWC News as a part-time production assistant on the Ten O’Clock Report in May of 1990.

As the Rochester station grew, so did Anne’s role. She was promoted to full-time director in January of 1991, then production supervisor one year later.

In March of 2008, Anne assumed her current role as operations manager, where she not only oversees the busy workings of a 24-hour news operation, but remains hands-on by directing weekly production in the TWC News Control Room.

Anne is extremely proud to have been a part of the many different transitions that have occurred at the station during her career and thankful for the many opportunities she has had.

Rochester has been home for Anne just about her entire life. She is a graduate of Fairport High School. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in television and radio from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

Prior to joining us, Anne worked briefly as an operations technician at WHEC-TV.

When Anne is not busy with her many projects in the news department, she can be found traveling (she is an avid cruiser) or training and competing with her dog, Geddy, in local agility events.


 

Wendy Mills joined our team in May 2001 as a general assignment reporter.

She couldn't be happier living and working in the area she grew up in. Wendy is a Fairport High School graduate.

Wendy is often the first face you'll see reporting from the field when you tune to TWC News. She reports live each morning covering all kinds of community news.

A one-time sports intern, Wendy returned home to her native Rochester after spending seven years in Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, Wendy served as news reporter at WMLB 1170. She was also a three-year sports reporter for Georgia Public Television where she was honored with several awards including "Best Sports Programming". Prior to her position here, Wendy was a news anchor/reporter for Gwinnett News & Entertainment Television.

Wendy received a Bachelor's degree in journalism, with an emphasis on broadcast news from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. She was also an athletic scholarship recipient as part of the WVU volleyball team.

When Wendy is not out reporting, she is very busy at home with her twin boys. They enjoy family time in Fairport, Williamson and Canandaigua. They love spending the summer out on the water and on the family fruit farm and winery.


 

You can watch Katie Morse anchor TWC News Midday News each weekend.

Katie grew up in the Buffalo area and moved back to be a part of the YNN Buffalo team for its launch in March 2009 before joining us in Rochester in October 2011.

She previously worked as a video journalist at YNN Syracuse. Katie graduated from Kent State University in Ohio. As a student she reported for the PBS show NewsOhio and was an intern at WKBW in Buffalo as well as WKYC in Cleveland/Akron.


 

Mike O'Brian, "The Getaway Guy", has been with us since 1995 for the launch of our 24-hour news.

Mike anchors TWCN's Live Morning Drive Traffic Reports each weekday morning from 6 to 9 a.m. four times an hour at :08, :18, :38 and :48.

After covering the morning commute, Mike hits the road to bring viewers to a new getaway destination every Thursday at 6:24 a.m., 9:24 a.m., 12:24 p.m., 3:24 p.m., 6:24 p.m., and 9:24 p.m. The Thursday Getaways replay on Sundays. Mike also takes us to local weekend events and area festivals each Saturday.

Born in Corning, Steuben County, Mike's education after high school continued at The State University at Farmingdale on Long Island, then broadcast training here in Rochester, New York. Mike carries on the tradition as president and director of his own local broadcasting school for voice-over training.

Rochester has been home to Mike for more than 35 years with much of his career in local radio. Traveling is Mike's passion with the New England coast, Caribbean and American southwest at the top of his list. "I get great satisfaction when people tell me how much they really enjoyed traveling to one of my recent getaways."


 

You can wake up to Scott Patterson anchoring on TWC News each weekday.

Scott joined our staff in March, 2009. Since coming to Rochester, Scott anchored continuous coverage of damaging tornadoes and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Scott is a native of Schoharie, New York, a small town about 40 miles west of Albany. He started his career as a radio news anchor/reporter while still in high school, anchoring his first newscast at the age of 17 on a radio station in Albany. He later reported for the Albany Times Union during summers off from Syracuse University.

Scott's first television reporting job was in Watertown while still in college. From there he moved to Albany, reporting for WTEN, WXXA and Capital News 9 (now YNN Albany). Then it was on to the Midwest as the weekend anchor for KPTM, the FOX affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska.

Scott's wife Carrie is a manager for a Henrietta based training and consulting company. The Pattersons are avid sports fans, rooting on the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Syracuse Orange, Scott's New York Yankees and Carrie's Toronto Blue Jays.


 

Jamiese Price joined the Time Warner Cable News team in December 2013. You can watch her reports weeknights and weekends.

Jamiese's career as a multi-media journalist began in Huntsville, AL at FOX 54 News. From there, she ventured to the southern part of the state, where she worked at WDHN News in Dothan, AL.

In Dothan Jamiese led the coverage of an ongoing investigation into potential voter fraud, uncovered illegal citations issued by local police, and reported from command central of a seven-day hostage standoff that gained national headlines.

Jamiese is an Alabama native (Roll Tide), who earned her B.A. degree from Tuskegee University. She continued her education in upstate New York, where she received her M.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

When Jamiese isn’t on deadline you can find her behind her laptop or curled up on the couch watching a "Law and Order: SVU" marathon.

Jamiese is a long way from home, so if you see her around town please stop and say hi! If you have a story idea, shoot her an email or follow her on Twitter @JamieseTWCNews.


 

Film Critic


Neil Rosen is our film critic/reporter. Neil hosts the program Talking Pictures On Demand, seen every Saturday at 12:30pm and 7:30pm on Time Warner Cable News. Neil has won two Emmy Awards for entertainment journalism. He was also nominated for four other Emmy Awards for his celebrity interviews, his film reviews, and for his entertainment reporting.

He is a frequent on-camera contributor to CNN, MSNBC, USA Network, A&E, Bravo, American Move Classics, and can also be heard regularly on BBC Radio.

He was a regular writer for the New York Post where he showcased his interviews with movie, television and music stars, directors, screenwriters and producers.

He hosted the popular weekly radio program “The Movie Show With Neil Rosen” on WABC Radio, where listeners get the opportunity to “call in” and “talk back” to a critic. He also served as WABC’s entertainment reviewer.

Neil's celebrity interviews have included such notables as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood and Luciano Pavorotti, just to name a few.

For six years, Neil was the movie and theater critic for WNCN Radio, America's #1 classical radio station, and has been the late-night reviewer for WWOR-TV. He was the in-flight movie critic for The Travel Channel and the entertainment critic for WNBC Radio, Centerseat.com, WNEW Radio and WLIG-TV.

Neil taught an extremely popular film lecture series at The New School For Social Research. The course examined some of the greatest movies that were ever made in New York City and featured guest stars from each film.

He is the author of several comprehensive movie catalogs and has written the liner notes to thousands of films on videocassette.

Neil has written for such companies as Columbia Pictures, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox, and his work has appeared in Penthouse, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, American Film Magazine, and Playbill.

Quotes from his movie reviews can be found daily in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the USA as well as in many national TV spots for numerous films.


 

Meteorologist

Watch Weather on the 1s forecasts with Meteorologist Dan Russell weekday mornings on Time Warner Cable News across Western NY.

Dan couldn’t be happier to be working in Western NY where he was born and raised. Growing up two miles from Lake Ontario, it didn’t take long for Dan to fall in love with the lake snow in winter and the lake sun in summer. He’s an avid Buffalo Bills fan. In fact one of Dan’s fondest memories growing up was attending the Buffalo Bills “greatest comeback” game.

Dan received his degree from SUNY Brockport with a double major in both meteorology and broadcast communications. He has also been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.

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Political Reporter

Nick Reisman joined the Capital Tonight team as a reporter and blogger in April 2011. Before that, he covered state government and politics for Gannett’s Albany bureau.

Before covering the Capitol, Nick was a staff reporter at The Post-Star in Glens Falls and interned at The Daily News in New York City. He is a 2007 graduate of the University at Albany majoring in history and journalism and native of Yonkers, New York.

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Tara Lynn began working at our New York City station, Time Warner Cable News-NY1, in 2007. She has reported live from events including Pope Benedict's historic 2008 visit and the Giants' amazing come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl XLII.

A graduate of Bard College, Tara Lynn has won numerous awards for her work, including the New York State Broadcasters Association Television Award for Outstanding Feature News Story and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Feature and Best Interview.

Before landing her first news job in Tennessee, Tara Lynn toured the United States and Asia doing musical theatre and met her husband on the set of "Saturday Night Live." She adores her nephews, Liam and Logan, is an avid theatre-goer, and can sometimes be spotted on the West Side Highway, swinging on a flying trapeze.


 

You can watch Seth Voorhees' reports weekdays on TWC News Rochester.

Seth grew up on his family's dairy farm in Cato, Cayuga County. His folks say he started reading the newspaper when he was six. It didn't take long for them to realize Seth's future was not in milking cows.

Seth's first unofficial job in the business came in second grade, reading public service announcements at a local radio station. Prior to coming to Rochester, Seth worked at radio stations in Oswego and Auburn, where he not only anchored and reported the news, but also worked in commercial production, as a disc jockey, and even subbed as the station mascot. Seth also did play-by-play for Auburn's minor league baseball team, then known as the Astros. He also spent a summer as the track announcer, at a local moto-cross track.

Prior coming onboard in 1995, Seth worked as an anchor/reporter at WHAM radio in Rochester.

Seth's professional achievements as Senior Reporter at TWCN include four New York Emmy awards, and more than 20 Emmy nominations. The Radio Television News Directors Association has recognized Seth with nine of its prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards. In 2014, Seth received awards from both for his work as a news photographer. He was national runner-up in 2013 in the National Press Photographers Association's Solo Video contest. The Associated Press/NY Broadcasters Association has awarded Seth for General Excellence in Individual Reporting, Best Feature and Sports Reporting.

Outside of work, Seth enjoys golf, softball, electric guitar, the New York Yankees, and home improvement projects. His wife occasionally bugs him abou his ever-expanding collection of music. Seth, his wife and their daughters make their home in Rochester.


 

Regional Assignment Manager Lynn Wesley resides in Irondequoit where she was born and raised. She graduated from Aquinas Institute and then earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from the State University of New York College at Brockport.

During her senior year in college, Lynn interned at 1180 WHAM Radio and, in her final semester, at Time Warner Cable News in Rochester (then R News). In March of 1995 she began working at the news channel as a video editor and after graduation was hired as the first weekend evening producer as the station launched 24 hours news in July ‘95.

Lynn worked as a producer for two years before being promoted to nightside Assignment Editor in 1997. Within two years, Lynn became Assignment Editor, a position she held until 2009 when she was promoted to Executive Producer. In 2014, she was named Regional Assignment Manager overseeing the assignment staff in Rochester and Buffalo. Lynn feels extremely fortunate to have started and built her career at TWCN Rochester.

In the community, Lynn is a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester and also chairs the organization’s Program Committee.

In her spare time, Lynn enjoys playing softball, working around her house and spending time with her family.


 

Originally from Rochester, Brooke is no stranger to our ever changing weather.

She always had an interest in weather from an early age but that interest blossomed after the Super Storm of ‘93.

After a brief stint as a math teacher in Vermont, Brooke returned to Rochester to attend SUNY Brockport to pursue a career in meteorology. She interned with Time Warner Cable News during her last semester then took a permanent position with the company upon graduation.

You can catch her on our Weather on the 1s every weekend morning.




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