Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
Connect with Kristine:
Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
Connect with Sheila:
Don Alhart - Anchor
Don Alhart began his career in broadcasting as a summer relief engineer at WROC-TV, in Rochester, New York, in 1962. He also worked there in the summers of 1963 and 1964, before securing a job in the summer of 1965 as a reporter for WOKR-TV, Channel 13. (Now WHAM-TV) During those college years, he was also a news reporter and D.J, for WTKO Radio, in Ithaca, New York.
Upon receiving his BS Degree from Ithaca College in 1966, Don immediately came back to Channel 13, where he continues to work today as anchor of the 6 oclock news and co-anchor of the 11 oclock broadcast with Ginny Ryan.
He has been honored five times with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in television news. He has received honors both for Writing and for Best Newscast. In 2010, Don was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Don has been a volunteer with the Association for Retarded Citizens for nearly 40 years and received their Community Partner Award in 1982. He and his wife, Mary, hosted the annual "Weekend with the Stars for Cerebral Palsy" on WOKR-TV from 1980 to 1990. He received the Community Service Award from the New York State United Cerebral Palsy Association in 1986.
Don has been recognized with numerous other awards, including the VFW Award of Merit, the Humanitarian Award from the Rochester Police Rosewood Club, the Mass Media Communicator Award from SUNY-Brockport, and the Ithaca College Alumni Award. He was honored by the Salvation Army with their prestigious Others Award in 1996, and in 2002, received the Tikkum Olam award from the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, given annually to an individual who demonstrates the meaning of the words- Repairing the World!
He has been an active member of the Rochester Rotary Club since 1976, serving as president from 1987 to 1988. He served as a Rotary District Governor in 2002-2003, responsible for 67 clubs in the Greater Rochester area and southern tier of New York State. He was also honored with the 60th Annual Rochester Rotary Award, the oldest major civic award in the community, which is presented each year to a citizen who has made a significant contribution to the business, professional, cultural or civic life of the community.
Don and his wife, Mary, live in Penfield, where they raised their three children: Todd, Jennifer and Jonathan.
Alexis Arnold - Reporter
Alexis Arnold always knew she was destined to move out East. In 2011, she made that trek from the Midwest to the great state of New York.
Alexis is thrilled to call Rochester her new home.
Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Alexis got her start on an ABC mock news set at the Chicago museum at the age of 7. It was then, she had a desire to work in the news business. Alexis studied Journalism at Indiana University.
While she never saw Bobby Knight toss a chair, she witnessed plenty of thrilling mens basketball games.
As a member of the Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Pep Band, she got to meet sportscasters Clark Kellogg and Dick Vitale.
She landed her first job in Quincy, Illinois as the Weekend Anchor/ Reporter, where she met her husband Justen, who was the Weekend Weather Anchor. From there, Alexis became the morning reporter at KWQC in Davenport, Iowa.
An avid lover of Zumba Fitness, Alexis can be found working out during her free time or playing her clarinet.
She also enjoys cheering on Da Bears, Da Bulls and of course her Hoosiers.
Alexis and Justen spend a lot of their free time chasing their one year old daughter.
Sean Carroll - Reporter
Sean Carroll came to 13WHAM News in February 2007 after spending two years reporting news for our Southern Tier neighbors at WETM-18 News in Elmira, NY.
The Philadelphia native first caught the news bug in high school where he spent four years reporting and anchoring his high schools cable channel newscast. From there he went on to earn a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University; where he was also a member of SUs last Division I Wrestling team in 2001, and captain of the schools club lacrosse team.
Sean landed his first real job in the business as an assignment editor for WCAU-TV (NBC-10) in Philadelphia, where he also gained valuable experience hovering above the news as a photographer in the stations news chopper.
In his spare time Sean is usually planning something new and creative to cook for dinner, spending time with his wife Jaime, or clutching his lucky football on the couch while passionately cheering on his Philly sports teams that appear determined to disappoint him season after season....after season.
Sean and Jaime are also the proud parents of three amazing pets named after Philadelphia sports icons. Cats "Utley" and "Rollins" recently opened up their home to a handsome German Shepherd rescue dog named "Dawkins" who was adopted through the good folks at BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue.
Recently Sean added to his reporting duties by assuming the role of 13WHAM's Special Projects Coordinator. Projects Sean has helped produce and develop include 13WHAM's 50th Anniversary Special, Synthetic Drugs: A Growing Teen Danger, Secrets of the Finger Lakes, numerous political specials, and the award-winning documentary "They Were Just 11" that looked at the impact 9/11/01 had on two local soldiers who were killed in service to our country.
One thing that never disappoints Sean is covering news; be it breaking, political, bizarre, or personal. Reporting news is about telling a story; a story that involves people, and affects people, Sean says. I love this job because I get to meet those people, and tell their stories.
From Greece to Geneva, and Sodus Point to Spencerport, Seans looking to cover your stories.
Adam Chodak - Anchor/Reporter
I interned at 13WHAM (then WOKR) in 2000. It was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year at Syracuse University. I met Don, Doug, Ginny, Norma, the whole gang.
During the school year, I reported for WSYR radio in Syracuse. I made the TV switch in 2003. I worked at News 10 Now (now called YNN) in Syracuse for more than two years. Then off to Boston to report for Channel 56 (WLVI). Colorado called soon after. I had the great pleasure of working for KUSA (9News) in Denver for four years. I really wasnt in Denver though. I was the bureau reporter in Fort Collins. Gary Wolfe - an exceptional photojournalist - and I roamed northern Colorado picking up memorable stories along the way. We even got to witness an EF-3 tornado as it barreled towards a small town called Windsor. Our coverage earned an Emmy award.
After Gary passed away from an illness in 2010, I knew it was time to head home. I grew up in Pittsford and pretty much my entire family stuck around. At the start of 2011 my wife, Jill, and I put our two dogs (both from a rescue) into the back of the car and hit the road.
Walking into 13WHAM was like walking into an old friends house. Some things have changed, but not the important stuff. The team here is as fun as ever.
You can catch me anchoring on Saturday evenings and reporting during the week. Id love it if you "like" my fan page and followed me on Twitter. I keep both packed with tidbits and updates.
Evan Dawson - Anchor/Reporter
Evan Dawson anchors 13WHAM News This Morning on 13WHAM and CW-WHAM (cable channel 16 and digital 13.2). He also reports for 13WHAM News throughout the day and at 13wham.com.
Rochester is part of Evans home region, and he and his wife plan to live here for decades to come. He grew up in the Cleveland area with family in Buffalo, Jamestown, and Chautauqua. His wife grew up on Keuka Lake and they moved home to Rochester in 2003.
Evan is passionate about politics; he reads nearly two dozen blogs a day from all sides of the political spectrum, and hell be blogging for 13wham.com in 2008. Hes also passionate about golf and wine, two of the Finger Lakes regions best products. He loves meeting new people on the first tee and walking 18 holes.
Evan and his wife live in Perinton.
Doug Emblidge - Anchor/Reporter
Doug Emblidge became interested in broadcasting when he toured WOKR-TV as a boy. These days, he's living out that boyhood dream, anchoring the hour-long 13WHAM News at 5 and 13WHAM News This Morning, as well as reporting on a variety of topics.
No one would have been surprised if Doug had become a pharmacist, however. After all, his father and grandfather owned drug stores in Honeoye Falls and Scottsville, and on Chili Avenue in Rochester. But that station visit, along with meeting Dick Burt and Don Alhart, convinced Doug he wanted to work in broadcast news...and he wanted to do it at Channel 13.
After graduating from Rush-Henrietta High School, Doug went on to earn a Bachelor's degree at Syracuse University. He joined WOKR-TV in 1983 to anchor a program called NewsScope. The program didn't last long, but Doug did. Doug went on to anchor weekends and report news. From 1986 to 1989, Doug anchored weeknight sportscasts. In 1989, he returned to news to anchor the stations new 5 PM newscast. In 2000, Doug took on additional duties as anchor of 13WHAM News This Morning.
You can also listen to Doug on the radio weekday mornings on 95.1 The Fox.
Doug serves on the boards of Camp Stella Maris, ABVI-Goodwill and Daystar, a unique daycare and foster home for babies with serious medical issues. He and his wife, Coleen, have three children.
Jane Flasch - Reporter
"Is that your real name?" After more than 25 years in Rochester its still the question Jane Flasch is asked most often - especially in classrooms when she talks to young students about journalism. (And yes, she was born a "Flasch" - a name not all that uncommon in her hometown where she grew up surrounded by many Flasch cousins.) Jane was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, educated at UW-Oshkosh, and worked in a three person news department before coming to 13 WHAM. "Yes, I even had to do the weather and sports play by play," Jane says. "It wasnt pretty. But the job, which also included shooting and editing her own news stories prepared her for "just about anything."
In Rochester she began as a weekend anchor before settling into a reporter beat. She has traveled to Germany to cover the release of Beirut hostage Terry Anderson, to the old Soviet Union to cover Glasnost, and has pulled 9-Gs while flying an F-16 with the US Air Force Thunderbirds. (And there was that incident of bungee jumping from a hot air balloon!)
Jane believes the mission of her job is to work every day for the viewer and inform with accuracy, integrity and most of all empathy. She has been honored with 19 journalism awards including a National Edward R. Murrow Award and four Associated Press Awards for General Excellence in Reporting. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and romping with her golden retriever Ripley.
Jane lives in Irondequoit with her husband Bryan, but the household is really run by Katya - the cat.
Norma Holland - Anchor/Reporter
Norma Holland has anchored 13WHAM News This Morning since 2002 and has worked at 13WHAM since 1996. She says a passion for news, laughter, and strong Spanish coffee make getting up at 2am bearable.
Norma started out as an intern while in her third year at SUNY Geneseo and has filled a number of roles at the station ever since. Norma says, "Working at 13 WHAM has been a privilege. I grew up watching the station as a kid! Plus, I can truly say that my co-workers are like a family to me."
When she's not working, Norma spends time with her family in Irondequoit where she grew up. "They are the most important people to me and being able to live and work near them is a blessing", she says.
Norma is an active member of Latinas Unidas, a latina women's networking group and regularly emcees events for various organizations.
She is married and lives in Rochester with her husband, Matthew, and two Chihuahuas, Pancho and Coco.
Angela Hong - Video Journalist
Angela Hong joined the 13WHAM news team in August 2010 as the station's first-ever Video Journalist. This means youll often see Angela out shooting her own stories and also reporting on-air.
Prior to 13WHAM, Angela was an anchor and reporter at WDNN-TV in Dalton, GA. At WDNN, she covered hyper-local news for viewers in the Northwest Georgia region.
Angela graduated from Emory University with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. In college, she was an anchor, producer, reporter and photographer for her weekly college newscasts. She also interned at Fox 5 News in Atlanta, CNN, The Atlanta Press Club, Forsyth County News and WCIV in Charleston, SC.
When shes not at work, you can find her reading a good book, working out, attempting to cook or trying out new places to eat in Rochester. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Angela is a native of Atlanta, but she is happy to called Rochester her home. (Yes, even though it snows.)
She finds it a privilege when viewers allow her to tell their stories, so please feel free to share yours with her at email@example.com.
Jennifer Johnson - Anchor/Reporter
Jennifer took the plunge into early morning news in 2010. It was the one shift she had never worked. "It always looked fun, but who wants to get up that early?" Jennifer always thought. Once she became a mom she realized there's no time for sleep anyway so why not work a schedule that allows her more time with her kids.
She's been in the business since 2000 and covering news in Rochester since 2002. She anchored the 7 PM and 11 PM news at WHEC-TV before coming to 13WHAM TV. She's traveled from Rochester to find the local angle on some big stories including spending 3 weeks along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
The story she became a journalist to tell came in 2006. It was a news conference in Washington DC to kick-off an awareness campaign about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Jennifer was sick with CFS for five years beginning at age 16. She went from being a three-sport varsity athlete to being so sick she missed her junior and senior years of high school and had to be tutored at home. Researchers say CFS patients experience a level of disability equal to those going through chemotherapy, have advanced stage AIDS or Muscular Dystrophy, but for years the public had little sympathy for CFS patients. A 1994 Boston Globe article about Jennifer's' battle helped take away some of the stigma. For Jennifer, seeing how information can lead to understanding and tolerance made Jennifer want to be a journalist.
A story she did about a young man in the Rochester area who is struggling with CFS has been published internationally and is often used by CFS advocacy groups.
Jennifer was working on this story while pregnant with her second daughter. Midway through the pregnancy Jennifer and her husband Vinnie learned the baby had a defect called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). The case was severe and the baby was given a 23% chance to survive. They researched hospitals nationwide and were relieved to find that Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong in Rochester had the specialized equipment and experienced team their baby needed. Grace was born in the fall of 2011, has had four surgeries, spent time on a heart-lung bypass and went home after 72 days in the NICU. Vinnie and Jennifer are so grateful for the fantastic care their family received and are now raising money to build a new Golisano Children's Hospital.
Jennifer grew up outside of Boston and graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her first TV job was in Hastings, Nebraska. In her spare time, Jennifer was a volunteer firefighter.
She's now made Rochester her home and continues to volunteer. She is a member of Rochester Rotary. She's a current board member of The Dream Factory of Rochester and a past board member of The Center for Disability Rights, The Verona Street Animal Society, Inc. and CASA of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. She ran a marathon for the Stroke Association and biked 65 miles for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure. She loves spoiling her two daughters, is also a mom to a dog named Bo (a Vizsla whose full name is Bo Sox) and is in desperate need of cooking lessons.
Will Morgan - Photojournalist
Will Morgan has spent the last 11 years as a photojournalist in Rochester after graduating from SUNY Brockport in 2001. He joined the 13WHAM News Team in 2003. While at 13WHAM, Will worked at a photographer in our sports department as well as our medical news unit. He currently is a news photojournalist.
Will grew up about 45 minutes away from Rochester. His hometown of Prattsburgh has a population of around 2000. There were less than 40 students in his graduating class. So moving to Rochester (a very big city to him) and covering breaking news on a daily basis was a bit of an adjustment.
Over the course of his career, Will has covered a variety of stories. Some include: Presidential visits to Rochester, two pope visits to North America, Buffalo Bills games, layoffs, murders in our community, local soldiers leaving for war and countless more stories.
Will is married with two daughters and lives in Henrietta.
Ginny Ryan - Anchor
Ginny Ryan is doing what she always wanted to do where she wanted to do it - at 13WHAM-TV. She anchors 13WHAM News at five, ten and eleven o'clock and is an award winning reporter.
A native of Rochester, Ginny grew up in Gates and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School and Buffalo State College. Two days after graduation, her career began as a reporter at WENY-TV in Elmira, New York. She was hired as a reporter by 13WHAM-TV in 1987. She anchored the morning and noon newscasts before doing the five, ten and eleven o'clock news.
Ginny currently serves on the board of directors of Heritage Christian Services Foundation, CMAC, and the public relations committee of Wilson Commencement Park. She also volunteers with the Ad Council of Rochester and Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Ginny and her husband Jeff have two children, Jeffrey and Caroline.
Kelsie Smith - Reporter
Kelsie is glad to be back in her home state and proud to call Rochester home. Her father grew up on Canandaigua Lake so she's no stranger to the area.
Before coming to Rochester Kelsie started her career at WICU in Erie, PA. She then moved to their sister station WENY in Elmira, NY where she was the morning co-anchor, forecaster, and a one-man-band reporter. Kelsie and her husband Kyle then decided to live by the beach and she took a job as a bureau chief for WITN in New Bern, NC.
Kelsie joined the WHAM news team in July 2012 as a reporter. You'll see Kelsie on WHAM during the weekday evening shows and also on the weekend. She is excited to tell Rochester's stories, and is looking forward to hearing from viewers and telling your stories.
Kelsie graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA with a dual major in communications and English.
In her spare time she can be found spending time with Kyle and their cat Ebby, running, reading, and enjoying family and friends.
Patrice Walsh - Reporter
Patrice Walsh is truly the example of the 13WHAM motto: More Local News, More Local Experience. Not only was Patrice born and raised in Rochester, she has spent her entire career here on Channel 13. Patrice is one of 13WHAM News most experienced reporters.
She was hired in October of 1980 as a newsroom assistant and soon began reporting on weekends. Patrice moved into the weekend anchor chair from 1991 to 1993.
Patrice was born in Irondequoit and was graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School Of Communications at Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Television-Radio. Patrice has won Edward R. Murrow and New York State Broadcasters awards for reports airing in nightly newscasts.
Her coverage of the Kali Ann Poulton story is only one example of Patrice's highly regarded work at 13WHAM News.
Patrice and her husband Frank, are the proud parents of three children. Family remains Patrices top priority. Patrice enjoys watching her children compete in high school and college sports. She also tries to keep in shape by exercising and walking her two year old black lab, Sammy.
Evan White - Reporter
Evan White is a New England native. He was raised in Holliston, a small suburb 40 minutes from the city. He was part of 13WHAMs Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of the 2012 Christmas Eve shooting in West Webster.
Prior to Rochester, he covered news and sports for WKTV in Utica, New York. In 2005, Evan graduated Cum Laude from Emerson College with a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism.
As an Emerson student, he worked in the news and sports department of WERS, eventually serving as sports director. Evan covered crime, agriculture, local and state politics as well as visits to the region by President Barack Obama and professional golfer Tiger Woods.
Evan is thrilled to be covering stories in Rochester and anxious to hear news tips from viewers and web readers.
Business, politics, agriculture, and health are among Evan's favorite subjects.
During his spare time, Evan pours through newspapers, yes, real papers and consumes more football coverage than normal people would find acceptable.
Glenn Johnson - Chief Meteorologist
Glenn Johnson was hired by 13WHAM...twice: the first time in January 1985 as a college intern, compiling data in the weather office, while studying meteorology at SUNY Brockport; the second time, after graduation, in May 1985, as a full time meteorologist.
Glenn started as 13 WHAM's weekend meteorologist. After four years of working weekends, he was "promoted" to 13WHAM News This Morning and 13WHAM News Midday, starting his day at 4:00 AM.
"Getting to work by 4:00 in the morning can be a test for anyone's love of the profession," says Glenn. "But it's the enjoyment of forecasting (or trying to forecast) our unique weather which makes the job fun. There are not too many people who can say their work can change from day to day such as the weather changes."
Now Glenn won't have to worry about rising at 4AM; he was promoted once again, upon the retirement of Bill Peterson, to chief meteorologist. He can now be seen on 13WHAM News at 5, 13WHAM News at 6, and 13WHAM News at 11.
Glenn is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, and he was awarded their Seal of Approval for television weathercasting. In 2005 Glenn was awarded the SUNY Brockport award for Community Service.
In the past, Glenn has been a board member for the Rochester Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury. Recently he was on the board of Partners in Community Development. He is currently on the board of The College at Brockport Alumni Association and is also serving on the advisory board of the Rochester Museum and Science Center for their project "NASA Science and Technology on the Family Calendar". In addition, Glenn is an adjunct instructor teaching Weather and Climate at Monroe Community College. You can also find his writing on the weather in a weekly Sunday column for the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.
Glenn and his wife Eileen live in Fairport with their two sons. Glenn enjoys all sports, reading and working on his home. His long term project is restoring an old MGB sports car.
Marty Snyder - Meteorologist
Marty Snyder is the morning meteorologist on 13WHAM-TV, CW 16, and The WHAM Morning News on 1180 WHAM. A native of Rochester, he graduated from Greece Athena High School. Marty earned his degree in meteorology at SUNY Oneonta, and holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by the wide range of weather conditions that we often see here in the Rochester area. While in college, he chose two independent studies of local weather patterns and events. In one, he identified the factors that led up to Rochester's infamous March 1991 ice storm. In another, he detailed some of the key factors that can come together to produce some of the more significant lake effect snow events in the eastern Great Lakes Region. While in college, he spent a semester as a student volunteer with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.
After working for seven years as morning meteorologist at the CBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, Marty decided to come back to Western New York to be closer to family. He now lives on a farm with his wife and two daughters in Ontario County.
Jeff Najder - Meteorologist
Mark McLean - Meteorologist
Mark McLean joined the 13WHAM News Weather Authority Team in May 2000 as a part-time morning meteorologist behind the scenes.
Born and raised in Spencerport, NY, Mark holds a B.S. degree in meteorology from the State University of New York College at Oswego.
"My initial duties as a part-time meteorologist included working early morning hours between 3-7am" Gradually he worked his way on the air as a fill-in meteorologist in January 2001.
Mark is 13WHAM-TV's Director of Weather Services and was promoted to Midday Meteorologist in January 2007. Mark is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
In addition to his local weather broadcasts, Mark has been an adjunct professor of Weather and Climate at Monroe Community College in Henrietta since fall 2001. He also has an interest and background in horticulture and occasionally produces local gardening specials on 13WHAM-TV. You can even catch him working at the Garden Factory during Rochester's beautiful spring season.
He's not always at work. In his spare time Mark has a large reflector telescope and likes to stay on top of current astronomical events. He also promotes weather through school visits and station tours when his schedule permits.
"When you love what you do for a living, you never work a day in your life, thats how I feel about working in the dynamic field of meteorology".
Mike Catalana - Sports Director
13WHAM News Sports Director, Mike Catalana is in charge of staff of talented sports journalists who take a unique look at the humor and humanity behind the scores and highlights. The 13WHAM Sports Department works to keep you informed on local sports on 13WHAM TV, 13WHAM.com, Facebook and Twitter. Mike's most popular feature is "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", seen every Thursday night at 6 o'clock. It is an entertaining look at the best and the worst plays of the week.
Mike broke into sportscasting in Binghamton, where he worked for WMGC-TV (now WIVT). He came to Channel 13 back in 1987 as a sports reporter and was named Sports Director in 1989. Mike has covered just about every major sporting event in the country including numerous Super Bowls, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Masters, and the World Series His love of sports has been a lifelong passion.
"I am a person who grew up playing and loving sports," he says. "I knew that sports would also be a big part of my life and feel honored to do the job I do now."
The Ithaca College grad has received numerous awards, including the Rochester Press Radio Club's Lowell MacMillan Award for sportscasting excellence. Mike won an Edward R Murrow Award for Best Feature for his story "J-Mac's Big Night" He and the 13WHAM Sports staff have been honored as the best in the state by both the Associated Press and the New York State Broadcaster's Association.
Mike has worked as the sideline reporter for the Bills Television Network since 2000 and hosts the halftime sports report on the Jumbotron at Bills games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He does a daily sportscast on WHAM Radio and is a member of the Bills Brothers on Thursdays at 3pm on the John Ditullio Show on WHTK.
Mike's also an active member of the community. He volunteers his time for Rochester Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The School of the Holy Childhood. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House, and has also served as president of the American Heart Association's board of directors.
Mike has two daughters and lives in Rochester.
Toby Motyka - Sports Anchor
Jon Doss - Sports Video Journalist
Jon joined 13WHAMs sports department in March, after graduating with a masters degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Originally from Modesto, CA, Jon received his bachelors degree from UC Berkeley, where he tripled as a writer at the Daily Californian, sports director and play-by-play broadcaster at KALX 90.7 FM, and as a multimedia reporter for Scout.com.
Before arriving in Rochester, Jon spent time as a multimedia correspondent in Washington, D.C., reporting for WSYR-TV, the ABC-affiliate in Syracuse. During his time there, he covered the NFLs collective bargaining agreement and the perjury trial of Roger Clemens, among other stories.
Through his career, Jon has covered six NCAA basketball tournaments and six college football bowls, including the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Hes been named Columnist of the Year in the Greater Pacific Region by the Society of Professional Journalists, and was nominated for college broadcaster of the year.
Though he still considers himself a Californian, Jon enjoyed his time in Central/Western New York while at Syracuse, and looks forward to making a new home in Rochester.