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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Don Alhart

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Alexis Arnold

Alexis Arnold - Reporter

Alexis Arnold was bit by the news bug at the age of seven, when she anchored a mock ABC newscast at the Chicago Childrens Museum.

Sorry, the video of that is on VHS, so theres no chance of that resurfacing.

It was then, she took a real interest in news.

She studied Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

While she never saw Bobby Knight toss a chair, she witnessed plenty of thrilling mens basketball games.

Alexis played clarinet in the Big Red Basketball Pep Band and Marching Hundred.  During that time, she traveled with the team and was at every home game in the stands. She even got to meet sportscaster Clark Kellogg and Dick Vitale.

While Alexis still has a love and passion for music and the arts, she put the clarinet aside for a camera and microphone. She accepted her first TV News job in Quincy, Illinois, a small town on the edge of the Mississippi River, Iowa and Missouri as a producer and reporter. She also served as weekend anchor there for three years.

It was in Western Illinois where she covered the Iowa caucus and interviewed now-President Barack Obama and covered some of the worst flooding that area had seen when the mighty Mississippi outgrew its banks.

Quincy was also the place where she met her husband, who happened to be the weekend weather anchor, and it was the birthplace of their daughter.

The three took their love to the Quad Cities, where Alexis landed a morning reporter position at KWQC TV in Davenport, Iowa, where she spent a lot of time outside in the snow.

After about a year, Alexis decided to stand outside in a lot more snow in Rochester, joining the 13WHAM News team in 2011 as a reporter. She now anchors the weekend newscasts.

Alexis and her family fell in love with Rochester and welcomed another child into the world, this one a boy. Her children make cameo appearances in the Healthy Heroes Campaign.

Staying healthy is something her family is committed to. Her husband is a personal trainer and Alexis also offers reports on medical related issues.

On her days off, she can be found working out, lifting weights and dancing in Zumba classes. Shes not perfect, and still loves an occasional cupcake or slice of pizza (Chicago deep-dish, of course) but believes everything in moderation.

Being from the Chicago suburbs, Alexis loves cheering for the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks and, of course, her Indiana Hoosiers.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Adam Chodak

Adam Chodak - Anchor/Reporter

This is my dream job. Doing what I want with people I call friends. To top it off, I'm in my hometown working at the station that gave me my start in television.
 
It was a summer internship in 2000 that first brought me to WHAM (WOKR back then). At the time, I was a student at Syracuse University and an embarrassingly green reporter for the radio station on campus, WAER-FM.
 
On September 11, 2001, of all days, I began my first commercial journalism job at 570 WSYR. In 2003, I hopped across town to Time Warner Cable News (formerly YNN [formerly News 10 Now]). It was there I met my wife, Jill. We moved together to Boston in 2005 where I took a reporting job with WLVI (Channel 56).
 
A call came in in late 2006 from KUSA in Denver. The offer was to work in the station's bureau in Fort Collins with photojournalist Gary Wolfe. For several years, Gary and I roamed northern Colorado, a place where the land and people regularly serve up a good story. It was on the eastern plains, we sidled up to an EF-3 tornado. Our coverage that day earned an Emmy Award.
 
Home called us back in 2011. Later that year, our beautiful son was born. On warmer days, you might see the three of us, dogs in tow, romping through the Village of Pittsford, blocks from Sutherland High School, my alma mater. It was at Sutherland my dreams took shape and now, in Rochester, they're being realized.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Carlet Cleare

Carlet Cleare - Reporter

Carlet Cleare joined the 13WHAM News team as a reporter in October 2014. She is a Rochester native who is eager to tell compelling stories and meaningful reports about a community she loves.

Previously, Carlet worked at WXXI Public Broadcasting Council as a Public Affairs Reporter/Producer. She wrote and produced on-air and on-mic stories on AM 1370 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as weekly news magazine Need to Know. Carlet also produced documentary-style pieces: Already Out: What it's like Coming of Age as a LGBT Teen and Response to Murder: The Daniel Davis Story, which was a New York Emmy Award nominee. 

Carlet is a graduate of Monroe Community College and St. John Fisher College, with a degree in Communication and Journalism. She interned at the Insider Magazine at the Democrat and Chronicle as well as WXXI. Carlet is also member of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. Carlet has served as a Master Barber for the past two decades.

She took her passion for journalism and people and wrote about the "happenings" of the barbershop experience with a community blog for the Democrat and Chronicle. After listening to inspiring, thought-provoking and crushing conversations, she decided to trade-in her clippers and shears for a note pad and pen to become a full-time reporter.

In her spare time, Carlet enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends as well as a little bit of acting. She's performed in a few local theatrical productions including Black Girls' Anthem and Intrepid at Geva Theater Nextstage.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Cody Combs

Cody Combs - Reporter

Cody Combs joined 13WHAM in 2014 and is thrilled to be reporting in New York State. He is originally from Ohio but attended graduate school at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Prior to reporting for 13-WHAM, Cody worked in Central Pennsylvania for WTAJ where he covered stories ranging from severe weather to the fallout from the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Cody also spent time at CNN's Washington bureau working for shows such as Situation Room, State of the Union and Reliable Sources. His work on the shows involved graphics producing, guest booking, video editing and writing stories for CNN.com.

He received his undergraduate degree from Walsh University where he majored in Government/Foreign Affairs with a minor in Communication studies.

With a strong interest in public service, at the age of 18, Cody ran for and served a term on City Council in his hometown of Alliance, Ohio.

Hes excited to inform and share stories across Western New York on television and on the web.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Doug Emblidge

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jane Flasch

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Rachel Glaser

Rachel Glaser - Reporter

Rachel Glaser joined 13WHAM News in August 2013. Rachel began her on-air reporting career at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, she worked as a multimedia journalist for ABC-57 in South Bend, Indiana. It was during her time at ABC-57 that Rachel expanded her skill set beyond reporting by filming, editing, and producing her stories live from the field as a solo journalist.

Rachel is a storyteller and adventurer at heart, reporting is truly her passion. Originally from Chicago, Rachel looks forward to becoming a part of the Rochester area, and is excited to share the stories that really matter to the community.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Norma Holland

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Kai  Jackson

Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent

Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news.

He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore.He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America. 
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history. 

He's a member of several professional organizations including: The Society of Professional JournalistsThe National Association of Black JournalistsThe International Documentary AssociationKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University.Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.




13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jennifer Johnson

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 his 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, underwent several surgeries, spent time on a heart-lung bypass machine and went home after 72 days in the NICU.  Grace was brave, fearless and always happy despite her challenges. Through TV coverage, her story inspired countless people to support Golisano Children's Hospital - a place Vinnie and Jennifer credit for saving their daughter again and again. But it wasn't meant to be.  Grace passed away in February of 2013 at the age of 16 months after complications from her 5th surgery. The community's love for Grace continues as people pledge support for the new Golisano Children's Hospital, under construction now. Vinnie and Jennifer and 13WHAM are getting closer to their goal of raising almost half a million dollars for the hospital in Grace's name where a NICU room and a healing garden will be dedicated in her honor and will support families facing medical challenges for years to come.  Jennifer looks forward to cutting the ribbon on those projects with the help of her oldest daughter Avery and youngest daughter Luciana.
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. In addition to her fundraising for the hospital she is a member of Rochester Rotary and has served on the board of The Dream Factory of Rochester, 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 62.5 miles for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure. She loves spoiling her kids, is also a mom to a dog named Bo (a Vizsla whose full name is Bo Sox), loves to hunt for a bargain and is a work-in-progress in the kitchen.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee - Reporter

Jennifer Lee joined the 13WHAM News Team as a Reporter on January of 2014. She was born and raised in New Jersey, and is now happy to call Rochester home.

She comes from WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD where she was a reporter, fill-in anchor and producer. Jennifer has held internships with WOR Radio 710AM and FOX 5 in New York City, and WTAJ-TV in State College, PA. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Jennifer received a degree in Broadcast Journalism and English from Penn State University. She realized she wanted to follow this career path after conducting a touching interview with a Philadelphia Mummers Parade photographer. She also covered President Barack Obamas visit to the university during her college career.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys Bikram yoga and working out. She also likes to spend time in the kitchen cooking all kinds of food, including her favorite"Korean! And of course, she always values the time she gets to spend with her family and friends.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jim Madalinsky

Jim Madalinsky - Reporter

Jim Madalinsky joined 13WHAM and Fox Rochester in September of 2014 and is thrilled to now call Rochester home.
Prior to 13WHAM, Jim worked as an anchor and reporter at WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Cold winters are nothing new to Jim who also spent time as a sports reporter in Minot, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jim is a graduate of Kent State University where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
From the time he was a kid, Jim knew this was the path for him. Whether it was pretending to do play by play in the living room or combing through the local newspaper, Jim has always been intrigued by a good story.
When he's not at work Jim, a proud Pittsburgh native, is most likely cheering on the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins or checking out all that the Rochester area has to offer.
Jim thrives on telling stories that make an impact in your community and is excited to help make an impact in the area.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Ginny Ryan

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Kelsie Smith

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Patrice Walsh

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Hannah Welker

Hannah Welker - Reporter

Hannah Welker joined 13WHAM and Fox Rochester in June 2014 as a morning reporter on 13WHAM News This Morning and Good Day Rochester. She is thrilled to bring you fun and exciting LIVE reports from in and around Rochester, each and every morning, to get you ready for your day ahead.

Before moving to Rochester, Hannah got her start on-air as a morning co-anchor and multimedia journalist at WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. She was a part of 13 News Today, a two-hour morning news program. The show gave her opportunities to get out and about in the community as both a reporter and volunteer with several organizations, including the Golden Apple Foundation and as a reading buddy with local elementary students.

Prior to WREX, Hannah interned at CBS News in New York City, in the Newspath Sports department. There she interviewed players at the 2011 NBA Draft, attended a summer football camp hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, and learned a wealth of information from the CBS News staff. Being a gymnast her whole life, she thought sports reporting would be her focus, but later found a true passion in feature news and storytelling.

Hannah received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and competed as an NCAA gymnast for the Fighting Illini throughout her four years.

Having grown up just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!), Hannah is excited to be back closer to family. She looks forward to becoming a part of the Rochester community and is excited to bring you stories and reports before you head out the door each day.

In her spare time, Hannah loves spending time with her family, including her two sisters who live in NYC! If you ever see Hannah out and about, say hi! She loves meeting new people!


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Glenn Johnson

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Mark McLean

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".


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jeff Najder

Jeff Najder - Meteorologist

Jeff Najder is part time meteorologist on 13 WHAM-TV. A native of Rochester, Jeff graduated from Hilton High School, and then earned his Bachelor degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York College at Brockport.

Jeff first interned at 13 WHAM-TV during the summer of 2005. He was then hired in the fall of 2005 as a part time morning meteorologist using his skills behind the scenes. He worked the grueling early morning hours between 3-7 AM for almost 5 years. He never had any intention of working in broadcasting, but while working at the station, he developed an interest towards on air broadcasting.

Throughout 2010, Jeff first worked his way on the air as a fill-in meteorologist. He can now be seen twice a week on 13 WHAM News Midday, as well as filling in for other on air shifts when needed.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys many outdoor activities, including running, biking, boating, and skiing in the winter.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Marty Snyder

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Kaylee Wendt

Kaylee Wendt - Meteorologist

Kaylee Wendt joined the 13WHAM Weather Authority in November of 2013 working behind the scenes as a weather producer. After many hours of practice, Kaylee became a part of our on-air weather team in July. She is currently a meteorologist for 13WHAM News at Midday, and also fills in on mornings and weekends.

Prior to 13WHAM, Kaylee was a student at The College at Brockport and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology with a minor in broadcast meteorology. Throughout her college career, she completed many internships across New York State, including one at 13WHAM, which eventually landed her a job in the weather office. This is her first job in the industry and is excited to learn and grow in the wonderful city of Rochester.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kaylee enjoys all four seasons. In her spare time she is an avid reader, shopper, and animal lover. She enjoys exploring all of the wonderful things that Rochester has to offer, and is excited to bring you the weather forecast to help you enjoy it as well!


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Mike Catalana

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Jon Doss

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.


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13WHAM - Rochester :: News Team - Toby Motyka

Toby Motyka - Sports Anchor

Toby Motyka anchors the weekend sportscasts at Channel 13. A near lifelong New Yorker, Toby was born in New York City before moving with his family to Binghamton when he was six years old . The only time he lived outside of the Empire State was during his four years at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelors degree in communications with a dual emphasis in broadcasting and journalism.

Prior to joining the 13 WHAM sports team in October, 2010, Toby served as the Sports Director at WENY-TV in Elmira for two years. While in the Twin Tiers, he had the opportunity to cover a wide variety of events, including the LPGA Corning Classic, NASCAR and INDY Car racing at Watkins Glen, minor league baseball and hockey, as well as collegiate and high school athletics.

Toby grew up playing baseball and tennis, but has developed minor obsessions with lacrosse and hockey since moving to Western New York. A lifelong Giants fan, hes even learned to love the Buffalo Bills. He and his wife are happy to now call Rochester home.

In addition to your weekend highlights, Toby hopes to bring you the stories about the players and people that make it all happen. If you have a story idea, please get in touch with him!


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