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JoDee has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has performed every position in the newsroom from intern to news director since starting in the business back in 1992.JoDee has been honored with awards including three Nevada and National Press Woman Awards and Associated Press Awards from several states. JoDee has reported on avalanches in Alaska, wildfires in Nevada and from the Pentagon on 9-11.Prior to coming to YNN in Albany and Syracuse, JoDee was the morning anchor at WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky.



Julie Chapman is a morning anchor weekdays on YNN. She is a veteran in television news with close to 20 years of professional experience.

She came to us from WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore where she was the weekend anchor for their top rated newscast. She has covered presidential politics from Washington, DC, reported live as major hurricanes slammed the east coast, and interviewed well-known figures in sports history, including Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. In addition to anchoring, she was a WBAL general assignment reporter. Julie also worked weekly with Johns Hopkins Hospital on award winning health reports for NBC News Channel. Prior to Baltimore, Julie worked as an anchor/reporter at WBNG-TV and WICZ-TV in her hometown of Binghamton, and she started her career at WENY-TV in Elmira.

Julie has won numerous awards by the Associated Press and NYS Broadcasters Association for excellence in reporting live breaking news and her in-depth special reports.

Julie is a graduate of SUNY Cortland where she was recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism and television production. She also developed and taught a broadcast journalism curriculum at the New School of Radio and Television in Albany.

Many causes are close to her heart. She has been working with the Little Sisters of the Poor, which provides services for the elderly. She also lends her time and support to a number of other Capital Region charitable organizations.

Family is extremely important to her and that's what brought her back to Upstate New York. Julie, her husband and their children are happy living close to home.



Kate Welshofer is YNN's weeknight anchor. She brings more than a decade of experience to our newsroom, previously working as a producer and reporter at our sister station, R News in Rochester.

A St. Bonaventure University graduate, Kate's natural curiosity along with a love of creative writing and storytelling is what attracted her to the news business. One of her proudest achievements is the creation of "News for Kids" in Rochester, the first-of-its-kind programming in that area offering stories for and about kids. It led to residencies at local schools, where Kate shared her expertise with aspiring fifth and sixth grade journalists. Kate's work was also recognized by the National Press Photographer's Association.

Kate is a native Western New Yorker, but is thrilled to now call the Capital Region home.


Solomon Syed


Solomon joined the Time Warner Cable News team in February 2010. Born and raised in Niskayuna, he is thrilled to be back in the Capital Region.

Solomon returns home from Washington, D.C. where he reported for several television news outlets, including WENY in Elmira, NY, WSEE in Erie, PA, and Cox Television. He covered all the bases on Capitol Hill, from interviewing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the White House, to covering President Obama’s first health care speech to Congress in September 2009.

Solomon received his Master’s with distinction from Boston University’s broadcast journalism program, but before that, he graduated with honors from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. After working in corporate law, Solomon decided to pursue his dream of becoming a television journalist. He also attended BU as an undergrad, graduating with honors in political science.

When he’s not on the scene for stories that matter to you, Solomon is either spending time with his parents and four younger siblings, or on his way down to the Bronx to root for his beloved Yankees.



Karen joined Time Warner Cable News in Albany as a videojournalist in January 2013.

Prior to arriving in the Capital Region, she was an Anchor/Reporter for Russia Today - an English-speaking network based in Moscow, Russia. As an international correspondent broadcasting to over 200 countries in the world, Karen covered mass protests in -30 degree temperatures, interviewed the newly elected President of South Ossetia and received a letter of excellence from Vladimir Putin for her work covering the Russian Presidential Election in 2012.

Karen also received her Bachelor's Degree and Masters Certificate from the Moscow Art Theatre in 2005. Along with her classmates, she founded Studio Six, a non-profit theater company in New York City. Karen has performed in cities throughout the Northeast United States, Canada and Eastern Europe.

Comfortable on the stage as well as in front of the camera, she attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and began her journalism career as a traffic reporter for News 12 Networks in Long Island, New Jersey and the Bronx.

In her free time she loves to cook, trying new recipes she has learned from traveling to different parts of the world. She will try almost anything once (fried crickets taste like popcorn!) and is excited to meet people and discover the Capital Region.

Send Karen an email.


Traffic Anchor/Reporter

Lacey is living her passion working in television news. She's been in the business since 1989 and joined us in 2003 as part of our original team of journalists. Lacey is our Traffic Anchor/Reporter, providing up to the minute traffic reports every weekday morning and afternoon.

Prior to that, she handled traffic reporting for a 24-hour news channel in busy Houston, Texas. Lacey started her broadcast career as a reporter at WBSG-TV in Georgia. She was also the Texas evening news announcer for National Public Radio while attending Abilene Christian University. Lacey has also worked for First American Health Care, The Health Network, WFTV in Orlando, ESPN2, National Mobile Television, and WBSG/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Lacey says some of her career highlights include interviewing Colin Powell and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Lacey keeps you up to date on the wide variety of local events and activities happening in Central and Northern New York as well as the Southern Tier every Thursday with her weekly segments calledYour Weekend Starts Now.

In her free time, Lacey is active in many Central New York charitable and civic organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Lacey works closely with the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of CNY and was honored with that organization's 2010 Philanthropic Person of the Year award. She is an active member of Wetzel Road Church of Christ. Lacey was honored as one of Central New York’s “40 Under 40” in 2009, in recognition of her professional achievements and community work, and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Lacey was awarded the Norma Coburn Community Service Award by the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 Lacey earned a prestigious Silver Telly award for her concept and direction of a “Buckle Up” public service announcement produced in cooperation with the Traffic Safety Advisory Board.

Email Lacey your traffic tips and transportation story suggestions:
Follow her traffic updates on Twitter: @TWCNewsCNYRoads


Senior Reporter/Videojournalist

Bill brings more than 40 years experience covering Central New York to his role as Senior Reporter/Videojournalist for Time Warner Cable News. Bill was part of our original team of journalists hired in 2003 for the channel's launch, and specializes in coverage of government and local politics. In his long career, Bill has been News Director at both WHEN and WSYR Radio, News Director at WTVH-TV, and Senior Reporter at WIXT-TV. Bill is a three-time New York Emmy winner, has a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award plus several regional Murrows, and has won a number of awards from the New York State Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club. Bill is enshrined on the Press Club's Wall of Distinction.

Email Bill your story ideas and suggestions:
Follow him on Twitter: @BCareyTWCNews

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