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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.



Erin joined our network of news channels in the fall of 2009. Born and raised on Long Island, this native New Yorker is thrilled to be back in her home state.

Most recently, Erin was a weekend anchor and reporter for WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina enjoying the nearby beaches and delicious southern barbeque. Before that, Erin made the trip out to the Midwest where she was a weekend anchor and reporter for KEYC in Mankato, Minnesota. She spent a year in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, braving the cold and learning about ice fishing.

Erin’s first job in the television business was at "Inside Edition." As a story coordinator, she worked in a fast paced newsroom and had the opportunity to interview a number of celebrities on the red carpet!

Erin graduated from Tufts University in Boston with a degree in Political Science and Communications. While at Tufts, she was the co-captain of the women’s basketball team and the host of a television dating show.

In her free time, Erin loves playing all sports, shopping, cooking, and relaxing with family and friends.

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Innae Park joined YNN in June 2011. Before YNN, she worked at the ABC affiliate in Salisbury, MD. At WMDT-47, Innae wore many different hats! She started as a producer, transitioned to become a reporter and then used all those skills on the desk as the anchor of "Good Morning Delmarva," the station's 2-hour morning show. She also enterprized, produced and hosted the monthly segment, "Self Defense in Seconds," which taught residents easy techniques to use if in a dangerous situation.

Innae has been honored with awards from the Associated Press for her outstanding coverage of a number of stories, including her continued reporting on the Delaware pediatrician who admitted to abusing more than a hundred of his young patients over a 10-year span.

Innae's nose for news began once she interned at two top stations in Philadelphia during her college years: FOX-29 and CBS 3/KYW. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communication, and then continued as a production assistant at CBS 3.

Home for Innae is Seoul, S. Korea, but she's traveled all over the world and across the U.S. Now she is ready to explore and get to know the Capital region, so if you have any recommendations, be sure to send them her way!

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Anchor/ Reporter

Lacey is living her passion working in broadcasting. She better be, she's been in the business for 20 years!

Before bringing that experience to YNN Lacey reported for News 24 Houston. She started her broadcast career as a reporter at WBSG-TV in Georgia. Lacey was the Texas Evening News Announcer for National Public Radio while attending Abilene Christian University. Since then, she has been Talent and Producer for First American Health Care, The Health Network, WFTV in Orlando, ESPN2, and National Mobile Television. Lacey was Senior News Reporter and fill in Weather Anchor for WBSG/WJXX ABC, Jacksonville.

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 with her weekly segments called Weekend Buzz. Look for Weekend Buzz on Thursdays, AND Free Fun on Saturdays.

In her free time, Lacey is active in many Central New York charitable and civic organizations. Lacey sits on the board of the March of Dimes, and works closely with the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of CNY. She is a member of Wetzel Road church of Christ. Lacey was honored as one of Central New York’s ’40 Under 40” for 2009, in recognition of her professional achievements and community work. She is enthusiastic about boating, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and her coastal Georgia home on the small island of Saint Simons. Lacey, and her husband Frank, welcomed their healthy baby girl into the world in January 2010.

Lacey was awarded the Norma Coburn Community Service Award by local police and Onondaga Traffic Safety Advisory Board in 2009 and 2010. She is also the 2010 Philanthropic Person of the Year by the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of CNY.


Senior Reporter/Field Anchor

Bill is a two-time Emmy winner, with 30 years experience covering Central New York. He was News Director at WHEN Radio, then WTVH-TV, and for six years was Senior Reporter at WIXT. Most-recently Bill was News Director of WSYR radio in Syracuse.

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