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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 Time Warner Cable News in Albany and Syracuse, JoDee was the morning anchor at WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky.



Julie Chapman is our weekday morning anchor at Time Warner Cable News. She is a charter member who helped launch this news channel. She is a veteran in television news with more than 20 years of professional broadcasting 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, D.C., anchored live as major hurricanes slammed the east coast, and interviewed well-known figures in news and sports, 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 over the years from the Associated Press, Syracuse Press Club, and the 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 honored 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 charitable causes are close to her heart. Julie works as the emcee for a number of fundraising events for community organizations such as Girls Inc., Fact-To-Film Festival, Capital District Boys and Girls Club, and the Festival of Nations Diversity Celebration. She has also helped introduce girls to STEM careers through our Connect a Million Minds initiative.

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



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

A Western New York native and 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.


Solomon Syed


Born and raised in New York’s Capital Region, Solomon has been a proud member of the Time Warner Cable News team since February 2010.

First as a reporter, then as an anchor, he has helped drive our coverage of several major stories, including Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy, President Obama's several visits to upstate New York, and the installation of Albany’s new Catholic bishop, Edward Scharfenberger. A well-rounded journalist, he's reported on everything from Giants' training camp, to Gov. Cuomo's state budget announcements, to former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's criminal appeal hearing in New York City.

A Niskayuna native, Solomon graduated with honors from Boston University with a degree in political science, before receiving his juris doctor, also with honors, from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He couldn't resist a return to Boston, where he graduated with distinction from BU's graduate broadcast journalism program, while also spending time as a political correspondent in Washington, D.C. There he reported for several television news outlets, including WENY based in Elmira, N.Y., WSEE in Erie, Pa., and Cox Television. Solomon covered all the bases on Capitol Hill, from interviewing then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the White House, to covering Obama’s first health care reform speech to Congress in September 2009.

When he's not reporting on the stories that matter to you, Solomon's either spending time with his family, enjoying a good cheeseburger, or rooting on his beloved Yankees, Knicks, Rangers and Patriots.



Karen joined Time Warner Cable News in Albany as a reporter in January 2013. Five months later, she was promoted to the weekend anchor position.

Prior to arriving in the Capital Region, Karen 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 received a letter of excellence from Vladimir Putin for her work reporting the Russian Presidential Election in 2012.

Karen also received her bachelor's degree and master's 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 and performed in numerous U. S. cities, Canada and Eastern Europe and even had a cameo role in “Anything Goes” at Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

In her free time she loves to cook, travel and spend time with friends and family.

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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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