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Updated 03/21/2011 02:35 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Adam began working at our New York City station, NY1, in August of 1997 as a writer. After a year and a half of writing for the station's anchors, he was given the go-ahead to write for himself as a part-time General Assignment reporter. And when we decided it was time to add a Technology Beat to the mix, Adam jumped at the opportunity.

He says he's been fascinated with "cutting-edge technology" since 1983, when his family bought one of the first personal computers available (a Franklin Ace 1000).

Adam was born in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, as a third generation New Yorker. His maternal grandparents were both born in 1907 – one in Greenwich Village, the other in Brownsville, Brooklyn – and his paternal grandmother was born in Queens.

Unfortunately, he cannot lay claim to all five boroughs. No roots trace back to the Bronx or Staten Island. Adam, however, spent most of his childhood just across the river in Livingston, N.J.

During his college years at Penn State University, Adam worked with sports reporter Dick Schaap at ABC News and at the ABC News affiliate feed station, NewsOne. He also interned and wrote for the CBS affiliate WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania. But Adam says he learned most of what he knows about writing and digging for a story while shadowing Dateline NBC correspondent Mike Taibbi.

In his free time, Adam is a rabid Penn State football, Yankees and Knicks fan. His hobbies include playing the drums, traveling and participating in pretty much any sport that involves hitting, throwing or running after a ball.


Updated 03/24/2011 02:54 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Reporter Casey Bortnick has been a health reporter with YNN since 2008. You can watch his "Healthy Living" reports Saturdays and Mondays.

Casey spent five years as a Reporter/Anchor at Time Warner Cable 8 News in Jamestown, NY. There, he made a name for himself covering the five month manhunt for fugitive Ralph “Bucky” Phillips.

A native of the New York’s North Country, he graduated from Au Sable Valley Central School outside of Plattsburgh in 1997. Casey attended SUNY Morrisville where he studied Journalism Technology and was named captain of the Mustang football team.
After graduating from Morrisville in 1999, Casey transferred to SUNY Brockport where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He honed his skills hosting his own sports talk show at WBSU radio and covering numerous news and sporting events. Casey got his start in TV in Virginia Bacheler’s Broadcast Journalism Class and on the campus TV station.

Casey is the youngest of five children and enjoys spending time with his seven nephews and three nieces. His father is the Environmental Health Officer at Plattsburgh State University and his mom is a School Nurse at North Eastern Clinton Central School.

Casey is an avid sports fan who follows the New York Jets and the New York Mets. He’s also a big fan of Notre Dame Football.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:37 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Lisa Chelenza has worked in all aspects of electronic media. In radio as an announcer, commercial producer and host, then in television as an editor, audio technician, assistant director, segment producer, feature producer and producer.

Chelenza received her first National Emmy Award for her work on the “2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Utah” as a Feature Producer for NBC Sports and her second for her work on the “2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece” once again for NBC Sports as a feature producer. .

During her career Chelenza has worked as on camera talent for TNN, Fox Sports Net and Showtime, a feature producer for Lifetime Television, NBC Sports and Time Warner News. Currently she writes hosts and co-produces Pet Pointers on YNN airing in Syracuse, Albany, Rochester and Austin, Texas twice weekly. Lisa Chelenza also delivers news and entertainment reports as part of the top rated “Gomez & Dave in the morning” show syndicated out of Syracuse, New York.







Updated 03/21/2011 02:38 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Valarie D'Elia has been packing her bags and jumping on airplanes, ships and trains for as long as she can remember.

She comes from a family of travel agents who predate the flight of the Wright Brothers by a year. Her great grandfather started D'Elia Travel in Bridgeport, CT in 1902 by booking his relatives from Italy to Ellis Island on trans-Atlantic voyages in steerage class.

Today, Valarie continues the D'Elia travel tradition for a fourth generation in her career as a broadcast travel commentator appearing on national and local media outlets including NBC's “Today Show,” CNBC, Fox News and “The Early Show” on CBS. She is also a featured speaker at the New York Times Travel Show and makes numerous other public appearances.

On New York television, she is seen as the travel correspondent for with her featured segments, Travel with Val. For nine years, Valarie was the host of “The Travel Show” on the WOR Radio Network.

D'Elia spent five years covering the globe for The Travel Channel as a producer/reporter, developing and presenting news and feature reports on hundreds of domestic and international destinations. She also was the host/producer of TWA's monthly in-flight video, Ambassador Theater.

As the director of production for HBO's Visitor Information Network, D'Elia was responsible for a hotel TV channel providing tourist information for guests in 10 major U.S. cities. Other TV credits include the Outdoor Life Network, CNN's Travel Guide and CNN's Airport Network. She has been quoted in major national publications such as The New York Times, Cigar Aficionado, Woman's Day, Redbook, Reader's Digest's New Choices and Family PC. D'Elia appeared on the cover of the New York Resident and was profiled in the Italian-American publication Oggi.

D'Elia began her broadcast career as a radio news anchor in Miami while a junior at the University of Miami. She went on to anchor and report for several radio stations in the New York metropolitan area before earning her master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:40 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Kafi Drexel joined us in the spring of 2005. Before that, she was an anchor and general assignment reporter at News 12 The Bronx. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter at WSYR-TV, NewsChannel 9, the ABC station in Syracuse, NY.

She is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Kafi’s television career started behind the scenes. After graduating from Barnard College, she worked for both ABC News and MSNBC, where she worked on high-profile stories that included the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the death of JFK, Jr., the case of Elian Gonzalez, the conflict in the Middle East, and the 2000 presidential election.

At ABC News, Kafi worked for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and World News Saturday and Sunday.

Growing up with a print journalist dad and a school teacher mom, the news business is where Kafi has always wanted to be. Health is not just a beat for Kafi — she brings to the field a desire to help raise awareness about key issues affecting city residents, and to help people lead healthier lifestyles. She’s also hoping to have a little fun at the same time.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:49 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Terry Ettinger, is a in the field of environmentally sensitive lawn, landscape and garden design and management. He has spoken to professional groups across North America.

Originally from Illinois, Terry's interest in horticulture is the product of time spent at his grandparent's northern Illinois Christmas tree farm. He received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He's done additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota - St. Paul and the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

In addition to being the host of “Garden Journey’s”, Terry hosts "The Weeder's Digest" a radio call-in program heard on 106.9 WSYR in Syracuse, NY. His lawn and garden column “Let’s Get Growing” appears each week from March through November in the Eagle Group of community newspapers.

Terry owns the environmental landscape consulting firm, Terry L. Ettinger Horticulture Consulting Services. You can check out his website, tlehcs.com, for additional gardening tips and information.


03/21/2011 03:16 PM Posted By: Web Staff

I’m Lauren Fix, The Car Coach. Your car is the second most expensive investment you have. In my segment you’ll learn ways to save money on your car and learn how to keep it on the road longer. And I’ll help you learn how to buy a new or used car and save money on that purchase.

From the news desk to Oprah’s couch I’ve been empowering drivers with the information they need for more than 20 years.











Updated 03/21/2011 02:47 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Vince Gallagher is our State Education reporter. He is from the Albany-Saratoga Springs area, and works out of the Albany newsroom. Along with education reports, he also works on human interest and special feature segments.

Vince also enjoys radio broadcasting, which he does in Saratoga Springs, where he also currently resides.









Updated 03/21/2011 02:42 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Shazia Khan has her finger on the pulse of New York. As a reporter, she's covered everything from the September 11th attack and its aftermath, to arts and entertainment issues, to cultural and lifestyle stories.

A second generation Indian-American, the Westchester County native graduated from New York University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. In 2006 she won a South Asian Journalists award for her profile of the Bangladeshi community in New York City.

She credits her accomplishments to the support of her parents, Rasheed and Shamsa Khan.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:42 PM Posted By: Web Staff

Born in Corning, New York, Mike O'Brian began his career in 1971 at Rochester radio station WSAY. Stations like WBBF and WVOR followed with a brief time on Tampa, Florida radio. Mike's on-air experience in radio prepared him for his career in television. He joined YNN in 1995 and is known around the state as 'The Getaway Guy'.

"Road-trip vacations with my Mom and Dad as a child instilled in me the adventure of travel. Today, I can share all of my favorite getaways with viewers!"

In addition to New York State getaways, Mike loves the New England Coast, the American Southwest and when he needs to escape the cold, he heads to the sunny Caribbean. In between getaway adventures, Mike devotes his years of commercial voice-over experience as president and director of the American Broadcasting Institute, his school designed to train people in the field of voice-over work.

Mike also spends a lot of time promoting his travel book, speaking to groups interested in travel, enjoying yard work, good wine, friends and family. But, most of the time, you'll find Mike behind the wheel, off on another road-trip ready to enjoy his greatest passion. Travel!


Updated 12/19/2012 09:57 AM Posted By: Web Staff

You can watch Chef Dan Eaton's "Cooking at Home" segment seven days a week. And read his food blog, On the Back Burner anytime on YNN.com.

Dan spent his early years on a dairy farm in Vermont where he developed a fondness for foods “straight from the land.” Cooking seasonally was more of a necessity then, but Dan still finds local ingredients, in season, a driving force behind his menu creations.

After resettling in upstate New York, Dan attended Alfred State College. There, he was exposed to ceramics through the world-renowned art department at Alfred University. Making pottery became a favorite passion that continues today. In fact, some of the plates and bowls seen on Cooking at Home segments are original, handmade pieces!

After college, Dan moved to Rochester and began apprenticing at local upscale restaurants. Dan considers himself a self-taught chef and has worked at and commanded the stoves at some of the city's top restaurants. These include the Rochester Club, Rooney’s, 2-Vine, the Rio Bamba, tonic, Pearl and Max of Eastman Place.

Over the course of a 20-year culinary career, Dan has had the opportunity for intensive stints with some of the country's most well-known chefs. These include David Bouley in N.Y.C, Richard Reddington in Napa Valley, California, and a short turn through Thomas Keller's French Laundry, also in Napa Valley. Additionally, in December 2003, Dan was invited by the French Culinary Institute to cook at the renowned James Beard House in N.Y.C.

Dan is married and has two children and is excited to balance home life and the world of food with "Cooking at Home" on YNN.

Another passion of Dan’s is writing and playing original acoustic pop/rock music. “The Dan Eaton Band” plays out regularly in the Rochester area.

Dan joined YNN in March 2005.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:45 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Journalist Marcie Fraser has dedicated her career to health and medical stories. As a veteran journalist, Marcie began her news reporting career at WRGB-TV the CBS News affiliate in Albany, New York. In 2002, Marcie joined the Health team at our station. Today her health reports are produced for both Albany and the other Upstate New York Time Warner Cable News channels and websites. Along with her medical reports, Marcie keeps viewers healthy with her bi-weekly fitness segment called “Tone Up.” Children’s health and wellness also play an important role in Marcie’s reporting. Watch for her weekly Child Wellness reports every Wednesday.

Marcie is also an author of two books, Where’d My Butt Go? contains the knowledge and experience gained from her practical work as a Behavioral Eating Specialist. Besides her on-air and web reporting, Marcie also writes a Health column for some Capital Region newspapers. In 1993, Fraser earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Family Health from the University of Albany. To expand on her health knowledge, Marcie is also an instructor of Human Nutrition at Empire State College, University of Albany.

An avid ballroom dancer, tri-athlete and retired bodybuilding champion, Marcie has motivated and counseled thousands of individuals. She has shown them how to maximize their performance and reach their full potential through nutrition.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:46 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Neil Rosen is the entertainment critic/reporter. He has won two Emmy Awards for entertainment journalism. He was also nominated for four other Emmy Awards for his celebrity interviews, his film reviews, and for his entertainment reporting.

He is a frequent on-camera contributor to CNN, MSNBC, USA Network, A&E, Bravo, American Move Classics, and can also be heard regularly on BBC Radio.

He was a regular writer for the New York Post where he showcased his interviews with movie, television and music stars, directors, screenwriters and producers.

He hosted the popular weekly radio program “The Movie Show With Neil Rosen” on WABC Radio, where listeners get the opportunity to “call in” and “talk back” to a critic. He also served as WABC’s entertainment reviewer.

Neil's celebrity interviews have included such notables as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood and Luciano Pavorotti, just to name a few.

For six years, Neil was the movie and theater critic for WNCN Radio, America's #1 classical radio station, and has been the late-night reviewer for WWOR-TV. He was the in-flight movie critic for The Travel Channel and the entertainment critic for WNBC Radio, Centerseat.com, WNEW Radio and WLIG-TV.

Neil taught an extremely popular film lecture series at The New School For Social Research. The course examined some of the greatest movies that were ever made in New York City and featured guest stars from each film.

He is the author of several comprehensive movie catalogs and has written the liner notes to thousands of films on videocassette.

Neil has written for such companies as Columbia Pictures, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox, and his work has appeared in Penthouse, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, American Film Magazine, and Playbill.

Quotes from his movie reviews can be found daily in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the USA as well as in many national TV spots for numerous films.


Updated 03/21/2011 02:00 PM Posted By: Web Staff


Tara Lynn began working at our New York City station, NY1, in 2007. She has reported live from events including Pope Benedict's historic 2008 visit and the Giants' amazing come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl XLII.

A graduate of Bard College, Tara Lynn has won numerous awards for her work, including the New York State Broadcasters Association Television Award for Outstanding Feature News Story and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Feature and Best Interview.

Before landing her first news job in Tennessee, Tara Lynn toured the United States and Asia doing musical theatre and met her husband on the set of "Saturday Night Live." She adores her nephews, Liam and Logan, is an avid theatre-goer, and can sometimes be spotted on the West Side Highway, swinging on a flying trapeze.




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