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Sports Director

Mark joined the Time Warner Cable News team as Sports Director in 2003 when the channel launched. He leads a team of six journalists who cover local sports throughout our region. A Wisconsin native, this is the second time Mark has chosen to live and work in Central New York. From 1995 to 1997, he was a sports reporter at WIXT in Syracuse. Before TWC News, Mark was the sports director at KEZI (ABC) in Eugene, Oregon for six years covering the Ducks and the Beavers. Mark's career started in Madison, WI, where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and worked at WMTV (NBC) for five years.

Mark can be seen weeknights on Time Warner Cable News, anchoring our regular sportscasts, plus Sports Night at 11:15 p.m. He also co-anchors our award-winning Friday night high school football highlights show "First and 10."

Follow Mark on Twitter: @MLarsonTWCNews

CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Brian Sandler
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Sports Anchor/Producer

Ever since he decided to attend Syracuse University Central New York has had a hold on Brian--in spite of his preference for milder winters! After graduating from SU in 2004 he joined NBC affiliate WKTV in Utica, and after more than five years there he joined Time Warner Cable News as our weekend sports anchor/weekday sports reporter.

Despite hailing from outside of Philadelphia, Brian is an avid Mets fan. In addition to the many great teams and games he's been privileged to cover his favorite in-person moments as a fan include screaming his head off after Benny Agbayani's 13th-inning game-winning home run in the 2000 NLDS, screaming his head off again following Johan Santana's no-hitter, and, of course, celebrating SU basketball's 2003 national championship on Marshall Street! (With snow coming down, of course.)

In addition to anchoring our regular sportscasts on weekends Brian can also be seen anchoring our weekend editions of Sports Night at 11:15 p.m. He also co-anchors our award-winning Friday night high school football special "First and 10."

If you have any story ideas or comments for Brian he welcomes them at

You can also connect with him on Facebook and on Twitter @BSandlerTWCNews


Sports Producer/Videojournalist

Brian has been covering Syracuse sports since the day he stepped foot on the Syracuse University campus in 2005. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Brian graduated from SU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and is an avid Orange fan. He's happy to be working at Time Warner Cable News doing what he loves, reporting and producing great sports stories and sportscasts.

Prior to his arrival at TWC News, Brian worked at CNY Central in Syracuse as a sports and news reporter for two years.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys trying to play basketball, exercising and helping coach the Syracuse University Mock Trial team.

If he's not watching an Orange game, you can probably finding him rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams, Blues and Missouri Tigers.

If you ever have an idea for a sports story or just want to talk sports, feel free to e-mail him at

Follow him on Twitter too: @BMuellerTWCNews


Sports Videojournalist

Getting paid to cover sports is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

That's been Erik Columbia's tongue-and-cheek motto on the job since he started in the business back in 2008. Covering local sports is Erik's passion, and it has taken him across the country covering some important sporting events. That same passion led Erik to Central New York in 2014 to be a sports videojournalist with Time Warner Cable News.

Starting his career in the Southern Tier as the sports director of WICZ-TV in Binghamton, you could find Erik with B-Sens as they won the Calder Cup, the Binghamton University Bearcats as they marched-madly versus Duke in the NCAA Tournament, and also alongside Jon "Bones" Jones when he captured the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.

Most recently, Erik was the sports director for the NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. There he was able to cover the Detroit Tigers as they went to ALCS, and the University of Michigan's march to the Final Four.

Erik is a native of the Great Lakes State, but his travels have taken him up and down the east coast. Erik went to high school and college in Florida, graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a B.A. in radio/TV news.

Along with his wife Kate, and their dog Franzen, Erik is thrilled to be in Central New York covering one of the most underrated sports towns in all of the country. Send him your sports story ideas, and catch up with him on Twitter.



Ted joined the Time Warner Cable News team in January 2014 as a videojournalist in the Binghamton Newsroom. He's excited to working in Upstate New York, covering both news and sports throughout the Southern Tier.

Ted earned his degree in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University. At SU, he worked with CitrusTV, the school's student-run television station. Ted interned at WSYR-TV and News 12 New Jersey, helping out the sports departments at both stations.

Ted began his on-air career at TV3 Winchester in Virginia. He contributed to the news and sports departments, focusing on high school and college athletes. When he's not looking for stories, Ted enjoys snowboarding, playing football, and listening to music. If you have a story idea, you can email him at

Follow him on Twitter too: @TedTWCNews


Mike Toper reports on both news and sports as a videojournalist based in our Ithaca newsroom. He covers the Cortland-Ithaca area, the eastern Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier. Previously, Mike was a photojournalist for WSYR-TV in his hometown of Syracuse.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego. While he supports the Green and Gold, he is also an avid Yankees fan and cheers for anything SU. When he’s not covering news and sports, Mike enjoys running, the gym, hiking and anything outdoors. He also loves live music and enjoys all Ithaca has to offer.

If you have any story ideas for Mike you can e-mail him or follow him on Twitter @MToperTWCnews. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP Data Source: nHib. Cache Key gs_staNews10_sec36363 (f46ddd1b85ca576f9750dbf378d04aa2) hit