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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Bill Brown

Bill Brown - News Anchor

Bill Brown has been an anchor for 6 News at Noon since 1984 and has anchored the early morning news broadcasts since their inception in 1985.

Bill has seen "News at Sunrise" grow from a 30-minute newscast beginning at 6:30 a.m., to today's two-hour broadcast each weekday between 5 and 7 a.m.

Bill has also served as a general assignment and feature reporter at 6 News, and has filled in as a sports reporter/anchor on occasion. He has also written and produced nearly a dozen news and sports half-hour specials.

Bill is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.

Prior to starting at 6 News, Bill worked for the Latrobe Bulletin and Greensburg Tribune Review newspapers, winning three statewide sports writing awards and one Keystone Press Award for news writing.

Bill is married to wife, Kathy. They have a daughter, Abby. The Browns make their home in Ligonier.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Jim Burton

Jim Burton - Chief Meteorologist

Jim Burton is a broadcast veteran of almost 20 years, working in both radio and television.

He began his career at WYDD and WHTX radio in Pittsburgh as a morning personality. He later moved to Philadelphia, and along with radio and television, he developed a career as a hired voice for commercials, documentaries, videos and even cartoons.

Jim has always had a deep interest in science and becoming a weather forecaster seemed a natural fit. In the future, he hopes to teach and coach young talent entering the broadcast industry.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Erin  Calandra

Erin Calandra - Reporter

Erin is a local journalist covering local news! She was born and raised in State College. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in broadcast journalism, but didn't stick around Happy Valley for very long.

Erin started her career in Bakersfield, Calif., as a producer for a CBS affiliate. She quickly moved across town to the ABC affiliate for her first on-air gig as both a producer and reporter.

You can take the girl out of Pennsylvania, but you cant take Pennsylvania out of the girl! After living the California dream, Erin missed the beautiful seasons, her family and friends back east, so she packed her bags and headed home to work as a reporter for the local CBS affiliate. Most recently, Erin has worked as a video producer for Penn State Outreach and as an adjunct instructor for broadcast journalism courses at Penn State.

Erin is absolutely thrilled to join the WJAC news team based out of State College, where she will be covering stories about her community that truly matter to her.

When not at work, Erin spends her time with her husband, daughter and Oscar the cat.

She enjoys cooking and baking, traveling, beach bumming, camping, watching the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians and of course Penn State football! Go BROWNS!


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Ashley  Chase

Ashley Chase - Reporter

Ashley is thrilled to be a sports reporter and anchor at WJAC. She is a proud native of aestern Pennsylvania, a graduate of Penns Manor High School and has lived in Clymer for most of her life.

Ashley spent the better part of the last 5 years working as a sports reporter and anchor on local television stations, WCAX in Burlington, Vt., and KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa. This has been the most rewarding experience of her life, allowing her to get her feet wet in every aspect of the sports industry, especially her passions, hockey, football, and auto racing.

She completed her college education at Morningside College in Sioux City, earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications. During her college career, she served as sports director for the college radio station, also working as a play-by-play broadcaster for football and basketball.

She interned at Fox Sports Radio as a co-host for a daily sports talk show, and as a play-by-play and  color commentator for the Sioux City area sports teams.

During her time in Vermont, she covered multiple Division III national championships, the 2012 Womens World Ice Hockey Championship, NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the University of Vermont sports teams.

One of the best experiences she's had in television was realizing a lifelong dream when a stock car and late model driver allowed her to hop behind the wheel and learn to drive. What a thrill!

Ashley is an avid sports fan. Western Pennsylvania is Black and Gold country, so she cheers for the Steelers and Penguins. She's also very passionate about music.

When she's not working, Ashley is spending time with family or friends, on a four-wheeler racing around the family farm and, of course catching, a game or a race.

Sports is more than just a game to her, and there are so many stories to tell. She's looking forward to telling the stories you want to hear. If you have an idea, share it with her: ashley.chase@wjactv.com


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Deven Clarke

Deven Clarke - Reporter

Deven is a Brooklyn, N.Y., native who considers himself a city boy turned country boy.

"I love animals and the outdoors, so what better place to be the news man at the scene than Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron counties!"

Deven developed a passion for journalism while attending Howard University, where he was asked to anchor sports for the college TV station. From there, Deven interned at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. He has since been a reporter in the Quad Cities and reported in his hometown of New York City.

Deven considers himself the "mulch-faceted media man" and has done commercial voice overs in addition to starting his own production company. He is an avid Steelers fan and says one of the best parts of his job is being able to be on the sidelines to film the DuBois High School football games every Friday.

If you have a story idea, please let Deven know by contacting him below via email, Facebook or Twitter.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Kerri  Corrado

Kerri Corrado - Reporter

Kerri Corrado joined the 6 News team in November 2012 as a reporter for Cambria and Somerset counties.

She is a Jersey girl from West Deptford who is excited to call western PA her new home.

Kerri was a production assistant at NBC 10 in Philadelphia. She graduated cum laude from La Salle University, where she majored in communications. Kerri interned at Philadelphia stations NBC 10, Fox 29 and 6abc. She also produced and anchored the La Salle TV cable television show "Sportsline."

In her free time, Kerri loves to see her friends and family and play sports.

Feel free to e-mail Kerri any story ideas or questions at kerri.corrado@wjactv.com.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Josh Fosbrink

Josh Fosbrink - Meteorologist

Josh Fosbrink joined WJAC and Severe Weather Team 6 in October of 2011 as the weekend meteorologist.

Prior to coming to WJAC, Josh was the morning and noon Meteorologist for six years at WBOY, the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, W.Va., and he also spent two years in Kearney,  Neb., at NTV as their morning and noon Meteorologist.

Josh holds the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval .

Josh is a 2001 and 2003 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, earning both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. 

Josh is very happy to be back home in western Pennsylvania growing up in the small Westmoreland county town of Tarrs.  

In 2006 Josh married his college sweetheart Christina. They have two children Bella and Christopher,  two cats Cyclone and Scarlet, and a dog named Tucker.  


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

Kristine Frazao - Reporter

Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience.  As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.

Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America.  She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well.  Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.

She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission.  She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Melanie  Gillespie

Melanie Gillespie - Reporter

Melanie Gillespie joined 6 News in August 2011 and comes to the Alleghenies from the two Virginias. She was a reporter and producer in Bluefield, W.Va., at the NBC affiliate, WVVA.

She is a native of Pittsburgh and is excited to be back in Steelers territory! Melanie attended Kent State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism with a minor concentration in sports administration in 2010. At Kent, she was an anchor for Portage County's own TV station, TV2.

Melanie is happy to be back closer to home and closer to family. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, go shopping and explore her surroundings. She loves to hear people's stories and can't wait to uncover what central Pennsylvania has to offer.

If you have any story ideas or tips, please feel free to e-mail her at melanie.gillespie@wjactv.com.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Sheila Gray

Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent

Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.

Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV.  She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.

Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.

She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.

Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.


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Kai Jackson – Special Correspondent



Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news.
He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore.
He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.

Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.

He's a member of several professional organizations including;
The Society of Professional Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists
The International Documentary Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University.
Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.




$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Lauren Hensley

Lauren Hensley - Centre County Reporter

Lauren Hensley is thrilled to be back in her home state of Pennsylvania!  She joined the WJAC-TV news team in the winter of 2013 as the evening and weekend State College bureau reporter.

Prior to moving back to the Keystone State, Lauren began her career at WVNS-TV in Beckley, W.Va.  Lauren worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor during her two years in the Mountain State.  Some of her most memorable stories included following the Upper Big Branch federal court trials.

Lauren is originally from Nazareth, Pa., the hometown of the legendary Andretti racing family and Martin Guitar.  But she is no stranger to the western part of the state.  Lauren studied at Duquense University in Pittsburgh and earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and masters in multimedia technology.  During her time in Pittsburgh, Lauren interned at KDKA, WTAE and fellow NBC affiliate, WPXI.

When Lauren wasn't busy working in a newsroom, she traveled to Spain to study Spanish; traveled across the beautiful United States to work on a documentary, The ALT Project and traveled to Italy and Israel to work on an EMPixx Award winning documentary, "The Pursuers of Peace Pilgrimage."

Lauren enjoys traveling overseas and visiting new places, but she feels most at home in a small town. 

"Getting involved in my community is so important to me.  I am excited to become a part of such a tight-knit community like State College!

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys running, dancing, reading, spending time with her family and friends and exploring all the beauty of central Pennsylvania.

If you see Lauren out and about, please be sure to say hello or feel free to send her story ideas at lhensley@wjactv.com.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Jen  Johnson

Jen Johnson - News Anchor

For nearly two decades, Jen Johnson has been a part of the 6 News team. Jen currently anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. news.

Throughout her tenure at 6 News, Jen has covered breaking news and reported live from numerous major events.

Some of the most unforgettable stories over the years include the tragedy of Flight 93 and the mine miracle in Quecreek.

Jen has traveled to Honduras to cover local volunteers on a humanitarian mission, and early in her career, even shot video on the sidelines of Beaver Stadium for 6 News' coverage of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Jen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Penn State in 1992.

Feel free to contact Jen anytime about a news tip, story idea or community appearance. E-mail her at jennifer.johnson@wjactv.com.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Jackalyn Kovac

Jackalyn Kovac - Reporter

Jackalyn joined the 6 News team in December 2013 as an evening and weekend reporter. She is a native of a small town just west of Pittsburgh and is happy to call Johnstown her family's new home.

Jackalyn spent the last two years working as a news producer at a station in Ohio. She is a 2011 Waynesburg University graduate with a degree in communications. During her time there, she interned at several Pittsburgh television stations and was very involved with the university's TV station, WCYJ-TV.

Jackalyn's free time is usually consumed by food, movies and games with her husband, Josiah, and their bichon-poodle, Boo.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Matt  Maisel

Matt Maisel - Senior Anchor/Reporter

Matt joined the WJAC-TV Sports Department in June 2007 and is now the 6 Sports Senior Anchor/Reporter.

A native of Pittsburgh and raised both there and in Harrisburg, he is thrilled to still be in Pennsylvania covering the teams he grew up watching.

"I was born in Pittsburgh, and by the time I was five years old, I had a Terrible Towel in my hands," Matt said. "Even though it's a little different being press on the other side of the fence, I know how passionate people in this region are about all their sports teams."

Since arriving in Johnstown, Matt had what he says was the privilege in working with longtime WJAC Sports Director Tim Rigby.

Matt adds the wildest story he's covered since coming to WJAC was the week in November 2011 when longtime Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno was fired.

Matt comes to Johnstown from Syracuse University. He was Sports Director for CitrusTV -- the nation's oldest and largest student-run television station -- and also served as a reporter, anchor and producer while working there.

The most memorable story Matt covered in Syracuse was the basketball team's run in the 2006 Big East Tournament. He also was a production assistant for NBC at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

In his spare time, you can often find Matt on the tennis court or trying to break 100 on the golf course. If you have a story idea or comment for Matt, he'd love to hear from you. You can e-mail him at matt.maisel@wjactv.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Maisel.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Tony  Martin

Tony Martin - Meteorologist

Tony is originally from the Johnstown area. After growing up in Windber, he and his family moved to the Pittsburgh area for about 12 years following the family business. After returning to Johnstown, Tony graduated from Richland High School and later was certified as a meteorologist from Mississippi State University. He holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society for meeting their high standards for on-air weather forecasting. He is also a member of the National Weather Association.

Tony's life changed for the better in 2004 when he married his long time friend Donna. She's a Johnstown native, graduated from Bishop McCort and from Penn State. She now works for Homeland Security. Tony and Donna have a son, Geno, born on December 23, 2007, and a daughter, Lauren, born November 18, 2008.

If you have any weather questions or comments for Tony, shoot him an e-mail at: tony.martin@wjactv.com.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Maria  Miller

Maria Miller - Reporter

Maria Miller became a member of the 6 News team in July 2011. After serving two years as a radio news anchor/reporter for Renda Broadcasting in Indiana, shes excited to make her television debut.

A 2009 graduate of Clarion University with a major in communications and a minor in dance, Maria was an active member of the WCUB-TV news team.

Her internship at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh proved that broadcasting and news is where shed like to be build her career.  Born and raised in nearby Indiana, Pa., Maria is honored to have the opportunity to report to the people she relates to best.

If you have a story idea or breaking news tip, shed love to hear from you. E-mail her at maria.miller@wjactv.com or become a fan on Facebook.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Marty  Radovanic

Marty Radovanic - News Anchor

Marty Radovanic is the Primary Anchor for 6 News. The veteran journalist began his career at 6 News in March of 1974. He currently co-anchors the 5 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts and is the main anchor for the 11 p.m. newscast Monday through Friday.

"I'm proud to be a member of the team of women and men of 6 News. West-Central Pennsylvania has been my home since 1972. I met my wife here, we raised two children here, our 6 grandsons live here, and we plan on retiring here. It's a great place to live and work, and I'm privileged to have the opportunity to share what's happening in the world with the wonderful people who live here."


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Gary  Sinderson

Gary Sinderson - Centre County Reporter

Gary, manager of our Central Pennsylvania Bureau in State College, has been with 6 News since 1983. He began as a reporter/photo-journalist in the Bureau.

In 1987, he began anchoring our Centre County Report on TCI Cable in Centre County, and became Manager of the Bureau in 1993.

He continues to produce and anchor in State College, as well as for newscasts in Johnstown.

Gary is a New York City native, who was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

He went to Penn State University, where he still serves as a part-time instructor in the School of Communications.

Gary began his broadcast career at State College radio stations WMAJ/WXLR in 1977. He started as a staff announcer, moved to the News Department, then was promoted to Program Director for both stations.

He also was producer/engineer for the Penn State Football Radio Network.


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Lindsay  Ward

Lindsay Ward - News Anchor

Lindsay Ward is happy to be back near her hometown! She joins 6 News as the morning co-anchor/reporter after being the Morning/Noon anchor at NBC affiliate, WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va.

Born and raised in Indiana County, Lindsay attended IUP and majored in Communications Media and minored in Political Science.

After graduation, she interned at WNEP-TV in Moosic, Pa., and then quickly went to North Carolina to start her career off at a small cable station as an anchor/reporter.

She then made her way farther north to Bluefield, where she helped those in the two Virginias start their morning off as the WVVA Today morning anchor.

Lindsay is happy to be closer to her family and cheer for her Pittsburgh teams! (GO PENS!)

She also enjoys meeting new people, baking and traveling.

If you have a story idea, please email her at lindsay.ward@wjactv.com, or become her Facebook friend!


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$station $stationNickName :: News Team - Pat Welter

Pat Welter - News Anchor

Pat Welter joined WJAC-TV in January 2014 and is thrilled to be living the dream as a sports reporter and anchor.

Pat played football, basketball and baseball growing up, but didnt get the idea to cover sports for a living until spending a year after college in his parents basement.

While working odd jobs and trying to write a Hollywood screenplay, he happened to draft a relatively unknown player named Arian Foster in fantasy football.

Eighteen touchdowns and more than 2,000 all-purpose yards later, Pat found himself with not only a fantasy championship, but an insatiable hunger for sports knowledge.

Since then, Pat received his masters degree in broadcasting from Emerson College in Boston, hosted sports radio in Missouri, and worked as a sports and mews multi-media journalist for The Tampa Tribune.

Hes always looking for a good story and, yes, still plays fantasy football.

He can be reach at patrick.welter@wjactv.com. 


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