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FROST - FREEZE ADVISORIES UP FOR PARTS OF THE REGION TONIGHT

Some higher elevated areas have already seen frost in the past week, but tonight will likely be the coolest so far this season, and frost is expected to be more widespread, including some lower elevations. Frost is not expected in the Capital Region, or southern Hudson Valley, but will be likely in cooler locations. Delicate plants should be protected or brought inside where possible.

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CBS6 News Team

Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Torie Wells

Torie Wells - Reporter

Torie Wells is a General Assignment reporter for CBS6 News. She joined the team in April 2014.
 
Torie grew up in the Capital Region and is excited to be back. She comes to CBS6 from WSOC in Charlotte, NC, where she served as the education reporter, covered the Democratic National Convention, and provided continuous coverage from Tennessee after a bus crash killed six people from the Charlotte area. She covered a number of weather events, from a snowstorm that shut the city down, to a tornado that damaged dozens of homes.
 
Torie is particularly proud of an Emmy Award winning bullying special she worked on while in Charlotte, as well as a number of investigations. She looked into church and hospital security and investigated political ads as part of a fact check series.
 
Before she was in Charlotte, Torie was a reporter at FOX23 News in Albany, NY. During her tenure she covered several Presidential visits, was on the floor of the New York Senate when same sex marriage was legalized and traveled to New York City when Osama Bin Laden was killed. She won an Associated Press Best Feature Story Award for a story on the Travers Race in Saratoga. Feature storytelling is her passion. While at FOX23, she launched a weekly feature segment called Stories From Your Street, where she covered interesting and inspiring people in the community.
 
Torie graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She lives in the Capital Region with her husband and adopted greyhound.
 
Torie loves sharing people's stories. If you have story ideas please contact her.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Cody Holyoke

Cody Holyoke - Anchor / Reporter

Cody Holyoke is an award-winning reporter and anchor, with you every weekday for CBS 6 News at 5:00 and 5:30. 

He also frequently reports on significant events in New York and beyond.

A New England native, Cody comes to CBS6 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his live and in-depth reporting caught the attention and praise of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Prior to his time in the Midwest, Cody also spent four years in the South, anchoring and reporting in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.

His award winning reporting ranges from covering natural disasters throughout the country to following a political effort to overthrow a sitting governor.   He also represented his station in Boston, telling the stories of local runners a year after the Marathon Bombings.

He was twice named 'Best Reporter' by the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Cody grew up in a small town near Bangor, Maine.  He now lives in the Albany area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and little personal space.

In his free time, Cody enthusiastically tries his hand at home brewing and exploring the Capital Region's bustling craft beer scene.  He also strums a few strings on his guitar from time to time.

After covering the day's hard news, Cody loves to 'Take a Break' with positive, uplifting stories. Feel free to send him ideas: cody@cbs6albany.com


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Kai Jackson

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.




Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Craig  Adams

Craig Adams - Meteorologist


Craig comes to CBS6 after spending much of the last 20 years working as a broadcast meteorologist at television stations in the southern and western U.S.

He began his tv career though, not too far away from the Capital District - in Portland, Maine at WGME TV, which is also owned by the same company as CBS6.

After Portland, Craig went to work in North Carolina, spending time at stations in Greensboro-Winston Salem and Charlotte.
Then it was onto Atlanta, Georgia for 10 years at the NBC station there before heading west to the California Central Coast, working at the NBC affiliate station in the Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo area.

Most recently, Craig worked in Little Rock, Arkansas for both NBC and FOX before heading back north to join us at CBS6.
Craig has both the CBM seal  (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) from the American Meteorological Society and the NWA television seal.

(National Weather Association)
Each seal represents recognition from both organizations that his forecasts and broadcasts meet high standards for knowledge and understanding of weather.

He graduated from Vermont's Lyndon State College with his bachelor's degree and was inducted into the school's highest honor society upon graduation.

One of the things Craig is excited about being back in the north is the opportunity to be able to snowboard again on a regular basis during the wintertime.

And in the summer months, he trades out the snowboard for his other two favorite activities...wakeboarding and playing in competitive adult baseball leagues.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: 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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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Lynne Falsetti

Lynne Falsetti - Reporter

Lynne Falsetti joined the CBS 6 news team in June of 2013. You'll see her out around town weekday mornings, and getting knee-deep into stories on the weekends!
 
A Guilderland native, Lynne is proud to be back home, serving the Capital District! Lynne got her start in broadcasting in June of 2011, on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore, at WMDT 47 News. She wore many hats, but her main role was anchor of "Good Morning Delmarva." During her time on Delmarva, Lynne was on the ground covering Hurricane Irene, and has been recognized by the Associated Press for her coverage on the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
 
Lynne graduated with a B.S. in Television Studies from Lyndon State College. She was an anchor, reporter, video-journalist, and producer for the college's Emmy Award winning newscast, LSC-TV News 7. She was an active member of the colleges women's tennis team, earning MVP two of the years she played.
 
When she's not out getting the scoop, Lynne enjoys everything the Capital Region has to offer, hiking biking, skiing, and hanging out by Lake George. If you have a news tip send it her way, or if you see her out and about be sure to say hello!
 


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: 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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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Jennifer Mullen

Jennifer Mullen - Anchor / Reporter

Jennifer Mullen proudly joined the CBS6 news team in April of 2013. She can currently be seen reporting live weekday mornings and anchoring the weekend morning shows.

Prior to joining CBS6, Jennifer was a reporter, producer, and anchor for WHAG news in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jennifer loves meeting new people and sharing their stories. She is very passionate about providing her viewers with accurate and informative information.

Jennifer loves to cook and spend time outdoors. Some of her favorite activities consist of snowboarding, paddle-boarding, boating, running, and TV binge watching. Jenn also enjoys exploring the Capital Region, and visiting with family and friends in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.

Jennifer is both an athlete and a diehard Philly sports fan, and she hopes the locals wont hold that against her.

Jennifer holds a degree in Communications and English from East Stroudsburg University.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Liz Bishop

Liz Bishop - Anchors

Liz's career has not only spanned more than two decades at CBS6; it has also covered a wide variety of assignments. She was one of the pioneers of what's widely held to be the first all-woman newscast in the 1970's.

In the mid-70's, she became the first woman reporter allowed into the New York Yankee locker room after the Supreme Court ruled it should be open to women reporters. Her political reporting also includes the area's first transatlantic satellite remote in 1980, as she covered the inauguration of Menands native George Deukmajian as Governor of California. Since then, she has covered Presidential inaugurations, Congressional transitions, the New Hampshire Primary, National Political Conventions, along with international stories that have taken her to Germany, Italy, and Spain.

One of the most emotionally and physically demanding stories Liz has covered in her long career was her weeklong trip to Skopje, Macedonia in the Spring of 1999. She and co-anchor Brad Holbrook brought back the horror and suffering of the Kosovo refugees in conjunction with a CBS6 campaign to raise both awareness and relief funds.

Some of Liz's other favorite assignments include covering a Papal Visit in 1997; an award-winning report on Space Camp in conjunction with John Glenn's second trip into space; a cameo appearance on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns; the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics; annual Opening Days at the Saratoga Racecourse; and a week at the North Pole with the Flying 109th of the Stratton Air Base for a series of reports on their scientific support missions on the icecaps.

Liz has won numerous awards for her reporting including a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a half-hour documentary, "Killer Flu", and a New York Emmy for her news series on Audrey Santo, a young girl assigned miraculous powers. She has had four other Emmy nominations, along with two prestigious NYS Associated Press Broadcast awards for General Excellence in Reporting (1993 and 1999). In addition, she has captured AP Broadcast Awards for sports reporting, best interview, environmental reporting, and documentary.

She has also won three NYS Broadcasters' Association awards (1994 best public affairs series and 1999 best commentary and 2000 for best feature); and a national Eclipse Award nomination for her coverage of the Saratoga Race Course. She also is the recipient of the New York State Air National Guard's top reporting honor, the Marguerite Higgins Award for her trip to Greenland.

She has taken a host of local honors, including 100 Women of Excellence, 2000 Media Person of the Year from the Women's Press Club, Distinguished Alumni Award from U-Albany, SUNY Honor Roll, the Women of Excellence Award in the Professions from the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; along with awards from the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scouts, the Schenectady Girls Club, the Women's Business Council, and the American Association of University Women.

Liz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Youth Orchestra since 1990. She also hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon since 1986 and is a former campaign chair for the Schenectady United Way.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Greg Floyd

Greg Floyd - Anchor / Reporter

A Capital Region native, Greg Floyd has spent the past 28 years in the news business, loving almost every minute of it.

Originally an intern here at CBS 6 in 1979, he went on to become the news director at WENT radio in Gloversville. From there he worked as a television anchor/reporter at WTEN and FOX23 in Albany, and WRNN in the Hudson Valley.

He has covered almost every kind of story imaginable, but is still most moved by tales that involve the triumph of the human spirit. His overseas assignments include reporting on Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

He has won numerous awards for his reporting and his charitable activities. Greg is an accomplished runner and triathlete who mentors other athletes in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program.

He also coaches Little League baseball and youth basketball, and spends as much time as possible with his wife and two children. When he does have time alone, it's usually spent with a book on American history, preferably in a sandy setting near a large body of saltwater.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Dori Marlin

Dori Marlin - Anchor / Reporter

Dori Marlin has been a familiar face to television news viewers in the Capital Region for nearly a decade.  She joined the CBS6 team as a Main Anchor/Reporter in 2008, and currently co-anchors CBS6 News weeknights at 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00, as well as the CW 15 News at 10.  She's also busy bringing you regular reports to help protect area consumers, in her original segment "The Bottom Line."

Prior to joining CBS6, Dori worked for almost four years as a Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter at WTEN in Albany.  During her time there, she covered all the big local stories: from the massive floods of 2006, to the Valentine's Day storm of 2007, to the Eliot Spitzer scandal that rocked the Capitol in 2008.  She moved to Albany from Dothan, Alabama, where she worked at WDHN as the station's Main Evening Anchor and Producer.  Her reporting work there also won an Associated Press Award.

While proud to call the Capital Region her home, Dori still is - and always will be - a "Florida Girl."  Born and raised outside Fort Lauderdale, her family now lives in Tampa.  She graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in Telecommunications-News, and an outside concentration in Political Science.  Her career in both radio and television news began while at UF.

Aside from covering the day's big stories, Dori's passions include her family and friends, listening to music, enjoying good food, exploring the area, and cheering on her Florida Gators.  She also loves devoting her time to various causes in the community - including local chapters of the MS Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just to name a few - and talking to the people of the Capital Region.... so if you see her out and about, be sure to say hello!


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Ed O'Brien

Ed O'Brien - Anchors

Each weekday, the Capital Region wakes up with and tunes in to CBS6's Ed O'Brien.

Ed anchors CBS6 News, the area's hard news broadcast from 5 to 7 a.m. and on The Capital Region's CW from 7 to 8 a.m.

Ed is a seasoned journalist with a unique reporting style that is known throughout the area.

In 1991 he came to CBS6 as a sports reporter.

Ed's talents enabled him to take over the morning anchor duties in 1994. He was named the Capital Districts "Best Anchorman" by Metroland Magazine.

Ed has covered news of the Capital Region on local radio and television stations since 1970.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Julia Dunn

Julia Dunn - Morning Anchor

Julia Dunn joined CBS6 in March of 2013.

She moved to the Capitol Region from Western Mass, where she was the morning anchor and reporter at WGGB in Springfield. Julia hails from Belmont, Massachusetts where she attended middle and high school. She earned a bachelors degree in international relations from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Julia is approaching a full 4 years in the role of morning anchor (and no, the hours never get easier!) and is also an accomplished reporter; she was part of the WFFF-TV team that covered a major missing Vermont child case in 2008 providing satellite interviews for the Fox News Network. Julia was also part of a small WGGB-TV team that covered the Royal Wedding live from London in 2011.

In the past Julia has done volunteer work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Rays of Hope Walk. Shes also volunteered on the planning board of the Best Buddies Annual Golf Tournament in Western Mass 2 years in a row. She enjoys outdoor activities, in particular camping, kayaking and hiking. Julia is also an avid seasonal athlete who loves skiing, x-country skiing, horseback riding, and golfing.

Julia is WRGBs Kids Safety and Education reporter. If you have any story ideas please feel free to send her an email JMDunn@cbs6albany.com.

Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind
Favorite TV Show: Tough one! Several The Walking Dead, Greys Anatomy, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie.
Favorite CBS Show: The Good Wife.
Favorite Food: Seafood. Sushi, crab, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and the beat goes on
Favorite Genre Of Music: Electronica, Reggae, Scat. But also oldies and some country/folk (I realize how strange this combination is).
Favorite Musical Group: Im going with favorite artist " Bonnie Rait.
Favorite Sport: Golf
Favorite Team: New England Patriots, baby!


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Steve LaPointe

Steve LaPointe - Chief Meteorologist

Chief Meteorologist Steve LaPointe has supplied CBS 6 viewers accurate weather forecasts, critical severe weather coverage, and special educational weather programming for the past sixteen years. Steve forecasts and reports the weather on CBS6 news Mondays through Fridays between 5pm and 7pm, and again on CBS6 news at 11pm.

Steve's interest in the weather began as a young child living in Big Flats, NY outside of Corning.

"My folks knew there was something different about me when I kept running outside during thunderstorms."

Through experiencing first hand one of the most devastating floods on record in the Northeast, the flood of June 1972, caused by the torrential rains from former Hurricane Agnes, as well as Hurricane Belle in southern New England in 1976, and the blizzard of '78 in southern New Hampshire, Steve's interest in weather blossomed.

 "Big storms have always fascinated me and still do today."

Steve earned a BS degree in meteorology from Penn State University in 1989 and began his career in television immediately after completing school with a start as an emergency fill-in guy for WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H. close to his hometown of Hollis. Within two weeks after his fill-in experience at WMUR Steve began a full-time weather/reporter job at WSAV-TV in Savannah, GA in February 1990.

Steve joined CBS6 news on April 22, 1991 as the morning and noon meteorologist first working with Jack Aernecke, and then Ed O'Brien. In February 1995, Steve was promoted to his current position as chief meteorologist.

Some of Steve's accomplishments over the years at CBS6 include the first locally produced forecast product on the Internet in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy market in February, 1996. Steve developed and continues to maintain a market exclusive online historical weather database which includes daily climate information and significant storm summaries for the region centered on Albany dating from May 1988 to the present.

 He designed and administers the innovative and market exclusive online WeatherNet 6 weather watcher project (http://weathernet6@wrgb.com) which went live in 1999.

"WeatherNet 6 allows a volunteer spotter force to post weather observations for their communities on the web site, making the data available to us and the web surfing community 24/7, providing valuable local information allowing us to improve local forecasts and weather coverage."

Steve is a full member of the American Meteorological Society and received the AMS Television Seal of approval in 1991. In April 2007, Steve earned the American Meteorological Society's highest level of certification, the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist).

In 1993, Steve was named in a station award given by the New York State Associated Press for outstanding newscast and coverage of the blizzard of 1993. Steve was also named in a New York State Associated Press Award for best newscast coverage of the 1995 Memorial Day severe weather outbreak which generated the devastating family of tornadoes that hit Hillsdale, NY and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the spring of 1999 Steve was nominated for a New York State Emmy award for outstanding on-camera achievement for his non-stop coverage of the Mechanicville-Stillwater tornado outbreak on Memorial Day 1998, coverage that was credited with keeping residents informed and safe during the event.

In 2004, Steve was awarded a New York State Emmy award for outstanding educational programming for his role in creating the highly acclaimed thirty minute severe weather special, Storm Warning, that aired in the spring of 2003. As a follow up to Storm Warning, Steve co-produced, wrote, and directed Storm Warning 2 in the spring of 2004 which earned a New York State Broadcasters award for best educational program.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Nick Johnston

Nick Johnston - Morning Meteorologist

Meteorologist Nick Johnston is excited to be joining the CBS6 weather team and returning to Albany, NY where he was born and raised. You can watch Nick on the CBS6 Morning News from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the CW15, and on the CBS6 News at Noon Monday through Friday.

Nick has always been fascinated by the power of nature, from Niagara Falls to heavy snow. At a young age, he even helped his parents come up with an ABCs of natural disasters (A is for Avalanche, B is for Blizzard etc.).

Growing up in Albany, Nick witnessed the destruction caused by the October 4, 1987 snowstorm that buried the Capital Region and surrounding higher elevations with a heavy, wet, concrete-consistency snow leaving hundreds of thousands without power. We lost power for three days, but some people had it much worse. The whole city seemed to just stop for a while an image that has always stayed with me.

Nick earned a BS degree in Meteorology from SUNY Brockport in 2004. Nick also earned a diploma from the New School of Radio and Television in Albany in 2006.

Jumping right into the weather business, Nick was hired as the weekend meteorologist at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, TX. After a few months, he moved to the weekday morning position -- it was there where Nick got to fulfill a lifelong dream of storm chasing and seeing a live tornado.

Exciting as that was, Nick was eager to return to the Northeast (partially for family and friends, and partially because he really missed snow). He took the weekend meteorologist position at a start-up station WFFF-TV and WVNY-TV in Burlington, VT in August 2007. A year later, Nick helped design and launch the weekday morning show where he worked for a year and a half. In December 2009, Nick was selected to lead the weather team at WFFF/WVNY, and moved to covering the weather for the nightly news in Burlington.

There Nick got to cover the snowiest winter on record, the largest single snow storm on record, devastating flash flooding, and the historic flooding of Lake Champlain.

Then in August 2011, tropical storm Irene slammed the East Coast.
"My photographer and I worked 25 hours straight in the field covering the flooding in southern Vermont. That night, we opted to forego sleep so we could talk to victims of the flooding, and push as much footage as possible back to the station. Witnessing that much destruction as it unfolded gives you a newfound fear and respect for nature."

In October 2011, Nick earned the American Meteorological Society's highest level of certification, the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist), and remains a full and active member of the American Meteorological Society.

Nicks love of nature goes far beyond covering the weather. In the summer, he can be found hiking in the Adirondack or Green mountains, or kayaking on one of the many beautiful lakes and rivers of the area. In the winter, Nick loves to snowboard and still thinks sledding is a blast. Camping is something Nick enjoys year round, and if he can find a friend who is up for it, even February isnt out of the question.

"February 2012 a buddy and I went camping in 6 inches of snow. There was ice in the fire pit, but we still got a roaring fire going, and had one heck of a barbecue!"

Nick enjoys being active in the community, particularly doing school visits to talk about weather.

"I have a very large extended family. As the fifth oldest of 29 cousins I spent a lot of time growing up entertaining younger kids. I enjoyed it then, and I still do today."

Nick has even designed and built a tornado simulator using air pumps and a fog machine  he nicknamed The Fognado, which he brings to schools to demonstrate how a tornado forms. If you would like to schedule a school visit with Nick, just send him an email at NDJohnston@CBS6Albany.com


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Erik Thorgersen

Erik Thorgersen - Weekend Morning Meteorologist

Erik Thorgersen, a Capital Region native, joined the CBS6 weather team in 2003 as a member of WeatherNet6 and hasnt left since!  Erik has been the weekend morning and fill-in meteorologist since May 2008.  You can catch Eriks forecasts on Saturday mornings from 6am to 8am and on Sunday mornings from 7am to 9am on the CBS6 First News weekend morning edition.  You can also find Erik filling in from time to time on any of the CBS6 newscasts throughout the week.

After graduating from Saratoga Springs High School in 2004, Erik pursued studying meteorology at Cornell University and also interned in the weather department at CBS6 with Mike Augustyniak in the Summer of 2007.  Following the internship, Erik began as an occasional fill-in weather anchor at CBS6.  Then, shortly after graduating in May 2008, Erik became the weekend morning meteorologist at CBS6.  Erik enjoys working for the station and being a part of the weather team that he grew up watching.

One of the aspects of the job that Erik enjoys the most is explaining the reasons behind the forecast and helping others learn about weather.  This is one of the reasons why Erik also received a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from the University at Albany in December 2010.  This program led to certification to teach high school Earth Science and Erik now, in addition to his duties at CBS6 on weekends, is also an Earth/Environmental Science teacher at a local school district.  This is why you wont see much of Erik on weekdays during the school year.  Its a busy schedule, but Erik enjoys both jobs and sharing his passion for weather and science with both viewers and students.

During his time away from work and school, Erik enjoys playing tennis and football with friends and following his favorite sports and teams.  Erik is a fan of the New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers (inherited from his father who was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan as a youngster) and the Cornell Big Red mens basketball team.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Doug Sherman

Doug Sherman - Sports Director

Doug Sherman has been Sports Director at CBS6 since 1997, and has been part of the station's sports team since 1995.

Extensive coverage of Section II high school athletics is where the CBS6 Sports Team shines.  Football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, wrestling, softball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and hockey provide an endless string of story lines which Doug brings to Capital Region viewers each night at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 11:00pm.

Tracking the local athletes as they progress through college and into professional sports is another area where CBS6 devotes extensive time for the audience.

When it comes to local college athletics, Siena and UAlbany basketball receive top billing on CBS6.  Union and RPI hockey, as well as local professional teams like the Tri-City ValleyCats, Albany Devils, and Adirondack Phantoms are staples of Doug's day-to-day coverage.

The summer months are filled with daily reports from New York Giants Training Camp at UAlbany, as well as coverage from the Saratoga race course.

Doug is also a freelance college basketball play-by-play announcer for ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN Regional Television.  In addition to calling Big East, ACC, and SEC games he has been "The Voice of the MAAC" since 1996.

The Elbridge, NY native previously worked at WSTM-TV in Syracuse, and WENY-TV in Elmira.  He spent four years as Sports Director at WPTR radio in Albany while also serving as "The Voice of Siena Basketball" from 1989 through 1993.

The NYS Emmys, the NYS Broadcasters Association, the Associated Press, the Albany Times Union, and Metroland have each recognized Doug's work.

He is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University's prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

He and his wife Sherry make their home in Glenville.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Kelly O'Donnell

Kelly O'Donnell - Weekend Sports Anchor

Kelly ODonnell has worked as a sports anchor and reporter with CBS 6 since 2008. And from Sienas double onions win in Ohio, to Unions national championship triumph in Philadelphia " hes had the privilege of covering some of the truly unforgettable sports moments in the Capital Region. But Kelly is just as excited to tell the personal stories you wont find on headlines or in the box score.  He enjoys featuring the athlete as much as the accomplishment " and tells many of those stories through the CBS 6 series, Personal Best.

Before joining the WRGB family, Kelly spent four years in Miami as a reporter for the soccer network, GOLTV. Prior to his stint in South Florida, Kelly covered sports for WTVY in Dothan, Alabama. Kelly's originally from Indiana and never hides his allegiance to the Indianapolis Colts. But he most ardently cheers for his alma mater. Kelly graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 and is a passionate fan of everything orange. He's thrilled to be covering sports in the Capital Region. And on the occasional day off, its a good bet youll find him playing golf at Orchard Creek in Altamont.

If you have a story idea, don't hesitate to e-mail Kelly!


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Craig Smith

Craig Smith - Reporter

Craig Smith joined the CBS 6 News team in August of 2005. A TV news veteran of 20 years, Craig has been reporting Capital Region news since May of 2001.

After starting as a reporter at WABI in Bangor, Maine, Craig went on to become Weekend Anchor/Reporter at WMTW in Portland, Maine; 5 p.m. News Anchor/Reporter at WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts; and then Anchor/Reporter at WHNS and WSPA in Greenville, South Carolina.

His work there was recognized with awards for consumer reporting. Craig worked briefly as a Producer at WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut, before returning to the air in the Albany market. Craig has done extensive reporting on the federal prosecution of police corruption in Schenectady, and in 2003 he conducted an exclusive interview with Kenneth Wilhelm, the husband of a woman convicted of drowning one son and trying to kill her other son.

Through his high school years in central Vermont, Craig was busy with soccer, hockey and baseball. College brought him to radio, theatre and television.


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Jennifer Lewke

Jennifer Lewke - Reporter

Jennifer Lewke is an award-winning Investigative Reporter who is excited to now call Albany her home. Jennifer came to the Capital Region a few years ago from just down the Thruway. She spent 7 years as an Investigative Reporter in Syracuse, NY helping to solve thousands of viewer problems and exposing... hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer waste.

Jennifers investigation into a local bus company that continued to operate despite a federal shutdown order won her the 2013 Edward R. Murrow award for Hard News Reporting.  Shes also been the winner of The Associated Press's highest individual honor for television news reporting in New York State. Her investigation into the State's decision to spend a million dollars on throw-away stimulus signs took home top investigative honors from the AP and Syracuse Press Club and pressured then-governor David Paterson to rescind the order. She has also written, produced and anchored two primetime specials on consumer-protection topics--both of which were named Best News Special/Documentary by the AP and Syracuse Press Club.

Jennifer has also been honored by the SPC and NYS Broadcasters Association for her work on a safe driving documentary.

Jennifer graduated in 2005 from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a degree in Communications. While her focus is on Investigative Reporting, Jennifer is also a go-to reporter on breaking news and high-profile stories. She's covered the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the Boston Marathon Bombings, the three-state search and capture of Bucky Phillips, the mass shooting at a Civic Center in Binghamton and the devastating Megabus Crash in Syracuse. She's also done her fair share of live reporting during major lake effect snowstorms!

When not digging for interesting stories, Jennifer loves spending time with her family and friends. She was born and raised just north of Syracuse in Central Square, NY. She's a member of the local Fusion Volleyball Club and loves playing card games, especially pitch.  Shes also a die-hard fan of The Walking Dead and Star Trek and chances are, if you ever pass her in her car, shell be jamming out to Muse or Queen!


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Weather CBS6 Columbus :: News Team - Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis - Reporter

Brandon started his career at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. as a reporter/photographer. He then went to work at WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, Ind. where he was named the state's Best Reporter in 2012 by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Brandon is a native New Yorker from Manhattan and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

He enjoys using social media to connect with people and develop story ideas, so feel free to use the links below!

Brandon is a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

When not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family in the Capital Region, traveling, trying new foods and cheering for the Missouri Tigers.


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