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Started here at WNEP in November of 1990 as a Video Coordinator fresh out of Kutztown University- then branched out into shooting news and operating our KU Satellite trucks Trips to the Democratic National Convention NYC and Woodstock NY made life interesting. I enjoyed the helicopter flights with Jack, Dave, and Randy. We once flew into NYC to JFK to pick up a tape over the Statue of Liberty. Wow what a flight! Time flew bye. From News to Sports I made the switch in 1997 when my great friend Dave Bertram left for North Carolina. He was the best photographer here and taught me most of what I apply today. Jim Coles and I shared many trips up and down I81 covering local athletes and getting the stories. Jim Coles is the best reporter/anchor in the business and a NY Giants fan. I’m partial to the Eagles-but was a Central PA kid who loved the Steelers and Mean Joe Green. People always ask me what sport I like to cover? I usually say High-School Wrestling. These kids get little TV coverage, but more internet life than other sports besides football. Anthony Rivera from Shikellamy was my first true State Champion I covered. He had that ankle pic and used it for takedowns. Followed Zain Retherford’s career from Line Mountain and Benton then onto Penn State. In between Chris Fleeger from Sock won a state wrestling title. From there I’ve enjoyed shooting, reporting and anchoring the sports all over Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. I have a beautiful wife Amy (who teaches 6th,7th and 8th graders in South Scranton) and an 12 year old son Zachary part of the West Scranton Little League team that won the 2016 District 17 championship. Owned a male beagle and a female lab along the way. They we’re great pets.
Favorite sports moments covered include:
(1) Bucknell winning another Patriot League title 2013…McNaughton and Muscala two of the best there.
(2) The AHL 2001 Calder Cup Finals in Canada with the Penguins. Trip to New Brunswick Canada and St. John with Bonvie. Great food and the reversing falls there. Outstanding!!!
(3) Gerry McNamara hitting the game winning shot against Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome in front of 33,000 people (2002)
(4) Brennan King of the Red Barons in 2006 hitting for the natural cycle and ending it with a grand slam on his last at bat-probably never see that live again in my life, and (5) covering the Governor’s Cup 2008 championship in Durham, North Carolina with Paul Kielbasa-first title for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 20 seasons of minor league baseball. Field of Dreams shot there and ran into the Black Widow-World Billiards Champion.
(6) Best hitter I’ve seen at Lackawanna County Stadium was Chase Utley.
(7) Live HS football coverage with George Curry and Steve Armillay.
(8) Meeting one the original Harlem Globetrotters at Lock Haven Univ-Jumpin Johnny Wilson
(9) Interviewing Johnny Unitas
(10) Watching Judge, Austin and Sanchez summer of 2016 RailRiders
Entering my 27th year here at WNEP!!!

Recent Articles
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