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  • Amanda Post

    Amanda Post

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 12:06 PM EST2014-02-12 17:06:07 GMT
    I am a lifelong resident of North West Pennsylvania, growing up in Union City. Immediately following high school graduation, I was selected to join Re-Creation, a company that produces a lively musicMore >>
    I am a lifelong resident of northwest PA, growing up in Union City. Immediately following high school graduation, I was selected to join Re-Creation, a company that produces a livelyMore >>
  • Mike Ruzzi

    SeaWolves defeat Binghamton Mets 8-2

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:44:15 GMT
    When you are doing what you like, time certainly flies by. It's hard to believe I started at WICU back in 1984 and worked with Bill Knupp, Frank Rizzone and Hyle Richmond. My desk was next to Hyle's andMore >>
    When you are doing what you like, time certainly flies by. It's hard to believe I started at WICU back in 1984 and worked with Bill Knupp, Frank Rizzone and Hyle Richmond. More >>
  • Emily Welsh

    Emily Welsh

    Monday, July 22 2013 4:29 PM EDT2013-07-22 20:29:55 GMT
    Erie has always been home for me, no matter where I've traveled. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, I went to the University of Pittsburgh where I majored in Writing and Communications and minoredMore >>
    Erie has always been home for me, no matter where I've traveled. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, I went to the University of Pittsburgh where I majored in Writing and Communications and minored in French. More >>
  • Kara Coleman

    Kara Coleman

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:42:21 GMT
    There's no place like home!! I'm so excited to be back where I was born and raised, waking you up with 12 News Today!   I graduated from McDowell High School (Go Trojans!) and went on to pursue a Journalism/MassMore >>
    There's no place like home!! I'm so excited to be back where I was born and raised, waking you up with 12 News Today! I graduated from McDowell High School (Go Trojans!) More >>
  • Mark Soliday

    Mark Soliday

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:40 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:40:51 GMT
    Mark is co-anchor of 12 News Today and has been a member of the 12 News team for more than a decade now. The Erie native says his hometown is a great place to live and work; a "big city" that's not tooMore >>
    Mark is co-anchor of 12 News Today and has been a member of the 12 News team for more than a decade now. The Erie native says his hometown is a great place to live and work; a "big city" that's not tooMore >>
  • Eva Mastromatteo

    Eva Mastromatteo

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:42:42 GMT
    It was competing in speech and debate in high school that helped me solidify a career in communication. I realized I wasn't afraid of being in front of people –especially after placing on the stateMore >>
    It was competing in speech and debate in high school that helped me solidify a career in communication. I realized I wasn't afraid of being in front of peopleMore >>
  • Kevin MacDowell

    Kevin MacDowell

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:42:55 GMT
    "In this industry, each job is a learning experience!" says 12News anchor, Kevin MacDowell. Kevin would know because he's been in the television business for over 20 years.Kevin grew up in California butMore >>
    "In this industry, each job is a learning experience!" says 12News anchor, Kevin MacDowell. Kevin would know because he's been in the television business for over 20 years. Kevin grew up in CaliforniaMore >>
  • Geoff Cornish

    Geoff Cornish

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 12:09 PM EST2014-02-12 17:09:40 GMT
    Geoff Cornish.More >>
    Chief Meteorologist Geoff Cornish is thrilled to return home to the Keystone State.  He spent most of the past decade tracking storms from Tornado Alley to the Bluegrass of Central Kentucky.More >>
  • Julie Coates

    Julie Coates

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:43:27 GMT
    Since I was nine years old, I knew weather was going to be part of my life.   I was nine years old when the May 31st tornados ripped through NE Ohio, NW Pennsylvania and western New York.  I had familyMore >>
    Since I was nine years old, I knew weather was going to be part of my life. I was nine years old when the May 31st tornados ripped through NE Ohio, NW Pennsylvania and western New York. I had familyMore >>
  • Katie McGraw

    Katie McGraw

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 12:08 PM EST2014-02-12 17:08:29 GMT
    "A meteorologist's number one job is to protect the public and their property"- this is my favorite quote because it perfectly sums up what I try to live by as a meteorologist and why I have chosen thisMore >>
    "A meteorologist's number one job is to protect the public and their property"- this is my favorite quote because it perfectly sums up what I try to live by as a meteorologist and why I have chosen this profession!More >>
  • Gary Drapcho

    Gary Drapcho

    Monday, July 22 2013 4:31 PM EDT2013-07-22 20:31:48 GMT
    I've had the pleasure of being the Sports Director at WSEE TV for the past 25 years.  I've covered  the local high school and college teams throughout the seasons and have had the chance to cover SuperMore >>
    I've had the pleasure of being the Sports Director at WSEE TV for the past 25 years.  I've covered  the local high school and college teams throughout the seasonsMore >>
  • Jay Puskar

    Jay Puskar

    Monday, August 5 2013 2:34 PM EDT2013-08-05 18:34:00 GMT
    Born and raised in Erie, I graduated Seneca High School with high honors and Mercyhurst College with a degree in Communications/Journalism. Following my graduation in 2002, I was hired by the station asMore >>
    Having played many sports since I was 7, I know and understand the excitement and passion of rivalries and championship dreams.More >>
  • Tim Mello

    Tim Mello

    Tuesday, November 15 2011 10:55 AM EST2011-11-15 15:55:53 GMT
    Being able to return home to Erie in August of 2010 for my first job in the industry here at Lilly Broadcasting is turning into a great experience.More >>
  • Emily Matson

    Emily Matson

    Monday, July 22 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-07-22 20:28:22 GMT
    I must be dreaming! A reporter gig in my hometown! I am so happy to be in Erie, telling the stories that impact my neighbors everyday. I started my career with WICU 12 working the wee hours of the night.More >>
    I must be dreaming! A reporter gig in my hometown! I am so happy to be in Erie, telling the stories that impact my neighbors everyday. More >>
  • John Last

    John Last

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:45:35 GMT
    I returned to reporting in 2006 after serving the previous 8 years as WICU 12News Assignment Editor. Prior to coming to WICU, I worked for 7 years reporting at Erie's other two network stations. WhyMore >>
    I returned to reporting in 2006 after serving the previous 8 years as WICU 12News Assignment Editor. Prior to coming to WICU, I worked for 7 years reporting at Erie's other two network stations. More >>
  • Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 3:46 PM EDT2013-07-30 19:46:08 GMT
    I've been at WICU-TV a long time, since 1979.   Although I wasn't born in Erie, I grew up not too far away, in Olean, New York and attended Syracuse University.   Over the years, I've covered every typeMore >>
    I've been at WICU-TV a long time, since 1979. Although I wasn't born in Erie, I grew up not too far away, in Olean, New York and attended Syracuse University. Over the years, I've covered everyMore >>
  • Lisa Adams

    Lisa Adams

    Monday, August 5 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-08-05 18:32:56 GMT
    If it's important to you, it's important to me. It's easy to decide what stories to cover and how to cover them when you live, work and raise your family in the same community as your viewers.  I've hadMore >>
    If it's important to you, it's important to me. It's easy to decide what stories to cover and how to cover them when you live, work and raise your family in the same community as your viewers. I've had the pleasure of reporting and anchoring the news in my hometown for over three decades.More >>
  • Jamison Hixenbaugh

    Jamison Hixenbaugh

    Monday, July 22 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-07-22 20:32:39 GMT
    Jamison Hixenbaugh joined the WSEE Newswatch crew in November of 2009.  Before joining the team, he started out as a producer and reporter for WICU. Jamison graduated from Edinboro University with degreeMore >>
    Jamison Hixenbaugh joined the WSEE Newswatch crew in November of 2009. Before joining the team, he started out as a producer and reporter for WICU. Jamison graduated from Edinboro University More >>
  • Deedee Sun

    Deedee Sun

    Thursday, May 1 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-05-01 19:46:23 GMT
    I am passionate about local news and it's impact on communities - and it is so wonderful to join the community here in Erie! Previously, I have reported for Boston's Neighborhood Network News (NNN) andMore >>
    I am passionate about local news and its impact on us - and it is so wonderful to join the community here in Erie!More >>
  • Lauren Adams

    Lauren Adams

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 12:07 PM EST2014-02-12 17:07:15 GMT
    I'm honored and excited to become a member of the Lilly Broadcasting team. I am so thrilled to get my start in this industry in my hometown! I was born and raised in Erie and graduated fromMore >>
    Lauren joined the Lilly Broadcasting Washington DC Bureau in December 2013. Before that she anchored the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts for WSEE and the 10 News for NW PA CW.More >>
  • Matthew Knoedler

    Matthew Knoedler

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:24:46 GMT
    I joined the WICU-TV/WSEE-TV news team in May 2014, and I'm excited to share your stories and cover events that mean the most to you. A native of Crawford County, I've called the Erie-area home all of my life, which makes this job all the better.More >>
    I joined the WICU-TV/WSEE-TV news team in May 2014, and I'm excited to share your stories and cover events that mean the most to you. A native of Crawford County, I've called the Erie-area home all of my life, which makes this job all the better.More >>
  • Jacqueline Policastro

    Jacqueline Policastro

    Friday, June 15 2012 3:40 PM EDT2012-06-15 19:40:18 GMT
    I'm the Lilly Broadcasting Washington Bureau Chief. I'm based in
    Washington, DC and I cover Congress and the White House.
    More >>
    I'm the Lilly Broadcasting Washington Bureau Chief. I'm based in
    Washington, DC and I cover Congress and the White House.
    More >>
  • Maura Sirianni

    Maura Sirianni

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:30:54 GMT
    It was competing in speech and debate in high school that helped me solidify a career in communication. I realized I wasn't afraid of being in front of people –especially after placing on the stateMore >>
    I feel so lucky to have joined the Lilly Broadcasting team, just a few months after graduating from college!  I came on as a multimedia journalist/reporter in November, 2013.More >>
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