Brandi Proctor - Reporter
Brandi Proctor is the energy of FOX45's most exciting early morning segment, "Tabloid Tuesday". She reveals all of the latest celebrity gossip and gives the real story by debunking rumors that are found on blogs, while bringing Baltimoreans the Buzz, straight out of Hollywood.
Brandi has had her ear to the streets of Baltimore for the past several years working behind the scenes, while creating the pulsating heartbeat of FOX45 News as the Evening Assignment Manager.
Brandi joined the FOX 45 Morning News Team as Associate Producer just one year after earning her Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies in 2002 from Morgan State University, she returned to Morgan to earn her Master's of Science in Telecommunications Management in 2004, the same year she transitioned to Field Producer.
Broadcasting is not new to Brandi. Before moving from behind the desk to the "Tabloid Tuesday" set, Brandi's career in broadcast news began in college where she was a New Voices reporter for Maryland Public Television and also starred in a weekly campus show, "All You Need to Know." Brandi has earned numerous awards and honors. She graduated Cum Laude and is a member of Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Inc. She also holds membership in Alpha Kappa Mu and Golden Key Honor Societies.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Brandi graduated from Western High School in Baltimore City.
Brandi encourages all youngsters to go after their dreams. She recommends hard work, dedication, networking and most importantly internships in order to succeed in the field of communications.
Brandi participates in community service activities and awareness and fund raising events with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Sintia Mesa Foundation. She continues to be called upon to host and emcee local events and enterprising functions.
She has a true spirit and dedication to her work. She enjoys continuing to learn while moving forward and upward in her career.
Be sure to check out Brandi's Gossip, Humor and Fashion Faux Pas' in "Tabloid Tuesday".
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Bruce Cunningham - Sports Director
Bruce Cunniningham is the weekday sports anchor for FOX45. Bruce has been with the News At Ten since its inception in June 1991.
He also hosts the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
Along with his regular anchor duties, Bruce is the co-host of "Sports Unlimited" which airs every Sunday at 10:30pm on FOX45. Bruce has been the PA announcer for the Ravens (NFL) since 1999 and is the PA announcer for Towson University football. Prior to that, he did radio play-by-play for the Ravens (NFL) and the Stallions (CFL), play-by-play for soccer for the Baltimore Blast (on HTS) and Lacrosse for the Baltimore Thunder (on WCBM). He also hosted the Gary Williams Show on WNUV during the 1997 - 1998 season. Bruce also co-hosted the Orioles Pre-Game Show television program (MLB Baseball 1996) on WNUV TV-54. Host of "Locker Room Talk" on Home Team Sports" cable (1994). He is also heard daily 1-3pm on 105.7 The Fan.
Bruce's list of awards includes: Feature story of the Year (1995) National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, The Associated Press' Best Year Round Sports Coverage (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Society of Professional Journalists (1993, 1994, 1995 Best Sports Feature), Associated Press Best Sports Feature in 1992, 1993 and 1994, Pimlico Old Hilltop Award (2004), Baltimore Magazine Best TV Sports Anchor 2004 and Baltimore Touchdown Club - Electronic Media Award (1999).
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Candace Dold - Entertainment Reporter
Candace Dold is the Traffic and Entertainment Reporter at FOX45. She has been a part of the FOX45 family since 2005.
Candace delivers up to the minute traffic conditions and provides alternate routes to help you save time for your Morning commute. She details the latest construction and road closures during her Traffic Edge segment on FOX45 News at Ten. As the Entertainment Reporter, Candace has reported live from red carpets in Hollywood, 5 American Idol Finales, auditions for American Idol and The X Factor and on the sets of television shows. She interviews many celebrities both in-studio and on set. Her favorite interviews include conversations with The Jackson Brothers, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey and Usher.
Candace reports on general news assignments and has covered topics from abortion to issues in the education system. She reported live from the scene of aftermath from a Hurricane and delivered live reports for 8 hours in a Blizzard! The story closest to her heart is "Hope at Hopkins". It highlights the excellence of The Johns Hopkins Hospital as seen through the eyes of a little girl who is alive because of the care of "miracle workers" like world renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson.
Candace started her FOX45 journey as an Assignment Desk Editor and Associate Producer. She tapped into the professional world during her internship at NFL Films. She assisted with shoots in-studio and in the field. Candace attended the University of Maryland-College Park and earned a degree in Communications with a cognate in Government and Politics. She was a cheerleader for the Terrapins Football and Basketball teams.
Candace is involved with many charitable foundations. She co-hosted the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. She has worked closely with Believe in Tomorrow, a national organization which provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Candace served as an Ambassador for the United States while studying in England, Scotland and Wales. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Candace has also earned an award from the President of the United States for her commitment to improving lives in the Baltimore community. She also serves on the Alumnae Board of Governors at her alma mater, St. Timothy's School for Girls.
Candace and her husband welcomed their daughter in July 2010. She believes motherhood is the most incredible experience and Candace cherishes every moment with her daughter.
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Emily Gracey - Meteorologist
Emily Gracey joined the Fox 45 team in June, 2010 as the Weekend Meteorologist and Hometown Hot Spot Reporter. Since arriving in Maryland, Emily has worked with WMAR, as well as the American Meteorology Society where she developed educational programs in climate and weather studies.
Prior to her time in Maryland, Emily was at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia. Her time there included two of the most active hurricane seasons on record, but her passion for weather was discovered at an early age, often mesmerized by the summertime thunderstorms of her childhood in New England.
Emily is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she received a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. She currently teaches Meteorology in the Aviation Program at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville.
When she isn't watching the sky, Emily enjoys running, playing the guitar, and reading. At home on Kent Island, Emily also enjoys spending time with friends, her husband, and her golden retriever, Mackenzie.
Janice Park - Reporter
Janice Park is thrilled to be back home in Maryland. After doing a tour of the South, Janice most recently came from the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky.
Over the years, she has won multiple Associated Press awards for her feature stories to her spot news reporting.
Janice is an avid cook and runner and is looking forward to the Baltimore marathon.
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Jeff Barnd - Anchor
Jeff Barnd returned to Baltimore in 2003 after helping to launch it's News at Ten in June 1991!
A ten-time Emmy Award winner, Jeff has also won numerous Associated Press awards and statewide honors in Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maryland. In 1998, Jeff garnered an Emmy for "Boston's Best Anchor." In 2000, for "Best Host in Boston." Jeff has three Emmys for news writing. Recently, Jeff garnered an Emmy for his editorials in the program "American Crossroads," which aired nationwide.
Jeff has also had anchoring and reporting stints in Portland, Maine; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts.
Throughout his career at WBFF-TV, Barnd has covered stories in Rio d'Janeiro, Brazil, Manaus & the Amazon Rain Forest, Rome, Vatican City, Singapore, and most recently, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Bazra Oil platform in Iraq.
He has always considered Baltimore his adopted home. Jeff and Susie met in Baltimore in 1994. They've been married since 1996, and have two girls.
Jeff's hobbies include drumming, reading, biking and oil painting.
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Jeff Abell - Reporter and Saturday Evening Anchor
Jeff Abell is currently a general assignment reporter and Saturday evening anchor for News at Ten.
Jeff is a seventeen-time Emmy Award winning reporter. He has also been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and several AP and RTNDA Awards.
Prior to joining the News at Ten, Jeff worked as a reporter in Memphis, Tn, Greenville, SC and Lexington, KY. He is a graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism.
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Jennifer Gilbert - Anchor
Jennifer Gilbert anchors the weekday evening newscasts for FOX45.
Since joining FOX45 in 1993, Jennifer has covered some of the biggest stories in Baltimore, and has traveled nationally and internationally, to cover disasters including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Jennifer has won four Capital Region Emmy Awards. Her 1997 story "History of a Gun" traced the violent past of one handgun that fell into the wrong hands. Jennifer won her second Emmy for her 2001 piece entitled "Divine Healer", which told the stories of hope surrounding a statue of Jesus Christ at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Her 2010 story "Parkinson's Artist" told the story of a man who discovered an amazing hidden talent, as he battled a debilitating disease. In a 2011 piece entitled "The Sheen Effect", Jennifer explored the impact of the antics of actor Charlie Sheen, and won an Emmy in the Arts and Entertainment category.
In 2002, Jennifer was named "Best News Anchor" by Baltimore Magazine. She has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
Jennifer attended the National Press Photographers Association Team Storytelling Workshop at the University of Oklahoma in 1999.
Before coming to Baltimore, Jennifer worked at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA. She began her journalism career reporting for Florida Today, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Melbourne, FL.
Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
She enjoys her work in the community, with organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the March of Dimes, the VA Maryland, the Carson Scholars Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, and Hands Across the Americas. She has served as honorary chair of the Maryland Antiques Show of Hunt Valley, and currently serves on the Auxiliary of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.
Jennifer and her husband Michael are the proud parents of one son.
Joel D. Smith - Morning Reporter
Joel D. Smith is an Emmy winning reporter, and proud to be working in Baltimore again, where his parents can finally watch him "live". After a memorable and sometimes frigid trip to stations across the Midwest and Pennsylvania, everyone can now see "Joel D." weekday mornings on Fox45 Morning News. He is currently the undisputed live-shot champion of Baltimore, delivering up to 50 each week.
His voice is also heard as a public address announcer during football games at the University of Maryland (his alma mater). Joel's love of sports and Baltimore goes back to the late 1990's when he was the wireless P.A. announcer for the Baltimore Blast, and the radio voice of the Baltimore Thunder (he even worked one season on the air with Bruce Cunningham). Some die-hard Ravens fans might remember Joel was part of the radio pre-game show the last time the team made it to the Super Bowl.
Joel's love for sports remains, but he's been enjoying in the news business now for more than a decade. Career highlights include covering the Iowa Caucuses, being covered by snow in Sioux Falls, SD; and staying at home with his son for a few weeks after he was born. That series called "Mr. Mom" won an Emmy nomination.
When he's not chasing down stories in the Baltimore area, Joel can be seen with his wife, chasing down their 2 young children at home.
John Rydell - Reporter
John Rydell is a general assignment reporter who has been with FOX45 since the News at Ten premiered in 1991.
John is a past President of the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a graduate of Towson University. He and his wife live in Reisterstown.
John covers state and local politics as well as legal issues. Prior to WBFF, Rydell was a political reporter for Maryland Public Television where he also produced feature-length documentaries.
Baltimore Magazine named John Baltimore's Best TV Reporter for 2003. John has received more than 25 journalism awards during his career including three Capital Region Emmy Awards. In 2005, he was honored by the Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Television Academy for his report on the U.S. Naval Academy's "plebe induction day." John has also won three "Dateline Awards" from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, including one for his coverage of the D.C. area snipers. He has won two "Gavel Awards" from the Maryland State Bar Association for legal reporting, as well as numerous other awards from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
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Jonathan Myers - Morning Meterologist
Jonathan Myers is the Morning Meteorologist on FOX 45. You can catch him weekdays from 5-10AM on FOX 45 Early Edition, Morning News, and Good Day Baltimore. Prior to working at FOX 45, Jonathan was the Noon and 5 PM Meteorologist at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. Jonathan's career began up in New York State at WROC-TV in Rochester and WETM-TV in Elmira.
Jonathan has been awarded the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal, the AMS's most prestigious mark of distinction, for his forecasts. This is an upgrade of the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for Television, which he also holds. In addition, Jonathan has been granted the National Weather Association (NWA) Seal of Approval for Television. He is also a full member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology with specialties in forecasting, tropical meteorology, and local-scale meteorology. During his time in New York, Jonathan even taught an introductory course in meteorology at a local community college.
Jonathan has been fascinated by the weather since his childhood. Though originally from Queens, NY, Jonathan spent most of his childhood in Monroe, NY, in the Hudson Valley just north of New York City, where 2-hour delays and school cancellations were a regular occurrence during the winter (which is what really got him into tracking and forecasting the weather)!
Jonathan and his wife Dawn live in Baltimore City with their son William.
Joy Lepola - Crime and Justice Reporter
Joy Lepola is FOX45's Crime & Justice Reporter. She's covered severalhigh profile criminal trials including that of former Baltimore CityMayor Shelia Dixon. Joy's extensive nightly coverage resulted in an Emmy Award Nomination.
Joy's won three Emmy Awards. Her most recent Emmy was for an investigation into online gang recruitment. Besides covering crime and corruption, Joy also investigates consumer fraud cases.
While Joy is currently FOX45's Crime & Justice Reporter, she's also spent a great deal of her career behind the Anchor Desk. Joy anchored Evening Newscasts in Wisconsin, Guam, Ohio and Baltimore.
Joy gained international reporting experience while working in Guam. While there Joy covered Local and National Politics as well as the United States Military. She also traveled extensively reporting on international issues. During her time on Guam, a number of natural disasters occurred including Super Typhoon Paka which Joy rode out on a 26 foot sailboat.
Joy's work has led to numerous Associated Press awards including Best Investigative Reporter and Best Reporter in Ohio. Her work has also been recognized by the Association for Women in Communications.
When Joy isn't at work, she and her husband are on the run darting from soccer fields to baseball diamonds with their young son.
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Karen Parks - Reporter and Saturday Evening Anchor
Karen Parks is currently a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for FOX45. She joined the News Team in July 2000. Before moving to Baltimore, she was a reporter/anchor for WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida.
Karen's journalism career began in 1998 in Washington, DC where she was a reporter trainee for the COX Washington Bureau. In July of 1998, she landed her first job as a Capital correspondent for Capital News Service. There she reported Capital news for many NBC stations across the state as well as for the Florida News Channel.
Karen's first career was not journalism. She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in English. Afterwards, she was granted a full scholarship to receive a dual Masters in reading and early childhood education. Upon graduating, she was offered a job with the Fulton County Board of Education, where she taught kindergarten for three years. She was then recruited by the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland to teach first grade. She taught for three more years before becoming a reporter.
Karen is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the National Association for Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
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Kathleen Cairns - Reporter
Kathleen Cairns is the Winner of 17 Emmy Awards (NATAS: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter based in Washington DC). Kathleen has won in several categories during her tenure at FOX 45 including 'Best Live Reporter'. She has also been recognized for her work with Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists Awards.
Kathleen has been with FOX 45 News since it's inception in 1991. During her time she has covered a wide scope of stories including the Pope's visit in 1994, Live Coverage from BWI on September 11th, 2001, and she provided extensive content from several scenes during the Sniper attacks in 2002.
Kathleen was raised in Upstate New York. She comes from a 'firefighting family', which includes one Brother who is a member of FDNY.
She loves covering 'Breaking News', from fires to hurricanes! Please contact her with tips about anything from breaking news to unique events in the community!
Keith Daniels - Reporter
Keith Daniels is a general assignment reporter for FOX45. He joined the News Team in June, 2002.
Keith has always wanted to beat the street as a general assignment reporter. Charm City was among his top five choice cities for news.
Keith has an extensive background in reporting. He left WMC in Memphis, Tennessee and went out with a punch, having covered the Mike Tyson / Lennox Lewis fight as his last assignment there. Before Memphis, there was KWTX in Waco, Texas. In fact, his career began in Texas at WFAA in Dallas as a production assistant. He quickly caught the "on-air fever" after securing the overnight anchor position. That was exciting because Dallas is his hometown. Keith hit the air not long after graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Since then, Keith has covered several major stories, including the Beltway Sniper Attacks in our area. But one of his favorite stories took him to Northern Africa. He traveled to Morocco with a group of inner city high school kids who experienced a trip they will never forget... and neither will Keith.
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Marianne Banister - Anchor
Marianne Banister is the anchor of Fox45 Morning News Weekends. She has spent more than 30 years as a television reporter and anchor. She began as a radio reporter at the age of 16, and was a stringer for CBS, ABC and the Associated Press by the age of 20.
After graduating college with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Education, she took her first anchor/reporter position in television at KJCT TV in Grand Junction, Colorado. That was followed by anchor/reporter positions at KRDO TV in Colorado Springs, KOVR TV in Sacramento,KMGH TV in Denver, KABC TV in Los Angeles and WBAL TV in Baltimore. Marianne's anchor work has been honored with Emmys in both Los Angeles and Baltimore. Her reporting has been honored by the Associated Press, her writing awarded as Best in the West, and she has twice been named as Best News Anchor by Baltimore Magazine. She has reported live coverage of the O.J. Simpson Trial, Northridge Earthquake, Laguna Beach and Malibu Wildfires. She has covered stories on illicit drug treatments in Tijuana, Mexico and traveled to a remote region of Russia as a part of Doctor's Without Borders documentary.
Marianne serves on the Executive Committee of Capital Campaign Fund for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She also serves with Pathfinders for Autism and as a fundraiser with Notre Dame Preparatory School.
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Megan Gilliland - Morning Reporter and Morning News Anchor
Megan Gilliland reports and anchors on weekday mornings. During the wee hours of the morning, you'll see Megan out in the streets of Baltimore covering hard news. But by sunrise, she returns back to the news station to co-anchor FOX45 morning news and GOOD DAY BALTIMORE. Megan was honored to join FOX45 in the winter of 2007. A few years later, she was named Best newcomer by Baltimore magazine.
Before moving to Baltimore, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania. During her years there, she became known for spotting an escaped prisoner. After an all-day man hunt, Megan saw the shackled criminal crawling underneath the cars in the parking lot where her news station was staked out. She yelled well, maybe screamed, "There he is!" Police quickly apprehended him and it was all caught on camera!
Megan is a proud Penn State graduate where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Communications, Arts and Sciences. While in Happy Valley, Megan ran track and cross county for the Lady Lions and was captain of the team her senior year. Although her competitive days are over, Megan still loves to run and play in the Baltimore Sports and Social League.
Shes a Pittsburgh native but Megan is proud to call Baltimore her new home. Its where she met her husband and where she hopes to make a difference in the news.
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Melinda Roeder - Reporter
Melinda Roeder joined the FOX45 news team in May 2007. She is an award winning journalist with several honors to her credit including 10 regional Emmys, six Edward R. Murrow Awards and more than 20 Associated Press Broadcasters Awards from chapters in Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. In 2011, She was named "Best Reporter" by the Maryland Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Her awards represent achievements in a variety of categories - from investigative to feature and sports reporting.
She serves as a National Trustee for the NCCB (Chesapeake Bay) Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and is also a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
Melinda graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She began her broadcasting career in radio as a writer and reporter. She later moved to Sioux Falls and made the switch to television. Since then she has moved around the country, working as a TV reporter, anchor, weather forecaster and sports announcer.
She is originally from Pittburgh, Pennsylvania and remains an avid Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan. However, she does enjoy catching a game and eating some BBQ at Camden Yards on her days off. Her hobbies include politics, reading, scrapbooking, watching sports, baking and playing with her rescue dog, Mickey.
Melinda strives to live and work by the motto: "Never lose your sense of humor, humility or humanity."
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Morgan Adsit - Anchor
Morgan Adsit is an award winning sports anchor/reporter who joined FOX 45 in April of 2011 after two and a half years as a sports anchor/reporter at KLRT in Little Rock, Arkansas. Before heading to SEC country, Morgan started her career at WKEF/WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio as a producer/sports reporter. While in Dayton, Morgan had a weekly sports feature on female athletes called, Shes Got Game.
Prior to Dayton, Morgan attended Ohio University where she graduated from the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. At Ohio University, Morgan worked as a sports anchor/reporter for WOUB-TV covering the Bobcats. She also interned at Good Morning America and ABC News in New York City.
Originally from Eaton, Ohio, if Morgan wasnt playing sports she was watching them. Morgans favorite sport to play is basketball, and she was named All-State and currently holds Eaton High Schools All-Time Scoring Record for both boys and girls basketball. After getting local media attention in Ohio, Morgan decided to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Morgan is thrilled to call Baltimore her home and excited to meet and interact with members of the community. If you have a story idea or want to say hello to Morgan, please send her an email.
Patrice Sanders - Anchor
Patrice Sanders is the anchor for Fox45 Morning News. She joined the morning news team in April of 2003.
Patrice has received numerous awards and community distinctions for her work. In 2009 she received an AP Award for a series tackling the problem of childhood obesity. In 2008 she received an AP Award for a behind the scenes look at the trainer responsible for Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis' grueling workout routine. In 2006 Patrice was awarded Towson University's Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.
Prior to joining Fox45, Patrice anchored and reported in Boston, California and Pennsylvania. Her career in journalism started in 1995 at ABC News Nightline in Washington, DC. Patrice grew up in Mitchellville, Maryland and graduated from Towson State University.
Since moving to Baltimore, Patrice has been very active in the community. She is frequently asked to speak at schools, churches and community events. Much of Patrices time is dedicated to being a mentor for journalism students interested in pursuing a career in news. She is on the Board of Advisors for Towson University's Mass Communication Department. She is also an adjunct teacher for Sheffield Broadcasting Institute, teaching News Writing and Delivery.
Outside of work, Patrice is passionate about her work with children and giving them a strong foundation for a lifetime of healthy fitness and nutrition habits. She is a certified Fitness Instructor and Children's Fitness Specialist. She volunteers in city schools to provide fitness camps for students. Patrice also serves as the President of Monte Sanders Fit Families, Inc. The non-profit was founded in 2009 by Patrice and her husband and is aimed at eliminating childhood obesity.
Patrice works regularly with the American Heart Association and is a member of its Go Red Women Leadership Council. She is also a supporter of the Suited to Succeed organization and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Patrice enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her husband and their three dogs, Bella, Seymour and Konan.
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Paul Gessler - Reporter
Paul Gessler came to Fox45 from sunny, Southwest Florida. A graduate of Marshall University, he is excited to now call Baltimore home.
At WBBH-WZVN in Fort Myers, Paul traveled with Hope for Haiti in October 2011 to report on the Naples-based charity's work after the country's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The stories aired in a five-part "Assignment: Haiti" series during the week of Thanksgiving, earning an Associated Press award in Series Reporting. He earned a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his report on "Winter," the tailless dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, that inspired the movie "Dolphin Tale."
He spent more than four years at Huntington-Charleston's number one station, WSAZ-TV, where he anchored sports and reported news.
In West Virginia, Paul covered West Virginia University, Marshall University, University of Kentucky and Morehead State University athletics. He traveled to the 2008 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and the 2010 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
In the summer of 2007, Paul was named the broadcast news national runner-up in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program held in San Francisco.
His interests in television started in high school, working on weekly reports for JCS-19, a local cable-access channel run by the Jefferson County Schools system.
At Marshall, Paul reported for MU Report, The Parthenon and WMUL-FM before starting an internship with WSAZ-TV. He is proud to be an alum and fan of the Thundering Herd. No other college won more football games in the 1990s.
Paul is passionate about his favorite sports teams: the Washington Redskins, New York Mets, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.
The thrill of starting a story from scratch keeps him going everyday in the fast-paced business of television news.
If you have a story idea, comment, question, comment, gripe or concern, email Paul!
Connect with Paul on Twitter @PaulGessler (Fair warning: Expect occasionally random tweets about Marshall University athletics and Washington Redskins football.)
Tom Rodgers - Anchor
Tom Rodgers is the newest addition to the FOX45 Morning News Team anchoring along with Patrice Sanders from 5 to 8 every week day. You can then find Tom bringing the latest updates in the days top stories for the remainder of the show.
Tom most recently worked as a Weekend Anchor and Reporter for WCTI and WFXI in New Bern, North Carolina. Before that, Tom was reporting on stories around Dallas.
Originally from Philadelphia, Tom says one of his first memories of Dallas was walking into Texas Stadium wearing an Eagles uniform. Now he is excited to watch the Ravens take on the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Married to his high school sweetheart; Tom and Jean have two children an eight year old daughter and five year old son.
Tom is excited to find out your story. Whether it is on the side of the kids lacrosse field or just walking along the Inner Harbor if you see Tom, make sure you stop and tell him what you think makes Baltimore such as great city.
Tony Pagnotti - Meteorologist
Tony Pagnotti is the weekend meteorologist for Fox45 Morning News. Prior to that he worked at the Sinclair Broadcast Groups News Central operation where he provided daily forecasts for stations around the country.
Following his graduation from Boston University in 1976 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Tony was a reporter/anchor at television stations in North Carolina, Ohio and Connecticut.
In 1982 he joined WNBC-TV, New York where he made the transition from news reporter to weathercaster. Among his notable achievements in the Big Apple, Tony was nominated for outstanding live coverage of the Blizzard of 83. In 1985, Tony accepted a job at WMAR-TV, Baltimore. Along with his weather duties, which included live coverage of Hurricane Gloria in Ocean City in 1986, he hosted the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon and Johns Hopkins Miracle Network event. In his weekly feature segments, Tonys Travels, Pagnotti profiled interesting people and places in the region.
In 1990, he won the Associated Press award for Best feature category for his series chronicling a cancer stricken Baltimore boys goodwill trip to visit other young ill patients at a Swiss hospital. Over the years Tony has received awards for his community involvement from such groups as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Fullwood Sharing and Caring Foundation and Baltimores Sons of Italy.
In 2011, Tony earned his Masters Degree in Contemporary Communication from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. Last year he accepted a full time teaching position in speech communications at the University of Maryland College Park. The Scranton, Pennsylvania native is the proud father of Alee, a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and Annie, a student at James Madison University.
When hes not working Tony enjoys cheering the Terps on, and listening to all kinds of music ranging from classical to hip-hop. He says when it comes to eating, he has never met a meal he didnt like.
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Vytas Reid - Chief Meteorologist
Vytas Reid is the Chief Meteorologist for the award winning FOX45 News at 5:30, 10, and 11 pm newscast.
Vytas previously was the Chief Meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group's News Central weather operations. Before coming to Maryland he worked for WRTV ABC 6 Indianapolis, WXIN FOX 59 Indianapolis, and WKJG NBC 33 Fort Wayne, IN. He has also had opportunities to do work at WB 17 Philadelphia, PA, and FOX 28 South Bend, IN. Vytas holds a degree in Broadcast Communications from Indiana University and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Vytas has also been awarded the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.
Originally from Grand Rapids, MI Vytas now calls Maryland his home and enjoys being involved in a variety of activities with his two children. He enjoys music of all kinds, cultural events, and traveling. He is an active supporter of the South Baltimore Learning Center, Presenting to schools in the area, youth activities, and and active member of the Baha'i Faith.