Brett Hiltbrand - Reporter
Brett Hiltbrand is the weekend sports anchor for 6 Sports and comes to WJAC with nearly a decade of experience in local TV news.
Brett’s career started in Columbus, Ohio before spending nearly four years in the great state of West Virginia. He’s covered every major professional sports league, half a dozen division one athletic departments and hundreds of high schools.
Brett is from Youngtown, Ohio and a graduate of Otterbein University.
You can follow him on Twitter @brett_hiltbrand & @BrettWJAC
Sara Small - Centre County Reporter
Sara Small joined 6 News as a State College
reporter in July of 2015. But she's actually been with 6 News since
September 2014, as the producer for 6 News Sunrise. She's excited to
finally take her career on-air!
Sara is from Abington, PA, just outside of
Philadelphia. She's one of the few Philadelphia sports fans you'll see
in this market! Go Phillies!
Sara attended Shippensburg University and is
proud to come from one of the only nationally accredited journalism
programs in the state. She majored in Communications\Journalism with an
emphasis in Broadcast and a minor in Exercise Science.
She also studied Public Relations. At Shippensburg, Sara was a reporter
and executive producer at the campus television station, SUTV News. An
avid member of the campus community, Sara was the athletic
representative in the Student Senate, a writer for the
campus newspaper, a swimmer, and a representative in the Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee. She was also elected President of the Tau Kappa
Women's Athletic Honor Sorority.
After graduation, Sara was blessed with an
opportunity to start her journalism career as an associate producer at
WHP TV in Harrisburg. There she learned the tricks of the trade and
developed an even bigger passion for storytelling.
In Sara's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being at the beach, reading, and staying active!
Sara says she feels extremely blessed and
thrilled to be able to bring you the stories you care about in State
College and surrounding areas.
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Abbey Way - Reporter
Abbey Way joined 6 News as a social media reporter in October 2015. She comes from Mt. Pleasant, PA and is excited to be working near her hometown!
Abbey graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. She attended ECU on a 4-year athletic scholarship as a pole vaulter on the Track and Field Team.
After graduation, Abbey was a sports reporter at KDKA-FM, 93.7 The Fan. In Pittsburgh, Abbey had the opportunity to cover the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates and conduct interviews with the players in the locker room.
In Abbey’s free time, she likes to be with family and friends, play basketball, practice yoga and spend time outdoors.
Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people and sharing uplifting stories with the community.
If you want to contact Abbey or you have a story idea for her, she can be reached at Away@wjactv.com
Kari Osep - Reporter
Kari Osep joined the WJAC-TV news team as a sports reporter for the State College bureau in September 2015. She left the sunny desert of Arizona behind to follow her dreams of sports storytelling to Pennsylvania - making this her first time ever living on the east coast. And she’s very excited to be reporting on the stories of Pennsylvania athletics, ranging from Penn State to local high school teams. Kari graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State in May 2015. There she was a sports reporter for Cronkite News the award winning daily newscast on Arizona’s PBS. As a sports reporter she covered Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Diamondbacks during their 2015 spring training and reported, anchored and produced for Cronkite Sports on FOX Sports Arizona. While in school, she also interned for the Phoenix NBC affiliate, 12 News KPNX, the Arizona Diamondbacks and FOX Sports Arizona. She also worked with the PAC-12 Networks as a camera operator and runner. One of her most memorable times at ASU was when she made an appearance on the Today Show for leading a social media campaign (#SunDevilsHeartToday) to get the attention of the national show and was surprised on air by Al Roker in Phoenix. She was the 2014 Mark of Excellence Award national winner in the Television Sports Reporting category for a long form feature she produced titled, Concussions: It’s a Girl Thing, Too. This piece also won her a student Emmy in the sports category for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. She also won a student Emmy in the photography category for her shooting on a story she produced called the Greener Side of Golf. Though she may be far from home, Kari is very grateful for the opportunity she has to grow as a journalist here in Central PA while building relationships within this community. She is a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell, and she will strive to share these stories through captivating videography and reporting. Feel free to connect with her about any story ideas through email: email@example.com or on Twitter: @KariOsep
Bridget McClure - Reporter
McClure became a member of the 6 News Team in October 2015 as the
DuBois bureau reporter. After working as a radio reporter for Renda
Broadcasting in Indiana, she’s thrilled to make her television debut.
Born and raised in
Indiana County, Bridget is a 2015 Slippery Rock University graduate,
where she majored in Communications-Journalism. During college, she
interned at WKBN-TV in Youngstown, OH. She also wrote
for SRU’s student-run newspaper, The Rocket, and was a member of the Women’s Basketball Team.
When not at work, Bridget spends time with her family and friends. She enjoys golfing, camping, reading, and sports.
Feel free to contact Bridget anytime to send her story ideas or breaking news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org
or become her Facebook friend.
Tim Rigby - News Anchor
Tim Rigby returned to WJAC in March 2015 as morning and noon news co-anchor with Lindsay Ward. The Johnstown native had spent more than three decades at WJAC as sports director. He also had co-anchored the 5 p.m. news with Jen Johnson.
Tim is active in the community and serves as the honorary chairman for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk. He is also a board member for the Laurel Highlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Methodist Human Services and Cambria County Children and Youth Services.
He's a Pitt-Johnstown and Ferndale Area graduate. Tim and his wife Holly are avid runners.
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Erika Stanish - Reporter
Erika Stanish joined 6 News as a morning reporter in January 2015. She comes from Uniontown, PA and is happy to be working near her hometown!
Erika attended IUP and majored in Communications Media with a minor in Journalism. At IUP, she was an anchor/co-anchor for IUP-TV NewsCenter, and a producer and DJ for their radio station, WIUP-FM 90.1.
During college, Erika interned for Clear Channel Radio in Pittsburgh, helping with 105.9 “The X Morning Show” and 970 ESPN.
After graduation, Erika interned at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL and then worked temporarily for WFMJ as a morning reporter in Youngstown, OH.
In Erika’s free time, she likes to be with family and friends, and spend time outside boating, riding ATV’s or skiing.
She also loves sports, and is proud to cheer on her Pittsburgh teams!
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Jordan Conigliaro - Sports Director
Jordan Conigliaro joined the WJAC-TV news team as Sports Director in January 2015. He grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania and is thrilled to be back in his home state covering the teams he grew up following.
After starting his television career at WHP-TV in Harrisburg, he headed south to cover local sports in the mountains of West Virginia. Then it was off to southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee for a big dose of SEC football, NASCAR and delicious barbecue.
His favorite part of covering sports is telling stories about everyday athletes. He's been nominated for two regional Emmy awards for sports feature reporting, and was a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow award winner. His sports reporting has also been recognized by the Virginia and Tennessee Associated Press.
Jordan graduated from Shippensburg University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
In his spare time you can catch him adding up his golf strokes, running a 5K race, or enjoying the local parks with his German Shepherd.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackalyn Kovac - Reporter
Jackalyn joined the 6 News team in December 2013 as an evening and weekend reporter. Most of her reports can be seen at 5/6 p.m. Wednesdays, 11pm Thursday-Friday, and at 6/11 p.m. on the weekend.
Jackalyn spent two years working as a news producer at an NBC affiliate in Ohio before moving to Cambria County.
Jackalyn grew up in a small town just west of Pittsburgh, in Ambridge, Pa.
She is a 2011 Waynesburg University graduate, where she majored in communications and interned at several Pittsburgh television stations.
When she is not working, Jackalyn enjoys spending time with her husband Josiah and their dog, Boo.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or become a fan on Facebook.
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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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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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 email@example.com, or become her Facebook friend!