What former Channel 13WHAM Rochester News anchors are doing now

Over the years, Channel 13WHAM Rochester in New York has enjoyed a diverse portfolio of experienced news anchors. However, many of them have moved on to other opportunities.

But have you wondered what these on-air personalities are up to now?

Below is a look at some of the most notable former Channel 13WHAM Rochester news anchors and their current whereabouts.

1. Ginny Ryan

Ginny Ryan attended Buffalo State University.
Ginny Ryan attended Buffalo State University. Image: Instagram/cityofrochesterny

Ginny Ryan is a former Channel 13WHAM News anchor. She is famous for co-anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast with Doug Emblidge. 

The former news anchor attended Buffalo State University, graduating with a BA in Broadcasting and Political Science. She then joined WENY-TV in 1985 as a reporter and news anchor.

Ryan joined WHAM-TV in 1987, starting as a reporter before becoming an anchor for morning and noon newscasts and, later, evening and night newscasts.

Ginny Ryan worked at Channel 13 for 37 years until she stepped down in 2022. She is the director of community engagement at the Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. 

2. Doug Emblidge

Doug Emblidge attended Syracuse University and graduated with a communication degree.
Doug Emblidge attended Syracuse University and graduated with a communication degree. Image: X/dougemblidge

Doug Emblidge is a former broadcast journalist and news anchor at Channel 13WHAM. He was the anchor for the morning news, Good Morning Rochester, and the co-anchor for the 5 p.m. news with Ginny Ryan.

The New York native attended Syracuse University and graduated with a communication degree. He then joined WROC-TV in 1982 as a reporter and assignment editor.

In 1983, Emblidge moved to Channel 13WHAM (then known as WOKR-TV) to anchor the NewsScope program. He then started doing weeknight sportscasts before becoming a 5 p.m. and morning news anchor.

Doug Emblidge stepped down from Channel 13WHAM in 2022 after having been with the channel for over 39 years.

He is a client advisor for Alesco Advisors LLC, a Pittsford-based firm offering investment advice.

3. Rich Becker

Rich Becker attended Herkimer Country Community College.
Rich Becker left his journalism job and joined a university as an administrator. Image: X/RichBecker

Rich Becker is a former broadcast journalist who works as a university administrator. He used to work as a reporter and sports anchor at WOKR 3 (now Channel 13WHAM-TV).

Becker attended Herkimer Country Community College, where he pursued an associate degree in communications.

He then enrolled at the State University of New York, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

In 1991, Becker joined WOKR 13 as a reporter and sports anchor, staying with the channel for eight years.

He then moved to WXXA-TV (FOX23) as a sports director before leaving to become an adjunct professor at Sienna College.

The former journalist has held several other positions, including development communication manager at Albany Medical Centre, play-by-play announcer at Spectrum, and sideline reporter for ESPN+.

Becker has been the director of corporate and foundation relations at the University of Albany since 2014.

4. LaSalle Blanks

LaSalle Blanks left Channel 13 for WVEC-TV (13News Now) in 1997.
LaSalle Blanks left Channel 13 for WVEC-TV (13News Now) in 1997. Image: X/13NewsNow

LaSalle Blanks is a broadcast journalist who used to work as a reporter and weekend anchor at WOKR-TV 13.

Blanks attended Northwestern University, graduating with a BA in Radio, TV, and Film and an MBA in Radio, TV, Film, and Journalism.

He then joined WLNS-TV as a reporter before moving to WOKR-TV Channel 13 as a reporter and anchor. 

The former news anchor left Channel 13 for WVEC-TV (13News Now) in 1997, where he spent 20 years before moving to WTNH-News (in New Haven, Connecticut) in 2018.

In 2021, Blanks suffered a massive stroke that nearly killed him. As a result, he has had to take time away from his journalism career to focus on his recovery.

5. Traci Messier

Traci Messier attended Syracuse University.
Traci Messier is a former sports journalist for WHAM. Image: LinkedIn/Traci Messier

Traci Messier (birth name: Traci Buch) is a former sports journalist who was a reporter and sports anchor for Channel 13-WHAM TV.

Messier attended Syracuse University, where she pursued a degree in broadcast journalism.

She then worked for several media outlets, such as CBS, WENY-TV, and Time Warner Cable News, before joining WHAM-TV in 1999.

Traci Messier worked for Channel 13 for six years before becoming a marketing manager at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

She has also held other jobs, such as senior publicist for Luz Lapidus Public Relations, Adjunct Professor for Georgia State University, and strategic communications advisor for Jackson Spalding.  

Since April 2024, Messier has been the US Soccer Federation’s corporate communication director. 

6. Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark attended Ithaca College and graduated with a BA in Journalism.
Kyle Clark used to report the news at WHAM. Image: Instagram/kyleclark9news

Kyle Clark is a former Channel 13WHAM Rochester News anchor and reporter who works at KUSA TV (Channel 9 News) in Denver, Colorado. 

Clark attended Ithaca College and graduated with a BA in Journalism. His first job in the media was as a reporter and anchor at WBNG-TV.

In 2005, he moved to Channel 13WHAM as a reporter and anchor. He was with Channel 13 for two years before moving to KUSA TV in 2007.

At KUSA TV, Clark anchors the Channel 9 News 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. He is also a political reporter, debate moderator, and host of the Next with Kyle Clark news show.

7. Holly Maynard

Holly Maynard joined Chanel 13WHAM-TV before leaving for WSOC-TV in 2010.
Holly Maynard joined Chanel 13WHAM-TV before leaving for WSOC-TV in 2010. Image: YouTube/13WHAM ABC News

Holly Maynard is a former Channel 13WHAM reporter and news anchor. She currently works at WSOC-TV as an Eyewitness News reporter and weekend anchor.

She attended Syracuse University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a double major in political science and broadcast journalism.

Her first job in the media was at WFSB-TV, where she worked behind the scenes.

Maynard also worked as a reporter and anchor at NBC’s Today Show before moving to WBNG-TV (Binghamton). She then joined Chanel 13WHAM-TV before leaving for WSOC-TV in 2010.

8. Kristen Miranda

Kristen Miranda  attended the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Kristen Miranda is now at WBTV after leaving WHAM. Image: WBTV

Kristen Miranda is the managing editor and the co-host of QC Morning and QC@3 on WBTV. She is also a former reporter and anchor for WHMA-TV.

Miranda attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she studied communications and video production. After college, she joined WKBW-TV as a newsroom assistant.

After WKBW, Miranda worked for WIVT-TV and Element K before joining Channel 13WHAM-TV in 2000.

She left WHAM for WBTV in 2008, starting as a consumer reporter and weekday noon anchor before being promoted to project manager and co-host. 

9. Rachael Barnhart

Rachael Barnhart attended Cornell University.
Rachael Barnhart left TV to focus on politics. Image: Instagram/rochesterrachel

Rachael Barnhart is a former broadcast journalist and news anchor for Channel 13WHAM. She is currently a legislator for Monroe County.

The New York native graduated from Marshal High School and attended Cornell University, where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in communication.

She spent 18 years as a broadcast journalist, including as an investigative journalist and news anchor for WROC TV and as a weekend news anchor for Channel 13 WHAM-TV.

In 2016, she left her journalism career to pursue politics.

In addition to her work as a county legislator, Banhart is also an advisory board member for Reconnect Rochester, a non-profit organization in Rochester, New York.

10. Norma Holland

Norma Holland  is the director of public relations and engagement at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Norma Holland is the director of public relations and engagement at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Image: X/Holland2Norma

Norma Holland is a veteran journalist who spent over two decades as a reporter and anchor for Channel 13WHAM-TV.

She is the director of public relations and engagement at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Holland attended SUNY Geneseo, a liberal arts college in New York, and graduated with a mass communication and media studies BA.

She then joined Channel 13 WHAM, where she was a reporter and anchor for the morning and midday newscasts.

In 2019, she left WHAM 13-TV to become the community development director at Digital Hyve. She has been working at the University of Rochester since 2020.

11. Carol Clarke

Carol Clarke started her career in 1980 at WLUC-TV as an anchor, reporter, and producer.
Carol Clarke started her career in 1980 at WLUC-TV as an anchor, reporter, and producer. Image: Facebook/WYFF News 4’s Carol Clarke

Carol Clarke is an American broadcast journalist for WYFF News 4 in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a former news anchor for Channel 13WHAM.

The Michigan native graduated from Northern Michigan University with a mass communications degree and a master’s in health and nutrition education.

Clarke started her career in 1980 at WLUC-TV as an anchor, reporter, and producer. She joined WOKR-TV (now WHAM) in 1982 and spent nearly three years in Rochester.

She joined WYFF-TV, an NBC affiliate, as a business reporter in 1985. She is now a health and medical reporter and anchors the channel’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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