Joel D Smith - Anchor
Joel D. Smith is an Emmy-award winning journalist, and co-anchor for CBS 21 News This Morning.
The Maryland native started his career in Pennsylvania (Chambersburg), then took his show on the road-- working as a reporter, anchor, and even sports anchor in places like Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Reading and Baltimore.
A proud graduate of the University of Maryland, Joel D. can be heard in College Park, MD as a public address announcer for Terrapin Football home games.
Some memorable stories in Joel D.'s career include covering the shootings at the Amish school, and at Virginia Tech; the Iowa Caucuses; "Snow-mageddon, and the latest Ravens Super Bowl run.
For the last 4 years, Joel D. was known as the Undisputed Live - shot champion of Baltimore"often doing 10 live shots for the morning show each day!
Joel D. is also a children's book author. He actually wrote the story Santa's Secret Deal while in a live truck :)
Hes been living and commuting from Central PA for the last decade: His wife, kids and car are happy, hes finally working much closer to home.
Donna Kirker-Morgan - Reporter
It has been a great honor to be reporter with CBS21 for over 15 years. After all, this is my hometown. Raised in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County -- I still run into people who knew my parents or who are friends with my sisters and brother who also remain in the area.
The journey towards learning my craft began with Penn State. I graduated so long ago I dont want to share the year, but I still enjoy heading to Happy Valley for football, basketball and the yearly arts festival.
After graduation, it was long journey with many stops in the road.
First, working in radio in Clearfield and Seaford, Delaware. My first TV reporting job was in Greenville, Mississippi where I saw incredible stories, including following Jesse Jackson from church to church to get out the African American vote. For all you Duck Dynasty lovers, I also spent one year in Monroe, Louisiana. However, I never got to meet this now very famous clan. It was then off to WPTZ in Plattsburgh New York. Boy, those winters make ours look like a day on the beach.
Meeting my husband at a Penn State Football game, brought me back to Pennsylvania where I worked for the Buck County Courier Time. Eventually, I convinced my husband to move to Harrisburg and that is where we have been since 1991. Here I worked for Radio Pennsylvania as a Capitol reporter and then moved to WHP in 1994 where I have been since, except for a short stint with the Pennsylvania Welfare Departments Communications Office.
Ive raised three wonderful children " Nicole, Bernie and Daniel. My husband, Bernie, is an employee of Capitol Blue Cross.
Kyle Rogers - Reporter
Kyle Rogers is a multi-media journalist whose work has been featured locally and nationally on TV, radio, print, and online.
In August 2012, Kyle began freelance reporting at WHP-TV, CBS 21 News. Kyle reports on feature stories, live guest interviews and breaking news for all platforms of CBS21. Kyle interned at WHP-TV before reporting.
He is a two-time College Emmy-nominated anchor/producer recognized by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Kyle joined WIKZ-FM MIX95.1 in 2008 as a morning news anchor and weekend morning host.
Immediately after high school graduation, Kyle joined WITF in 2008, providing audiences with current events from a youth perspective and created a platform for youth to voice their opinions and concerns on an established media forum.
In his teens, Kyle reported on the nationally-syndicated TV program, 'Teen Kids News'. Also, he appeared on WITF-TV's 'Smart Talk' and WPVI-TV's 'Youth Perspective'.
He was awarded the 'Free Spirit Student Scholar' Award from USA Today founder, Al Neuharth.
Kyle graduated from Shippensburg University in December 2012 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communications and splits his time between Chambersburg and Harrisburg, Pa.
Jason Bristol - Sports Director
Award-winning Sports Director Jason Bristol has been a member of the CBS 21 News team since October 2005.
He's best known for his continuing coverage of Harrisburg's National Sports Hall of Fame project; which earned CBS 21 News its first and only regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award.
In all, he has won 12 regional Emmy awards and has received 28 Emmy nominations in the past seven years for both anchoring and reporting.
In 2009, 2010 and 2013, he also earned regional Emmy awards for both Most Outstanding Sports Anchor and Most Outstanding Sports Reporter, respectively.
He is believed to be the first and only person ever to win both awards in the same year.
He also won 2007, 2011 and 2012 Emmy awards for Most Outstanding Sports Anchor in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes the entire state of Pennsylvania (all markets) and parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio, respectively.
Bristol has also received numerous first-place awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (AP) for Enterprise/Individual Reporting; Continuing Coverage; News Feature Story; Sportscast, Sports Play-by-Play; and Best Sports Feature Story.
Jason served as the lead play-by-play voice for the SPORTSfever Television Network, which broadcasted college and high school sports statewide; including games seen on CW 15 and WHP's digital channel, My21.2.
Bristol previously worked in Buffalo, New York, where he was one of the main anchors at the Empire Sports Network. While in Buffalo, Bristol anchored the early weeknight editions of the "Empire Sports Report," the networks half-hour news and highlight program. He also served as beat reporter for the NHLs Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bisons Triple-A baseball club. He says his favorite memory is presenting the 2004 Governors Cup trophy to the Bisons after the team won the postseason championship - and then being doused with champagne during a live post-game show!
Prior to his stint at ESN, Jason worked at WSTM-TV in Syracuse where he had many different roles; including sports director, weekend sports anchor, news anchor, and news reporter.
His career began as a weekend sports anchor at WDTV in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Six months later, he moved back to Central New York to work as a sports reporter and producer at WTVH. Bristol then joined WSTM in March 1998.
Bristol, a native of Syracuse, New York, graduated from SUNY-Oswego in 1995 and was actively involved in the campus television and radio stations, as well as his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Jason is a huge fan of college and minor league baseball and has written numerous articles on the subject. His stories have appeared in Tuff Stuff, Baseball Card News and Card News. He's an avid sports enthusiast who loves to tell the stories of local athletes. If you see him in person, please say "Hi" or "Hola!" since Jason also speaks some Spanish.
Brandie Meng - Reporter
Brandie Meng is an award winning reporter for the CBS21 morning show. Her career has taken her from the snowy UP in Michigan to the sandy beaches of Florida.
She loves reporting because everyday is a different adventure. One day she is doing a story in a hot airballon or a coal mine, and the next she is at a hazmat scene or a standoff.
Brandie loves telling people stories and interacting with the community. One of her most memoriable stories was traveling to Iraq and Kuwait to cover the 109th National Guard.
She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
While she has lived all over the East Coast and parts of the Mid-West, she is happy to call central PA home.
Chris Papst - Anchor/Reporter
Chris Papst is a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist who came to CBS-21 in September of 2010. Before his move to Harrisburg, Chris anchored and reported in Madison, Wisconsin and Casper, Wyoming. In 2012, Chris earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for an investigative story on inmates collecting unemployment.
Last year, he not only earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for another investigative piece on legislative pensions, but he also took home an Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news. In 2009, he won a Midwest Emmy for his coverage of US Airways Flight 1549. He has also received nearly a dozen Associated Press and state broadcasters association awards for best Spot News, Live Shot, Feature Reporting and more.
In addition to his broadcast news career, Chris has also been a successful syndicated newspaper columnist. "On Point with Chris Papst" was available to more than 100,000 household in central and southeastern PA. In May of 2005, Chris received his Master of Arts in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University.
Two years prior he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication and Music from the University of Pittsburgh. During his time in Pittsburgh, Chris earned four varsity letters as a member of the Pitt Panther baseball team. Chris spends much of his free time trying to get his first novel (Devolution) published, while writing follow-up books.
In Wyoming, he ran a marathon and in Wisconsin he completed an Olympic Triathlon (two things he will never do again). He enjoys fishing, reading (history and fiction), exercising, playing the guitar and enjoying the company of his wonderful wife, whom he wed on October 15, 2005
Ewa Roman - Reporter
Ewa Roman, an 2011 Emmy Award winner joined the WHP CBS21 News family on April 13, 2005 as a reporter/producer.
Prior to joining WHP, Ewa worked as a reporter/producer/anchor for WETM-18 News in Elmira, New York. Ewa graduated from University of South Florida in Tampa with a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications. While there, she was on the air as an intern for WFLA Channel 8, C-View TV and WUSF TV.
In addition, Ewa was published on TBO.com and shared a front page story with a Tampa Tribune staff writer. Ewa also founded the RTNDA Student Chapter at USF.
Ewa was born in Gdansk, Poland and moved to Clearwater, Florida when she was in elementary school. English is her second language. She's fluent in Polish and understands some Russian. Ewa received her American Citizenship in July of 2000, so she could be able to vote.
Ewa has a twin brother as well as two sisters.
In her spare time, Ewa enjoys reading, playing sports and enjoying time with family and friends.
Tom Russell - Chief Meteorologist
Tom joined the CBS 21 family as Chief Meteorologist in 2002. He is a well-traveled broadcaster having worked in cities from Maine to California and Florida to Pennsylvania. Tom has won many awards for his work including an Emmy and numerous AP Awards.
He is a big fan of PA weather with its four distinct seasons and the challenges that go with them. Tom has covered major weather events in Central Pennsylvania including the devastating Cambelltown tornado in 2004 as well as the record snowfall in 2010.
Tom is known for his involvement in the community. He is on the Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, works with CBS 21 helping the MDA, March of Dimes and other groups. And you can often find him in our schools teaching kids all about the weather.
With all it has to offer, Tom loves to call the midstate home. He believes that it is a great place to raise a family. Tom lives in Harrisburg with his wife and three daughters.
Tom is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and holds seals of approval from both organizations.
James Tully - Sports Anchor/News Reporter
James Tully is a sports anchor and reporter for CBS21. He returns to the Susquehanna Valley following a stint in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the weekend sports anchor for KOKI FOX23. As a York native, James is ecstatic about getting the opportunity to cover sports and news in the market he knows best.
James majored in mass communications at York College of Pennsylvania, earning the H. LaMarr Rice award for excellence in public speaking. In 2008 James was an AEGIS Award winner at ABC3 in Winchester for a special feature on CNBC's Brian Sullivan.
The time he spent in Tulsa and in Winchester helped him understand the importance being a good storyteller, whether it be on the topic of news or sports.
The midwest is known for it's severe weather, and he's had several experiences chasing tornados and covering the destruction they leave behind. Most importantly, he's brought to light the bond a community can develop while recovering from that devastation.
Many consider Oklahoma to be one of the best sports markets in the country, James covered the Oklahoma City Thunder's run to the 2012 NBA Finals as well as Oklahoma State football's Fiesta Bowl win, the program's first ever BCS Bowl Championship. He also co-hosted "High School Football" tonight with Nathan Thompson, these area's only show dedicated entirely to high school football.
James founded the "Rebound from Abuse" charity basketball game to benefit a local shelter for abused women, the event continues to raise thousands of dollars for the cause.
In moving back to Pennsylvania, James brings with him one very important souvenir from Oklahoma, a dog he adopted from the animal welfare shelter. Dusty is a very healthy shepherd mix, who despite all his behavior problems is by far the best purchase James has ever made.
Jesse Knutson - Reporter
Jesse joined the CBS21 News team in February 2012. He reports for both the afternoon and evening newscasts.
Jesse started his career in television as an intern at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and WRC-TV in Washington DC before getting hired full time as an Editorial Assistant at KNBC-TV.
After a year of working as an Editorial Assistant, Jesse moved to Central Pennsylvania to start his reporting career. He enjoys keeping the people of the Susquehanna Valley informed on what matters most.
Jesse earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Jesse is originally from Seattle, Washington, but moved to Los Angeles for school, and now he is happy to call Susquehanna Township his new home.
Jesse played college tennis and still enjoys playing whenever he gets the chance. He taught tennis at Sherwood Country Club in Southern California for 3 years before moving to Pennsylvania. The way Jesse got into tennis was through a sport called Pickleball, in which Jesse achieved the number one ranking in the world for ages 18 and under at age 16, and he retained the ranking for 3 years until he turned 19 and went to college. He is an avid guitar player and his biggest influences are John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is a magician and member of the Academy of Magical Arts. Jesse loves traveling and has visited over 20 different countries. He loves politics and constitutional law and is also an extreme skier and likes to hit the slopes whenever possible.
Steve Knight - Meteorologist
Meteorologist Steve Knight delivers the First Warning Weather forecast each weekday morning on CBS 21 News This Morning.
Steve joined the CBS 21 News team in January of 2002. He studied Communications at the Pennsylvania Broadcast Institute and Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University
Steve began his broadcasting career as a radio personality at 1350AM/92.7FM in York. Mr. Knight remained in radio until 1997 when he transitioned into television reporting as the Operations Manager for the Traffax Traffic Network in Harrisburg.
Over the years Steve has actively participated in improving our community through donating his time and talents to causes like the American Diabetes Association, Junior Achievement, the American Red Cross, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mr. Knight also serves as a board member of the New Cumberland Youth Baseball Association.
As a Central Pennsylvania native, Steve loves the challenges that come with forecasting the diverse weather conditions right here in the area that he has always called home.
Steve passionately follows his favorite sports teams (Go Phillies!) and as a father of two boys, he enjoys spending a lot of his free time as a volunteer coach for their various activities
Robb Hanrahan - Co-Anchor
Robb joined the CBS21 news team in February 2010 with nearly 25 years of television news experience. He co-anchors the early and late evening newscasts with Tanya Foster. Robb is happy to back in Central Pennsylvania. He worked as an anchor and reporter for WHTM-TV from 1989 to 1992. Since then he has anchored at large market stations such as WFOR-TV in Miami, WABC-TV in New York, and WSVN-TV in Miami. But, throughout those travels and experiences, he says Central Pennsylvania was the best place to live and work on the news.Robb is the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Spot News coverage in 2006 as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Newscast in 1997. He has also received numerous Associated Press awards for excellence in news coverage. There is even a day named after him right here in Harrisburg.
Robb earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Stacey, who hails from Pittsburgh, live in Susquehanna Township and are very happy to be home. Robb loves playing the guitar, singing karaoke, writing songs, and boating. He combined his love of the water and his love of writing when he became the Senior Editor of Southern Boating Magazine. He holds a USCG 50/100 ton Master/Mate (captains) license.
Robb's dedication to excellence brought him to the anchor position for Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon in 1996, which became the most-watched morning news in the Big Apple. He left the noon newscast in 1998 to anchor Eyewitness News at 5 PM. Robb helped the station develop and present "Crime Stoppers," a weekly report that helped police solve violent crimes in New York that appeared to be, at first, unsolvable. In January 1997, he traveled to London and brought back a special report on the use of hidden cameras to fight crime, which is now being done throughout New York. He was there when the World Trade Center was attacked, providing around-the-clock coverage in the following days and weeks.
His first full-time job was as a reporter at KODE-TV in Missouri. He quickly moved up to City Hall reporter, weekend anchor, and finally main weeknight anchor'a job he truly loves. During his nearly six-year run at KODE-TV, he was one of the first smaller market reporters to cover a national political convention through a then-new technology called "satellite."
Tanya Foster - Anchor
Tanya Foster joined CBS 21 in January of 2008 and anchors the 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 10:00pm and 11:00pm newscasts along with co-anchor, Robb Hanrahan.Prior to her employment with CBS 21, Tanya worked at the ABC affiliate in Waco, Texas and the CBS affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Tanya received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Texas State University in San Marcos. She began her career in Television News as a Reporter and Morning Anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas. She also worked at KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas as the Morning/Midday Anchor. While at CBS 21, Tanya was honored with Emmy Awards for Outstanding Human Interest News Feature for her report "Images of Bravery" and Outstanding Newscast Evening Anchor. She also received 1st Place from the PA AP Broadcasters Association for "Images of Bravery".
For the past 4 years, Tanya has worked with the Center for Independent Living in Central PA as their spokesperson and together, created a news segment called Living Well with a Disability that airs on CBS 21 News.Outside of her journalism work, Tanya uses her knowledge of sign language to volunteer in the deaf community. Tanya is also very active in raising awareness of animal abuse and neglect. She has done extensive work with animal shelters in Texas and currently partners with Central PA rescues and shelters to highlight their efforts through news stories.
Tanya, along with her husband Ben and their three dogs--Dixie, Daisy and Dora--enjoy traveling and spending time with their Texas-sized family including eight nephews and one niece. Tanya is an avid reader and spends a lot of her time keeping up with her book club.
Sherry Christian - Anchor
Known to family and friends as the consummate "morning person", Sherry Christian is the natural choice for anchoring CBS 21 News This Morning.
Mrs. Christian joined WHP-TV in July of 2002. Before her employment with WHP, Mrs. Christian held positions at WWJ-TV, Detroit, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, WPDE-TV, Florence, South Carolina and WTXL-TV, Tallahassee.
Mrs. Christian says she was primed for a career in television news by her father's military career. Growing up she lived in many different cities including Manilla, Phillipines.
During her career in Television broadcasting, Mrs. Christian has earned numerous awards for reporting excellence and community service. She has served on the boards of many civic organizations including Goodwill Industries, Girl Scouts, March of Dimes and United Way. Mrs. Christian is also on the Board of Directors for the Harrisburg Area Autism Society.
Mrs. Christian also finds time to participate in professional organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg.
An avid sports fan, Mrs. Christian enjoys watching Major League Baseball games, professional and college football and basketball. And she doesn't mind bragging about "playing a mean game of softball" herself. Other hobbies include public speaking, and photography.
Mrs. Christian holds a bachelors degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Sherry lives in the Harrisburg area with her husband Jeremy and their three daughters.
Christina Butler - Reporter
Christina Butler began covering the York County beat for CBS21 in December 2010, returning to the station where she got her start in the news business as an intern years ago. Along the way she spent two years as an anchor in Virginia at a triopoly covering news for CBS, NBC, and FOX viewers in the Charlottesville area. She also spent two years as a reporter for a FOX affiliate in Pennsylvania.
Christina is from Lancaster County and is happy to be working close to her family. While she'll cheer for PSU, her heart belongs to the Iowa Hawkeyes!
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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Tony May - Political Insider
Tony May is a partner and senior vice president at Triad Strategies, LLC, one of Pennsylvanias largest public affairs firms. May joined Triad eight years ago and founded its strategic communications practice which now offers counsel and services to a wide range of clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Triad specializes in issues management, high stakes communication, message development, crisis communications and community change utilizing mass media, new media, coalition-building and grass roots strategies.
Before joining Triad, was executive vice president at Neiman Group, Central Pennsylvanias top consumer advertising agency, where he also built a successful social marketing and issues management practice. Starting as a newspaper and wire service reporter, editor and photographer, May also has served as press secretary and director of communications for two Pennsylvania Governors and as director of information and research for two Pennsylvania House Speakers.
He also was executive director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee and oversaw scores of general and special election campaigns over a period of six years when the House was dominated by the Democratic Party. He later served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party over a three year period.
He is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network. He is a graduate of Kent State University and was recognized with its Outstanding Journalism Alumni Award in 1996.
Charlie Gerow - Political Insider
Recently named as one of the Top 50 most influential Republicans in Pennsylvania by Politics Magazine, Charlie Gerow is the CEO of Quantum Communications, a Harrisburg, PA based public relations and marketing firm. In 2009 he was selected as one of the Top Ten Political Consultants in Pennsylvania by PA2010.com (Number Four among Republicans and Number One in Central PA)
Called Harrisburgs most politically well-connected conservative by Harrisburg Magazine, Charlie is a longtime Republican activist and conservative leader. Charlie serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, the nations oldest and most prestigious conservative organization and on the Board of Directors and the National Council of Trustees of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Charlie co-founded the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, an annual gathering of the states conservative activists.
A graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, Charlie began his career on the campaign staff of President Ronald Reagan and has served as an Attorney, College professor (Dickinson, Lebanon Valley and Gettysburg Colleges) and been a Republican candidate for the United States Congress.
Charlie is the (Republican) political analyst for WHP-TV21, the Harrisburg CBS affiliate and regularly appears in both statewide and national media. He has been quoted in virtually every major newspaper in the country.
Elected as both a Delegate and an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, Charlie has also been appointed as an Alternate Delegate-at-Large.
In 2003 he was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission.
Charlie also serves as Chairman of the Alumni Council of the American Swiss Foundation and is a Founders Club member of the Reagan Alumni Association.