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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Liz Quirantes

Liz Quirantes - Anchor - 3pm/5pm/5:30pm/6pm/11pm

Liz Quirantes anchors the 3, 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm newscasts for CBS12, and is very active in the community. Supporting childrens' causes is something Liz is passionate about, and she was recently awarded the "Media Advocate Award" from Florida's Children First for her work to raise awareness of foster care and adoption for children who need families.

Liz is very involved with "Forever Family," a non-profit charity that finds homes for children in foster care. Each Tuesday, Liz features a foster child during the 5pm newscast on CBS 12. Those reports have generated hundreds of calls and resulted in many adoptions. 

Her passion for children is why she accepted a position on the board of directors for ChildNet, which manages the child welfare system in Broward and Palm Beach counties and protects abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Liz also serves as a member of the board of directors for AVDA, which promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse.

Liz also served for 10-years as a board member of the H.O.P.E. Project, which provided low-cost mammography to the under served and uninsured women of Palm Beach and Martin counties. Funded solely by grants and donations, Liz was instrumental in fundraising that allowed the mobile, mammography van to go digital.

Another project Liz is involved with is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer donating her time at many local events, serving as emcee for fundraisers, including the annual walks for thousands of people, as well as producing stories about breast cancer, both inspiring and educational.

Her awards have been many. Most recently, Liz was nominated for a 2013 Women in Leadership Award by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. She was also honored as a Palm Beach Achiever and graced the debut cover of Palm Beach Woman Magazine.  She was named a 2010 Hispanic Woman of Distinction for South Florida, given the Women in Power award from the National Council of Jewish Women and the Community Leadership award from Delta Kappa Gamma.

Liz an advocate for education, and since 2002 has hosted the annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education at the Kravis Center, working closely with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. 

Liz was also thrilled to win the first place trophy in the 2010 Dancing for the Stars Ballroom Dance Competition benefiting the Kravis Centers S*T*A*R Series. She has participated and donated her time every year since then, as a dancer again, and then as emcee for the event, helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the program.

A graduate of the University of Miami, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters Degree in Telecommunication. Liz and her husband Craig are the proud parents of son Casey and daughter Emma. Liz joined CBS12 in 1991.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - John Discepolo

John Discepolo - Anchor - 5pm / 530pm / 6pm / 10pm CW34 / 11pm

John Discepolo joined the CBS12 News Team in September 2012, as co-anchor of CBS12 News at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.

He also anchors the CBS12 News at 10 on the CW 34.

Discepolo comes to West Palm Beach from KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he was a weekend news anchor noted for excelling in live news coverage since 2010.

A Massachusetts native, Discepolo anchored sports for nearly a decade in New York at WCBS-TV and WNYW-TV, where he also served as sideline reporter for the NFL's New York Jets and New York Giants.

Prior to his arrival in the big apple, John was the weekend anchor at KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas for three years. During his time in the Lone Star State, he traveled with the Cowboys, and served as the pre-game host for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. He also covered high school football, and even turned a couple of laps covering NASCAR as well.

Discepolo arrived in Texas from a brief one-year stint at WRGB Channel 6 in Albany, NY. While in Albany his focus was on Division I college hockey and high school athletes.

Discepolo's first taste of New York came in 1996, when he was hired to be the weekend sports anchor for News 12 Westchester. Among the many stories he covered, he was best known for his weekly "Team of the Week" special. Discepolo is a graduate of Hofstra University where he played football as a kicker and punter for the Division I-AA Pride, and played with former New York Jets player Wayne Chrebet.

In his spare time, John loves to travel, play hockey, and is passionate about home construction, design, RVs and airplanes.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Suzanne Boyd

Suzanne Boyd - Anchor - CBS12 News This Morning / Noon / 3pm

Suzanne Boyd anchors the CBS12 News This Morning, Noon, and 3pm news.

Suzanne grew up in a farming family in Monticello, a small town outside of Tallahassee. In fact, Monticello is so small, it has no traffic lights, no movie theatre and only one major grocery store. So, after leaving high school, where Suzanne graduated with only 19 people, she decided to head off to the big town of Gainesville and the University of Florida. She got her bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism in 1995, then got her first TV reporting job at SNN6 in Sarasota.

Suzanne had always wanted to live in South Florida and finally got here in 1998 when she landed a reporting gig at CBS12. She has won three Associated Press Awards for her reporting and helped launch the CBS12 I-TEAM.

Suzanne loves Gator football, crossword puzzles and running. Suzanne lives with her two children in beautiful Delray Beach.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Eric Roby

Eric Roby - Anchor - CBS12 News This Morning / Noon / 3pm

Eric Roby joined the CBS12 team in December 2001. He anchors the CBS12 This Morning on WPEC CBS12.

Eric came to Florida from Davenport, Iowa, where he was weekend anchor at WQAD, an ABC affiliate, for two and a half years. Before heading west, Eric was an anchor/reporter in Salisbury, Md., at WBOC, a CBS affiliate.

He grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where most of his family still lives. Eric is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. While attending classes Eric became the general manager of the campus TV station. He was also a freelance producer on Capitol Hill for Washington News Network, a news cooperative service. Eric also spent time overseas working as a production assistant for NBC in London.

Over the years Eric has earned numerous awards for his investigations and breaking news coverage.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Matt Lincoln

Matt Lincoln - Sports Director

Matt Lincoln joined CBS12 as the Sports Director in March of 2013. Matt caught the sportscasting bug growing up in Southeastern Massachusetts, deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation. He received his broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University, where he covered Carmelo Anthony's run to the National Championship.

Matt's first television stop was KTVE in Monroe, Louisiana " he then moved on to stints at WBTW in Myrtle Beach, SC and WWBT in Richmond, VA.
 
Matt has a bunch of family in Florida, and has been traveling to the Sunshine State since he was very young. Matt and his wife live in Palm Beach Gardens with their dog, Josie. In the few hours a week that he is not at work, you can find Matt leaving extra large divots on golf courses, and slicing tee shots into trees all over South Florida.  

Matt also stays busy working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, as one of the chairs of the annual golf fundraising event.  To find out Whats Lincoln Thinkin, click here.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - John Evenson

John Evenson - Sports Anchor / Reporter

John Evenson joined CBS12 News in February of 2013 as a sports anchor/reporter.
 
Evenson comes to West Palm Beach from WTVH and WSTM in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was the sports director since 2006.
 
Evenson began his sports broadcasting career in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, working for Global Television, and eventually earned the position Sports Director at CITY-TV in Winnipeg. His Sports Director duties on Syracuse saw him cover several NCAA Tournaments with Syracuse Orange basketball team, bowl games with the Orange Football team. He also produced an award-winning special on the New York Yankees.
 
His most memorable interviews have been with Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter and Bob Costas.
 
Evenson graduated from York University as an English major, and has a degree in broadcast journalism.
 
In his spare time, John loves to travel, play sports, keep in shape and is very passionate about music.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Steve Glazier

Steve Glazier - Meteorologist

Steve Glazier comes to us with several years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist. He got his B.S. in Meteorology at Lyndon State College in Vermont and is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) through the American Meteorological Society. Steve has a bit of a unique story when it comes to ‘what got him into weather.’ Starting at seven years old, he had to monitor the ever-changing weather conditions at New England Dragway. His father was a race car driver and asked Steve for his help predicting how his car would operate under certain weather setups.

 

Steve is a New England native, raised in Connecticut. It was at TV 3 Winchester where he got his start in television, as a meteorologist and reporter in the small Virginia town. He then returned to Vermont to Burlington, where for several years he was a meteorologist and reporter. Steve rang in 2015 in Florida however, making the ‘snowbird’ move from the Northeast. You can catch his forecasts Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBS 12. You will likely see him out and about, as he is an avid believer in being a part of the local community and giving back via service. Don’t hesitate to send him a message, and also find him on social media!

 

Favorite Food:  Desserts! Ice cream especially.

Favorite Movie:  Jurassic Park

Favorite Music:  Rock

Media Influences:  Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, also Brad Field a WVIT-TV

Hobbies/Talents:  Golf, bicycling, bowling, playing piano (this may sound contrary) Crossfit and eating challenges.

People Would Be Surprised to Know:  Two of the meteorologists on the team are married! Steve and Kerrin both started at WPEC after working together in Vermont!


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Michael Ehrenberg

Michael Ehrenberg - Meteorologist

Michael earned his Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal in December 2007. This is an upgrade to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval.

Michael joined CBS 12 in June 1999 for the weekend editions of CBS 12 at 6, 6:30 and 11 PM. He fills in for John Matthews and Chris Farrell when they are away. He also produces and broadcasts stories related to the weather. Michael also enjoys appearing at schools to teach kids about weather and careers in meteorology and broadcasting. He also enjoys conducting Hurricane Preparedness Seminars. 

Michael started his weather career in 1989 at ION Weather, a weather consulting firm, in his native New Jersey. In 1994 he was hired by the National Weather Service in Miami.
He learned about hurricanes and tropical meteorology from specialists at the National Hurricane Center, which is co-located with the National Weather Service. He moved to the West Palm Beach area and began his television career at WPBF Channel 25 in 1996. He attended Rutgers University and received his Master of Science Degree in the field of Meteorology. His favorite activities include: water skiing, tennis, reading, the beach and researching the Internet. Michael loves to talk about the weather and welcomes questions at any time!


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell - Meteorologist

Chris Farrell " AMS Meteorologist

Chris has spent nearly all of his 30-year, weather forecast career with CBS12 in West Palm Beach!  He came to CBS12 in June 1990 after spending 7 years with WTVX34 in Fort Pierce. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1983 with a minor in meteorology. He received his Meteorology Certification from Mississippi State University in 1992. Chris earned the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval in 1992. He has flown on two, National Hurricane Center hurricane hunter missions. In those experiences he covered Tropical Storms Elena in 1985 and Floyd in 1990. He was raised in both Gainesville and Key Biscayne, Florida.  He served three years in the U.S. Army in the 2/67th  Air Defense Artillery unit as an Air Defense MissileCrewman.  He earned the rank of Specialist 4th grade and was stationed in Mannheim Germany for all three years.  Chris was born in Oxford, Mississippi. He has two brothers and three sisters.

Chris is on the air weekday mornings and afternoons. His forecasts are on "CBS12 News This Morning" from 4:30-7 AM. Chris isalso the meteorologist on CBS12  News at noon. He delivers the forecast weekday mornings on Palm Beach County radio stations WIRK 107.9, WMBX 102.3,WEAT 104.3 and The New Legends 100.3. Outside of Palm Beach County, hes on the Treasure Coast AM 1590 WPSL in Port St. Lucie, AM 1450 WSTU in Stuart, in Vero Beach WGYL The Breeze 93.7 and AM stations WOSN, WTTB and WJKD.

Chris is active with the local branch of the Humane Society's and hosts a Pet-Of-The-Day segment featuring local animal shelters.Chris frequently gives weather lectures and visits schools throughout the viewing area.  He lives in Palm Beach County with his girlfriend Dawn-Marie. He plays tennis and golf frequently and still surfs when the waves aren't too big and the water is warm! For the last ten years Chris has run the Palm Beach County Half Marathon.

If you see him on the golf course... come say hi! You can follow him at www.facebook.com and onTwitter @chrisfarrellcbs


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Jeff Berardelli

Jeff Berardelli - Meteorologist

Jeff Berardelli joined CBS12 in September 2013 as Weather Expert for the StormTrac Weather Team. He can been seen weekdays during the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news. In addition, for the past 10 years Jeff has contributed to CBS News as a weather expert for The CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning.

Prior to joining CBS12, Jeff worked as a meteorologist for CBS in Miami from 2007-2013. He was also adjunct professor of meteorology at the University of Miami. Before Miami, Jeff spent 4 years working for WCBS-TV in New York City. Prior to NYC, Jeff spent 6 years in Tampa as a meteorologist for CBS WTSP-TV and Bay News 9.

Jeff obtained his meteorology degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1997. But his love for weather can be traced all the way back to the age of three. Jeff is active in several South Florida charities including the Board of Director's of the Children's Cancer Caring Center (CCCC). The CCCC provides free cancer care for children from families of limited means. The CCCC is a local South Florida charity and was founded nearly 50 years ago.

When Jeff is not weathering the storms, you'll likely find him on the water. He enjoys fishing, diving and kayaking. He lives with his better half, wife Christy, and his "thunder buddy" dog General. Feel free to email Jeff at jberardelli@sbgtv.com or find him on Facebook.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - John Matthews

John Matthews - Chief Meteorologist

John Matthews is Chief Meteorologist for WPEC-CBS12's StormTrac Weather Team. He is an associate member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

John is the "dean" of local television meteorologists -- having joined the CBS 12 staff in May 1976. Prior to that, he worked at WDIV TV 4 in Detroit.

John's broadcasts can be seen on CBS12 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.

A native of Detroit, he attended Ferris State College in Michigan, and graduated from the Mississippi State University as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. He is also certified in meteorology by the National Weather Association.

John enjoys snow skiing, travel and woodworking, and entertaining the newsroom with his German language abilities. He and his wife have two daughters.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Kerrin Jeromin

Kerrin Jeromin - Traffic Reporter and Meteorologist

Kerrin Jeromin joined CBS12 in January 2015 as traffic reporter and meteorologist.  Kerrin comes to CBS12 from Vermont where she grew up, and also worked as chief meteorologist at WFFF/WVNY. Kerrin is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, as designated by the American Meteorological Society. Kerrin loves to travel and see new places, and try new foods there, too! She loves to stay active, especially outdoors. She looks forward to taking advantage of the beautiful south Florida weather and beaches, and maybe try surfing!


Favorite Food:    Pasta! Generally anything Italian and loaded with garlic is a great.
Favorite Movie:         Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Favorite Music:       Mostly Top 40 hits, but I enjoy most varieties.
Media Influences:       Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel has played a large role in my professional development. I appreciate his knowledge and solid delivery as a broadcast meteorologist.
Hobbies/Talents:    Snowboarding, hiking, travel, rugby, theatre/acting
People Would Be Surprised to Know:  I played rugby throughout college. I mostly played the scrum half position and yes, I still have all of my teeth. Ive since given up this hobby to appease my dentist, television managers, and my mother.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Ric Blackwell

Ric Blackwell - Anchor - Weekends / Reporter

Ric Blackwell returns to CBS 12 as the weekend morning news anchor.

He has spent close to 20 years at the station anchoring both news and sports. Ric has been nominated for two Emmys and has won several awards for his reporting. He has also worked at CBS stations in Fort Myers and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ric currently hosts "Good Sports," a nightly show on the Palm Beach County School District's Education Network. The show profiles the amazing student athletes inside the school system.

Ric loves spending time with his beautiful wife Meredith and their four children. He enjoys running, playing basketball, coaching youth sports and following the Detroit sports teams.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell - Reporter

Melissa Howell joined CBS12 in November of 2014 as a Reporter.  

Melissa grew up in Orlando and returns to the sunshine state after reporting and anchoring the weekend news for WCAX in Burlington, Vt. Prior to Vermont, she was a reporter and producer for CBS Radio in Washington, DC.

Melissa has covered everything from political issues in our nation's capitol to agriculture in the Green Mountain State. She enjoys sharing impactful stories that affect the community.

Before beginning her career in broadcast news, Melissa graduated from the University of South Florida, where she wrote for various newspaper outlets and reported for student documentaries.

Favorite Food:  Thai Curry
Favorite Movie:  City of God       
Favorite Music:  A little bit of everything
Media Influences: Bernard Shaw, Lisa Ling, Robin Roberts       
Hobbies/Talents: Exploring local restaurants, traveling, spending time with family and sun bathing    
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I have a dog named Sasha who has been my sidekick for 12 years.

If you have a story to share, feel free to reach out!


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Greg Angel

Greg Angel - Reporter

Greg Angel joined the WPEC CBS 12 team in November 2014 as a general assignment reporter.

For more than four years, Greg worked in Floridas capital city of Tallahassee, working his way through the ranks to eventually become Morning Anchor/Assistant News Director at the ABC affiliate.

He has covered politics extensively, providing in-depth coverage from the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa and the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Greg also covered the local impact of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, including President Obamas visit to the area.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Greg has also called Michigan home for 11 years where he got his start in broadcasting at WSDP radio and later worked for several years as a reporter at Northern Michigans NBC affiliate. His work has garnered awards from various organizations including the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Florida Associated Press and National Broadcasting Society.

Greg is a graduate of Central Michigan University and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Thrilled to call Florida home, Greg loves covering stories that help make a difference in the community we live in. In his spare time youll likely find him volunteering and traveling throughout the area with his dog Tucker.
Favorite Food: Southern cuisine, especially meatloaf.
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Music: A blend of it all including Country, Rock, Pop and Reggae.
Media Influences: CBS reporter Steve Hartman
Hobbies/Talents: Visiting theme parks and road side attractions
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I love theme parks but am afraid of heights and tall rollercoasters.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Shantel Middleton

Shantel Middleton - Anchor - Reporter

Award-winning Anchor/Reporter Shantel Middleton worked in both North and South Carolina; Washington, DC; the Caribbean Island of Saint Thomas, New York City, and Illinois before joining CBS 12 News.

She started her career at WCIV, ABC News 4 in Charleston, South Carolina. Throughout her career, Shantel has reported on events across the United States, including the 2008 presidential election and the arrests of two Egyptian-born college students for allegedly driving with bomb-making materials near the naval brig that housed enemy combatant Ali al-Mari. In 2008 Shantel was a part of the Emmy award-winning Choose or Lose Street Team for MTV News, The Associated Press, and The Knight Foundation. Her work was shared nationally on VH1, the MTV Network channels, and in publications like USA Today.

Craving a better understanding of the political machine after the election, Shantel went on to work as a TV news reporter in the US Virgin Islands and then unpaid at the US Capitol. She was there when the Affordable Healthcare Act originally passed through the US House of Representatives in November of 2009. Shantel picked up several awards including Best Reporter by the Illinois Associated Press.

Volunteering is a significant part of Shantel's life. After a friend's diagnosis of childhood cancer, Shantel knew she would one day volunteer to help other kids with cancer. At 20 she became a volunteer with the non-profit, childhood cancer support organization Happy Days and Special Times in Charleston, South Carolina. In Illinois she volunteered at Saint John's Children's Hospital and became a member of the Lincolnland Stroke Support Network's Advisory Board. She will continue her work with childhood cancer patients and survivors in south Florida.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - J. Israel Balderas

J. Israel Balderas - Anchor - Weekends / Reporter

J. Israel Balderas is an award-winning weekend anchor and reporter. He joined the CBS 12 News team in 2013. As a 20-year news veteran, Balderas is also a District of Columbia licensed attorney that received a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He is also a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
 
Balderas has reported from all over the country. Most recently, he was an anchor/reporter with the FOX TV station in Charlotte, N.C., where he was awarded News Anchor of the Year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. Prior to that, he also worked for other local TV stations in Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee.
 
But it was in Washington, D.C. where he spent the bulk of his journalism career. There, Balderas worked for several news organizations, including the Associated Press Television News, Reuters and the Fox News Channel, where he produced for Special Report with Brit Hume and Fox News Sunday.
 
During his time covering the Beltway, he reported on major national events, including the investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton's alleged criminal wrongdoing that involved the Monica Lewinsky affair. Balderas also covered the 2000 presidential race and its contested results. Then a year later, he spent the day at the Pentagon on 9/11. In fact, he was one of a handful of journalists allowed to see the damage, caused by the terrorists, from inside the building on that Tuesday evening.
 
While working as a journalist in the nation's capital, Balderas also attended law school as an evening student.  His legal experience includes working at the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Royce Lamberth and the telecommunications law firm of Cole, Raywid & Braverman. Balderas also published a law journal article that discusses communications law and federal practice.
 
Not only did Balderas grow up on the border town of El Paso, Texas, but he also worked as a morning anchor and reporter for the local FOX TV station now owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. While there, he reported on the violence increase along the U.S. border due to the Mexican drug cartel established in Juarez, MX, as well as other issues impacting the national immigration debate.
 
Balderas lives in Palm Beach County with his wife and newborn daughter. He is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. If you have newstips, please email him at jibalderas@cbs12.com.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Michele Wright

Michele Wright - Anchor - 3pm / 10pm CW34

Michele Wright is an award-winning anchor, reporter and multimedia journalist. She anchors the CBS12 News at 10 p.m. on the CW 34. She is the CBS12 Breaking News anchor for the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m weeknight newscasts.

She joined the team in August 2010 as the morning traffic anchor, feature reporter, digital producer and fill-in news anchor. Before WPEC, she worked in Orlando at Orange & Vision Television as the main anchor of several shows. Prior to that, she worked for WTLV-12 as a freelance reporter and as the morning traffic anchor and feature reporter at WJXT-TV Jacksonville.

Since 2013, Michele has lead the CBS12 Extraordinary People weekly segment that spotlights local heroes who are making a positive impact in the community. If you or someone you know has an event, organization, charity or business that is making a difference, she wants to hear from you! Nominate them online HERE

Michele was the first in the market to help program, implement and roll out two on air traffic systems and make her mark utilizing the top leading interactive storyteller monitor.

A native of Florida, Michele graduated from Florida State University with a double major in Political Science and Communications and a minor in French. In Tallahassee, she was a public service advisor for the Honorable Senator Connie Mack. She is a former NFL Cheerleader (Jacksonville Jaguars ROAR) and active member of the NFL Alumnae Cheerleaders Association and Professional Cheerleaders Association. Michele's father is a minister and her mother is a veteran nurse of 30 years who inspired her to always give back to the community with charities, organizations and worthwhile causes. As a well-known inspirational, motivational speaker and writer, she mentors young people and is dedicated to empowering women & families. Michele adopted Gandhi's famous quote as her daily motto: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Michele is most proud of her volunteer work & has dedicated her life to service as a leader and community ambassador championing worthy causes and charitable organizations. She was awarded 2014 Leading Lady with Palm Beach American Heart Association for her tireless efforts and support of stroke and heart disease awareness in honor of her father who survived 2 strokes. On behalf of her mother & a dear friend who has MS, she is an active supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. She was named one of Orlando's Top 10 Young & Powerful Players and was selected as one of Central Florida's 25 Most Beautiful People and published in the Orlando Sentinel.

She also has an entertainment news background, as former co-host of Jacksonville's "Gimme The Mike" local (American Idol) talent show in Jacksonville working with numerous celebrities and sports athletes.

Michele loves children and is kid at heart. Growing up, she assisted her mother a specialized geriatric nurse with patients. Her love shines bright today for support and initiatives/programs for the elderly community. She is a jack of all trades. She is a techie with a extensive background in software programming and technical training. She's been recognized for continued excellence on web, social media & digital platforms. On and off air Michele is known for her passion, commitment, creativity, and ability to lead by example. She loves connecting with viewers and values the opportunity to come in to their homes every night.

A proud native of Florida, Michele enjoys spending time with family, friends and getting away to the beach and #LoveFL getaways as much as possible. As a Vegetarian, health & fitness are key. She plays the piano and enjoys reading, writing and taking dance classes. She adores fresh coffee, cooking homemade meals, football (Go Noles!), traveling and fashion. Michele feels blessed to live, work and play in beautiful South Florida and do what she loves to do everyday.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Al Pefley

Al Pefley - Reporter

Al Pefley is a general assignment reporter for WPEC CBS 12. He was born in Austin, Minn. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Iowa State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism-Mass Communication from the University of Florida.

Prior to joining CBS 12 in 1989, Al was a reporter at television stations in Cedar Rapids, Tampa, Louisville and Jacksonville. He enjoys running, rollerblading and golf. In 1992 he ran in the New York City Marathon; and then the Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994 and 1995. He also took part in the Chicago Marathon in 1998. He has also participated in a number of long distance bicycle races, including rides that crossed the entire state of Florida in 1992 and 1998.

Al is single and resides in Palm Beach County.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Jonathan Beaton

Jonathan Beaton - Reporter

Jonathan Beaton joined the CBS 12 news team in September of 2014 as a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ).

Originally from Orlando, he worked for News 96.5 WDBO, covering several national stories including the Casey Anthony bankruptcy proceedings, the disappearance of Michelle Parker and the Allied Vets scandal.  He was also in seat 12 in the courtroom for the entire George Zimmerman Trial.

Jonathan is a lifelong Floridian and excited to live and work in beautiful West Palm Beach.

Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Movie: The Searchers
Favorite Music: Rock
Media Influences:  Bob Woodruff, Matthew Beaton
Hobbies/Talents: Golf, racquetball, kayaking, reading, travel


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Michael Buczyner

Michael Buczyner - Reporter


Michael Buczyner is an Emmy Award winning journalist who joined the CBS12 News team in July of 2013.

Michael was raised in Weston, Fla., and is thrilled to call South Florida home once again. Michael is a proud graduate of The University of Missouri School of Journalsim (Go Tigers!) Prior to joining the CBS12 News family, Michael worked in Miami, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; and Atlanta, Ga.

Michael's background is in investigative journalism. He has received several Associated Press Awards for his in-depth investigative stories. The National Capital Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Michael in 2009 with an Emmy Award for his reporting on the "Making of a Marine."

When he's not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.  Michael is a foodie and is constantly searching for the best bbq and delis in South Florida. When he's not on the hunt for great food, he enjoys playing golf and relaxing at the beach. 


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Jana Eschbach

Jana Eschbach - Reporter

With a decade of experience covering the Treasure Coast, Jana Eschbach knows the region inside and out. She covers Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties. Dedicated to local community coverage from politics to business to agriculture, with her experience, Jana is often exclusive in the region. Jana enterprises and breaks stories daily, while uncovering in-depth I-Team investigations that create change in our region. Honored for Overall Individual Excellence and Team Coverage by the Associated Press 2005 and in 2003, Jana is a seasoned journalist.

During the 2 years Jana left CBS12 in 2009, she was an Executive Media and Marketing Consultant through her own company and for a large healthcare corporation as well. But news was her true calling, and she returned in January 2012.

Prior to her tenure at CBS12, Jana also worked at WZVN TV ABC 7 in Fort Myers/Naples, and was also a Multimedia Journalist at Florida's News Channel. She began her career in news at the The White House Press Office and in production at WUSA in Washington, D.C.

She is a graduate of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class 29, a program that takes upcoming leaders and introduces them to every major company and organization in the region over a 12-month period. Jana graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, from the College of Journalism.

Jana lives in Martin County, and is often seen on Facebook with her triplet nieces and nephew. An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, she was born in raised in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Thomas Forester

Thomas Forester - Reporter

Thomas Forester joined CBS12 News in January 2013 as a general assignment reporter, which is something new for him. He has spent most of his career as a sports anchor/reporter and welcomes the daily challenges of making the transition to the world of news.

He attended the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship and earned a bachelors degree in education.

As expected, Thomas loves living in South Florida, and when hes not working,
you can find him sampling the diversity of music, food and culture that South Florida has to offer.

If you have a story idea for Thomas please drop him a line.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Lauren Hills

Lauren Hills - Reporter

Lauren Hills joined the CBS12 News team in November 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

Lauren was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to West Palm Beach when she was about 5 and grew up here. She attended Cardinal Newman High School and Wellington High School, where she graduated in 2000. Lauren earned a college basketball scholarship to West Liberty State College outside of Wheeling, W.Va., and played there for three years before transferring to the University of Florida to pursue broadcast journalism, a field she's wanted to be in since she was about 12.

She majored in telecommunications and reported for UF's campus TV and radio stations, graduated in 2005, and landed her first job in TV in a small market in Morgantown, W.Va. She reported for WBOY 12 News for two years before heading south and reporting for NBC 17 News in Raleigh, N.C., for three years. Lauren is very excited to now be reporting for CBS12 News in the area where she grew up and loves!

Lauren is a big fan of the Gators and Mountaineers, and tries to catch a game whenever she can. When she's not reporting, you can find her running (two half-marathons under her belt!), reading, and traveling (at least, she's trying to do more of that!).


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Mary Quinn O'Connor

Mary Quinn O'Connor - Reporter

Mary Quinn OConnor joined CBS 12 in August 2014 and is excited to be back in Florida!

Mary Quinn worked for Fox News Channel after graduating from the University of Florida in 2010. She majored in Telecommunications, Political Science and Florida Gator Football.

During her time at Fox, she covered the 2012 Presidential Election in South Carolina. She then helped launch the new Fox owned and operated station in Charlotte, NC.

In her free time, Mary Quinn enjoys visiting with her family all over Florida and taking trips to Charleston, SC. Mary Quinn has dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando to Tampa and some of her fondest childhood memories are watching New Years Day football at her grandfathers home in Fort Pierce with dozens of cousins.
 
More about Mary Quinn OConnor:

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite Movie: Sound of Music
Favorite Music: Country
Media Influences:   Megyn Kelly and Shannon Bream " two women who have worked their way up in television news through hard work and dedication.
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I love college football more than most men.  Go Gators!


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Kathleen Walter

Kathleen Walter - Investigative Reporter

Kathleen Walter joined the CBS12 News team as an investigative reporter who has a wealth of experience under her belt.

An Emmy Award-nominated and nationally recognized anchor/correspondent, Kathleen has interviewed some of the worlds most influential people, broken many of South Florida's biggest stories and through her investigative work, helped thousands of folks in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast.

Kathleen is also a noted political analyst who earned national recognition for her exclusive, one-on-one interviews with hundreds of world leaders, heads-of-state, and lawmakers at the federal, state and local level including U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; President Vicente Fox of Mexico and President Jose Maria Aznar of Spain; former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton; all the 2012 GOP presidential candidates including Gov. Mitt Romney; ambassadors, presidential cabinet members, and military leaders; key figures in the U.S. Congress and governors. In advance of the 2012 presidential election, she covered the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the presidential debate at Lynn University. 

A Florida native, her first glimpse of the television news business came at an early age and occurred right here at CBS12 when, at the age of six, she accompanied her father on a trip to the station. He was dropping off a thank-you gift to the news team who profiled his work in a CBS12 report. Kathleen took one look at CBS 12 and was hooked!

Kathleen graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with an M.A. in Political Science. She holds a B.A. in English from Smith College, one of the Seven Sisters, located in Northampton, Massachusetts.

When shes not chasing breaking news or covering the stories that impact you the most, you will probably find Kathleen at a baseball field somewhere (if you do see her, say hi); shes a proud mom of an aspiring baseball player.  A resident of Jupiter, KW is a competitive open water swimmer, pianist and art collector who, when she actually has spare time, enjoys soaking up South Florida's tropical, laid-back vibe with family and her many friends.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Chuck Weber

Chuck Weber - Reporter

Chuck Weber is a general assignment reporter for WPEC CBS 12. Weber grew up on a farm in Northeastern Indiana, and graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications and German.

Chuck joined CBS 12 in 1981. In 1987, CBS 12 named Chuck environmental reporter, the first ever in South Florida. He currently covers courts and a full range of stories as a general assignment reporter.

Chuck co-produced half-hour documentaries and special reports on topics including Lake Okeechobee, recycling and the Florida Trail. He won an Emmy Award nomination in 1991 for his documentary "Recycling: The Unbroken Circle."

Chuck's hobbies include bird watching and architecture. He volunteers as a field trip leader and has helped organize charity events.

Chuck is single and resides in West Palm Beach.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Gary Widom

Gary Widom - Feature Reporter

Whether he is getting knocked around by a bunch of roller derby girls, challenging a competitive eater or jumping into a pool on the set of Vanilla Ice's new reality show, Gary Widom is CBS 12's feature reporter.

Gary is a product of South Florida. He grew up in Broward County and graduated with a Bachelor's from Florida Atlantic University.

During his college years (all 7 of them), Gary worked as a DJ at Wild 95.5, Power 96 and 97.9 WRMF, using his nick name Fletch.

Gary became a TV reporter in 2004, coming to CBS 12 from WTVJ NBC 6, Miami, where he was a freelance general assignment reporter. Before that, he worked as a reporter in the Fort Myers/ Naples, and Gainesville/ Ocala areas winning multiple Florida Associated Press Awards for reporting and photography.

Gary is always looking for that fun, interesting and exciting story. You can also follow Gary and everything he's doing at the station on Facebook and Twitter.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Sheila Gray

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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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

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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