Local Celebrities DISHING IT OUT
Dino Kay - Emcee
Bill Moran - Auctioneer
News 8 at Sunrise Anchor. Mark is an award winning journalist with 18 years of experience anchoring and reporting News and Sports. His focus each day is to identify compelling stories and share them over the air and online.
Mark is originally from New Jersey and has worked professionally at television stations in Connecticut, West Virginia and New York. He and his wife Dawn live in Fairport with their three children Holly, Drew and Ashley. The Grubas are active members of Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester. As a family they enjoy golfing, skiing, and traveling as well as spending time with family and friends
Beth Cefalu is an award-winning journalist at News10NBC. She joined News10NBC in April, following reporting and anchoring in Upper Michigan and Syracuse, New York.
Beth was born and raised in New York City and began her career in journalism at MTV Networks, Inside Edition and Fox News Channel. On top of journalism, Beth has also dabbled in acting and modeling shooting commercials, a pilot, and a Showtime miniseries called “Escape at Dannemora” based on two prisoners that escaped from Clinton Correctional, set to air in Fall of 2018.
In her free time she enjoys creating videos for her YouTube Channel the Motivational Angel. She also very much enjoys eating which makes her the perfect Dish it Out celebrity. Who doesn’t love comfort food? Beth may be thin but she’s fat at heart!
She’s honored to participate in the event to raise awareness for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
I have always loved the weather since I was a little kid. I used to run from window to window in the house to watch the snow fall and would watch the TV weatherman everyday.
After high school I attended Cornell University and received a B.S. in Atmospheric Physics, which is a fancy way of saying "the weather".
During college I gave TV weather a try at the Ithaca College Station. I immediately loved being on air and got my first break at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York. I spent a couple years there then came to 10NBC during the summer of 1999. After less than a year on the weekend shift I took over the 10NBC Today morning show. I have now been getting up by 3 a.m. for over 10 years and look forward to delivering the forecast every morning for many more years to come.
Steve is the epitome of the lifelong broadcaster. His radio career began as a teenager at a small station in his suburban Boston hometown. While studying at Emerson College, he worked summers at WHDH in Boston. Upon graduating, he earned his first full-time gig at that station. In 1987, his career brought him to Rochester and, though there have been a few stops since, including a ten-year stint as weekend sports anchor at WHEC-TV10, Steve has found a home at WBEE where he has worked since 2001 and since December 2004 as Co-Host of The BEE Morning Coffee Club.
Alexis is part of the Good Day Rochester team on 13WHAM ABC. She studied at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It's no secret that Alexis is passionate about the arts. She's a lover of music. She started reading music at age five, playing piano. After that she played violin for four years, eventually finding her love on the clarinet. Alexis was drum major of her high school marching band and marched with the Marching hundred in college at IU.
What you may not know is that Alexis loves to eat. She hails from the Chicago suburb of Prospect Heights. She loves Chicago style deep dish pizza, and Chicago style hot dogs. She also enjoys spicy foods and foods with savory flavors. She relies on her husband, who is a great cook, for her meals.
Alexis and her family are happy to call Rochester home where they look forward to discovering all that the area has to offer.
Nikki joined the News10NBC team in May 2004. She was born in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She's also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Nikki now calls Chili home with her two cats Casey and Jojo. She enjoys traveling, working out at the Y and time with friends.
You can catch Nikki along with Pat Taney and Rich Caniglia weekday mornings for 5 am - 7 am for News10NBC Today. You can also listen to Nikki on your drive into work on WARM 101.3 with Tony Infantino and Kristie Credit.
Adam Bello was elected to the office of Monroe County Clerk in November 2016. As Clerk, he is responsible for three Department of Motor Vehicle branches and downtown operations, which serve a wide variety of needs for motor vehicle owners, small business owners, homeowners, and law enforcement agencies.
County Clerk Bello established and co-chairs the Monroe County Vacant and Abandoned Property Task Force, bringing experts and stakeholders together to tackle their impact on crime and property values. He has also worked to modernize local DMV branches by implementing a new reservation system.
Mary Therese & Kent Friel
Mary Therese Friel is a Former Miss USA, Ford Model, National Spokesperson, Author
and Goodwill Ambassador. Her vast expertise in modeling and pageantry is backed by
a combined 45 years of professional experience as a model, beauty queen, celebrity,
agent and coach.
Mary Therese is the Founder and CEO of The Mary Therese Friel Modeling Agency.
The company, which she opened in 1987, serves women, men, teens and children.
Kent Friel is the Executive Director at The Mary Therese Friel Modeling Agency. Their
agency represents professional models and actors and provides training in the areas of
Modeling, Acting, Pageantry and Self-Development. His work exists behind the scenes
so their clients can have opportunities that put them in the spotlight, where they can
Mary Therese and Kent have been blissfully married for 20 years. When this couple is
not working with their modeling clients, they enjoy spending time with their family,
serving at their church, volunteering for charitable causes, horseback riding and skiing.
Andy Babiuk is a musician, author, consultant, and owner of Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear in Fairport, New York. He is a founding member and bassist of the super-group, The Empty Hearts (est. 2014) featuring Elliot Easton of The Cars; Clem Burke of Blondie and Wally Palmar of The Romantics and was also a founding member of The Chesterfield Kings. Babiuk is the author of Beatles Gear (2001), The Story of Paul Bigsby (2009) Rolling Stones Gear (2014) and his latest work, Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition (2015). The world’s leading authority on Beatles and Rolling Stones gear and vintage guitars, Babiuk also serves as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to prestigious auction houses in New York, Los Angeles and London. He authenticated and predicted that John Lennon’s long lost Gibson J-160 E would sell at auction for more than any other guitar, which it did, selling for 2.4 million dollars in November, 2015. Babiuk worked as technical consultant and associate music supervisor for David Chase’s feature film Not Fade Away released by Paramount Pictures in the fall of 2012. He has been featured on national television television shows and radio networks including PBS, History Detectives, CBS Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Show, Conan O’Brian, ESPN New Years Even in Times Square and The Sopranos to name a few. Babiuk resides in Rochester, New York with his wife and six children. He continues to lecture about all that is Beatles and Rolling Stones gear all over the world at prestigious museums, galleries, and universities.
Doug Emblidge became interested in broadcasting when he toured WOKR-TV as a boy. These days, he's living out that boyhood dream, anchoring the hour-long 13WHAM News at 5:00 and Good Day Rochester, as well as reporting on a variety of topics on both 13WHAM ABC and FOX Rochester.
No one would have been surprised if Doug had become a pharmacist, however. After all, his father and grandfather owned drug stores in Honeoye Falls and Scottsville, and on Chili Avenue in Rochester. But that station visit, along with meeting Dick Burt and Don Alhart, convinced Doug he wanted to work in broadcast news...and he wanted to do it at Channel 13.
After graduating from Rush-Henrietta High School, Doug went on to earn a Bachelor's degree at Syracuse University. He joined WOKR-TV in 1983 to anchor a program called NewsScope. The program didn't last long, but Doug did. Doug went on to anchor weekends and report news. From 1986 to 1989, Doug anchored weeknight sportscasts. In 1989, he returned to news to anchor the station's new 5 PM newscast. In 2000, Doug took on additional duties as anchor of 13WHAM News This Morning, which became Good Day Rochester.
You can also listen to Doug on the radio weekday mornings on 95.1 The Fox. Doug serves on the boards of Camp Stella Maris, ABVI-Goodwill and Daystar, a unique daycare and foster home for babies with serious medical issues. He and his wife, Coleen, have three children.
Pat was born at Highland Hospital in Rochester on a Sunday afternoon during a thunderstorm which may explain his fascination with storms and the weather. Pat was raised in LeRoy, NY, the home of Jello.
If he was not on the radio, he says he would be a meteorologist or something to do with aviation.
Pat was part of the original WARM 101.3 air staff when it debuted on that first day of summer in 1988.
Pat’s favorite artists are Orson Welles and David Bowie. Both inspired and were ahead of their time but misunderstood. Some of his favorite movies include Rosemary’s Baby, Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting.
Pat loves Rochester because it has a lot of history and great architecture plus the change of seasons. Pat enjoys the fall, going for walks in Highland Park and around the Cobbs Hill reservoir, taking pictures and shooting video. Pat is an “image hoarder.” His computer is full of images and video and he refuses to delete. Pat studied film and video at RIT and made several short films.
Pat is also a big fan of Rochester festivals, especially the Lilac Festival and you’ll find him at many of them…taking pictures.
Pat is happily single. Pat has no children although children love him especially his two nephews Nicholas and Christopher and his niece Emily.
Diane is an award winning actor and director, and has played roles from villain to stripper, in performances ranging from high comedy to serious drama. She spent many years of her career on the road starring in classic musicals and many children’s productions.
When she is not on stage, Diane is participating in planning fundraising events for various charities. She has raised millions of dollars to help people in this community.
Mary Chao is the retail and real estate reporter at Democrat and Chronicle and the author of the Comings and Goings column. She helps readers find stylish deals whether it’s a fixer upper house in a great neighborhood or a trendy boutique dress. An immigrant from Taipei, Taiwan, she is always on the hunt for authentic ethnic foods around the world. She is a graduate of New York University who is married to a Marine and lives in Brighton with her family that includes a teen fashionista, a Pomeranian named Princess and a black cat named Cat.
Recovering TV news reporter, radio personality on Radio 95.1, WHAM 1180 & recipient of #1 Mom mug.
Tommy Brunett is a singer/songwriter and showman based out of Upstate NY. He's a craftsman and songsmith mixing old-school country, great story telling and rock and roll. He glides and stomps through his now legendary live performances with true sideshow-carny expertise and is known for his good ol' honest approach to everything he touches.
Tommy's television credits include: The Today Show and Conan O'Brien and he's warmed up the ol' floor boards for such acts as ZZ Top, Kellie Pickler, Charlie Daniels, The Lumineers, Marshall Tucker Band, Shooter Jennings, Courtyard Hounds, Old 97's, Ted Nugent, Cracker and more. Little known fact... he was also the touring guitar player for 80's hit slingers Modern English from the U.K. back in his hired gun days.
Oh yeah and he's got his own brand o' booze with some other fine folks called, Iron Smoke Whiskey. It's apple wood smoked and tasty as all get out!
If you like Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Social Distortion or Evil Knievel, you'll be eating Brunett up with two giant spoons and his live shows with the Tommy Brunett Band are guaranteed to make your socks roll up and down.
Andrew is a Rochester native. Born and raised on the east side of the city, he now lives in East Rochester with his wife. He’s spent time at news stations all over the state – including Albany and Elmira. Andrew is happy to be back home. You can find him catching a good flick, going for a run, or cheering on his beloved Buffalo Bills.
Vince Press is a food and restaurant columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle and Rochester Magazine as well CPL's Marketing and Communications Director. His monthly of round-up, "I'm in the Mood For..." highlights food and drink from around Rochester and the FLX region, uncovering the very best and most unique seasonal favorites. From octopus to ramen, ceviche to bloody Marys, Vince breaks down where to get it and the history behind each dish. He's been a regular guest on Fox's Good Day Rochester as well as Pauly Guglielmo's Food & Wine Show on WHAM 1180.