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
Susan Ashline is the author of Without a Prayer: The Death of Lucas Leonard and How One Church Became a Cult, the true story of a congregation that beat a teenager to death in a small community outside of Utica. Prior to becoming a true crime author, Susan was a long-time news reporter in the Rochester television and radio markets. She also worked as a newspaper columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle.
Sheriff Todd Baxter
Todd Baxter is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with 22 years of service to the Rochester Police Department and four years experience as Chief of Police in the Greece Police Department. Sheriff Baxter joined the local force following three years of active duty with the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. He continued his military service with the U.S. Army Reserve, 98th Division, for another 19 years before retiring as a Master Sergeant, Brigade Anti-Terrorism and Training Non-commissioned Officer in 2005. Within the Rochester Police Department, Baxter commanded a Division consisting of officers, investigators and supervisors in five platoons, non-sworn employees, and managed a new police facility. Baxter served as the Administrative Aide to three Chiefs of Police in an organization consisting of 893 sworn and non-sworn employees. Baxter was a 19 year member of the SWAT team, completing his assignment as team Commander.
Tapped to lead local law enforcement through a period of transition in Greece, Baxter took over what was once the most embattled police force in the U.S. Baxter has been praised for his efforts in creating initiatives of public and private partnership, and his focus on the ethical responsibility and professional development of his team. He reorganized the department with a bilateral checks and balance system that required accountability from all levels of the organization.
In April 2014, Baxter assumed the duties of Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., the oldest, local, non-profit, taking care of veterans. He recognized the role family wellness plays in supporting the overall success of an individual, and is proud to have helped produce financial stability and programs that serve the region's 68,000 veterans and their families.
Elected to Monroe County Sheriff in November 2017 by nearly 57% of the vote. Baxter holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. He also teaches at Roberts Wesleyan.
Todd is married to Mary Baxter. They have two sons, Kevin and Zachary.
Paul is the executive producer on The Brother Wease Show weekday mornings on Radio 95.1 where he also serves as a co-host. Paul also does daily shifts on KISS 106.7 in Rochester and HOT 107.9 in Syracuse, does weekend work on Q94 in Richmond, Virginia, and hosts The NewsRadio WHAM 1180 Food & Wine Show on Saturdays, . In his free time, Paul owns & operates a small business making and distributing a line of pasta sauces called Guglielmo's (available at Wegmans throughout the area). Paul is engaged to Ryann Bouchard. They have a pug together, named Walter.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Murray is a Pediatrician at the Golisano Children’s Hospital who cares for children suspected of being victims of abuse. As a strong advocate for child health, she is pare of People Magazine’s Health Squad and is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. A regular guest at Dish it Out in years past, she is thrilled to join the team this year as part of this fabulous event!
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.
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.
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.
Diane Chevron is an award-winning actress and director. She is equally at home on stage and screen, with comedy, drama and musicals. The short film “TUG OF WAR” in which she had the female lead premiered July 2012 at the Cinema Theater and received an Honorable Mention at the 2012-2013 Sundance Festival. Ms. Chevron has been honored with acting awards from TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) 8 times. She portrayed Clara Schumann in the one-woman show THE MAN AT THE PIANO IS NOT HERE and received rave reviews for her portrayal of Edna in HANDLE WITH CARE at the JCC. Diane recently appeared at the Fringe Festival in PING. You may also have seen her smiling at you along East Avenue as part of the East End Banner Project.
Ms. Chevron continues to raise dollars and awareness for local charities and co-hosted the “Give to Live” Broadway Cares AIDS event with Kasha Davis in August.
Vince Press is a seasoned freelance writer, wannabe photographer, PR guy, and food + beverage enthusiast who will do just about anything for good bourbon or Asian noodles. His work and appearances have included the Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Magazine, 585 Magazine, Rochester Business Journal, Entercom Radio, iHeart Media, WXXI, 13 WHAM TV, Fox Rochester, Life in the Finger Lakes and more.