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Charlie Cornacchio

Executive Producer

Charlie Cornacchio brings a wealth of television and video production experience, knowledge and success as the co-managing partner of and Hudson Valley Sports Report.

Charlie began his television career as the first TV Sports Anchor at Newscenter6. He covered local high school and college sports, as well as professional sports including Boxing, MLB, and NFL. Charlie also hosted and produced a half-hour sports program called Sports Scene.

He was the TV Color Analyst for Marist College men’s basketball broadcasts from 1990 to 1996. During that time Charlie also worked at FOX28, NEWS12 Connecticut and Westchester, and produced sports segments for ESPN and MSG.



Frank J. De Raffele Jr.

Business News Anchor

Frank is a New York Times Bestselling author.  He has 5 books published with 3 in production. His most recent book, Business Networking and Sex: Not what you think!, (which has now been translated into Chinese), was an Amazon.Com #1 Best Seller in 9 categories.  It also became the #2 Amazon.Com best seller for overall book sales, only behind The Hunger Games.  (So, Frank is now thinking: “Business Networking and Sex…The Movie!”)

He created and hosted the Entrepreneurial Excellence Radio Show. The show achieved the #1 ratings in listener-ship in each market it was syndicated.

  Frank started two companies while attending college and realized the entrepreneurial bug had bitten him.  Immediately after graduation, he founded his New York City based television and video production company.



Roger Connor

Government News Anchor

Roger’s passion for media and journalism can be traced back to childhood when he and his brother, Kevin, would record themselves imitating radio personalities’ on-air “patter” and then roll around on the floor laughing their heads off while playing it back on their small cassette recorder. Roger went on to write for his high school newspaper and yearbook, carried the passion with him to Fairfield University earning a degree in English while working his way to General Manager of the university’s radio station. It was a few years later, while earning a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University, when Roger was first introduced to video production – igniting a passion for the medium that continues to grow stronger with every new technological change and development!



Paula Mitchell


Paula Mitchell has been a journalist in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1989, beginning her career as a copy editor at a large daily newspaper. From there, she branched out into broadcasting, landing a job as the public affairs director at Trinity Broadcasting of New York, where, for 15 years, she produced and hosted the talk show “Public Report.” She then became an anchor and reporter at Cable 6 News in Middletown, working alongside the notable Tracy Baxter. Most recently, she served as a multimedia reporter at the Daily Freeman in Kingston. In the five years she was there, Paula earned five AP awards and several Digital First Media honors. She holds a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University and lives in Kingston with her husband and children.

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