- Charlie CornacchioPartner / Executive Producer
Charlie Cornacchio brings a wealth of television and video production experience, knowledge and success as the co-managing partner of HVNN.com 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. In 1997 he launched an independent TV sports show called, Sports1. The nightly half-hour program covered high school, college, and professional sports and was broadcast into 250,000 homes in the Hudson Valley. He was awarded the Small Business Council Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurism.
Before helping to launch HVSR and HVNN.com, Charlie spent the last nine years as a Cablevision Sports Producer and Director. He anchored the nightly sports report on Cablevision News; produced and hosted the half-hour sports show, Sports Scene; and created and hosted the Hudson Valley Renegades Clubhouse Report. In 2010 he was promoted to Senior Producer for Cablevision’s magazine-formatted program Neighborhood Journal, overseeing production in NYC and Connecticut. In just 2 years at the helm, Charlie’s production and leadership skill were recognized with two New York Emmy nominations and seven Telly Awards.
As an accomplished musician, Charlie received an Axiem Award for his musical score of a video that highlighted the rescue and recovery in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Charlie lives in Highland with his wife, Maryann. He has four children and eight grandchildren.
- Frank J. De Raffele Jr.Partner / Business Reporter
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.
During that time he started Video Fitness, Inc. and grew it nationally. After expanding his products to over 135 stores across the USA, he sold the company to a large German sporting goods manufacturer, when he was only 27.
Frank now does business internationally teaching small business owners and sales professionals how to Work Less and Earn More. Frank is considered a Master Speaker and speaks professionally throughout the world. He has received the honor of being named in the Top 40 Speakers of Europe Club and his presentations have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Romanian, Chinese and Japanese. Frank’s speaking has brought him across the United States & Canada, and to Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Hong Kong, London, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania and the United Kingdom. He has been speaking professionally since 1990 and his client list looks like the Fortune 1000. He is known as a dynamic, funny and content driven speaker.
As one of the principals and the Business News Anchor for Hudson Valley News Network.com, Frank focuses on producing features on local businesses, entrepreneurial personalities and important business news to the Hudson Valley community. He also shares his business insights, (sometimes outspokenly), in his Frankly Speaking video blogs. Frank interviews nationally recognized authors, CEOs and personalities.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree Speech Communications and Television Production.
He is married to Crystal since 1995 and has two beautiful daughters; Jacqueline and Candace who are 19 and 16.
Frank believes that success comes from planning, hard work, being customer-centric and always, always, always, improving yourself.
- Roger ConnorPartner / Government Reporter
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!
Roger began a career in the cable television industry building TV studios and producing local programming for the communities in the Boston suburbs. He took that experience to Chicago, interconnecting suburban TV studios into a network that reached more than a half-million homes.
Along the way, Roger moonlighted with ESPN, shooting game highlights and locker room interviews for all the Chicago pro-sports teams and received industry recognition documenting a series on the Illinois prison system and profiles on Illinois Senators Allen Dixon and Paul Simon. It was also in Chicago where Roger met, romanced and married Ruth Ann Jurgenson, his best-friend and partner-for-life.
In 2001, Roger and Ruth Ann – and their very young family: Narise, Roger III and Liam, came to the Hudson Valley, settled in the Town of Poughkeepsie and Roger started working at Cablevision as Director of Government and Community Relations. For the next twelve years, Roger worked closely with local municipalities to build and maintain Cablevision’s cutting-edge communications infrastructure in their communities. He also worked with elected officials at every level of government to help them communicate to their constituents through Cablevision’s local news program and public affairs series. It is that insight into local government that Roger brings to his HVNN reporting.
PS: Kevin went on to a very successful career in radio broadcasting. When the two brothers get together, it’s not long before they fall back into their radio DJ patter – and while they are way too old to be rolling around on the floor laughing their heads off … they do it anyway.
- Kathy WelshReporter
As a journalist and photographer for 30 years, Kathy Welsh’s career began as a freelance writer/photographer for local weekly newspapers and expanded to owner and publisher of her own local print and online news publication, Country Courier Magazine (CCM).
In January of 2015, HVNN.com acquired CCM and Kathy happily joined the team.
Kathy has a keen reporter’s instinct for discovering and developing stories that greatly interest readers.
Her reputation as an ethical and professional journalist has earned the respect from many in the Hudson Valley.
Kathy is the Assignment Editor for HVNN.com.
- Paula MitchellReporter
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.
- Jay BehrkeReporter
Jay Behrke has worn many hats en route to becoming a video journalist here at HVNN.com.
After playing and teaching tennis professionally, Jay worked at The New York Times, rising from ‘copy boy’ to photo editor while contributing hundreds of articles published by the Sports, Science, Metro, National, and Real Estate desks.
Following The Times, he worked for Daily News (layout editor) and the National Basketball Association (manager of photo editing services), before returning to work more befitting his BFA in Film & TV from New York University – filmmaking. Among other documentary projects, Jay directed, wrote, co-produced and narrated “Straight Out of Yonkers,” about more than 60 aspiring rappers in that city, with exclusive footage of DMX and other rap luminaries.
More recently, he acted as executive editor for both the Orange County Post and The Sentinel under the Smith publishing umbrella.
Jay lives in Newburgh and has a 12-year-old daughter who relishes reminding him just how uncool he is.
- Andrea CaseyRPM Music News