Joleen Ferris

Joleen Ferris is a reporter for NEWSChannel 2 and has been with WKTV for nearly 20 years.

Title: Reporter
jferris@wktv.com

Joleen Ferris is a reporter for NEWSChannel 2 and has been with WKTV for nearly 20 years.

Joleen was born and raised in Utica, New York. She attended school in Utica from her first day of kindergarten through her senior year of college.

She holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Utica College. She minored in writing and also took a large concentration of courses involving crime and criminology -- two of her interests.

Joleen began her career as a copywriter/continuity director at Rock 107/WTLB in Washington Mills, New York. She began her television journalism career at NewsChannel 2 in November 1993.

Joleen is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Utica College.

Recent Posts by Joleen Ferris

Plant-wide furlough at Remington Arms; more than 600 affected

More than 600 Remingon Arms workers were furloughed Thursday. They learned through an email from Remington Outdoor Company CEO, Ken D'Arcy, when they got to work Thursday. They left the plant shortly after learning of the plant-wide furlough, at around 12:30.

Lawmakers, daughters push for nursing home change

State lawmakers, on Wednesday, joined forces and voices with constituents who have loved ones in nursing homes, to call for immediate and long-term change in the facilities.

Remington auction progresses; sale hearing postponed

Attorneys for Remington Outdoor Company, the United Mine Workers of America union, Sandy Hook families, and other interested parties, held an emergency status call Tuesday with Northern District of Alabama Bankruptcy Judge, the Hon. Clifton Jessup, in order to reschedule a sale hearing scheduled for September 23rd, in an effort to avoid conflict with Remington Outdoor Company's auction, which has not yet concluded.

Kim Simon's friends keep her memory alive, appeal to her killer on 35th anniversary of her murder

The two women held a press conference today in a wooded area off of Mohawk Street, in Whitesboro, where their friend, Kimberly Simon's, body was found after she was murdered on September 18th, 1995. They're in their 50s now, but Kim is frozen in time, forever 16.

Jury service in the time of COVID-19; Oneida County trials resume Monday

Monday, Sept. 21, jury trials resume in Oneida County Court, after a six-month break, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The steps the court has taken to keep jurors safe through jury selection and trials are evident...before the jurors even step inside the courthouse. Blue tape on the sidewalk serves as social distance markers. A deputy will take their temperature before the enter the courthouse. And the room where prospective jurors are screened will be much less crowded. "It's cut in about a quarter. We have about 30 something seats in here, social distancing," says Oneida County Commissioner of Jurors, James Goodman. "Generally speaking we always set it up for 85-90. On a large trial we would be able to get over 100 in here." Change is evident in the elevators, where there is a two person limit, and, self-cleaning buttons. "We had health officials come in and they made recommendations to us. We looked at the governor's guidelines. The administrative judge, Jim Murphy, came down and he looked over everything," says the Hon. Michael L. Dwyer, Oneida County Court Judge. Inside the courtroom, the public gallery is split by a divider, with the public on one side, and jurors on the other. The rest of the jury sits in the traditional jury box. Everyone will wear masks....except for witnesses, while testifying. "They kind of made a determination that witnesses would not be able to mask because it would make it tough on the jurors to determine credibility, so we've had to move to face shields," says Judge Dwyer. Jurors are being asked to bring their own masks and resealable drinks. The court made improvements to their air filtration system. "We will take every precaution from the time they walk into this courthouse to the time that they're done with their jury service that they are safe during the entire procedure," says Judge Dwyer.

Vernon Downs casino reopens after pandemic shutdown

Beverly Zeller, of Oriskany, jokes that Vernon Downs Casino paid for her son's braces. When she said she'd be first in line when the casino reopened on Wednesday, she wasn't lying.

Hartwick continues to beat back virus; Oneonta to extend testing

Only about a mile separates SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. Yet, as SUNY fights to contain a coronavirus outbreak that threatens to top 700 cases, Hartwick, thus far, has kept their cases well below 20.

$20 million available for buyouts in Whitestown's flood-prone areas near Sauquoit Creek

Up to $20 million available for buyouts in flood-prone areas in Whitestown.

Coronavirus numbers grow on SUNY Oneonta campus; NYS starts testing

The coronavirus continues to spread-quickly-throughout the SUNY Oneonta campus. On Wednesday, the Otsego County Health Department reported 107 new cases-all SUNY Oneonta students.

Utica forms police reform advisory committee

As per Governor Cuomo's Cuomo's executive order, the city of Utica has formed a police reform advisory committee.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 451892

Reported Deaths: 33090
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Livingston2028
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