Ben joined the NEWSChannel 2 team in June of 2019.
Ben Vahey is a multimedia journalist at WKTV NEWSChannel 2.
Ben joined the NEWSChannel 2 team in June of 2019, and since he started, he has covered the Halloween floods, numerous fires, motor vehicle accidents, crime, sports and more. He also covered the Poland and Central Valley Academy Girls Soccer team playoff runs in the Fall of 2019, as well as the high school football and basketball Section III Championships at the Carrier Dome and SRC Arena in Syracuse.
Ben came to WKTV after graduating from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and broadcasting.
While at Brockport, Ben was the sports director at Talon Television, the student-run television station at the college. He covered the Brockport football and women’s soccer teams, local high school sports, and more. He says he will never forget the shows he did with the Brockport and local athletes, which drew numerous views to the station’s website and social media channels.
Prior to his time at Brockport, Ben earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in electronic media communications at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. While at OCC, he learned how to shoot and edit video, and write scripts for television news.
He also interned at NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV in Syracuse, and News 8 WROC-TV in Rochester while in college.
Ben is a Jamesville, N.Y. native and is excited to begin his career the Mohawk Valley Region. When he’s not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his mother.
Mary Pendel turned 100-years-old Thursday and her cousins drove in from North Carolina and Maryland to celebrate on Dudley Avenue in Yorkville.
The Club is working with 20 restaurants from throughout the Mohawk Valley to feed families of 4-6 people. The meals were picked up from The Neighborhood Center on Elizabeth Street in Utica by Employees of the center.
A couple in East Herkimer got a surprise car parade Thursday afternoon for their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Teachers and staff from Westmoreland Central Schools held a parade for the Sovare family, who is moving to Victor, NY in June.
Papa Charlies Barbeque and Ice Cream in Schuyler has taken procedures to keep the restaurant clean, and adjust to proper social distancing guidelines.
A birthday car parade was held on Shull Street in Ilion Thursday for Ken Dack. Dack is currently going through radiation treatments for a rare skin cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma.
Basketball Season may have come and gone, and schools have been closed for about two months now. But a group of girls and their coach from the Westmoreland High School Girls Varsity Basketball Program are seeing each other this week for a good cause.
The parade began at the Schuyler Firehouse and then went up to Nine-Year-Old Giuliana Griffo's House on Newport Road.
Numerous Fire Departments in Otsego County volunteered to hand out face coverings and hand sanitizer to the general public Wednesday.
It was a special night in the Village of Herkimer as first responders held a birthday parade for Owen Sanderson who turned 10-years-old.
County data is updated nightly.
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