Ben Vahey

Ben joined the NEWSChannel 2 team in June of 2019.

Title: Multimedia Journalist
bvahey@wktv.com

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.

Recent Posts by Ben Vahey

Isaac French performs at Woodland Farm Brewery

Isaac French a musician who moved to Rome from Vermont about a year ago put on his first performance with his trio known as "The Isaac French Band" Sunday afternoon at a local brewery.

Lake Delta Fire Department holds Drive-Thru chicken BBQ event Sunday

Many events were cancelled due to COVID-19, but one local fire department decided they could still have one of their annual fundraisers, even though it was a little different this year.

Holland Patent Holds Graduation Ceremony honoring the School's Class of 2020

105 High School seniors graduated from Holland Patent High School Friday evening.

Babe's at Harbor Point holds watch party for Major League Baseball season opener

Babe's at Harbor Point on North Genesee Street in Utica held a watch party for the MLB season opener between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals Thursday evening.

Drive-In Movies held every other Thursday in New Hartford

Gypsy Films CNY and the New Hartford Shopping Center are partnering to bring Drive-In movies to New Hartford every other Thursday.

Friday Night Cruise-In taking place Friday nights weather permitting in Rome

The Tappet Twirlers Automobile Club of Rome is holding a car show known as Friday Night Cruise-In every Friday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Runnings on Rome-Taberg Road.

Utica Notre Dame holds graduation ceremony for class of 2020

Even though High School Graduation ceremonies were either postponed or delayed, Utica Notre Dame held a graduation ceremony for the 47 seniors in the School's class of 2020 Friday afternoon.

Vernon Restaurant hoping to re-open in the coming weeks after being closed since January fire

The Black Stallion on Route 5 in Vernon, has been closed since a fire at the restaurant back in January. Renovations have been happening inside the restaurant, and the owners are hoping to re-open soon.

Newport Fireman's Field Days canceled, but alternative drive-thru events are planned

A Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday July 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Newport Fireman's Field on Old State Road in Newport, and on Saturday August 1st from Noon until there are none left, there will be a Drive-Thru chicken BBQ.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church holds first ever "Air Conditioned Prayer".

Thursday was certainly a hot day to be outside, but there was a place to cool off indoors. That was Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Utica.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 417589

Reported Deaths: 32725
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