News 12 Long Island Anchors and Reporters

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Joe Arena


Joe Arena is a native New Yorker who is happy to be back on the Island, where he grew up spending time on Long Island’s beautiful beaches. His wife Mary Claire and two children are thrilled to be part of the Long Island community.

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Sam Augeri


Samantha Augeri is the weekday evening meteorologist. She grew up on Long Island and is a graduate of Holy Trinity H.S. When she’s not forecasting the weather, Samantha is an avid runner and triathlete who loves to spend time with her family.

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Rich Barrabi


Rich Barrabi, a multiple time Emmy award winner, co-anchors "Mornings on News 12" and is the host of "Power and Politics" on Long Island. He has covered several important stories since 2012, and has been a staple on the Long Island political beat.

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Antoinette Biordi


Antoinette Biordi is an award-winning reporter and anchor who started her News 12 career in 2003, and transitioned to News 12 Long Island in 2010. She has covered a variety of stories over the years, including Superstorm Sandy and pandemic coverage.

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Alex Calamia


Alex Calamia is an Emmy-Award winning meteorologist with a BS in Meteorology from Rutgers University. He’s a native Long Islander, but comes to News 12 with severe weather and hurricane expertise from his time in Florida and South Carolina.

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Erin Colton

Lead Anchor

Erin Colton is a Long Island native and morning anchor who has covered major events, including the Gilgo Beach killings and Superstorm Sandy. She is an Emmy and Press Club of LI award-winner, the Wantagh girls basketball coach and an Islanders fan.

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Cecilia Dowd


Cecilia Dowd is an award-winning journalist who grew up on the South Shore. She began her career at News 12 as an intern and spent years at the assignment desk before returning as a reporter. She’s the vice president of the Press Club of Long Island.

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Jon Dowding


Jon is an AP-award winning reporter who has experience as a bilingual anchor and reporter. The New Jersey native has a love for political, investigative and legal reporting. When not reporting, you'll find him at the beach or exploring NYC.

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Caroline Flynn


Caroline Flynn was born and raised in Northport. She previously served as a reporter in Anchorage, Alaska and Spokane, Washington. What Caroline has discovered is there nothing more meaningful than reporting in the communities she grew up in.

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Carmen Grant


Carmen Grant is a multi-Emmy-nominated reporter at News 12. She has been reporting in the New York City market for over a decade.

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Elizabeth Hashagen


Since 2000, Elizabeth Hashagen has covered breaking news stories from News 12 Long Island's anchor desk and across Long Island. She also handled the live network coverage from ground zero during the days after 9/11 and hosts "be Well."

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Rich Hoffman

Lead Meteorologist

Rich Hoffman is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and the Morning Meteorologist at News12 Long Island since 2002. He grew up in the Town of Babylon and still lives there today with his wife and two children.

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Tara Joyce


Tara Joyce is an award-winning morning and mid-day anchor for News 12 Networks. The Emmy-nominated journalist comes home to New York after stops in Hartford and Green Bay. Joyce has covered countless stories of local and national importance.

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Walt Kane

Investigative Reporter

For more than 20 years, News 12 viewers have trusted Walt Kane to investigate the issues that matter most. His Kane In Your Corner investigations have led to more than a dozen new laws, freed the wrongly convicted, and helped thousands.

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Jordan Kissane


Jordan Kissane is a Miami native born to a large, multi- cultural family. She began her career in 2017 where she worked as an entertainment reporter in Miami. She began reporting for News 12 Brooklyn and is now the host of 'On a Positive Note.'

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Kevin Maher


Kevin Maher has been with News12 since 2010. He is a 17-time Emmy-award winner and was named the 2021 NY State sports broadcaster of the year by the National Sports Media Association. Kevin is a Bayport native and Syracuse University graduate.

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Krista McNally

Crime Reporter

Award-winning Crime Reporter Krista McNally is a lifelong Long Islander dedicated to uncovering what is happening in your town. McNally began her career producing for network news and was a communications director for the state.

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Thema Ponton


Thema Ponton is an award-winning weekend news anchor who joined News 12 in 2019. She has covered President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine study results announcement in Pearl River, New York.

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Tara Rosenblum

Lead Reporter

Tara Rosenblum is a longtime anchor/host/reporter for the News 12 Network and one of the most award-winning local TV reporters in the country. Tara's passion is diving into breaking, political and investigative news stories.

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Jenn Seelig


Jenn Seelig is a weekend morning anchor and reporter. She is the reporter for ‘Made on Long Island.’ Jenn was born and raised in Commack and loves to report on stories in her hometown. She began her career in 2018 as a multimedia journalist.

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Kurt Semder


Kurt Semder is an award-winning anchor and reporter who grew up in Nassau County. He previously worked as nightside anchor on News 12 The Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn, covering news, politics and sports for over a decade in New York City.

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Kevin Vesey


Kevin Vesey is a reporter and multimedia journalist at News 12 Long Island. A native of Saint James, Kevin is thrilled to be working at his hometown station. Kevin and his wife enjoy playing tennis, running, and going for long walks with their dog.

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Rachel Yonkunas


Rachel Yonkunas is an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked across the globe. The Connecticut native is thrilled to return to New York and dive into the biggest stories that impact Long Islanders.