News Team

Your Community, Your News...Your News Team!

Bob Heissler – Bob joined the HTTV family in 1985 as the host of a movie review show called "Entertainment Reviews." The show had a good five year run and was well received by the HomeTowne TV audience. Bob has also done numerous TV commercials and print ads. He enjoys working with the news team as well as covering some of the special events that come along during the year; such as the annual Summit Car Show and the ”Man on the Street" interviews. Bob is a longtime resident of Berkeley Heights. He enjoys spending time with his friends, family & hobbies.
Brian Harkins – Brian joined the news team in 2010, when Fred Honold asked him to give it a try. As a “virtual” worker, no longer commuting to NYC, he decided it was the perfect time to do it. Helping out with HTTV not only gets Brian out of the house, it has been a wonderful opportunity to meet great people in the community and hone some public speaking skills. [More...]
Cheryle McKenzie – Cheryle has been co-anchoring HomeTowne TV news since 2010 and has now begun to assist with editing. She loves her association with HomeTowne and considers it an honor. Personally, Cheryle’s family is all-important to her, from parents down to grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, especially in quantity, reading, and playing bubble games. Cheryle also has a love for ancient history, reggae music, hip hop and classic rock, and most of all, helping people. She doesn’t like spiders. [More...]
David Ciampichini – David is a lifelong New Jersey resident, having been raised in Verona and Westfield. He is an English Professor who works as a corporate language consultant for the E.S.L. community. David is also a professional artist whose work is internationally known as well as an award-winning community theater actor. This focus on the arts and humanities make David well suited for his anchor duties at HomeTowne TV. In addition to co-anchoring HTTV News, David produces and hosts the popular HomeTowne History segments.
Hill Rose – Hill joined the HomeTowne TV Board in 2008. In addition to his anchor duties, he also volunteers as an editor for shaping up the news program’s raw footage into a final show. Hill has a background in corporate treasury and finance. Currently he is the expert oversight author for a national treasury publication and is a consultant. Hill was a small business owner in Summit for several years, owning and developing the DeBary Inn. [More...]
Jennifer Forziati-DaCosta – Jennifer joined the HomeTowne News Team in 2012, but has been an active New Jersey resident throughout the Theatre and Arts community for most of her life. While at HomeTowne TV, Jennifer has covered exciting stories such as Girl’s Night Out in Downtown Millburn and Relay for Life in Springfield. She is always thrilled to meet new people in our community and enjoys bringing important stories to our viewers! [More...]
Joe Corea – Joe is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he majored in Market Communications. He has done promotional work for nonprofit organizations such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Safety through Quality of Work Life & Christian Organizations. In addition to being a HTTV News Anchor, Joe can be heard weekly on Radio E. I. E. S. of NJ bringing the printed word to the visually impaired and disabled. During the past several years he has communicated The Wall Street Journal, U.S.A. Today, New York Times Magazine, W o r l d Magazine, Sports News, and The Bible. [More...]
JP Waddell – J.P. Waddell has been a HomeTowne TV news desk and field reporter since 2010. Born and raised in Maplewood, J.P. studied Television & Radio at Ithaca College, and earned his Bachelors in Literature from Rutgers University. Before volunteering with HomeTowne TV, J.P. was an Advertising Account Executive for Prudential Financial in Newark, where he produced dozens of commercials for network television in the US and overseas, and credits producing a spot for Superbowl XLI, seen by 93 million viewers, as one his most exciting career highlights. [More...]
Kellee Williams – In her role as anchor and correspondent, Kellee strives to inform, educate and contribute to the community through professionalism and camaraderie, recognizing that knowledge and information inspire our entrepreneurial spirit and lead to our collective success. Kellee continuously seeks out opportunities to engage community members, exploring opportunities to enhance our collective experience. [More...]
Lambi Newsham – Lambi began volunteering at HomeTowne TV in 2009; with a degree from Marymount University in Communications, she thought it would be a perfect fit. Prior to HTTV, Lambi had a short stint with ABC News in Washington, D.C., and reported on the Philadelphia stock exchange for WKYW News Radio. But it was HomeTowne TV News that brought her out in front of the camera where she serves not only as anchor of the weekly news program, but as a reporter of local events, including all things thespian. [More...]
Leigh Pafford – Leigh joined HTTV in 2009 as a news anchor and correspondent. Looking at home videos from when she was little, you can see that Leigh was always a ham in front of the camera. While attending Governor Livingston High School she enjoyed being a part of their dramatic plays and musicals. When in college Leigh was honored to be cast as the lead in Antigone for College of St. Elizabeth's Greek play production during their 100 year celebration along with other shows during her tenure there. [More...]
Liz Newell – Liz is a lifelong resident of Summit. She was introduced to HomeTowne TV by her brother, Carlyle. At a HomeTowne TV holiday party, she met Fred Honold who creatively convinced her to try anchoring. Her first show was in 2011 and she hasn’t looked back. She’s enjoyed covering Girls Night Out in Summit, Taste of Summit and Hot Summer Nights- Music on the Green. [More...]
Marybeth Robb – Marybeth has journalism in her blood, and not just because she was the Roving Reporter for her 5th grade newspaper. MB's grandfather was editor of Editor and Publisher magazine, her aunt has long written for community papers on Long Island, her cousin is staff writer for Stars and Stripes, her nephew is a writer for NPR and another cousin is author of three historical novels of India. [More...]
Myung Bondy – Myung is a Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator. Formerly the Dance Director at the Connection for Women and Families, Myung had the opportunity as a teacher and director, to meet and interact with many residents in the area. Myung’s natural affinity to engage with the public led to her involvement with HomeTowne TV, where she enjoys producing, reporting and editing stories that cover and explore events which highlight the richness of our communities. Myung’s special interest in the arts, oftentimes brings focus to the efforts of creative individuals and organizations, which provide inspiration to our HTTV audience.
Patti Richards – Patti is actively involved both in front of the camera at HomeTowne TV and behind the scenes. She initiated and developed two series called Meet the Author featuring her interviews of several local authors and Hometowne Happenings where she is host of HTTV’s magazine style show. Patti is also a regular contributor to specials and the weekly news program by script editing, on-air anchoring, video editing, and man-on-the-street reporting. She also handles operating the camera and teleprompter as needed. [More...]
Peter Twill – Peter began volunteering with Hometown TV back in 1983 (the station was then called PA-2.) The TV show "This Week in Summit" was recorded live with Cathy Clingan as lead anchor and Peter as Sports anchor. Peter briefly left HomeTowne to start a business, marry and raise children. He re-joined the anchor team in 2009. Peter is a graduate of American University with a communications degree. He grew up in Summit and is the owner of Twill Printing Services in Berkeley Heights. Peter finds it a pleasure to be part of the HTTV News Team.
Rachel Victer – While serving as the Public Relations Chair of Summit Business and Professional Women (BPW), Rachel was introduced to station manager Jesse Patterson and subsequently invited to anchor Hometowne TV News. Rachel joined HTTV in July 2012 and feels this role will provide an opportunity to facilitate local community and corporate partnerships by providing newsworthy stories relevant to the greater Summit community and beyond. [More...]
Saul Simon – Saul is a sought-after on-camera financial professional for CNBC “The Money Club”, Channel Thirteen/WNET (PBS) Caucus: New Jersey (an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series), One-on-One with Steve Adubato (an in-depth interview program broadcast from Maine to Maryland on CN8-the Comcast Network and Cablevision), and the host of his own cable television program, SIMON SAYS® Manage Your Money. [More...]