Jodee Kenney Biography, Age, Image, Husband, Spectrum, News

Jodee Kenney is a television News Anchor, Podcast Host, Inspirational Speaker, Consultant. From young Reporter in Anchorage Alaska to experienced professional covering 9-11 from the Pentagon- JoDee has traveled the country telling your stories for more than 25 years.

Jodee Kenney Biography

Jodee Kenney is a television News Anchor, Podcast Host, Inspirational Speaker, Consultant. From young Reporter in Anchorage Alaska to experienced professional covering 9-11 from the Pentagon- JoDee has traveled the country telling your stories for more than 25 years. JoDee is one of the most trusted News Anchors in New York State. Viewers can watch her in more than a dozen upstate television markets. She is on television weekdays on Spectrum News, an exclusive service of Charter Communications.

JoDee has told thousands of stories. She has reported on avalanches in Alaska, wildfires in Nevada, two Kentucky Derbies and from the Pentagon on 9-11. She has anchored such pivotal moments in history as the Iraq invasion, the American Civic Association Mass Shooting in Binghamton and the public fall and resignation of former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer.

JoDee has been honored with awards including three National and Nevada Press Woman Awards, Associated Press awards, the 2007 Black and Latino Achievers Award and 2006 Syracuse 40 Under 40 Award. She has been honored by her company as an outstanding employee and was also recognized for her 7-year leadership role in being a Diversity Ambassador on behalf of one thousand news employees for Time Warner Cable.

She created the award-winning “Diversity Day” to bring high school students into the television station and get hands-on experience in new technology. With snow boots in hand, JoDee transferred from Miami Dade Community College to the University of Alaska Anchorage and earned her Journalism and Public Communications degree in 1992.

JoDee will earn her Masters of Arts in Journalism, specializing in social media, in May 2018. She has performed every position in the newsroom from Intern to News Director. She has professional experience in the fields of radio and television. JoDee has been a full-time News Anchor for Spectrum News (formerly owned by Time Warner Cable) since 2003.

In 2016 JoDee launched the podcast “Success w/ JoDee Kenney” to provide a platform of inspiration for people interested in finding their personal and professional success. A self-described “student of personal development”, JoDee is always looking for ways to improve and she felt this would be the perfect platform to share her journey and build up her community as well.

JoDee is an inspirational keynote speaker, facilitator of vision board workshops and headshot and social media strategy sessions. JoDee is skilled in coaching award-winning pageant contestants on their image, speaking, and presence. JoDee is a published author whose work is featured in “Behind the Smile: 15 Women Who Survived the Storm” and “Starting Over Unforgettable Faces & Stories.”

JoDee’s previous honors also include being the cover girl of Herlife Magazine’s April 2014 issue, winning 2004 Dancing with the Albany Stars female division and being crowned Mrs. Alaska 1997.

JoDee supports numerous charitable organizations including the Capital District YMCA, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Girls Inc., Fostering Futures NY, and many more.

Married to a Professional Chef, JoDee and her husband have three beautiful children who keep them on their toes with their entrepreneurial endeavors, charitable efforts, school work, and many extracurricular activities.

To work with JoDee email or follow her on a number of social media platforms.

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Jodee Kenney is a television News Anchor, Podcast Host, Inspirational Speaker, Consultant. He was born on 07/27/1970. He is 48 years old as 2018

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JoDee Kenney joined the Spectrum News team in 2003 as one of the originals who launched Spectrum News Syracuse. Two years later, JoDee moved a few hours east to join the Capital Region region team and call Albany home sweet home. Ever since, JoDee has been proud to be a part of a 24-hour newsroom, continuously informing communities throughout the area about the news they need to know to stay updated.

JoDee is a three-time National Press Women’s Award winner, Associated Press winner, and a 40 Under Forty honoree. From reporting on avalanches in Alaska, wildfires in Nevada and the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11, JoDee has covered countless stories she considers meaningful.

When JoDee isn’t at the anchor desk, she’s usually producing her national podcast, “Success with JoDee Kenney”. Aside from that, JoDee spends time embracing life as a sports mom, spending time off attending her children’s cross country and track-and-field events with her husband.

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20 things you don’t know about me: JoDee Kenney

When I started this feature in the spring, I did a call-out for nominations. Today’s feature, JoDee Kenney received dozens of nods. People recognize the face, and the name, as someone who has been with what is now Spectrum News for 14 years.

Years ago, Kenney blogged (and her content was always one of my “go-tos” in the a.m.) and now she’s launched a podcast. “Success with JoDee Kenney” (available here) began February of this year.

Kenney has three children (one each in high school, middle and elementary school) and she’s married to a professional chef.

She loves running, although she says most her time right now is spent studying. She’s currently working on her thesis for a masters degree.

For more on Kenney check her out on Facebook or Twitter.

1. I was a military brat. My dad married my mom when I was young and adopted me as his own. He exposed me to all the beauty our country has to offer. Between his moves in the Air Force and my moves because of my job as a journalist I’ve lived in 10 states. I have crisscross from Florida to Alaska and California to New York and places in between.

2. I was on the original Miami Vice. One of the highlights of my modeling career in Miami was to be an extra on Miami Vice. I was on season 4, episode 16 called “Honor Among Thieves?” That aired on March 4, 1988. I think I got paid $50 for the day but it didn’t matter! It was so exciting to be a teenager getting paid to be on tv, ride amusement rides and pretending to run from gunfire. All day I tried my best to get in front of the camera and get Crocket and Tubbs to just look my way.

3. I love to dance. In high school, I was dance line and auxiliary corp. captain. When I graduated I worked as the school choreographer and tried out and got a call back for the Miami Heat Dance line. Then I got serious about getting a “real” job and hung up my leotard.

That was until the 2006 Dancing with the Albany Stars competition. I got to raise money for charity and rekindle my love of dance. I now know about 9 styles of Latin and ballroom dance. If I can’t remember a style I just watch and pick it up. I’m a very good student.

4. I was inspired by Oprah. Like many 80’s high school graduates who went into journalism- I’m inspired by Queen O. I love that she was able to forge her way in this industry that is such a challenge when you are different. I hope I inspire young girls as well. Oprah serves as an example to know your worth.

5. I love genealogy. I feel like a detective when searching for my family history. Some fun facts about my family: I am a descendant of 3 “Filles du Roi”- who are the French who colonized Canada and said to be the equivalent to Mayflower passengers who came to the U.S.

I also met a distant relative who lived in Schenectady and she gave me a picture of my great grandmother who we knew very little about. I also recently connected with a second cousin who has an equal zest for the research and now we are on the hunt together.

6. I was Mrs. Alaska International. I actually did the pageant as a tune-up for a fitness competition that I was going to compete in, but I ended up winning. I have always enjoyed watching pageants but gained a new level of appreciation for the ladies who compete in them after taking part in one myself.

A lot of work goes into it and I get rather irritated when people say they’re just a pretty face. Some may live up to that title but most work very hard to get there and should be proud.

7. I’m a realistic-optimist. I understand that those two qualities don’t necessarily go together. I have a really good inner voice. When I listen to it I can see people and perspectives in a very realistic state. I can feel bad energy. I can feel good energy and I can often tell if people don’t have good intention.

The problem is, I’m eternally optimistic. My mind often overrules that gut check and wants to find the best in people. Sometimes that gets me hurt. In the end, though, I want to believe that greatness is within all of us.

8. I’m a passionate sports mom. Honestly, when I’m watching my children compete it’s like an out of body experience. Every ounce of me wants to will them to greatness and that usually means uncontrollable cheering and yelling and instructions. Watching taekwondo got a little easier once I became their coach and could be on the floor with them.

If you see me in public cheering- just know, I understand I probably look ridiculous and I can do nothing to control it!

9. I aspire to write a fiction novel. Ok, I’m just putting this out here because I like to scare myself into working on projects that are deep inside. Now it’s public- I need to do it!

10. I hate to fly. Whether it’s on assignment in a black hawk helicopter over the flood-ravaged Kenai Peninsula in Alaska or on my way to a tropical destination for vacation in a big jet I HATE the process of flying. I love once I get where I’m going, but I’m pretty sure I hate flying because I’m out of control.

11. I once broke a toe running to get the phone during a teenage sleepover. All of us girls jumped up to grab the phone (thinking it was a boy) and my foot slammed smack dab into a wall. It hurt for MONTHS.

12. I’m a scrapbooker. I love it. I have way too much stuff. I could probably open a small store. It’s a problem.

13. I almost didn’t become a parent. I thought I wanted to be some big shot national reporter, then 9-11 happened. I reported from the Pentagon in the week following the disaster and it changed me.

I missed my husband and thought “what am I doing with my life”. Soon after we started a family. Now I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to have them. My children are my world. They are my greatest work, my best story, my legacy.

14. I have a strange memory for news. I’m like a walking Wikipedia filled with odd facts, dates, or images. I may not know everything or what exactly is wrong with a story but if there’s something off or a fact missing I can often point out we need to do some more research.

15. I am in love with Brussels sprouts. My husband is a chef and he has this great recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts, bacon and balsamic vinegar glaze. I probably eat them twice a week.

16. I’m beginning my master’s thesis in interactive media. I plan to study journalists and the use of Facebook. My goal is to be done by spring 2018.

17. I believe in making vision boards. This is the first year I’ve made a large one and put it up on the wall and WOW has it changed my life. I have my vision board prominently placed in my house so I can look at it each day, several times a day. I have accomplished many of my goals this year (so far) including becoming a published author, launching my podcast, and making my house more a home.

18. I first learned how to do my makeup from an amazing man who moonlighted as a drag queen. Thank god for MAC cosmetics. I still use some of his tips today but I’ve also worked with other makeup artists to keep it fresh. This girl is not getting any younger- so you gotta keep evolving!

19. My radio name was Nina Diamond. It was a great name to be the only girl on a shock jock style rock station morning team. Add that to the fact that I was the “Sports Director”.

The guys used to love to tease me when I couldn’t say all the crazy hockey player names. Under the veil of Nina Diamond, I got paid to tell them “screw you!” A lot on air.

20. I almost never came to upstate New York. I told my agent after living in Alaska I never wanted him to send my information to a location with snow. Despite my crazy demand- he sent it to Syracuse! I’m glad he did. I got the job and absolutely love upstate and my job.

Upstate has become my home and I’m so honored to work with such talented people. It is a true honor that viewers allow me into their homes each day to tell the news. I hope to do it for many years to come.

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Station Break: Local-based anchors return to host weekday shifts at Spectrum News

On May 5 during the 40th annual Syracuse Press Club Awards ceremony, WSYR-Channel 9 reporter and weekend anchor Tammy Palmer earned a number of awards for her station, as well as snagging several prizes during the evening’s frequent raffles.

On May 29 Palmer channel-surfed up the dial ever so slightly, as she switched from local broadcaster WSYR to cable television to host the evening segments on Spectrum News’ channel 10.

Palmer’s surprise return to the cable system could make her Spectrum’s homecoming queen. In 2003 she helped start News 10 Now, the Salt City-based all-news channel created by Time Warner Cable. Palmer stayed through 2011, handling everything from reporting and anchoring chores to kibitzing with junior movie critic Lights Camera Jackson.

Following her seven-year stint at Channel 9, Palmer is back at her former stomping grounds, inside the former train station turned TV station on Erie Boulevard East. She now occupies Spectrum senior reporter Bill Carey’s newsroom desk, which had remained untouched since his August 2015 death.

Palmer is part of the on-air transition team that will now re-emphasize local anchors, instead of relying on broadcasters employed at Spectrum’s Albany base.

“This is the third time I’ve hired Tammy,” notes Ron Lombard, longtime news director for the Syracuse Spectrum operation. “The first time was when she was out of college at Channel 9 as an investigative researcher,” back when Lombard was news director for that station. “The second time was in 2003 when we launched Time Warner News; she was one of the original veejays.”

It was anchors away from this market in 2005, however, when Time Warner consolidated the Syracuse operation with the master control setup at their Albany hub. That decision resulted in on-air personnel such as Palmer relocating to the state’s capital region. The meteorologists stayed in Syracuse, including some forecasters that have been at the station from the start, such as greenscreen veterans Michael Gouldrick and Carrie Cheevers.

The 2005 move “was really designed for efficiency,” recalls Lombard. “The technical hub remains in Albany so we haven’t split that apart: The control rooms are still there, the technical staff that has been working for us wonderfully since 2005 are still there.”

Lombard credits Spectrum (a brand of Charter Communications, which acquired Time Warner Cable in May 2016) with bringing back the station’s original concept. “I think they felt it was a good idea to have the anchors back here and just to improve the content. The previous model worked for what it was, but we’re thrilled to have the anchors back in town and anchoring from our studios.”

Palmer admits, “There’s a reason why I’ve come back to work for Ron three times. Obviously, he’s a great guy to work for. He’s been around a long time, has a great news sense, and he’s a good leader. I’ve always respected the direction he’s taken his staff into, and how much time he’s put into them, even outside of the product.”

Palmer will staff the nightside shift, while Iris St. Meran will hold down the midday slot. St. Meran will also continue with her 4:30 p.m. half-hour live news broadcast, which began in March 2017.

“Viewers have responded to it very well,” says Lombard. “I think it’s a good showcase for what we do well. It’s a regional show and it covers our whole footprint including the Southern Tier. And 4:30 p.m. is an interesting time period for us because it’s the only time in all of the six markets that we compete in where no one else is doing local news.”

An unnamed morning-drive anchor is also slated to come on board later in June. “He’s coming from outside the market but he has local connections,” Lombard says.

“He’s a good, experienced, seasoned professional.” Whenever this newbie begins his run, viewers will likely no longer see the current Albany-based dawn patrol tandem of JoDee Kenney and Julie Chapman, although Albany hub anchors will still be doing weekend shifts for the Syracuse market.

The accent on local anchors will also mean they will be available to attend more area events. “Although our anchors have always come over from Albany for the New York State Fair, obviously having them here in town makes things a lot easier. I definitely want to get them out there,” Lombard declares.

“And Tammy already hit me with a list of appearances she had scheduled, which she is going to continue to honor. The first day she was on our payroll she had a four-hour career day at the Fulton School District (at G. Ray Bodley High School, Palmer’s alma mater), and I said, “Yeah, go for it! That’s a good first day at work!”

Palmer says with a laugh, “I knew it was a priority with Ron because I’ve worked with him three times before, so I knew that he would want us to do a lot of those public events.” One such event will be the annual Syracuse Take Steps for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Walk, which takes place Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m., at Onondaga Lake Park’s Willow Bay shelter. Palmer, who has struggled with the effects of ulcerative colitis, will again head her Colon Crusaders team for this fundraiser. For information, visit

With the channel about to celebrate its 15th anniversary, Lombard recalls with fondness how it all began. “I had a great 15-year run at Channel 9, but when somebody says, ‘Hey, you wanna launch a 24-hour local news channel in your hometown, and have these kinds of resources,’ how can you turn that opportunity down? So it’s been a great ride: We got it going, we’ve been through different morphs and changes, but it’s all been good.

“Everyone busted their neck to get this thing launched, but if you hire well and bring in good people who are as committed as you, it makes it that much easier for everybody. We’ve always had a very strong newsroom station culture and that makes a difference.”

Aside from the prospect of receiving free cable, Palmer also has personal reasons for returning to the channel — and contrary to Thomas Wolfe’s wisdom, maybe you can go home again.

“I was here when they launched and I was assigned to the first story on the air about a reported missing woman,” she recalls. “And my aunt called me and said, ‘You were the first story!’ Because it was a big deal than to have a new television station launched in Syracuse and it was really exciting to be a part of it. And I knew that I would never ever have a chance to do something like that again in my life.

“Like Ron, we both left Channel 9 to be part of this venture. And once you do it, you have ownership in it. I remember Ron saying to me years ago, ‘This is my baby,’ and we’ve all adopted that feeling.

“When I put pictures on Facebook and social media about coming back here, I heard from so many reporters, producers, and managers who were here when we launched.

And they were saying how happy they were to see me back here because they went on their careers in other ways but a little part of this station always stayed with them. I think that kind of special connection only happens when you had a part in creating something like this.”