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New WGRZ hire Welshofer to work on 'Daybreak,' produce digital content

The mystery of what the cable news anchor and YouTube comedienne hired by WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) is going to do is over.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner announced Kate Welshofer, a Western New York native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, will do some exclusive digital content and add "some entertaining content for all our shows."

In a memo to the staff, Toellner said she initially will be involved in the morning program "Daybreak" because it is the "best fit" now, and, he added, her role at the station will evolve over time.

In the staff memo, Welshofer was quoted as saying: "I’m excited to get started and, sincerely, as someone who has been coming home to Western New York for the last decade for holidays and things like that and tuning in to the station as a viewer, it’s a real honor to join a team I genuinely enjoy watching. So, I’m coming in with a great deal of gratitude as I embark on this whole new chapter of my life and career. I’m just really looking forward to it!”

Welshofer announced in a Facebook post two weeks ago that she was leaving Spectrum News in the Capital District (Albany) after more than 20 years.

"Plain and simple — my YouTube channel got me this job," she wrote on Facebook. "So, after 20 years in the business, I am being given the chance to be able do what I have always wanted to do on television on a consistent basis and that is: give people a reason to smile."

After saying "it was quite a run," Welshofer added: "To anyone not sure if they should do something weird, do it. Not everybody’s going to get it but, when you least expect it, somebody will … and it will change your life."

According to the Spectrum website, she worked weeknights on the news channel and has been there since 1996.

It added she has "garnered recognition from the New York State Associated Press Association as well as the National Press Photographer's Association."

"Even when she is not at the anchor desk, you'll likely still find Kate in front of or behind a camera. She is the creator and host of 'No TelePrompTer, No Mercy' on YouTube. The channel was voted Best in the Capital Region by the readers of the Albany Times Union in 2016. She has also been featured in the Amazon Prime web series 'Welcome Home.' She co-wrote and co-starred in the comedic short 'Test Drive Surprise' and is the leading actress in two additional short films 'The Engagement Party' and 'Cocktail Muerte.' "

The Spectrum biography adds she has been active in the Albany community and has an orange cat she named Brian Williams "to whom she serves as personal valet in her spare time."

The tone of the biography, her own comments and the comedic bits on her YouTube work – including "How I Stay Fit," "50 Things About Me" and "How to Turn 40" – suggested that Welshofer would do light feature work.


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