Founded in 2016 WNYNewsNow brings news, weather and sports to Chautauqua County, New York on a digital platform. We employ a expert team of journalists with various skills and backgrounds to accurately present news to our viewers.
Meet the team:
Ryan Hedrick serves as News Director of WNYNewsNow. His strong multimedia background gives him a unique advantage when reporting news as it happens. Ryan recently contributed to a variety of local and regional media outlets including Buffalo’s WBEN News Radio 930, WGRZ-TV and Learfield Sports. Ryan burst onto the scene in the Jamestown community in 2013 with a plethora of Facebook videos spotlighting the nations heroin epidemic and its impact on Western New York. Ryan recently finished a stint with Kansas’s largest news radio station where he served as anchor/reporter for WIBW.
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Justin Gould’s work in the Western New York News Media took flight while covering famous New York City violinist Mary Whitaker gruesome murder. Gould, however, launched his journalism career at a young age while anchoring a home-produced web show. While continuing his web show Justin hosted the ‘Drive At 5’ on WKZA 106.9 Kiss FM in Jamestown for a time. In 2014, he began to contribute for hyper-local news site Chaucat.com. Justin graduated from Falconer High School with honors and studied at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY for a time. Gould plans to put his electronic news-gathering skills to the test as a Multimedia Journalist at WNYNewsNow. Gould also Anchors WNYNewsNow’s flagship program News Now, a daily show streamed live on Facebook. The media ‘guru’ also contributes to Erie News Now and WGRZ-TV in Buffalo when called upon. When not in the newsroom Justin enjoys hanging with friends and family.
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Matt Hummel is a sports fanatic and expert news writer. Hummel’s claim to fame started in 2014 when he began working for chaucat.com as its sports editor and junior news editor. Hummel currently studies communications as a freshman at Jamestown Community College. He plans on transferring to a four-year school after obtaining his Associates Degree. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with family while watching sports. Hummel works every day to become a better writer/reporter. As the editor of WNYNewsNow’s web platform nothing gets published without Hummel’s eyes taking a peek.
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Chief Weather Forecaster
Dakota Hunter is the Chief Forecaster for WNY News Now. Originally coming on board in May of 2017, Dakota rejoined the team in September of 2017, after a brief hiatus. Jamestown born and raised, Dakota’s passion for the weather began at a young age. Dakota was terrified of thunderstorms as a child, but when he first encountered a cloud-to-ground lightning strike, that was the beginning of turning a fear, into an interest. He recalls being glued to the television when the weather portion of the news would come on, and watching countless hours of The Weather Channel. But what really turned his interest into a passion, was watching the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He wanted to know more about why and how weather happens, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dakota read countless numbers of papers and academic journals from the “big brains” in the meteorology business, to better understand the whys and the hows of weather. Dakota is self-taught in forecasting; reading many different materials to learn how to forecast the weather. He holds a SkyWarn certification from the National Weather Service, and is also a member of the Spotter Network. Dakota is a also a technology enthusiast, originally attending Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY for Computer Information Systems. Dakota came back to The Peal City after a 3-year stint in Buffalo, and says he’s glad to be back home. When not forecasting the weather, Dakota can be found learning about the latest tech, playing (very bad) golf, or just out enjoying nature.
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