Where Are They Now?
A look back at a few of our cover girls and boys (and monkeys)
by Karli Fink
Issue: March 2002
Cover Story: KTTC reporters Candice Grossklaus (now Candice Kelly) and Tony Breck, along with KTTC anchors Tom Overlie and Betsy Singer gave us an insight into the world of local news.
Who: Tom Overlie
Then: KTTC evening anchor.
Now: KTTC evening anchor. “[That photo] was taken during a commercial break—when we all relax a little, catch up with reporters on their stories … and in some cases, refresh our makeup. The location was the studio at our former downtown location. We’ve since moved north to Bandel Road NW. And that beautiful blonde sitting next to me is now my competitor on KAAL (and we’re still good friends).
In the 16 years I’ve called Rochester home, the visual changes have been dramatic: Big Blue used to be the big visual for miles away on Highway 52; the downtown skyline continues to evolve; the city is swallowing surrounding farm fields. I’m happy to say, the spirit of the city hasn’t changed dramatically, though. It’s still filled with kind, caring, and compassionate people. Rochester continues to be one of the best communities in our nation, and I understand why!”
Who: Betsy Singer
Then: KTTC evening anchor.
Now: “The day of that shoot I remember well. Rochester Magazine was a new concept and our newsteam was thrilled to be a part of it. I remember fixing Tom’s hair, but we didn’t realize a picture was being taken of this ordinary occurrence. That makes me giggle. We were in our old location in downtown Rochester, an old bottling facility, and our studio was in the garage portion of the first floor. The building has since been demolished, and businesses around it have changed, but the folks nearby at the VFW (The ‘V’, as regulars refer to it) are still around.
I was single then, dating the hot weekend weather guy. Since those days, I married that hot man and have two beautiful children with him. My attempt to get out of television news in 2007 was short lived. I was hired in 2009 by the competitor, ABC 6 News, which had plans of building and expanding in Rochester … which they’ve done. I now do the news at 5 and 6:30 from our station inside the TJMaxx Plaza. We are a more regional station than one-city focused because of our crews being split through the viewing area.
So while a ton has changed in my life personally since that shoot, Rochester has continued to grow and prosper while remaining that big ‘small town.’”
Who: Candice Grossklaus (now Candice Kelly)
Then: KTTC reporter.
Now: “I am the evening news anchor on WBRE (NBC), WYOU (CBS), and WOLF (FOX) in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA market. I’ve been living and working here since July 2004. A lot has changed for me personally since my days in Rochester. I’m now happily married to my husband, Tom (hence the name change from Grossklaus to Kelly—a much more TV friendly moniker). We have two daughters; Grace is 3-1/2 and Chloe is 1-1/2. They are my heart and soul.
I’m sure Rochester has also changed since I moved 12 years ago, but I remember it being a clean, progressive city with a kind, professional community. I loved the downtown area, running along the river into Silver Lake Park, and going to Honkers games. There were many great memories made at Brothers Bar and Grill, The Smiling Moose, McMurphy’s Sports Bar and Aquarius Night Club. I’ll never forget dancing next to actor Matt Damon at Aquarius while he was in town for a celebrity golf tournament.
Being a part of the Rochester Magazine shoot all those years ago was unforgettable. It was the first time I was a part of a profile piece like that. It made me feel special and honored to work with such a great news team.”
Who: Tony Breck
Then: KTTC reporter.
Now: In the Air Force. In fact, it’s been challenging for us to contact him. Tony was only on the air at KTTC for a short time, during which the attack on the Twin Towers occurred. He then joined the Air Force, where he is still active today. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in June, and was on the naval ship that put the body of Osama Bin Laden to sea.
Who: Molly the Sock Monkey (and Vicki Snyder)
Issue: October 2005
Then: Molly was a part of the “Collectors & Collections” issue, in which collectors—and their unique and grandiose collections—were featured. At the time, Snyder’s collection included 21 sock monkeys.
Now: “Molly was overjoyed to be featured on the cover! As with some people (Justin Bieber, Guy Fieri) a tiny bit of fame went to Molly’s head: ‘Ooo-whee… I am somebody now, call me Your Royal Highness Molly the Marvelous.’
In order to prove she was royalty, she went to Rockford, Illinois, home of the original sock monkey. Alas, she was mortified to learn she had no ties to anyone famous. Despondent and not ready to hitchhike back to Rochester, she spent a few hours drinking Rob Roys at the Holiday Inn bar and shared her story with everyone who didn’t have the good sense to drink and run. Within days of returning home to Rochester, Molly’s long lost siblings started showing up looking for a ‘corner of the cold, hard garage floor on which to sleep.’
Molly now has 72 sock monkeys living in the garage and is plotting to run away and join the circus.”