Where Are They Now?
A look back at a few of our cover girls and boys
by Karli Fink
Who: Nikki Rudd
Issue: November 2003
Then: KTTC anchor Nikki Rudd was on the cover of our “Single in the City” issue (along with fellow anchor Asia Zmuda), and gave us insights into her life—and Rochester’s dating scene.
Now: “I said I could never be a morning anchor. Well, that changed! That’s what I’ve been doing for the majority of the time since I left KTTC. I’m the morning anchor in Rochester, NY at News10 NBC. I’m still a crazy cat lady—and I still love pigging out on chips and salsa!
Living in Rochester (MN) in my early twenties was awesome. I met friends of a lifetime there. Asia Zmuda is one of them. At the time of that article, we’d just gotten back from a trip to Mexico. We promised to continue to travel together, and we have! We went to New York City for her 30th birthday, and went to Iceland in 2014. We’re thinking our next big trip will be South Africa.
I’m still single in the city … it’s just a different Rochester! But not to worry. I have my cat and chips and salsa to keep me happy! (And, yes—I will probably be that ‘Crazy Cat Lady!’)”
Who: Danielle Teal
Issue: November 2011
Then: This “Single in the City” issue wooed readers with good pick-up lines (“Here I am. What were your other two wishes?”) and not-so-good pick-up lines (“If I were Paul Bunyan, would you be my babe?”). We also learned that great dates tend to include food—at least for cover girl Danielle.
Now: “I enjoyed the shoot with Scott at Olive Juice Studios. He made it fun, and I was able to really tap into my comedic, creative side—which resulted in my signature expression that ultimately became the cover of the “Single in the City” issue.
Where am I now? I just obtained my AA degree in liberal arts and sciences at RCTC. I am currently at Metropolitan State University completing my BA in Individualized Studies with a focus on Communications and Marketing. I switched up my passions from comedy to using laughter for good—focusing on Random Acts of Kindness in our community and beyond, and involving my children in the lifestyle of kindness daily. What the world needs more of are kindness warriors.”
Who: Briana Propotnik (Now Briana Beatty)
Issue: February 2005
Then: Broadstreet Café & Bar (which closed in 2008, making room for 300 1st) won the desserts category in our annual Best Restaurants issue. Briana, a server at the time, is pictured with one of Broadstreet’s winning desserts.
Now: “I shot that cover when I was 27, which seems like forever ago! I was single, no kids, and working at a job I loved. I was honored to be asked to be on the cover. I modeled when I was 18, for a few years, so it was fun to do something I had once enjoyed.
I’m now happily married with two wonderful kids. I feel blessed that l’m able to stay home with them full time. I do love working as well, so I will probably go back part time when they are in school. My main focus is my family at this time in my life.
There will always be a special place in my heart for the Broadstreet Café. I felt and still feel proud to have been chosen to showcase their talented work!”
Who: Ali Lucia
Issue: November 2008
Then: Another Rochester anchor, this time from Fox-47, graced our 2008 “Single in the City” issue. We learned the Do’s and Don’ts of dating Ali (Ice-skating? Yes. Dinner and movie? No way), and noticed that the local bars were (as they continue to be) the favorite spot for singles to hang out.
Now: “I’m currently working at WCCO This Morning in Minneapolis as a co-anchor and reporter. I’ve been here about a year and a half after moving from Dallas, TX, where I worked as a part of the Dallas Stars’ broadcast team.
I spent three and a half years in Rochester working as an anchor for Fox-47. Rochester is so fast-paced and smart; people don’t realize that even though it’s such a small community, it’s still very international. Rochester is the hidden gem of Minnesota.”
Who: Andrew Rasmussen
Issue: March 2010
Then: Producer/actor/stage hand Andrew Rasmussen, a Rochester native, gave Rochester Magazine readers an inside look into show business.
Now: “I’ve been producing and directing shows across the globe. I spent some more time in Minneapolis, producing a large and immersive production of The Rocky Horror Show, starring Minnesota’s own legend, Don Shelby (a personal hero of mine). We were featured on the cover of Minnesota Monthly, and WCCO called it ‘The Show of the Year!’ That was a pretty awesome experience.
Since then, I’ve done a few more shows in Minn., then made my way back and forth to New York again, working quite a bit as an Associate Director. I’ve also been working steadily on major productions in Milan, Scotland, Paris, and now… China. [My] current production is touring to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the international market.
I was born and raised in Rochester. My favorite part of the city was Rochester Civic Theatre, and the really incredible arts scene. I had an amazing training at RCT with some of the best artists, directors, teachers and colleagues around. Since I was 8 years old, I was a part of that theater—anything from acting, choreography, crew, painting, designing, building… I was able to experience and learn it all there.
I still can’t believe the sheer number of productions I worked on in my days there, and the amazing memories, friendships and experiences that I had. I still cite these experiences in my day-to-day, as foundation for such great training. People always ask me “where did you learn this from?”…because not everyone was able to run the fly loft at age 14, wire the rigging, or work with professional actors. It’s truly an experience I’ll never undervalue.”