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Catherine Varnum

Catherine Varnum
Catherine Varnum
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Updated: 3/21 9:51 pm
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Catherine left the snow behind for the sunshine when she joined the Action News team in July of 2009. She made the 1,100 mile drive down from Upstate New York, where she grew up and spent the first five years of her journalism career.

Catherine grew up outside of Syracuse, N.Y. Yes, she's a big SU Orange fan! She first got the news bug while at the local ice rink. Catherine was a competitive skater, before turning to coaching ten years ago. The local anchor started skating at the rink and then taking Catherine with her to work. She was hooked!

Prior to joining Action News, Catherine graduated cum laude from Ithaca College in the "gorges" Finger Lakes of New York State. She worked at WETM-TV in Elmira, NY as a reporter and anchor. She reported on the nationally covered manhunt for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, accused of shooting three state troopers. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor in Rochester, N.Y. There, she received New York's Associated Press award for best spot news coverage. She also covered the Buffalo plane crash tragedy that killed 50 people for the Today Show and MSNBC.

In her spare time, Catherine gives back to the sport she loves by teaching young kids to love it too. She's attained the highest levels possible in many disciplines and hopes to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of skaters. While in Rochester, she worked with synchronized skating teams. (Think of it as 20 kids making different formations on the ice, all having to do the same thing at the same time!) Her teams won several gold medals at state competitions.

If she's not on your television or at the rink, you'll find Catherine out exploring her new home. She looks forward to meeting many of you and telling the stories that make a difference in our area. So if you see her out and about, don't be shy! She'll probably start by showing you pictures of her cat, Princess.
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