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Tim Lake with Diane Donato, Empire State Weekly contributor and WGY Radio News Anchor.
Tim and WGY News Anchor, Diane Donato, discussing international policies of Lake Ontario water levels with NYS DEC Commissioner, Basil Seggos.
Tim Lake as the primary news anchor at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. With Renee Chenault-Fattah at the Phillies World Series victory celebration in 2008.
Tim Lake is the author of Hang on and Fly, an original Narrative Nonfiction - Popular History story of the deadly and forgotten era of the first budget airlines in North America. Prior to Hang on and Fly, this dramatic story had never been told in a book. A veteran of newspapers, radio, and television news reporting and anchoring, Tim is an upstate New Yorker with close connections to eastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. He spent 21 years as a news anchor for the CBS and NBC-owned television station, WCAU-TV, in Philadelphia, the nation's 4th largest TV market. Previously he was a news anchor in Houston, Texas and Charleston, S.C. In 2016, Tim joined WTEN-TV in Albany, New York as primary co-anchor of the evening news for the ABC television affiliate in New York State's capital.
Using his personal background and connection with each region of upstate New York, in 2017 Tim became the host of Empire State Weekly (ESW), a news and interview show focusing on New York State issues and politics. Conducting interviews with state political leaders such as Governor (Lt.) Kathy Hochul, US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, former SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick Murphy, NYS Budget Director Robert Mujica, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and members of the NYS Senate and Assembly, Tim covered complex state and federal political issues such as the state budget and federal funding, pandemic policies and medicine, immigration policies, recreational marijuana legalization, regulations on vaping and cigarettes, Lake Ontario flooding and the environment, Adirondacks and state parks policies, traffic and transportation infrastructure and safety, taxes and budgeting, education, and elections. ESW airson commercial TV stations in Albany, New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton, Elmira, Watertown, and Plattsburgh.
Previous book titles include Association Island, the history of General Electric's corporate island summer retreat on Lake Ontario and the famous Americans who attended the rustic camps. Henderson Harboris also a non-fiction account of GE's early corporate playground on the lake along with tales of bootlegging, early Coast Guard activities, vintage wooden boats, and architecture of summer cottages in a small fishing community. The book also chronicles the secret vacation lives of three U.S. Secretaries of State.
As a journalist in New York State, South Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, Tim has covered or reported and anchored news broadcasts on every major news story of the past few decades including the 1985 Mexico City Earthquake, Iraq War politics in Washington, multiple Hurricanes, commercial airlines jet crashes, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic, several national political conventions, and Presidential inaugurations from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. He has written for the Jamestown Post-Journal, The Buffalo News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thousand Islands Life, and worked for CBS,NBC, and ABC-affiliated or owned and operated television stations in Charleston, Houston, Philadelphia, and Albany. He has hosted many special events TV shows carried by multiple TV stations, most notably from Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The White House and Capitol Hill, New Year's Eve live telecasts, World Series celebrations, and he has anchored full-length live news shows from Washington, New York, Philadelphia Eagles games, hurricanes and snow storms, and even from helicopters in flight. He has also appeared as a local contributing reporter on NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News. Tim was arrested and jailed for broadcasting a news report in South Carolina, but the charges were later dropped and the court record expunged. Tim is a multiple Emmy award-winner and was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2011.
From 2016 - 2022, Tim was a primary news anchor at Nexstar-owned News 10 ABC, WTEN-TV in Albany, New York., where ratings for the formerly third place news station grew to number one in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy market by 2019. Tim is currently researching his fourth book, a historical narrative nonfiction tale about a once prominent but long forgotten individual from the early 20th Century.
From a family of 13 whose German and Scandinavian ancestors settled in Philadelphia in 1733, and whose English ancestors settled in Newport, Rhode Island and Newtowne, Massachusetts (Cambridge) in the late 1600s, Tim splits his time between New York's Capital Region, the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands, and the Adirondack Mountains.