School: Cornell University
Hometown: Woodstock, N.Y.
Brandon Roth, multimedia journalist at CNY Central, has reported on numerous national stories from locations across the globe including Afghanistan, Kuwait, and New York City.
Most recently, in Afghanistan, Brandon followed soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum as they searched for Osama bin Laden. In 2003, Brandon was the only Central New York reporter to travel to Kuwait and interview local troops. Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Brandon headed to New York City to report live from the scene.
Brandon is a Staff Sgt. and military journalist in the Army Reserves and has been deployed twice. He has been honored with numerous awards from the Syracuse Press Club including Best Mini Series in 2002 and 2004. In 2005, Brandon won the Keith L. Ware Award for his story, "D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemorations."
Brandon earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University. Before becoming a journalist, Brandon was a high school teacher and coach.
Ojai, Calif. is Brandon's home away from home. He visits as often as he can to spend time with his family. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys playing sports, spending time outdoors, and reading. He resides in Liverpool, N.Y.
Year Hired: 1998
Memorable Interview: The two days I spent interviewing my Dad about his life as we drove to visit his hometown in Indiana.
Dream Interview: Buddha
Dream Job: Foreign Correspondent
Role Model: My Parents, My High School Football Coach
Why I'm a Journalist: To try and help people and make a difference in the community
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Favorite Sports Team: SU Orange Football
Favorite Musician or Group: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Books: "Siddhartha", "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Favorite Movies: "It's a Wonderful Life", "Shawshank Redemption", "Rocky", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Favorite TV Shows: College & Pro Football, History Channel
Favorite Food: Anything my mom makes
Favorite Destination: Adirondack Mountains, Onondaga Lake Park.