Charles Russ

Charles Russ was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. After serving seven years — including multiple deployments — he left active duty to open his own business as a Financial Advisor.

Charles now owns his own company — R-Axis Financial Planning and Investments — and is also the Co-Owner of Catalyst, the new downtown gym location opening on September 5th!

In his spare time, Charles enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with his identical twin sons, Brooks and Bradley.

Nate Cox

Nate Cox (or, as he’s better known: Nate C. The Chief) is an Upstate DJ who started his career as a teenager with big dreams. From there, he began helping his long-time friend DJ Apollo and grow his business in the Upstate. He has a signature style that goes perfectly with his signature dreads, and he works very hard to hone his craft to keep everybody on the dance floor moving and having a great time!

He was recently voted the best DJ of the Upstate by readers of the Greenville News, and he’s the official DJ for the Furman Paladins, so you may see him in plenty of purple!

He lives in Greenville with his beautiful wife Lauren and their adorable four-legged fur babies.

 

Eryn Rogers

Eryn Rogers is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter and fill-in anchor for WSPA-TV in Greenville, South Carolina.

While in the Palmetto state, she’s covered national stories such as an elementary school shooting in a small South Carolina town, deadly protests in Charlotte, the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House, hometown teams heading to the national championship and Super Bowl, and the 2016 Election. She won a Southeast Emmy for her reporting on the WSPA morning show on the deadly floods that ravaged South Carolina.

Before working at WSPA, Eryn was a multi-media journalist at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she covered a little bit of everything including politics, crime, exotic animals, sports, and lots of (cold) weather. She was also a fill-in anchor.

She won a Midwest Emmy for a documentary she filmed and produced as a part of her graduate capstone on one man trying to save youth in Chicago from gang life.

Eryn graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she finished the Accelerated Master’s Program securing that and her Bachelor’s degree in simultaneous fashion.

Eryn reported at KSNT-TV in Topeka, Kansas for her Journalism Residency. She held internships with MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and WSB-TV in her hometown of Atlanta.

When she’s not working, Eryn enjoys exercising, exploring new shops and restaurants, and volunteering with two of her organizations, the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate.

JaVarius Conway

JaVarius Conway is a model and an actor born and raised in Greenville, S.C. He started acting at a young age, and focused on sports during his teenage years, but now he’s full-time focused on Hollywood.

JaVarius_webHe began is acting journey in 2013 for Erica Johnson’s play “The Replacement.” In 2015, he made his transition from stage to film, teaming up with his friend Smitha Lee and Lee’s production company Adjacent Angle Films in expanding the arts in the Upstate. Thanks to his mentor and acting coach Javon Johnson, JaVarius is taking his career to another level. Earlier this year, he portrayed the young Bill Cosby in Enquiring Minds which aired this past June. He will also appear on Fatal Attraction on July 3rd, 2017, on TVOne.

So far, he’s earned starring and supporting roles in TV series and Shorts, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this Upstate star!

Tone Hollywood

Tone Hollywood is midday DJ on 107.3 JAMZ.

Tone has been on the radio in the Upstate for YEARS, but if you haven’t heard his hilarious self on air, get ready to laugh! Tone is a HUGE Clemson fanatic, a Cowboys fan, a Nike connoisseur, and a comic book geek, plus an expert on all things trending now as well as all things ‘back in the day.’

When he’s not at working (and sometimes when he is), you can find him at a Clemson game, a comic book convention, the movies, or out and about in Greenville. Want to know where he is at any given moment? Follow him on Snapchat.

JoAnn Johnson

JoAnn Johnson is an author and executive chef/owner for All J’s Catering.

JoAnn Johnson is a tv personality, author, motivational speaker and chef. She has fed hundreds of thousands of people including A-list celebrities and politicians. She hosts the shows Good Mood Good Food on The CW, WCYW and Empower Your Body Empower Your Mind on WGGS.

JoAnn created her first kitchen concoction at the age of six: a peanut butter and bologna dish (that her family dutifully tasted). While she’s no longer combining those two particular ingredients, the mixture of support and grace that her family provided from an early age allowed her to grow and progess toward her dream of becoming a chef.

And look at her now: JoAnn’s All J’s Catering company is one of the largest in the Upstate. She calls her business a “celebration” via a combination of food, nutrition, health and the love of God.

A few years ago, her mother fell ill and passed away just five days later. Less than a month after that, she suffered the loss of her grandmother. From these painful experiences, JoAnn authored her book Empower Your Body, Empower Your Mind- A Journey Through Grief. Through a combination of nutritional recipes and the power of prayer and reflection, JoAnn’s book is designed to help people navigate the dark waters of grief.

Grief is unavoidable, so JoAnn knows this book can help anyone going through a painful time. It also made her acutely aware of just how much of a positive impact good nutrition can have! Her weekly TV show on the NOW Network “Empower Your Body, Empower Your Mind” is a manifestation of that belief.

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey Jackson joined the WYFF 4 news team in August 2016 as a live reporter each weekday morning on WYFF News 4 Today.

Before moving back to her hometown of Greenville, Aubrey worked as a feature reporter and fill-in host for a local lifestyle show in Davenport, IA. where she interviewed celebrities including Eva Longoria and Steve Harvey and shared stories highlighting interesting people and places in the area.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standingAubrey is a graduate of Claflin University and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. As a college student, Aubrey interned at right here at WYFF4, as well as at ABC’s Good Morning America.

Aubrey is thrilled to bring her vibrant personality and skills to WYFF News 4 Today and loves that her friends and family can tune in each morning to see her report on the community she loves so dearly.

Aubrey has a passion for fashion, traveling, volunteering and finding new craft and DIY projects from Pinterest.

Ted Phaeton

Ted Phaeton is the co-anchor of The Morning News and meteorologist for FOX Carolina.

Ted grew up in Brentwood, NY, and went to college at the University of Albany where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology.

Ted went to work at WNEM-TV5 in Saginaw, MI, as the Meteorologist Trainee in March 2013 until moving to the Upstate in December.

You may recognize him as the “Dancing Weatherman” from his fun and funny Faceook videos, usually nailing the latest dance trend…

Vanessa De La Vina

Vanessa De La Vina is a reporter for WSPA-TV’s Scene on 7.

Vanessa was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Growing up in a Cuban family, her first language was Spanish, which quickly evolved into “Spanglish.” She loves Salsa music and Cuban food including croquetas, pastelitos, and of course, Cuban bread. If you’ve never eaten Cuban cuisine, she encourages you to go out and try some!

She grew up watching the local entertainment show “Deco Drive” and videotaping herself “reporting live” from her backyard during hurricanes. This passion for news led her to attend magnet programs for broadcast news throughout middle and high school. At a young age, she learned the basics of editing, filming, and writing for news.

Vanessa is a proud Gator graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She explored all kinds of news outlets during her four years in “The Swamp.” She was a reporter and anchor for the noon news show “All Things Considered” at WUFT-FM, the local NPR affiliate. She also worked as a reporter and entertainment anchor for WUFT-TV, the local PBS affiliate.

She spent a year as a multi-media reporter for the ABC News On Campus program. Her stories and footage were featured on ABC News Radio, ABCNews.com, and Good Morning America. She worked with network producers to cover hot topics including the Gulf Oil Spill and the Terry Jones Koran burning. At the end of the program, she executive produced and edited an in-depth segment on the Lost Boys of the Sudan that aired on ABC News Now.

After graduating college, Vanessa worked as a reporter for KVIA in Las Cruces, NM for two years. She covered the biggest stories in southern New Mexico, including the corruption scandal in Sunland Park, the Little Bear Fire and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico.

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Vanessa is excited to experience all the Upstate has to offer, especially the delicious food and great outdoor activities. In her free time, you’ll usually find her with her Pomeranian, Leo, and a great book.

Cody Alcorn

Cody Alcorn is a FOX Carolina News Tonight Co-Anchor who, along with Diana Watson, reports in the 4pm, 10pm and 11pm news broadcasts.

Cody volunteers a lot of his time helping out local non-profits and charities in a variety of roles from delivering meals, emceeing, judging, to even dancing. When he’s not at work or helping out in the community, Cody can be found in downtown Greenville which is becoming a “foodie paradise” with over 100 restaurants. And you never know where you might bump into him while out enjoying the night life scene Greenville has to offer along Main Street!

Cody_GIf there’s one face that might be more familiar around town than Cody’s, it’s his dog, “G.” Cody’s a huge animal lover. G first appeared on The Morning News in 2006 when he was up for adoption at Greenville Animal Care. The two bonded and have been inseparable. “G” makes regular appearances with Cody around town and you can keep up with his shenanigans on one of Cody’s social media platforms.

He grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and went to school at The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Before moving to Greenville, Cody worked in Jackson, TN, where he was a co-anchor of the morning news at WBBJ-TV.

Something you may not know about Cody: “Before news consumed my life, I team-roped, calf-roped and just enjoyed taking an afternoon ride on my horses back home.”

In July 2006, Cody joined FOX Carolina as a reporter. About four years later, he joined The Morning News team as an anchor. In September 2013, Cody got the opportunity to return to FOX Carolina News Tonight as an anchor.