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7th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

Starring

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Clayton Morris / FOX News Channel

Clayton Morris joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2008 and is the co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. He also serves as a co-host for “FOX & Friends First.” Presented weekdays at 5 AM/ET, the program is an hour-long expansion of “FOX & Friends” and is anchored by a pair of rotating hosts.

Prior to joining FNC, Morris worked for FOX 29 in Philadelphia where he was the host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Before that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the WB Network’s nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.” He was also an anchor at WVVA-TV (NBC) in Bluefield, West Virginia and a political reporter at Montana’s CBS affiliate.

Morris got his start in television as a producer for “Good Day LA” at KTTV in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in US History and Broadcast Journalism.

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Lauren Lyster / RT

Lauren Lyster is host of Capital Account, a daily, live international financial/economics news discussion show broadcast on RTTV.  On Capital Account, Lauren has interviewed some of the biggest names in finance and economics, such as Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian, bestselling author Jim Rickards, and commodities guru Jim Rogers. The show has taken her on the road to report from financial hubs ranging from the New York Stock Exchange floor to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prior to hosting Capital Account, Lauren traveled internationally in her role as a news correspondent, reporting in the field from major events including the G20 summit and protests in Canada, the presidential election in Brazil, the UNGA, and the NATO Summit in Lisbon.

Before joining RT, Lauren was a reporter and news anchor covering the Los Angeles area for Time Warner Cable SoCal News. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a double major in gender studies, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. There she also investigated miscarriages of the criminal justice system focusing on wrongful murder convictions as part of the renowned Medill Innocence Project.

In addition to her experience in news, Lauren brings her background in finance to her reporting and hosting, having worked previously as a senior equity research analyst covering publicly-traded US companies.

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Michele Steele / ESPN

Michele Steele is a cross-platform anchor/reporter for ESPN. Steele has reported live from some of the biggest economic drivers for sports, including the Super Bowl, the Masters, the Final Four and the Kentucky Derby. She joined ESPN in 2011. Prior to her time at the Worldwide Leader, she worked at Bloomberg Television as the network’s only sports business reporter. Steele was also a senior reporter for Forbes video on-demand service and a regular contributor to Forbes on Fox. She enjoys Illini basketball, Chicago-style hot dogs, New York-style pizza and is happy to be one of not just one but two sports business reporters on television who enjoy showtunes.

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Greg Kelly / Fox 5

Greg Kelly has been the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fox 5 news anchor since July 2012. He joined Fox 5 in July 2008 as a co-host of Good Day New York.

Most recently, Kelly was an anchor and correspondent for the Fox News Channel (FNC) based in New York. Kelly joined FNC in 2002 and went on to serve as a White House correspondent from 2005-2007. He has also covered the war in Iraq extensively, including four long-term assignments in Baghdad. During the 2003 invasion, he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade. He was the first television reporter to deliver live pictures of U.S. forces infiltrating Baghdad, as well as exclusive reports of the storming of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace.

Prior to joining Fox News Channel, Kelly was a reporter for New York 1 News, where he covered New York City politics and the September 11th attacks. He started his career in journalism as an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 34, the ABC affiliate in Binghamton, New York. Prior to this, Kelly spent nine years as a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. He specialized in flying the AV-8B Harrier jet. During his military service he amassed 158 aircraft carrier landings and flew over Iraq in Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the United Nations-imposed “No-Fly Zone.” A licensed commercial pilot, he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

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Marianne Garvey / In Touch Weekly

Marianne Garvey was a reporter and writer at the New York Post for eight years. She was a senior writer for E! News and is currently a News Editor at In Touch Weekly magazine. She has written for AOL, The Hollywood Reporter and will be featured on a reality show on Oxygen called Girlfriend Confidential:NY. She lives in New York City with her chubby cat Meepers Stephanie

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Dr. Manny Alvarez / FOX News Channel

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor.

Known widely to audiences as Dr. Manny, Alvarez was previously a health science reporter for TELEMUNDO and developed a nightly news segment entitled “A Dose of Health.” Since 1996, he has been the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Additionally, Alvarez is Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.

Alvarez is a member of numerous professional societies including the Society of Prenatal Care, American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Additionally, he is part of many civic foundations such as Celia Cruz Foundation. In 2004, Alvarez was named Man of the Year by New Jersey SEEDS, an organization that provides students educational scholarships.

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Mick Foley is a legendary professional wrestler, turned multi-time best-selling author , turned stand-up comic/spoken word performer.

One of the cornerstones of WWE’s meteoric rise in the late 90’s, Mick Foley earned the nickname ‘The Hardcore Legend’ for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment in some of the most dramatic matches in sports-entertainment history. Already a respected veteran for his 11 physically punishing years wrestling under the name Cactus Jack, Foley’s career soared to new heights in WWE as ‘Mankind’, a character Foley claimed was inspired by a combination of reading ‘Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein’ and listening tothe music of Tori Amos.

As Cactus Jack, Foley won the 1995 ‘King of the Deathmatch’ tournament in Yokohama, Japan, and continued wrestling, despite the amputation of his right ear, in a match against Vader in Munich, Germany in 1994. As Mankind, Foley was a 3-time WWE Champion, but is best known for his epic and brutal battle with The Undertaker in 1998’s ‘Hell in a Cell’ match, during which he was knocked unconscious after falls both off of and through the 16 foot Cell structure. Despite the injury, Foley finished the match – with one of his front teeth lodged in his nose.

With retirement looming as a result of that physically demanding style, Foley penned his own memoir, ‘Have a Nice Day’ without the aid of a ghost-writer – writing 200,000 words in longhand in 50 days. The book showcased Foley’s paradoxical blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth, and shocked the literary world by hitting number one on The New York Times best-seller list in October, 1999. The book remained on the Times list for twenty six weeks. A follow-up, 2001’s ‘Foley is Good’ hit number one on The New York Times list as well. Foley has published a total of ten books; four memoirs, four children’s books and two novels.

After speaking at some of the United Stated most respected colleges and universities – including MIT, Syracuse University, Notre Dame and The University of Miami, Foley decided to take his verbal skills to the stand-up comedy stage in 2009. 2012 saw Foley earn rave reviews for his comedy sets at ‘Just for Laughs’ in Montreal, and the ‘Edinburgh (UK) Fringe Fest’ – the two largest comedy festivals in the world. He is currently represented by Innovative Artists.

Foley’s acting credentials include ’30 Rock’, ‘Warren the Ape’, Now and Again’, ‘G vs E’ and ‘Boy Meets World’ and he was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Beyond the Mat’ He has done voice work on ‘Squidbillies’ ‘Celebrity Death Match’ and ‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ and was featured in a 2012 episode of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’. His list of guest appearances include ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ‘The Late Show with Jay Leno’, ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Family Feud’ ‘Redeye’, ‘Larry King Live’ and several appearances on ‘Today’. He was featured in a 2010 story on ‘ABC’s World News Tonight’ for his work as an online volunteer with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Foley was also recognized for his work with RAINN at 2010’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ – where he was awarded a Medal of Reasonableness’ from Jon Stewart.

Foley lives with his wife and four children on Long Island. His latest book, ‘A Most Mizerable Christmas’ will be published in October, 2012 by DK Books. The Foley’s have sponsored children with Child-Fund International for twenty years.

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The Eternal Emcee of New York’s Funniest Reporter Show is Comedian Ray Ellin (http://rayellin.com)
In addition to LateNet with Ray Ellin, Ray has also been the host and writer of the syndicated television shows The Movie Loft Premium TV, and currently BrainFuelTV. Ray is a featured performer in NYC’s hottest comedy clubs and a regular weekend emcee at the world famous Comic Strip Live. Known for his ability to ad-lib and improvise with any crowd, Ray has become one of the most sought-after hosts for corporate and charity events.
Profiling the top three Latin comics in the country, Ray executive produced and directed the film The Latin Legends of Comedy. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, the movie received the Best Documentary Award at the Boston International Film Festival.
Ray’s talents have taken him to many venues, having performed at hundreds of colleges and comedy clubs around the country. He has racked up an impressive list of television credits including appearances on HBO, FOX, VH1, DISCOVERY, ABC, NBC, and England’s Mancs vs. Yanks. Ray was also profiled on Dateline NBC, in which it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops right before he goes on stage!
Ray hosted the MetroChannel show New York Now where he interviewed celebrities including Michael Douglas, the Grateful Dead, and former NYC mayor Ed Koch. Ray’s duties included everything from in-studio and live remote broadcasts to scripting segments and production. He also served as TBS’ emcee at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
Ray is the founder of the popular comedy site DailyComedy.com, the “youtube for jokes.” He also managed to find time to co-create and produce the animated series La Familia, featuring John Leguizamo, and the Jack Daniel’s Latino Comedy Series, a 13-week comedy event in New York City. The enormously successful program was tapped by other major U.S. cities including Chicago and Miami.
As an actor, Ray has taken on a variety of theater roles. He also co-starred in the romantic comedy Killing Cinderella, and produced and co-starred in the short films Yellow and The Face. He has appeared in several television commercials including spots for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Entertainment Weekly, A&E and a multi-part campaign for the Sci-Fi Channel.

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    [...] Funniest Reporter”at the Comedy Strip Live Comedy Club on last Thursday night (September 27). He competed against Dr. Manny Alvarez (FNC); Greg Kelly (Fox 5); Lauren Lyster (RRTV), and Michele Steele (ESPN); and [...]

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