Updated: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012, 12:34 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011, 11:40 AM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A native New Yorker, Ed Drantch is back in the Empire State, after three years in Harrisonburg, Virginia. There, he had the opportunity to cover the statewide investigation of missing college student, Morgan Harrington - who vanished after a Metallica concert, a massive riot at James Madison University, along with many other local and national stories affecting folks in the Shenandoah Valley.
Most notably, Ed covered President Barack Obama's visit to Richmond, VA where he unveiled a major jobs plan and its’ impact on the Commonwealth.
Ed also served a dual role as anchor and producer of WHSV's News @ Noon and headlined the “New This Morning” segment on the award-winning WHSV “Daybreak” morning news program. As anchor, Ed spent hours behind the desk, keeping viewers safe during major snow storms and deadly tornadoes that ripped through the viewing area. He worked with a team of reporters and anchors, contributing to Daybreak's win of "Best Morning Show" in Virginia, as named by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.
Prior to is time in Virginia, Ed worked as an online correspondent for FOX 5, WNYW - the FOX owned and operated station - in New York City. Spending nearly a year in online journalism, Ed built a foundation for his career, learning and using social media and other online tools to connect with viewers.
In 2008, Drantch attended the final presidential debate at Hofstra University. Not only was he covering the event for the station's website, Ed was live-blogging for the entire Fox Interactive Media platform, garnering him national attention.
A Communications and Media Studies graduate of State University of New York College at Oneonta, Ed spent the months before his senior year interning at WABC-TV - the ABC owned and operated station - in New York City.