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State Senate Race Features ‘Battle of the News Anchors’

News anchors are used to going head-to-head, but usually they’re after viewers, not voters. In Rochester, a state Senate district race has become “a battle of the news anchors,” with former WHEC anchor Rich Funke, a Republican, running against incumbent Sen. Ted O’Brien.

O’Brien, meanwhile, has released a campaign video featuring another longtime local anchor, in a race that’s pitting newser against newser, as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle explains:

Longtime R News (now Time Warner Cable News) anchor Diana Palotas appears in a new, minute-long video released Monday by O’Brien’s campaign, touting the Democrat’s work in clearing up a neighborhood dispute over trash dumping while criticizing Funke’s views on abortion.

Palotas was a reporter and anchor for R News from when it launched in 1990 until she left in 2009.

“Like Ted O’Brien’s opponent, Rich Funke, I was a television news anchor for many decades,” Palotas says in the video. “When it comes to getting real results, Ted O’Brien is the only state senate candidate who will stand up for our families. We turned to Ted when the owner of a house in our neighborhood thought he could dump garbage from his other properties right next to our homes. Ted took action immediately and the junk was gone within days.”

Funke, meanwhile, rolled out a video late last month from another former Rochester television reporter: Robin DeWind, his former colleague at WHEC.

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Anchor Don Hudson Joins WHEC From KTVX

Don Hudson will join Rochester NBC-affiliate WHEC as an anchor and reporter this fall.

Hudson is currently the 5 p.m. anchor at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City. He will begin in his new role in late September, according to the station. He replaces Rich Funke, who is retiring after 38 years at WHEC.

“Not only is Don a true professional but he is also a dedicated family man,” VP-GM Derek Dalton said. “His committment to family and community are the exact values that we look for here at News10NBC. Hie is passionate about getting to the heart of the story making him a perfect addition to our News10NBC family.”

After 38 Years at WHEC, Rich Funke to Retire

Rich Funke, the longtime evening anchor at WHEC in Rochester, will retire at the end of this year.

Funke, who joined the NBC-affiliate in 1974 as sports director, announced the news on the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday.

“I don’t know where the time has gone,” he said. “But I do know the time has come to step aside, move into the next phase of my life. My last day on the air will be sometime in December, but in the weeks and months ahead we’ll share some stories and revisit some people and places I’ll never forget.” Read more