Evening Anchors Named Honorary Chairs
Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown
Joining the Tunkhannock Community to welcome
Santa and Mrs. Claus and other visitors to Tunkhannock at
Christmas in Our Hometown this year are Honorary Chairs
Candice Kelly and Drew Speier, evening anchors at WBRE-TV.
“The event sounds really nice,” said Kelly. “My husband and
I are looking forward to it. I remember Lyndall Stout saying
how neat it was last year.” Kelly and Speiers are the
weekday news anchors at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 pm on
WBRE Eyewitness News.
After working in Minneapolis and later
Rochester, Minnesota, both behind the scenes, and then as a
reporter and anchor/producer for the morning and noon
broadcasts, Candice started with WBRE in 2004 as the weekend
anchor/reporter. She left to work for WBRE’s sister station
WYOU for nearly two years before returning to WBRE. A
graduate of Mankato State University with a major in Mass
Communications and a Minnesota native, Kelly is a two-time
regional Emmy Award winner. She and her husband Tom were
recently married and now make Northeast Pennsylvania their
Speier joined the WBRE Eyewitness News Team in May of 2008.
He came from the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana where
he spent three years as a weekday anchor and reporter.
During his time in Indiana, Drew was honored twice by the
Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards and won three National
Telly Awards, including a Silver Telly. Prior to Indiana,
Drew spent three years in the NYC market as a weekend anchor
and reporter for News 12 New Jersey. He was honored with two
National Awards for his coverage of the events following
9-11 and won an Associated Press Spot News Award for his
live reporting. Drew calls Texas home. He graduated from
Texas State University with a degree in Broadcasting
Journalism and Political Science.
When she’s not in front of the television
camera, Candice is a huge animal lover and enjoys working
with animal shelters and humane societies. She’s also an
advocate for HIV/AIDS and cancer research.
Drew has a passion for golf and ranks the dozens
of pro golf events as memorable experiences, including the
Masters, twice. His golf highlight is caddying for Ben
Crenshaw during a charity event in Austin, Texas., and
playing 300 holes of golf in one day. Drew is also involved
with charity work. He's a former Board member with the
Evansville Association for the Blind and still serves on the
Advisory Board for the CJ's Bus Foundation.
Drew and Candice will be arriving in Tunkhannock
on a horse-drawn wagon accompanied by Santa and Mrs. Claus,
Mayor Norm Ball and his wife Peg, and the winner of the
children’s Essay Contest. The entourage will make their
first stop by the Dietrich Theater where they will announce
the beginning of the Christmas holidays in Tunkhannock and
participate in the Dietrich Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
sponsored by the Wyoming County Cultural Center.
WBRE – TV is serving as the media sponsor for
Christmas in Our Hometown and will be broadcasting live
reports and weather information (pending breaking news
crises) from Tunkhannock on Friday night. The event is
scheduled for Friday night, December 5 and Saturday Day,
The Christmas in Our Hometown planning
committee expects to host upwards of 6,000 visitors to the
area during the two-day event. Community Bank and Trust
serve as the Presenting Sponsor for the event which is
produced by the Tunkhannock Business and Professional
For more information contact TBPA at 836-0765