Brian Ashley and Anne Richter


By Kris Rusho

Anne Richter is an award winning journalist who has been at WWNY-TV since June of 1980. 

She is the producer and co-anchor of 7 News This Evening at 6 pm, sharing the anchoring duties with her husband, Brian Ashley.

Anne is a North Country native.  She is a graduate of Indian River Central School and has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from SUNY Morrisville.

During her long career at 7 News Anne has covered every big story including the Ice Storm of 1998, presidential  trips to Fort Drum, the reactivation of the Tenth Mountain Division, and the visit by Princess Diana and Prince Charles to Kingston, Ontario as well as the day to day stories that make you think, tickle your funny bone or bring you to tears.

She produced an hour long documentary to recognize the 25th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway and co-produced an hour long documentary for the 50th Anniverary of WWNY-TV.

Anne has received awards from the New York State Broadcaster’s Association, The Associated Press and Syracuse Press Club for her reporting and producing. 

In 2008, she received the prestigious Bliven-Rossi  Lifetime Achievement Award from the Syracuse Press Club.

Anne is also assistant New Director and oversees WWNY-TV’s Internship Program with Syracuse University. She has mentored dozens of young people in her nearly 30 year career at 7 News.

Volunteering for a number of organizations including the Jefferson Community College Foundation, Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council, Anne is an active member of the North Country.

She loves sailing in the summer aboard her family boat “Best Years” and ice skating in the winter along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. 


Brian Ashley is from Owen Sound, Ontario, a small city very much similar in size to Watertown that is located about 120 miles north of Toronto on beautiful Georgian Bay.

In his own words, Brian says "many people think I'm from somewhere near the Arctic Circle ( but it's actually on about the same latitude as Morristown! )

When no one else would take me I went to Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where I majored in broadcast journalism.

Starting in 1977 I have toiled either behind a radio microphone or in front of a television camera on both sides of the border.

I moved to the U.S. in 1984 and became the news director at WTNY Radio.

After 12 years ( and numerous awards ) I moved to WWNY TV to co-anchor the 6 o'clock news with my wife (since 1981) Anne Richter.

I have humbly accepted recognition from numerous professional organizations for stories and news coverage on both sides of the border.

My favorite stories involve helping anyone overcome a problem and finding solutions, be they big or small, including witnessing the North Country come together to help neighbors during the Ice Storms of 1991 and 1998 and the Microburst of 1995.

Out of all of the experiences I have had in my more than 30 years I was never more excited than the day I flew with the 174th Fighter Wing in the backseat (and actually had a chance to take the controls) of an F-16 fighter jet!

I'm a hockey fan by birth, a Red Sox fan by choice and a sailing fanatic by experience on the waters of eastern Lake Ontario.

I enjoy community involvement and I am a member of many organizations including the Jefferson County Historical Society, The Alzheimer's Association, Hospice of Jefferson County and the Watertown Noon Rotary Club.

I also enjoy meeting and talking to our many loyal viewers throughout Northern New York and Southeastern Ontario." 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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