Kathy Weppner is a lifelong resident of Western New York. She and her husband Dennis raised five children in Williamsville. She attended St. Bonaventure University and the University of Buffalo studying Mass Communication. She was a researcher and producer and subsequently became Assignment Editor and writer for the six and eleven o’clock news at Channel Seven Eyewitness News. Kathy made the decision to put her career on hold and to devote her time to raising her children, as her husband began the arduous task of establishing his GYN/OB practice. During her child rearing years she earned a reputation in the school community directing her efforts advocating for children with disabilities as well as other school issues. She began her broadcasting career on WBEN’s Straight Talk with Kathy Weppner in 2005 focusing on citizen advocacy and engagement in the political process. On air, Kathy earned a reputation as a strong voice for those who have a difficult time speaking for themselves due to inequity in power. She intends to carry that voice to Washington to help overcome the unique challenges facing Western New York.