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Chloe Aiello is a reporter at Cheddar News, where she covers the nascent cannabis industry. She previously reported on national technology and cannabis stories at CNBC. Chloe was also among the founding team of reporters at digital media startup Denverite. There, she covered the Denver-local technology, aerospace and health care industries. Prior to pursuing journalism, Chloe trained in classical ballet for two decades. She studied at such prestigious schools as New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet and University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and trained with professional companies nationwide. Chloe is a Michigan native who earned her Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and graduated from University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Political Science.
Ken Buffa is an Emmy, Murrow and duPont award-winning journalist.
He has spent more than a decade covering breaking news and leading in companies such as NBC, Nexstar and previously optimum.
With a passion for tech, Ken spends his off time creating tech review videos on YouTube and researching emerging products and gadgets.
His YouTube viewership has reached nearly one million view minutes as he breaks down innovative consumer products.
With a Master’s degree in Interactive Media, and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism & TV/Video Production, Ken has a passion for connecting and growing online audiences.
He has a wife, daughter and a newborn son and is a proud Latino and Westchester, NY native.
Michelle Castillo is a senior reporter at Cheddar News, focused on the intersection of technology, media and entertainment. Previously, she was a reporter at CNBC Digital, covering advertising and media. Castillo broke stories on Apple's content deals, inappropriate data use practices on Facebook, and Amazon's advertising ambitions, as well as did deep dives into Internet culture including child social media influencers and the soothing cult of ASMR. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and TIME. She's been a featured speaker and moderator at conferences including Web Summit, SXSW and Cannes Lions. Castillo has her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University, and holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Communications from UCLA. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Hena, a native New Yorker, joined Cheddar News in January of 2019 after working as a National Correspondent for CBS News in New York. There she anchored a segment called “The National Desk with Hena Doba” that aired on 100+ CBS stations across the country every morning. Hena also reports live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange focusing on consumer, business and economic stories making headlines. During her television career, she has simultaneously taught journalism as an Adjunct Professor at Capital Community College and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In October of 2008, Hena became weekend anchor at WFSB-TV making her one of the first Pakistani anchors in the U.S.
Hena’s won several awards including an Emmy award for best team coverage of the Newtown Tragedy, Associated Press award for Best Spot News, Best Breaking News and Best Sports Feature and was reported Best Reporter by the readers of Hartford Magazine for two years in a row.
J.D. Durkin is Cheddar News’ Chief Correspondent in Washington D.C., covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and Justice Department. He is also the host and co-creator of The Pivot Counties, following Obama-Trump voters across the United States. Durkin reports on the intersection of tech, business, and public policy, and his interviews at Cheddar News have included Ivanka Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. His recent exclusive reporting includes the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and coronavirus relief legislation. Durkin also co-hosts Cheddar News’ Fast Forward: Life After COVID-19.
Baker Machado is an anchor at Cheddar News. Previously, he spent five years as a reporter for E! News in Los Angeles, where he covered everything from Michael Jackson’s involuntary manslaughter trial to Super Bowl 50 to countless red carpet events for the Grammys, Emmys and Oscars and has interviewed more A-List celebrities than he can count. Baker holds a masters degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and considers himself a deeply depressed Colorado Rockies baseball fan.
Alicia Nieves is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor at Cheddar News. She joined senior anchor Kristen Scholer on the Closing Bell, and anchor Hena Doba on Cheddar’s News Wrap. Nieves has previously reported for WPIX-TV New York, KTW-TC Philadelphia, and most recently served as a national news correspondent for the Scripps TV group, where she reported for their weekly political show “The Race”. Throughout her career she has covered some of the biggest stories of the decade including Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trials, the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants at the border and related protests, as well as the Philadelphia Eagles’ historic “underdog” Super Bowl winning season. Nieves is a native New Yorker, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, holds a Master of Arts from S.I. School of Public Communication at Syracuse University and is an MBA candidate at Rutgers University.
Hana is the host of Cheddar Bets. Her wheelhouse is in sports and entertainment, as she's been on-air with CBS Sports, Tennis Channel, Entertainment Tonight, FOX Sports Florida and 247Sports. While at CBS Sports, she anchored and contributed to all digital content, including CBS News, NFL & NBA Live Draft Specials, Super Bowl Specials, Fantasy Football Today, Reiter's Block, Kanell & Bell and daily coverage of the entire national sports landscape. Hana studied at Syracuse University and University of North Florida. She is a South Florida native, but proudly considers herself a part of the Buffalo Bills mafia.
Megan Pratz is Cheddar News’ political director, where she works on-air and behind the scenes to enhance coverage of Washington’s inner workings. Prior to joining Cheddar News as an on-air producer in 2018, she worked in international news for several years, covering global affairs for CGTN America’s flagship daily talk show The Heat. Megan was part of the launch team for Al Jazeera America with The Stream, a digitally-driven discussion program focused on underreported stories. She has also worked at Fox News and produced a weekly show for PBS. A Maryland native, she attended the University of Maryland where she studied broadcast journalism and psychology.
Kristen Scholer is Cheddar News’ senior anchor. Before joining Cheddar News, Kristen was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, penning a daily finance column and reporting across digital and print platforms. Prior to the Journal, Kristen was a writer and producer at CNBC. Kristen graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a journalism degree.
Jill Wagner is an anchor at Cheddar News. She is an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning journalist, and also the co-founder of Need 2 Know, a daily newsletter covering top news and quirky stories. Previously, Jill worked at CBS News, where she covered business, the stock market, and consumer issues for CBS network and affiliate morning shows across the country. She covered market reaction to Brexit and the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. Prior to working at CBS News, Jill was a political and general assignment reporter at News 12 Long Island, where she won two Emmy Awards, including one for TV writing. She was also honored to receive an Edward R. Murrow Award for a series in which she traveled to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with Holocaust survivors, students and WWII veterans who helped liberate the concentration camps.