After a 45-year career in broadcast news, Dan Cummings retired from WSYR-TV (ABC), NewsChannel 9, in Syracuse in 2021. During his 37 years at NewsChannel 9, he anchored and reported for every major newscast and hosted the station’s weekly public affairs programs “Central Issues” and “Newsmakers.” Dan is a two-time Emmy award-winner for his work on “Veterans Voices,” a special program paying tribute to those who’ve served our country.
In 2013, he was honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best News Documentary for “Saints Among Us,” which told the stories of newly canonized Saints Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha. He was recognized twice by the New York State Broadcasters Association for Best Documentary for his coverage of Honor Flight Syracuse missions to Washington. He has also been honored twice with the Syracuse Press Club’s Professional Standards Award, and in 2018 was named to the Press Club’s Wall of Distinction. Before launching his TV career, Dan anchored and reported radio news at 62-WHEN in Syracuse, WTKO and WHCU in Ithaca, and WNYR in Rochester.
During his entire career at NewsChannel 9, Dan has been actively involved in the Central NY community. He served on several boards and hosted fundraisers for non-profits. These include the Syracuse Rescue Mission, Samaritan Center, Elmcrest Children’s Center, InterFaith Works, Catholic Charities, Francis House, Bishop Grimes Junior-Senior High School, the City-County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, the Everson Museum, and Hope for Bereaved. In retirement, he joined the board of Honor Flight Syracuse. Dan also continues to host a monthly interview program on WCNY Community FM, “CNY Heroes,” dealing with veteran’s issues.
Dan was born and raised in southern Cayuga County. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and honorary degrees from LeMoyne College and Onondaga Community College.