Born and raised in Niskayuna, Solomon Syed joined News10 ABC as evening anchor and host of Empire State Weekly in January 2022 after almost 11 years covering some of the biggest stories in the Capital Region. Solomon brings a sincere love for his hometown area, and a unique set of skills and experience to Your Local News Leader.
After graduating from Niskayuna High School, Solomon received graduated with honors from Boston University with a political science degree. Despite not majoring in communications, he was a popular DJ and sports show host for BU’s student-run radio station WTBU. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he also graduated with honors and was the editor in chief of the school’s newspaper.
It was then that Solomon decided he wanted to combine his longtime love for broadcasting and journalism and pursue a career in television news. He returned to BU and received a master’s in broadcast journalism, spending his last semester on Capitol Hill in the advanced Washington, D.C. Journalism Program. From there he tapped into his undergraduate studies, working as a Washington Correspondent for WENY and WSEE, covering President Obama’s first Affordable Health Care Act speech to a joint session of congress and questioning then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about stimulus funding during a visit to the White House.
However, Solomon knew he wanted to return to his Capital Region roots. In 2010, he joined Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news operation as an evening reporter, quickly rising the ranks before being named main evening anchor in July 2013. Solomon won two Associated Press awards and was nominated for two Emmys, doing in-depth coverage of the Dannemora Prison Break and the Hoosick Falls water crisis. He also enjoyed being sent on several special assignments, especially Syracuse University’s run to the 2016 Final Hour in Houston.
In addition to anchoring, Solomon was named host of Spectrum News’ only name-branded public affairs program, In Focus with Solomon Syed, in 2017. The show highlighted topics of statewide and regional importance, including interviews with then-Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and many other public policy influencers.
In 2020, he decided to briefly step away from television news to join the senior leadership team at SUNY Empire State College as Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Government Relations, helping assist in their public and internal messaging efforts as the college sought to boost enrollments with its specialized hybrid distance learning model. His executive experience makes him a better journalist and storyteller.
Solomon is thrilled to be part of the team at News10 ABC, which he grew up watching with his parents and four younger siblings. When he’s not on the anchor desk, Solomon enjoys boating and is an avid sports fan, often traveling to see his favorite teams play in fun destinations.