The Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fameâ€™s Womenâ€™s History Month Spotlights
Doris Jones/Class of 1999 Inductee
Starting her career at Channel 4 in 1950 while still a student at Amherst Central High School, Doris Jones scored many landmark accomplishments — Buffaloâ€™s first female TV newscaster and staff announcer (at Channel 2 in the 1960s); Buffaloâ€™s first weatherperson (at Channel 59 in 1953) and host of Buffalo TVâ€™s first audience-participation show (â€œFor the Ladiesâ€ at Channel 7) back in 1959.
Doris also performed more than 10,000 live and recorded commercials from 1950-1972. She also appeared coast-to-coast for dozens of national advertisers. Doris also hosted everything from game shows and public affairs to musical specials and â€œRomper Roomâ€ through the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s.
Janice Lieberman/Class of 2013 Inductee
Janice Lieberman has earned a reputation as one of broadcastingâ€™s leading consumer reporters. Itâ€™s a skill she first honed as an anchor and reporter at WIVB-TV from 1983-1989. For the past 16 years, Janice has been a part of NBC News, serving as a consumer reporter for the “Today Show.”
Janice began her career as an intern at ABC News in 1981, where she was a researcher. Following graduation from Rutgers University, Janice took her research skills to WCBS-TB in New York, where she spent the next two years. In 1983, Janice went from behind the scenes to on-camera as part of the News 4 Buffalo team at WIVB-TV. She specialized in consumer reporting, but also did some anchoring during her time at the station.
From Buffalo, Janice went to the CNBC, where she hosted â€œSteals and Dealsâ€, a nightly investigative consumer finance show. She was honored with two cable ACE Awards in 1991 and 1993 while hosting the CNBC program. In 1997, Janice joined ABC News as the Consumer Reporter for the “Good Morning America,” before signing with NBC-TV in 1999.
In addition to her broadcasting experience, Janiceâ€™s career includes a stint as contributing editor for Readers Digest, where she pens the column â€œHereâ€™s the Deal.â€ Additionally, Janice serves as an expert contributor to the Fine Living Network, where she offers consumer tips to viewers. She also has her own website, â€œJanice Lieberman Everyday Solutionsâ€ where she blogs about topics of interests to consumers. Lieberman is the author of two books, Tricks of the Trade: A Consumer Survival Guide and How to Shop for a Husband, She has written articles for Redbook, Fit Pregnancy and Lifestyle magazines and has been a contributor to the TV shows Oprah, Montel and Leeza.
Helen Neville/Class of 1997 Inductee
Helen Neville was among the first to break the barriers that got in the way of women in broadcasting. She was extremely popular in Buffalo, especially her remote broadcasts from department store restaurants. Helen began her radio career in Batavia and moved to WKBW where her success led to a jump to WGR Radio. When the opportunity presented itself, she became part of the pioneer staff at WGR-TV (Ch.2). Her warm personality and east with which she interacted with her audiences made her a natural for television. Helen Neville was a true pioneer whose legacy of crossing boundaries lives on today.
Nancy Sanders/Class of 2013 Inductee
Nancy Sanders says sheâ€™s done the â€œtrifecta,â€ having worked at WKBW-TV, WGRZ -TV and WIVB-TV over the course of her stellar career in Buffalo. Ironically, she actually didnâ€™t start out with the goal of working in TV. Nancy interned for the Buffalo Common Council while attending the University of Buffalo as an English and Political Science major. Zfter applying for a job at WKBW Radio, she was referred to Channel 7â€™s Irv Weinstein, who hired her as a newsroom secretary.
Sanders eventually rose up through the ranks to become the Assistant News Director at WKBW. During her three decades at the station, she planned many of the series, specials and investigative reports that aired on Eyewitness News. A series she produced on drinking and driving entitled â€œCry for Life,â€ earned her an award from the National Association of Broadcasters and a commendation from President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.
From WKBW-TV, Nancy moved to WGRZ-TV just as the station was introducing its â€œRed Coatsâ€ investigations. She was involved in some of the teamâ€™s first reports. In addition, the TV veteran produced a special on autism and a political debate in Niagara Square entitled â€œShowdown at Noon.â€
In the mid 2000s, Sanders became the news director of Bridges TV, the Muslim-American lifestyles channel. Working with few resources, she says she had to re-invent television for the stationâ€™s audience, using citizen reporters in the field, plus reports from the BBC, military satellite feeds and AP International.
In the late 2000s, Sanders completed her trifecta at the â€œBig 3â€ by joining WIVB-TV as the news operations manager. Since joining the Channel 4 team, she has coordinated coverage of some of the biggest stories of recent years, including the crash of Flight 3407, the City Grill Shootings and the Wallenda high wire walk over Niagara Falls.
On an industry level, Sanders is a past board member of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, serving as the organizationâ€™s president in 1992. The accomplished TV veteran has also earned numerous AP Awards during throughout her distinguished career.
In addition to serving as a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Board of Directors, she is a past board member of Working for Downtown, volunteers at the Darwin D. Marin House and spends her off-time as a team caption for Buffalo in Bloom.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute these women for their many contributions during National Womenâ€™s History Month. Check back for more profiles later this month.