Have you been keeping track? There have been lots of changes at local stations!
Since it’s been so windy, it’s no surprise that the winds of change have been occasionally blowing into local television and radio stations in the Buffalo area.
Some of the biggest changes have been at WIVB-TV with a number of new hires since March. Marlee Tuskes and Angelica Morrison (left) both joined the CBS affiliate as a multimedia journalist. Tuskes, a University at Buffalo alum, arrived at that station in March after working at another Nexstar station in Utica, New York. Morrison made the switch from radio to television and left WBFO-FM, where she was most recently the Managing Editor – Special Projects.
The station has also added two Digital Reporters since the beginning of 2019. Kaley Lynch assumed the role in January after serving as a Digital Producer since April 2016. Former BBA Mentee Kelly Khatib is now the station’s second Digital Reporter and started at the station recently after working at Spectrum News Buffalo as a News Assistant.
The new staff at WIVB-TV comes after a quad of reporters left during the first quarter of 2019. Reporter Jenn Schanz was the first to leave and took a position with WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Rachele Mongiovi (right) moved to Pittsburgh to work at KDKA-TV as a reporter and Marissa Perlman jumped over to the west coast as a reporter/fill-in anchor at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California. Additionally, Angela Christoforos moved back to Boston, Massachusetts to work in PR & Marketing with Greenough Brand Storytellers.
Spectrum News Buffalo has added a new reporter, Madison Elliott. She comes to Western New York after working in Rapid City, South Dakota at KOTA-TV as a reporter. A native of Pennsylvania, Elliott graduated from LaSalle University and has interned at newsrooms across Philadelphia.
Earlier this year, we reported on the new initiative being launched with Spectrum News Buffalo and Report for America. According to the organization’s website, the group has placed 61 journalists in 50 newsrooms across the country to cover issues in specific regions from a local perspective.
Camalot Todd (right) is the fellow matched with Spectrum News Buffalo and will trade her desert heat from Las Vegas for a snow brush in Western New York. Todd works for the Las Vegas Sun as a reporter and was awarded “Best Community Reporter” in 2017 and for her investigative story. She’s a University of Nevada, Las Vegas alum and will start at the station in June. Her reporting will focus on mental health issues in Buffalo and Western New York.