The Peer 2 Peer Speaker initiative is the first of its kind in the country where the rising stars of the broadcast industry are brought into classrooms at local colleges, universities, and high schools.
The program allows students to have honest and candid discussions about careers, expectations in their first job, and what it’s like to be a broadcaster in the digital age.
Visits are coordinated by Board Member and WGRZ-TV’s Carl Lam during the months of October, November, March, and April.
Current and former guest speakers in recent semesters include Katie Alexander (WIVB-TV), Andrew Baglini (WIVB-TV), Dan Baran (WGRZ-TV), Stephanie Barnes (WGRZ-TV), Josh Bazan (WKBW-TV), Nate Benson (formerly WGRZ-TV), Casey Bortnick (Spectrum News Buffalo), Matt Bové (WKBW-TV), Erica Brecher (WGRZ-TV), Joe Buscaglia (WKBW-TV), Jenna Callari (WKBW-TV), Angela Christoforos (WIVB-TV), Laura Daniels (Freelance), Ed Drantch (WKBW-TV), Elizabeth Fuhrmann (WGRZ-TV), Katie Gibas (Spectrum News Buffalo), Lauren Hall (formerly WIVB-TV), Shannon Hazlitt (formerly WGRZ-TV), Jud Heussler (formerly WKSE-FM), Ali Ingersoll (formerly WIVB-TV), Cierra Johnson (formerly WKBW-TV), Carl Lam (WGRZ-TV), Heather Ly (WGRZ-TV), Stephen Marth (Spectrum News Buffalo), Tom Martin (formerly WIVB-TV), David Morales (WKBW-TV), Katie Morse (WKBW-TV), Brittany Muller (formerly WKBW-TV), Thuy Lan Nguyen (WKBW-TV), Marissa Perlman (WIVB-TV), Jenn Schanz (WIVB-TV), Avery Schneider (WBFO-FM), Dan Schrack (formerly WIVB-TV), Jeff Slawson (WKBW-TV), Danny Spewak (formerly WGRZ-TV), Jennifer Stanonis (WGRZ-TV), Paola Suro (formerly WKBW-TV), Kaylee Wendt (WIVB-TV), Ryan Whalen (Spectrum News Buffalo), Brandi Whytas (WLKK-FM), and Jeff Wick (WKBW-TV).
If you’re interested in participating, you can fill out this form.