In an announcement made on Monday by General Manager Jim Toellner, longtime Executive Producer Athan Kompos has been named News Director at WGRZ-TV. Kompos was most recently Acting News Director after Kate Glover’s departure in June. The Buffalo native and Canisius graduate has been with the station since 2004 and was promoted to the Executive Producer role in 2009.
In a surprise move on Tuesday afternoon, WIVB-TV News Director Lisa Polster announced that former WKBW-TV Sports Anchor/Reporter Nick Filipowski will join the station. The hire comes just 6 days after Tom Martin signed off and left Western New York for Kansas City. Filipowski spent three years at the Scripps owned station and in his sign off remarks indicated that he had not lined up his next opportunity at the end of the July. He will make his on-air debut with WIVB-TV later this week and joins the team of Sports Director Josh Reed, Sports Reporter Shannon Shepherd, and Sports Photographer Scott Swenson.