If you’re a regular viewer of Wake Up! on WIVB-TV, you’ll soon be watching a new morning co-anchor alongside Jordan Williams. The station has hired Melanie Orlins (left), who most recently moved to Buffalo from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she served as the Morning Anchor for FOX 43. She has also worked in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is a Florida State Univeristy alum. She takes over for Teresa Weakley, who left to move closer to family and is now working at WOOD-TV, over a year ago. Interim anchor Brittni Smallwood will return to anchoring the 8 a.m. newscast and report for Wake Up!
A familiar face in local television has returned to the local airwaves. Lia Lando (right) started filling-in as a weekend anchor at WKBW-TV in early July. Some may remember that Lando was the interim anchor at WIVB-TV after Lisa Flynn retired from the station from 2009 to 2010. After that she spent five years at WHEC-TV in Rochester as the anchor of “Roc City Tonight” and the station’s 11 p.m. broadcast. She has previously worked at WROC-TV and WETM-TV.
WIVB-TV is filling one of their reporter vacancies with Shannon Smith (left). She is a Chicago native and most recently worked as a freelance reporter in Fresno at KMPH-TV. Before that, she worked in Omaha, Nebraska and Rockford, Illinois. Smith is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will begin at WIVB-TV on August 8.
It didn’t take long for WKBW-TV to fill the sports/news position that will be vacant after Nick Filipowski leaves the station at the end of the month. Jenna Callari will fill that role and starts on Monday, August 14. She is currently a sports anchor and reporter at WLTZ-TV in Columbus, Georgia and previously worked at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine. The Michigan State alum has interned at WOOD-TV and WLAJ-TV.
Speaking of sports, WIVB-TV sports anchor/reporter Tom Martin announced on Twitter that he will be leaving the local CBS affiliate in mid-August. There have been no confirmed reports on where he is headed but it is expected that he is headed to a bigger market. Martin joined the station in 2015 after all former members of the sports staff were let go or moved for other opportunities. He had previously worked at KOMU-TV and KATC-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana.