On Monday afternoon, Medaille College hosted their 13th annual Media Awards Luncheon at the Events Arena in the Kevin I. Sullivan Center. The ceremony recognizes local law enforcement, judges, public relations professionals, advertising agencies, and local broadcasters.
Among those honored was meteorologist Jennifer Stanonis from WGRZ-TV, who previously served as a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Board of Directors, as Meteorologist of the Year. Stanonis joined Channel 2 in June of 2012 after moving to Western New York in 2005. Before joining WGRZ-TV, she worked at WKBW-TV as a weather anchor and reporter for seven years. She worked at KCWY-TV in Casper, Wyoming, before moving to Buffalo. Stanonis holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal granted by the American Meteorological Society.
Stanonis holds degrees from San Francisco State University in Journalism and a Meteorology degree from the College at Brockport.
In the Excellence in Television Broadcasting category, Rochelle Alleyne from Spectrum News Buffalo and Shannon Smith from WIVB-TV were recognized for their reporting.
Smith is a multimedia journalist for News 4 and came to Western New York in August of 2017. 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.
Alleyne came to Buffalo in July of 2016 after working at many stations in the south. Before coming to Buffalo, she worked in Waco, Texas at KXXV-TV, with WUFT-TV, and WUFT-FM. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Sports anchor and reporter Jenna Callari from WKBW-TV picked up the Excellence in Television Sports Broadcasting Award. Callari is no stranger to the Western New York area and was actually born and raised in the area. She moved back to Buffalo in August of 2017 after a stint at WLTZ-TV in Columbia, Georgia and WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine. She is an alum of Michigan State University.
Medaille’s Communication Program requires students to complete three internships, supervised by Lou Pozantides, and has developed strong relationships with local media organizations.
This year, they presented WBBZ-TV with the Internship Site of the Year Award, which was accepted by Promotion and Production Director John Di Sciullo. Di Sciullo joined WBBZ-TV in 2012 after a long stint at WKBW-TV in various positions.
Finally, Samantha Rudnick from Entercom Buffalo was awarded Radio Promotions Director of the Year Award. Rudnick is responsible for live events, concerts, and promotion efforts for the cluster including highly successful concerts like Kerfuffle, Kiss the Summer Hello!, and Starry Night in the Garden.