2013 Inductee

Nancy says she’s done the trifecta, having worked at WKBW, WGRZ and WIVB during the course of her stellar career in Buffalo broadcasting.  Sanders didn’t start out with the goal of working in TV.  She interned for the Buffalo Common Council while attending the University at Buffalo as an English and Political Science major.  But after applying for a job at WKBW Radio, she was referred to Channel 7’s Irv Weinstein, who hired her as newsroom secretary.

Sanders eventually rose through the ranks to become Assistant News Director at WKBW.  During her three decades at the station, Sanders planned many of the series, specials and investigative reports that aired on Eyewitness News.  A series she produced on drinking and driving, Cry for Life, earned her an award from the National Association of Broadcasters and a commendation from President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.

From WKBW, Sanders moved to WGRZ, Channel 2 just as the station was introducing its Red Coats investigations.  She was involved in some of the team’s first reports.  Sanders also produced a special on autism and a political debate in Niagara Square titled “Showdown at Noon.
In the mid 2000s, Sanders became news director of Bridges TV, the Muslim-American lifestyles channel.  Working with few resources, she says she had to “re-invent television for the station’s
audience.  Bridges used citizen reporters in the field, plus reports from the BBC, military satellite feeds and AP International.

In the late 2000s, Sanders completed her trifecta at the Big 3 by joining WIVB, Channel 4 as news operations manager.  Sanders has coordinated coverage of some of the biggest stories of recent years the crash of Flight 3407, the City Grill shootings and the Wallenda high wire walk over Niagara Falls.

Sanders has been a board member of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, serving as president in 1992.  Sanders and the stations she worked for have earned numerous AP Awards during her distinguished career.  She’s a former board member of Working for Downtown, volunteers for the Darwin D. Martin House and is a team captain for Buffalo in Bloom.

Sanders and her husband, Bruce, have two adult sons, Joshua and Sam.  She is being honored by the BBA with the Al Anscombe Award, named in memory of the Buffalo broadcasting and cable TV pioneer.  It is awarded each year to those in broadcasting’s front office who have upheld the highest ideals.

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