A new team will lead the organization starting in 2020.
Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association will welcome Katie Morse, anchor/reporter from WKBW-TV, will assume the role of President. Also joining the executive board is Steve Monaco as Vice President, former WIVB-TV Operations Manager Nancy Sanders as Secretary, and Herb Flemming remaining as Treasurer.
Morse has been part of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association since 2012 and served as the coordinator for the organization’s 5K run/walk from 2013 to 2015. In 2017, she became Vice President of the group and has been working on numerous projects including growing the group’s membership, coordinating new events, and writing the script for the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Morse has spent the last 10 years in Buffalo at two local stations. She joined Time Warner Cable News (now known as Spectrum News) in 2009 and remained there until 2014. That same year, she moved across town to WKBW-TV and has been there ever since.
As for plans during the upcoming year, Morse says the Buffalo Broadcasters Association will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of broadcasting in the United States with a local event. “We’ll be working with the Buffalo History Museum to create an informative and hopefully interactive exhibit to showcase Buffalo’s rich broadcasting legacy,” she said.
Monaco takes on the new role of Vice President and continues to be the co-chair of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Under his oversight, the annual celebration has grown in scale, grandeur, and attendance. He is also working on a number of upcoming projects with the organization in collaboration with Buffalo State College.
“We’re proud to announce that this semester we will be partnering with Buffalo State College, and that our board members helped develop a course for the students to give them real-world, hands-on broadcasting experience,” Morse said. “These students will be producing segments for a television show that will air on WNYO. Our board members are helping to guide the production and work with the students, which we think will be an incredible experience on both ends.”
Sanders will begin a new role with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association as Secretary. Following her departure from WIVB-TV as Operations Manager, she has been involved with the organization’s archive project and serving as a mentor for students in our Student Mentoring Program that is held every year. She is a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Flemming, who has been part of the organization since its inception, remains as Treasurer. In addition to monitoring the finances, he regularly checks in at our archive on Cayuga Road and maintains a watchful eye on the organization’s membership.
Also new to the Board of Directors is Samantha Mitri from Sinclair Broadcasting. She moved to Western New York in 2001 and started her career in broadcasting as an account executive for nearly 10 years with WKBW-TV, two years with Time Warner in sales, and then the last six years with Sinclair, where she works as a marketing consultant. Mitri is a graduate of Buffalo State College.