Each year, WKBW-TV announces the hire four new journalists as a part of the Journalism Career Program through the E.W. Scripps Company and Syracuse University.
The group of four women, who will all be graduates of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, will begin at the ABC affiliate in June 2019. The year-long program is designed to serve as a professional experience for the recent graduates.
The station’s three new Multimedia Journalists (MMJ) are Gilat Melamed, Taylor Epps, and Olivia Proia will take to the airwaves later this summer. Jeddy Johnson will be the station’s Digital Multimedia Journalist.
Melamed (top right), a native of Queens, will come to Western New York after interning with Spectrum News Central New York, WNBC-TV as an Assignment Desk Intern, and with the 2018 Winter Olympics with NBC. During her time at Syracuse, she’s also been an anchor with CitrusTV News and a reporter NCC News.
As a native of New Jersey, Epps (top left) has interned with WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, CBS This Morning: Saturday, and SiriusXM Radio. She currently works at Z89 (WJPZ-FM) as an on-air host and has been in that role since January 2017 and was a student reporter for WAER Radio.
Proia (bottom right), who hails from Youngstown, Ohio, has interned with WFMJ-TV in her hometown, WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and reports for WAER Radio. In addition, she also reports and anchors for NCC News.
Finally, Johnson (bottom left) has held a number of internships with large media firms. The Stamford, Connecticut native has interned at the TODAY Show, Bloomberg, and WSYR-TV. She also works at Z89 (WJPZ-FM), CitrusTV and has worked at WAER Radio.
With a new class coming to town, the third class will either be shifting into new roles or moving on to other opportunities. Nikki DeMentri and Rebecca Thornburg will be staying at WKBW-TV as Multimedia Journalists. According to the station’s press release, James Groh will be moving to WTMJ-TV, another Scripps station and Sean Robson will be moving to New York City to pursue a career in social media and marketing.