In announcements on social media, some big moves have been shared in the past 24 hours.
In a big announcement Monday evening, WBFO-FM’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley(above) posted on social media that she is leaving the NPR affiliate after 34 years with the station. Buckley will become WKBW-TV’s new Lead Reporter beginning on Monday, March 18.
In her time at WBFO-FM, she served as the station’s News Director and Assistant News Director. Recently, Buckley also served as the station’s education reporter. A decorated journalist, Buckley has won countless accolades including General Excellence in Individual Reporting on nine occasions from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and PRNDI award. Back in 2013, Buckley was awarded the Pinnacle Award from the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.
“When we were looking to hire a Senior Reporter, Eileen was our top choice and we are thrilled to have her join our award-winning team,” said Michael Nurse, WKBW’s Vice President and General Manager, in a press release.
The Medaille College and Holy Angels Academy graduate has worked at many stations as a reporter including WBEN-AM, WGR-AM, WECK-AM, WBUF-FM, and WNED-AM. She spent part of her career in Albany, New York.
DCA Talent announced the hiring of meteorologist Michelle McLeod at WKBW-TV. No start date has been announced.
McLeod comes to Western New York after working at WWNY-TV in Watertown, New York. She’s a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a degree in meteorology.
Before getting her start in broadcasting, McLeod was actually a drug addiction counselor and worked in a lab at Berkley, according to collectivetalent.com.
The winds of change are also sending meteorologist Kaylee Wendt to Spectrum News Buffalo. Wendt, whose contract expired at the end of the February book, made the announcement on social media earlier today.
Wendt will be the station’s evening meteorologist and joins the team including meteorologists Dan Russell and Brooke Zegarelli.
The Brockport graduate and Niagara County native spent two years working in Rochester at WHAM-TV as a weather producer and meteorologist before returning to the Buffalo airwaves in 2016. Before joining WIVB-TV in 2016, Wendt worked at WKBW-TV while splitting her time with Rochester.