Kevin O’Connell has landed a new job outside of television that keeps him in touch with the community.
The former weather anchor has been appointed to the role of Chief of Community Connections with Catholic Health. O’Connell, a 2007 inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame, left WGRZ-TV in July 2018 after his contract expired. He had spent 25 years at the station as a part of Storm Team 2, including many years leading the weather team as Chief Weather Anchor.
In a press release from Catholic Health, President and CEO Mark Sullivan says, “I see Kevin’s role within our system as a new way to continue the community service work that has always been a big part of his life.” O’Connell’s community contributions were recently recognized when he was awarded the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Silver Circle Award, in addition to his long list of accolades.
The Gold & Silver Circles are made up from a highly distinguished broadcast professionals who have made significant contributions to their respective market. O’Connell was one of seventeen individuals selected to receive this prestigious award.
After spending 43 years in broadcasting, O’Connell will be creating new bonds and relationships between residents, service organizations, and the health system.
Also from the press release, O’Connell shares his insights into the new role, “No one loves this community more than me and I am sure that working together with Mark Sullivan and his team of healthcare professionals, we will be able to gain community insight and create opportunities that will have a positive impact on the health of area families,” O’Connell said. “I am very excited and honored to be a part of Catholic Health.”