In April, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association selected three students to be the next group of mentees as a part of the Second Annual Student Mentoring Program.

Since the announcement, the students have been arranging meetings with their assigned mentors and spending time with them at their respective stations, learning more about their job duties, and getting feedback on their work. Find out more about the mentees and their teams below. 

The mentees are:

Noah Maciejewski is currently a junior at the State University of New York at Fredonia double majoring in Audio/Radio and Video Production with a minor in Music Industry. In March of 2017, he joined the team at WKSE-FM (Kiss 98.5) as a weekend/fill-in on-air personality. Maciejewski had previously interned with the station in the summer of 2016.

Since 2015, Maciejewski has been working as the Program Director for WDVL at Fredonia Radio Systems and works to maintain the day-to-day operations of the station. Also at Fredonia, he currently serves as the host of “Fred Before Bed,” a late night program airing on WNYF-TV, the campus television station.

Maciejewski has also received multiple national awards recognizing his on-air work. At the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems Conference, he was awarded “Best On-Air Personality” and “Best Use of Twitter.” In the past three years, he has also received four additional nominations for his work. He is also a winner of the Ria’s Rising Stars Foundation Scholarship through AllAccess, DMR/Interactive, and A&R Worldwide.

Outside of radio and television, he currently a mobile DJ across Western New York with CJ Sound, a local entertainment company.

Maciejewski’s team of mentors include BBA Chairman Heidi Raphael, Laura Daniels from Mix 96, Lynne Bader from WNED-WBFO, morning anchor Jordan Williams from WIVB-TV, Nancy Sanders from WIVB-TV, and photographer Jeff Wick from WKBW-TV.

Fairfax, Virginia native John Hollinger is a senior at Canisius College with a double major in Sports Journalism and Communication Studies. He is currently an intern with WIVB-TV and has previously completed internships with WGR-AM and D.C. United.

Hollinger is an active member of the campus community by hosting the Canisius sports talk podcasts series, “The GriffCast,” writing for sports and news articles for the college newspaper, “The Griffin,” and has done color commentary of Canisius Athletics on ESPN3. He also serves as the Vice President for Canisius chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

As an athlete, Hollinger played Division I soccer for four years as the team’s goalkeeper. His future plans include a summer fellowship with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and pursuing an MBA at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he will continue to play soccer at the NCAA Level. Hollinger aspires to be a sports broadcaster or reporter.

Hollinger’s team of mentors include sports anchor/reporter Nick Filipowski, WGRZ-TV’s Heather Prusak, reporter Danny Spewak, Spectrum News Buffalo News Director Ed Buttaccio, Brian Duff from the Buffalo Sabres, investigative reporter Steve Brown, and news/sports reporter Andy Young.

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, senior Kelly Khatib is currently majoring in Journalism at Buffalo State College. She graduated with her Associate’s Degree from Erie Community College in 2015.

She has completed internships in both print and broadcasting with The Erie Times and Time Warner Cable News – Buffalo. She is also a writer for the student newspaper at Buffalo State, “The Record,” and is a member of the television station, BSTV. Khatib hopes to be a news anchor in the future.

Khatib’s team of mentors includes Brittni Smallwood from WIVB-TV, Lee Coppola, producer Paula D’Amico, senior reporter Eileen Buckley from WBFO-FM, Terry Fisher from Full Circle Studios, and Stephanie Barnes from WGRZ-TV.

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