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Callan Gray, from WIVB-TV, bid farewell to viewers in Western New York earlier this month. You can see her goodbye in the tweet below.

https://twitter.com/CallanGray4/status/983215827171332096

The former weekend anchor/reporter has moved to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is Market 15 in the country. She will be a reporter for the ABC affiliate. Gray’s three-year stint in Buffalo came after she worked at WCYB-TV/WEMT-TV in Tri-Cities, Tennessee as a reporter and anchor. while at Syracuse University, she was also the local host at WAER-FM of All Things Considered, NPR’s flagship program.

She is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned degrees in Journalism and Earth Science.


Two Ithaca College graduates have started at WIVB-TV within the past few weeks.

Kelsey Anderson joined the station in March 2018 as a multi-media journalist. The Western New York native spent over four years in Boise, Idaho, at KBOI-TV as an anchor and reporter. Before leaving the station, Anderson was the station’s morning anchor alongside Bryan Levin. While out west, she earned awards from the Idaho State Broadcasters Association and the Idaho Press Club for her reporting. Anderson previously interned at WKBW-TV and WENY-TV in Elmira, New York.

WIVB-TV wasted no time in finding a replacement for Shannon Shepherd, who left the station to join Fox Sports San Diego. Jenna Harner joins the CBS affiliate as a sports reporter/anchor from WENY-TV in Elmira, New York, where she most recently served as Sports Director. She made her on-air debut this past weekend, just in time for the NFL Draft, baseball in Western New York, and the Bandits season. She is originally from Connecticut and interned at WFSB-TV and Fox CT before her stint in Elmira.

In an announcement made on Monday by General Manager Jim Toellner, longtime Executive Producer Athan Kompos has been named News Director at WGRZ-TV. Kompos was most recently Acting News Director after Kate Glover’s departure in June. The Buffalo native and Canisius graduate has been with the station since 2004 and was promoted to the Executive Producer role in 2009.

Sports anchor/reporter Tom Martin made it official yesterday and announced that he is leaving Buffalo for Kansas City. He will take over as a weekend sports anchor/reporter for KCTV-TV after two years in Buffalo. Martin came to Buffalo two years ago as WIVB-TV was revamping their entire sports department following the departures of Lauren Brill and Steve Vesey. Before Buffalo, the Mizzou grad worked at KATC-TV and KOMU-TV. He will start at the new station sometime in September.

Martin was also a four-time participant and guest speaker for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour. The initiative strives to connect the rising stars of the industry with students that might be interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting at local colleges and universities.

Fun fact, this is also where former WIVB-TV News Director Scott Levy went to take a new opportunity as well.

If you’re a regular viewer of Wake Up! on WIVB-TV, you’ll soon be watching a new morning co-anchor alongside Jordan Williams. The station has hired Melanie Orlins (left), who most recently moved to Buffalo from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she served as the Morning Anchor for FOX 43. She has also worked in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is a Florida State Univeristy alum. She takes over for Teresa Weakley, who left to move closer to family and is now working at WOOD-TV, over a year ago. Interim anchor Brittni Smallwood will return to anchoring the 8 a.m. newscast and report for Wake Up!


A familiar face in local television has returned to the local airwaves. Lia Lando (right) started filling-in as a weekend anchor at WKBW-TV in early July. Some may remember that Lando was the interim anchor at WIVB-TV after Lisa Flynn retired from the station from 2009 to 2010. After that she spent five years at WHEC-TV in Rochester as the anchor of “Roc City Tonight” and the station’s 11 p.m. broadcast. She has previously worked at WROC-TV and WETM-TV.

Nick Filipowski is leaving Western New York at the end of July

Sports Anchor/Reporter Nick Filipowski is getting set to leave WKBW-TV at the end of July when his contract expires after deciding not to renew his contract. This was first reported by Alan Pergament from the Buffalo News. Filipowski joined Channel 7 in August of 2014 after spending the past five years in Nebraska at KNOP-TV and in Iowa at KTIV-TV as sports anchor/reporter. He covers weekend sportscasts and also fills-in during the week. He also created the “Friday Football Frenzy” show that covered local high school football. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate has not announced any future plans of where he’s headed at this time.