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Syracuse University

Four new faces will be joining WKBW-TV in June as a part of the Journalism Career Program (JCP) with E.W. Scripps and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. This marks the third year of the program that has been a starting point for college graduates in Western New York.

James Groh, Nicole DeMentri, Rebecca Thornburg, and Sean Robson will be joining the ABC affiliate starting in June and all four will be Multimedia Journalists.

New JCP ParticipantsGroh (top left), originally from California, is currently a Multimedia Journalist and Sports Reporter with CitrusTV, the station’s television station. In the past, Groh has worked with Spectrum News Central New York as a photographer and worker as a reporter/writer for several local publications in Chico and San Francisco, California.

Hailing from New Jersey, DeMentri (bottom right) will also be one of the station’s newest MMJs. She has previously interned at Bloomberg News, NBC News, WSTM-TM, and MSNBC, and also worked abroad as an intern with The Week in London. DeMentri’s most recent role with CitrusTV is as anchor/multimedia journalist.

Boston native Rebecca Thornburg (top right) currently is a producer and reporter for NCC News and works in sports as a producer with Orange Television Network. Her previous experience includes stops at FOX Sports and WEEI-FM in Boston.

Robson (bottom left) will travel right down the Thruway from his hometown of Rochester to Buffalo. Robson is currently working with NCC News and as a reporter with WAER-FM. He has previously interned at WHAM-TV and WHEC-TV in Rochester.

The current class of JCP participants will complete their tenure at WKBW-TV in June including Brittany Muller, Chris DiMaria, Fatima Bangura, and Jeff Slawson.

In an announcement on Thursday from CBS News President David Rhodes, Western New York native Jeff Glor will become the next anchor of the CBS Evening News starting in November. The Kenmore East graduate and Tonawanda native has been working at CBS News since 2007.

“Jeff is a thoughtful, probing journalist with the versatility to anchor in any circumstance — from daily reporting to the most significant events of our time,” Rhodes said in the announcement.

In a press release sent out by WKBW-TV, the station is welcoming 4 new staffers and recent Syracuse graduates as a part of their Journalism Career Program. The program is linked to Syracuse University and provides a 12-month long program in their respective roles, run by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Fatima Bangura (top left) will join the station as a Digital Producer working with online content for the station’s website. Bangura has interned with MSNBC and Black Enterprise Magazine and served as a producer and reporter for Newhouse Communications Center News, the university’s newscast.

Chris DiMaria (top right), Jeff Slawson (bottom left), and Brittany Muller (bottom right) will join the station as Multi-Media Journalists. DiMaria served as an intern for NBC Olympics, WTXF-TV, and KYW-TV in both the news and sports department. Slawson is a Western New York native and attended high school at Williamsville North. He worked as an Assignment Desk Intern at WPIX-TV in New York City and also interned with MSNBC. Muller is a Florida native and has interned with WTVJ-TV in Miami and NBC Olympics.

They are expected to start at the station during June.


With a new group of JCP Participants headed to Buffalo, all but one have left to go to other Scripps stations across the country.

As previously mentioned, Paola Suro (bottom left) left WKBW-TV at the end of April to join WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently serves as a Enterprise Reporter for the station’s morning show. Former digital producer Bretton Keenan (top left) has moved to WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is expected to continue in that capacity. Cole Ellenbogen (bottom right), who produced the station’s 4:30 a.m. newscast in addition to other shows, has moved to West Palm Beach, Florida with WPTV-TV. Josh Bazan (top right) will remain in Buffalo as a Multi-Media Journalist, filling the vacancy after Cierra Johnson left the station.