The trio, all Fredonia graduates, are moving into new roles at their respective stations.

Award Winner Monica Manney standing at a television set
Photo Credit: Monica Manney

The Tim Russert Media Career Award (formerly known as the Tim Russert Medal of Merit) has recognized students for their achievement and commitment to the broadcasting field.

This year’s winner, Monica Manney (left), has recently started at Spectrum News Central New York as a multimedia journalist. Manney studied journalism at Fredonia and also minored in sociology and applied research in civil rights.

Her previous stops as an intern include WGRZ-TV, Spectrum News Buffalo, and CNN. Manney also completed the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Student Mentoring Program.


Noah Maciejewski (right), the winner from 2017, announced earlier this week that he will be taking over midday hosting duties on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kiss 98.5 (WKSE-FM).

Noah Maciejewski standing with the Kiss 98.5 logo across the photo.
Photo Credit: Noah Maciejewski

Maciejewski started at the station in March of 2017 as a weekend/fill-in on-air personality for the station and also picked up hosting duties at Alternative Buffalo (WLKK-FM) on the weekends in 2019.

He was selected to participate in the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Student Mentoring Program and Ria’s Rising Stars Foundation Scholarship. Maciejewski is also the owner of his own mobile DJ business, 716Sound.

He replaces On-Air with Ryan Seacrest and will start on Monday, November 4.


Carl Lam sitting at the set of WGRZ with a video background and the Channel 2 logo.
Photo Credit: Carl Lam

Finally, the 2014 winner of the Tim Russert Medal of Merit and current Buffalo Broadcasters Association Board Member Carl Lam (left) returns as a weekend fill-in meteorologist following the departure of Jennifer Stanonis, who left to spend more time with her family.

It’s a return to the NBC affiliate for Lam after spending five years as a fill-in traffic reporter with the NFTA appearing on the station’s morning show.

Lam had previously been freelancing in Rochester, New York at WROC-TV and continues to forecast for 680 NEWS (CFTR-AM) in Toronto. He earned his broadcast meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University in 2018.

The station is currently search for Stanonis’ permanent replacement.

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