As we approach the end of the year, it’s always a busy time for stations as new broadcasters join the staff. Here are some of the latest new hires from local stations. 

Sarah Shallowhorn joins WGRZ-TV as a digital producer, filling the vacancy left by Shannon Hazlitt, who left the station in September. The SUNY Osewgo graduate started at the NBC affiliate in early December. During her time at Oswego, she interned at the local NPR station, WRVO-FM.

A Buffalo native is returning to WIVB-TV as a reporter and starts today. Chris Horvatits (left) comes back to Buffalo from WHEC-TV in Rochester, where he was a morning reporter and noon anchor for the past three years. Before his stint in Rochester, Horvatits worked at WWNY-TV in Watertown and is a graduate of SUNY Oswego.

To round out the trio of Osewgonian hires, Catherine Danielewicz also recently started at WIVB-TV as a producer. She comes from Spectrum News Buffalo, where she started as a News Assistant and then joined the producing ranks. She also interned at CNYCentral in Syracuse, New York and worked at the campus television station, WTOP-TV.

Finally, WBFO-FM has hired a new part-time anchor/reporter. Thomas O’Neil-White joins the station after interning with the station in 2016. The Buffalo State graduate also worked with WBNY-FM and takes over for Porsha Ari, who left the station in September.

Sarah Blazonis (right) from Spectrum News Buffalo is trading the snow shovel for the sunglasses. Blazonis is headed for Tampa and Bay News 9, a sister station of Spectrum News. She will be covering news in the Pasco County Bureau. She had previously worked in the Mohwak Valley newsroom and then transferred to the Buffalo branch in 2015. The Syracuse graduate also worked at WICZ-TV in Binghamton before joining Spectrum News.

Producer Mary Battaglia has left WGRZ-TV to take a career outside of broadcasting. The Buffalo State graduate was an intern at the station and eventually became one of the producers on the “Daybreak” show. She was eventually promoted to an evening producer before deciding to leave the station.

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