Weâ€™re continuing to honor and recognize women who have been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Today, weâ€™re fortunate to celebrate one of the anchors we see every night.
Jacquie Walker is observing her 32nd year as news anchor at WIVB-TV and the only woman in Buffalo broadcasting who has celebrated this milestone at one television station. She anchors News 4 at 5 & 6 and the #1 rated News 4 at 11 p.m. For her outstanding career, Jacquie was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcastersâ€™ Hall of Fame in 2011. The Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards selected her as â€˜Television Personality of the Yearâ€™ in 2012. Recently, Buffalo Business First has named Jacquie among the most influential people in WNY.
Jacquieâ€™s work has been recognized with fourteen Emmy nominations, the Governorâ€™s Award for Excellence in Communications, and dozens of journalism awards from the Associated Press, New York State Broadcasters Association, United Press International and other groups. She is proud to be on the News 4 team that earned two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the tragic crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in 2009. In 2012, she anchored live coverage from Canada as Nik Wallenda completed his historic wire-walk over Niagara Falls.
Deeply rooted in the community, Jacquie truly believes in serving others through volunteerism. She donates her time to countless charitable organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kevin Guest House, Make-A-Wish, and National Conference for Community and Justice. She has received major service awards from many of these organizations. In recognition of her philanthropic efforts, over the past 6 years, the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women has distributed $30,000 in scholarships in Jacquieâ€™s name to local college students.
Jacquie graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising Management and completed additional communications coursework at Columbia College. She anchored and reported as the first female co-anchor at television stations in both Rochester, New York, and Springfield, Illinois, before coming to WIVB-TV in 1983. Jacquie and her husband, Mike Beato, are the proud parents of two young men: a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, and an attorney in Washington, D.C.
Jacquie has been a leader in keeping the commitment broadcasters have in serving the community with news, information, and charitable outreach to improve the quality of life across a diverse population.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Jacquie Walker during National Womenâ€™s History Month.