Nancy Sanders, one of the few people in Buffalo broadcasting to work at all three local stations, left WIVB-TV earlier this month after more than a decade at the station. Her career in Western New York spanned an impressive 45 years.
Sanders, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame (see the video of her induction video above), started her career at WKBW-TV. She was originally hired by Irv Weinstein to be the newsroom secretary. Sanders quickly moved her way up the ladder of newsroom management and became the station’s Assistant News Director. Her tenure at WKBW-TV lasted 32 years, during the height of the station’s ratings dominance.
As Sanders slid over to WGRZ-TV, she spent a year working on special projects including the launch of the “Red Coat Investigations,” the mayoral debate “Showdown in the Square,” and other news related projects.
Sanders rose to the rank of News Director at Bridges TV, a Muslim-American television network. While at Bridges, she had to develop content for the station and also incorporated citizen journalism, military satellite feeds, and other news sources.
In 2008, Sanders joined WIVB-TV as the News Operations Manager, which included scheduling of the news department, payroll, special projects, brand compliance, working with interns, and many other responsibilities.
However, after a fulfilling career, Sanders has decided to step away for now. In the Buffalo News profile of Sanders, she did not rule out a part-time return to television news.
In an email, Sanders said that this will allow her more time to preserve Buffalo’s broadcasting history with the BBA’s Archive Project.