Previously, WIVB’s weekend morning newscast was one hour long, airing at 7 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays. The expanded newscasts, anchored by Nalina Shapiro (pictured) with meteorologist Bryan Shaw, run from 7 to 9 a.m. both days.
“Kelly is an anchor and reporter who understands what journalism is about – holding people accountable and being a voice for the voiceless,” WGRZ news director Jeff Woodard told TVSpy. “She brings experience in the field and in the studio that will fit into our team perfectly.”
Her first day at WGRZ will be Monday, March 4.
Fairbanks has solo anchored the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WIVB and the 10 p.m. newscast on WNLO since joining the station last year. In her new role, she will co-anchor the morning newscast alongside Jordan Williams, who joins the station this week. She will also anchor the noon newscast.
“It is something we’re going to try. I was asked if I would like to give it a shot,” Fairbanks told Pergament.
Fairbanks’ replacement in the evenings not yet been announced, but Pergament notes Dan Postles and Jacquie Walker, who co-anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, may trade off as solo anchors at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
Holmes, who joined WGRZ at the beginning of this year, has been filling in on the morning newscast since Jodi Johnston signed off in November. She will officially take over as the program’s co-anchor alongside John Beard on January 3.
“Her professionalism, strong journalistic background, and her engaging personality are the perfect match for our talented morning team,” WGRZ news director Jeff Woodard said in announcing the promotion. “She has quickly become a favorite among our fans, and we look forward to her continued growth in this new role.”
Since joining the station, Holmes has been anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast on WGRZ’s sister station, WNYO.
Williams will join the station after four years at KRGV in Rio Grande Valley, Tx., where he also anchors the morning show. He will begin in Buffalo in January.
“Thank you for inviting us into your home every day. Thank you to my channel 2 family for all that you mean to me, for all that we’ve been through,” Johnston said during her last newscast (video above).
The men are accused of stalking a Dunkirk man named Mikey Gonzales. “When aggravated, Mikey makes noises and uncontrollably slaps himself in the face,” said the station’s website. “Years of bullying has caused Mikey to hit himself so many times he lost sight in one eye.” The pair of suspects are accused of aggravating Mikey, videotaping his outbursts, then posting the video to youtube.
Raguse was standing outside the courthouse as the men left their arraignment. When the WIVB reporter first began asking the two suspects if they were going to fight the charges, he lost his microphone in a scuffle. Then later, one of the men charged Raguse and shoved him into a light pole. You can watch the report after the jump. Read more
Jodi Johnston, morning anchor for WGRZ will be leaving the NBC affiliate for the new role of director of corporate media relations for First Niagara Financial Group.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in television and waking up with Western New Yorkers every day,” Johnston said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “I am fortunate to have been offered an opportunity at an organization that shares my passion for this community. This is a natural progression of the next phase of my career.”
During Johnson’s twelve years on the morning anchor desk, the Buffalo station climbed to number one in the ratings for that market.
There are two new additions at Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ, the Buffalo News reports. Jeff Preval has joined the station as a general assignment reporter and Jonah Javad (pictured) has joined as a sports reporter and anchor.
Preval joins WGRZ from WTAJ in Altoona, Pa., where he was a reporter and multimedia journalist until August. He worked at WTAJ’s State College bureau during the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
Javad has previously worked as a production assistant for ESPN and as a sports reporter and anchor for KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Javad began at WGRZ in August.
Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ has issued an apology after mistakenly airing photos of musician Seal while reporting on the death of Michael Clarke Duncan on Monday evening.
The station reported on Duncan’s death during Monday’s 11 p.m. newscast. During the segment, a short video of Duncan at various red carpet events aired; toward the tail end of the story, the clip switched to still photos, which were all of Seal (pictured here with ex-wife Heidi Klum).
A statement posted on the WGRZ Facebook page reads:
Yep; our bad; we own it. A careless editing error at the end of the Michael Clarke Duncan story in our 11pm news. Two entertainment stories accidentally merged into one video clip. Sincere apologies.
The station also addressed the incident on the evening news yesterday. Read more