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Mary Friona to Sign Off From WGRZ

mary friona wgrzMary Friona is leaving Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ to focus on her family, the Buffalo NewsAlan Pergament reports:

Channel 2 News Director Jeff Woodard wrote in an email sent this afternoon that the station is “working on both a short-term and long-term plan to replace” Friona. In an email sent to the staff this morning, Woodard praised Friona “as an integral part of the success of ‘Daybreak’ for the past 16 years, as her ‘As Seen on TV’ product test has been one of the most popular franchises in the market.

“We will miss her engaging personality that came out in those tests, just as we will miss the fantastic storytelling. Mary has shared incredible stories of individuals and families with powerful messages of hope and survival… Mary, we wish you much happiness as you focus your attention and strength on raising your beautiful children and taking care of your entire family.”

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Kelly Dudzik to Join WGRZ in Buffalo

Kelly Dudzik will be leaving Little Rock FOX affiliate KLRT to join Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ.

“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.”

Dudzik began working for KLRT in 2007.  She previously worked at KFBB In Great Falls, MT.  Before that she was a producer at WXIX in Cincinnati and WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Her first day at WGRZ will be Monday, March 4.

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Jodi Johnston Leaving Buffalo’s WGRZ

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.

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WGRZ Stops Showing Video of Girls with Tics; ND Jeff Woodard Calls Decision ‘A Great Journalistic Debate’

Buffalo NBC-affiliate WGRZ will stop showing video of a group of local high school girls affected by a mysterious disorder that makes them twitch and tic, the station announced this week.

More than a dozen students at LeRoy High School have developed the symptoms, which some doctors say indicate a psychological condition brought on by stress. WGRZ has been covering the story since it broke in November, news director Jeff Woodard says.

“We hear over and over from doctors that all the media attention doesn’t help them,” Woodard tells TVSpy.

Citing a desire to be “upfront” with viewers, Woodard says, the station discussed the decision on three separate newscasts this week. He calls the issue “a great journalistic debate” and says he can see both sides of the issue.

“I don’t know if this is something we should be doing or something we shouldn’t be doing,” he says. “It’s something we felt like doing as members of the community.” Read more