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WIVB Adds Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist

WIVB has announced the addition of Rose Ciotta to its investigative unit.

“Rose has a reputation for tenacity, and the natural curiosity that is in the DNA of every great investigative journalist,” WIVB news director Joe Schlaerth said in a statement. ” She understands what is important to Western New Yorkers and will bring those sensibilities to News 4 Investigates.”

The Buffalo CBS affiliate said Ciotta will lead the station’s investigative team “in its multiscreen reporting efforts, which include on-air, interactive features and online special sections.”

Ciotta comes to WIVB from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was part of an investigate team that won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She starts Monday, August 5.

Meteorologist Don Paul Re-Signs With WIVB

Chief meteorologist Don Paul has re-signed with WIVB, LIN Media’s CBS affiliate in Buffalo, Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News reports.

“I don’t want to give too many details,” Paul told the News. “I’m pretty pleased. It’s for three years, with their options each year. I found out LIN isn’t doing any no-cut deals. The last deal was three no-cut years. This one doesn’t…. It had a happy ending. In a lot of ways, I’m pretty pleased.”

Paul originally joined WIVB in 1984 and left for rival WGRZ in 1988. He re-joined WIVB in 1991. He appears on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

In Buffalo, a Switch For WGRZ-Produced 10 p.m. Newscast

The 10 p.m. newscast produced by Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ will switch from airing on MyNetworkTV affiliate WNYO to Fox affiliate WUTV next week, according to the Buffalo Daily NewsAlan Pergament. The newscast will also expand to seven days a week:

Effective April 8, [WGRZ]’s 10 p.m. newscast will switch from little-watched WNYO-TV to local Fox affiliate WUTV and it will expand from five nights a week to seven nights a week with the addition of weekend newscasts. Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.

That will mean a few weeks before the start of the May sweeps, [WGRZ]’s newscast on WUTV will be getting stronger lead-ins than [WIVB]’s 10 O’Clock News gets on sister station WNLO from little-watched CW programming here.

WIVB Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB has expanded its weekend morning newscasts, according to the Buffalo News.

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.

“Our viewers asked for more news and ‘4-Warn’ weather coverage on the weekend,” news director Joseph Schlaerth said.

Diana Fairbanks Moving to Mornings at WIVB

Diana Fairbanks is moving into a new role at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB-WNLO. Beginning Monday, Fairbanks will co-anchor the morning newscast, according to Buffalo television blogger Alan Pergament.

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.

Meteorologist Lindsay Riley Joins KXAS in Dallas

Meteorologist Lindsay Riley has joined KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas.

Previously, Riley has worked at WLEX in Lexington, Ky. and WIVB in Buffalo. She will be the weekend morning meteorologist, as well as reporting on environmental and weather-related stories and features.

“I’m very excited to join the NBC 5 team of meteorologists because I’ve been a true weather enthusiast since I was four years old,” Riley said in a statement. “To work in such a large and dynamic weather region like North Texas is a dream come true!”

Jordan Williams Joining WIVB as Morning Anchor, Investigative Reporter

Jordan Williams is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as morning anchor and investigative reporter, according to Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament.

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.

Williams replaces Joe Arena, who departed for Pittsburgh in October. Ed Drantch, who is currently filling in on the morning newscast, will return to his reporting duties, according to Pergament.

WIVB Reporter Roughed Up During Bullying Report

Lou Raguse, a reporter for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, found himself the target of a pair of men on trial for bullying a man who has Tourette syndrome.

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

Sports Reporter Lauren Brill Joins WIVB

Lauren Brill is joining Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB as a sports reporter, according to the Buffalo News.

Brill joins WIVB from MSG Variety, a 24-hour high school sports network in New York City, where she is a multimedia journalist. Beginning August 29, she will anchor sports on WIVB’s 6, 10 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts.

“Lauren will bring an entirely new level of coverage to the Western New York sports scene,” news director Joseph Schlaerth said. “She’ll cover high school, college and professional teams, but she will also look for the everyday athlete – people who may not be professional but who train just as hard. Lauren will make an immediate impact on sports coverage here.”

Morning Anchor Victoria Hong Leaving WIVB

Victoria Hong, the morning and noon anchor at WIVB, is leaving the Buffalo CBS-affiliate.

“I’m very appreciative of my time at Channel 4, they took me at a serious time in my life,” Hong told Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament. “I’m getting older and it’s time for a new adventure.”

Hong originally joined WIVB in 1993, but left three years later. She returned to WIVB in 2003 after stints at WPHL in Philadelphia and WRGZ in Buffalo. According to Pergament, she plans to leave television altogether.

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