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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.

Reporter Brittni Smallwood Joins WIVB in Buffalo

Brittni Smallwood has joined WIVB, the CBS-affiliate in Buffalo. She comes from WETM, the NBC-affiliate in Elmira, NY, where she co-anchored the morning newscast.

Smallwood, who will report for the morning and noon newscasts, is one of two that joined WIVB from WETM today. The other is Steve Vesey, who will join WIVB’s sports team.

“Brittni comes to News 4 with a lot of talent and ambition and she will be a terrific fit with our team,” news director Joseph Schlaerth told TVSpy. “She knows how to report hard news and how to tell a great story and we look forward to helping her grow as a journalist.”

Sportscaster Steve Vesey Joins WIVB From WETM

Steve Vesey is joining the sports team at WIVB, the CBS-affiliate in Buffalo. He joins the station from WETM, the NBC-affiliate in Elmira, NY.

WIVB’s has lost both of their sportscasters this year. Sports anchor Paul Peck left the station, and the television business entirely, in March. Sports director John Murphy is leaving next month, reportedly to take a multimedia job with the Buffalo Bills.

“It was an unusual situation,” WIVB news director Joseph Schlaerth told the Buffalo News. “I don’t have an exit date for Murph . . . but we expect that he will be spending time with Steve to help ease the transition.” Read more

10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were given to a small-market and large-market station in five categories — breaking news coverage, documentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting and public service in television journalism.

Large market winners were WISH in Indianapolis, KLAS in Las Vegas, News 12 Westchester, KPHO in Phoenix and WIVB in Buffalo. Small market station winners were WGXA in Macon, GA, KOMU in Columbia, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, WVUE in New Orleans and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

A full list of local news winners is after the jump. Read more

Is Local Sports Coverage Going Extinct?

The Buffalo News takes a look at the diminishing amount of sports coverage on local stations following the departure of sports anchor Paul Peck from WIVB. Peck’s exit was reportedly tied to “devalued sports coverage” at the CBS-affiliate, a trend that has cropped up as viewers increasingly get sports news elsewhere:

The trend reflects the ease with which sports fans now find scores and more elsewhere. They are watching games on their phones and online, and don’t have to wait until 11 p.m. for results, according to a communications instructor at Buffalo State College.

“There are more sources for sports information — a big source is ESPN,” said William Raffel, associate professor.  “There’s this idea if people are interested in sports, there’s a network that offers it 24 hours a day.  Read more

Veteran Sports Anchor Paul Peck Leaving WIVB

After 24 years at Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB, sports anchor Paul Peck has announced his departure from the station.

The news was first reported by Buffalo media reporter Alan Pergament, who writes that Peck’s exit is tied “devalued sports coverage” at WIVB. He has accepted a job at AXA Advisors.

“It’s been my life for a long time,” Peck told Pergament. “I’m taking this leap of faith in this new job. I’m excited. I gave it a lot of thought. It is definitely the right time and it’s a wonderful opportunity to pursue.”

Peck has been a sports anchor at WIVB since 1988. The station has not named a replacement.

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