In New York City last weekend, I was honored to serve as a presenter for New York’s Emmy Awards. It’s a gala event for hundreds of journalists, videographers, writers, producers, digital specialists, and other broadcasters who submit their best work for judging and compete for the coveted Emmy statuette. For a second year, the organizers asked me to help present the awards as a representative of stations in upstate New York. It was a sparkling evening, made more special because my family was with me. Congratulations to all the Emmy winners!
ICYMI: A chat with former News 4 anchor/reporter Barbara Pinson Lash about several changes in her life and working as a media coach in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
You may recall Barbara Pinson (seen here in the brown dress next to CBS' James Brown) who was part of our News 4 team from 2003-2007. After she left Buffalo, she worked as an anchor in Charlotte, NC for several years. She has recently become a graduate student, author, and media coach. Just days ago she served as a media coach at NFL Broadcast Boot Camp. She'll be our guest in the studio Thursday on News 4 at 5:30. I hope you'll join us for the conversation about her interesting adventures!
Wishing all the best to Callan Gray as she leaves Buffalo headed for a new opportunity reporting for a station in Minneapolis. Callan has been a delight to work with and a dedicated member of the News 4 team for the past three years. She has a bright future and I wish her much happiness and success!
There's tree trouble all over Western New York tonight. Rachele Mongiovi went to a home where a tree crashed through the bedroom ceiling. We'll get a closer look and Todd Santos is updating the forecast for News 4 at 11.
Photos from Cheektowaga, Hamburg & Cattaraugus.
Credit: Daphne, Jim Feldmann, Daleen Opferbeck
It's this kind of day in Western New York. Full storm coverage tonight on News 4 at 4, 5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30. Thanks to Darold Conklin for the action photo taken along Route 5 in Hamburg.
I did something yesterday I've been meaning to do -- but have been putting off because I just didn't want to think about it. My husband and I donated a wooden table and chairs to the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Main St. in Buffalo. This was a Hitchcock set that my father bought decades ago in another state from a family-owned furniture store -- a store that no longer exists. The dining set was costly at the time of purchase, but it meant a lot to my father -- a child of t...he Depression -- to have good, quality furniture in our home and a place to be family. My father has been gone more then 15 years now, and the dining set has been in my basement ever since. I had (naively) thought that my boys would want or need it someday. But I've come to learn -- and you may have seen my News 4 report about this -- Millennials today are saying "I don't want your stuff!" Especially brown wooden furniture. So I have finally parted with the set and am finding solace in the hope that some other family will share meals, stories, and laughs around the table that Dad gave us. I know we all struggle with moments like this -- and I am left with hand-me-downs of china, knick-knacks, and artwork that each tell a story about my family's time on this Earth, but have little meaning to anyone who didn't share that journey alongside us. I briefly told the gentlemen who helped us unload the table how much it meant to my father. I'm sure they've heard it all before - but it was the least I could do for Dad, who worked so hard to set a table for our family.
Spent my day off enjoying one of the true joys of living in WNY — we have maple farmers among us who tap their trees using methods honed and perfected over generations of tree-tappers. Inspired by our friend Mary Kunz Goldman, my husband and I set the GPS for 10444 Galen Hill Road in Freedom, NY, and traveled about an hour beyond Buffalo to Moore’s Maple Shack & Pancake House. We wound up with a plate full of pancakes topped with fresh, home-grown, homemade maple syrup — and a friendly tour of the sugar shack by founder Earl Moore and his son, Bill. It’s a slice of life in WNY they would love to show you and your children. Look for hours, info, and directions on mooresmaple.com.
I had the wonderful and fun opportunity to be a 'Diva' this week as one of the cast members in O'Connell & Company's "Diva by Diva" benefit performance for the WNY Women's Foundation. Actress & Director MaryKate O'Connell created the "Diva by Diva" series 18 years ago and it still speaks truth to women (and men) about life, relationships, and humor today.
Here's a good idea of what it's like to live with the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis in this moving essay by Janice Dean of FoxNews. Janice spoke about her life with MS here in Buffalo in Sept. 2016, as a guest of the National MS Society, Upstate New York Chapter. My prayers for the healing & recovery of this dynamic mother, wife, and warrior in the fight against MS -- during this MS awareness month.
Parade weather in March doesn’t get much better than what we saw today for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Buffalo. Many members of the News 4 crew turned out to walk, wave, and say hello to thousands of friendly faces lining the route along Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to North St. It was fun to see all the crazy green hats, sweaters, and outfits along the way. Irish eyes were smiling — and many photos snapped — during this family-friendly event!
I will truly miss working with Shannon Shepherd.This is her last day at News 4. She has brought warmth, intelligence, and fun into the newsroom, not to mention a burning pride in her beloved Bonnies! Shannon grew up in WNY in the family that owns the popular Connors Hot Dog Stand in Angola. She has achieved her dream of covering all aspects of sports in her hometown -- and her dreams now take her to her next stop, on the West Coast covering the San Diego Padres. We wish her all the best in the California sunshine!
What a kick to be surrounded by enthusiastic Newfane Middle School Students on the final day of their annual "Spirit Week" as videographer Roy Schrodt and I recorded our public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of Walk MS 2018 on May 5 at Canalside -- the fundraising walk for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the country. Scroll through these photos that my husband and I took of a wild, fun, and heartwarming day with students who have already raised $10,000 for MS research and programs. They have a teacher and several parents living with MS. Our thanks to Principal Tom Adams and supportive faculty & staff! You can sign up for Walk MS here:http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/…/Walk/NYRWalkEvents…
News 4's Angela Christoforos is celebrating her 2nd anniversary at News 4 today. She has an interesting background and family life. You can learn more in this interview with Mary Friona of #TotallyBuffalo. My thanks to Angela & Mary for some very nice comments. These are both women who work to help others & their community!
Next week, the BPO will embark on its first international tour in 30 years. Music Director JoAnn Falletta was our guest on News 4 at 5:30 Monday thanking Buffalo & WNY for supporting the BPO in Poland tour.