The reporting staff at WKBW-TV is experiencing a small makeover with the recent departure of Rachel Elzufon and the coming departures of Jill Perkins and Desiree Wiley.
The E.W. Scripps station has quickly moved to replace two of above trio by hiring a reporter from California and a reporter who previously freelanced for the station.
Thuy Lan Nguyen arrives June 13 from KERO 23 ABC in Bakersfield, Calif. She was part of a Scripps recruitment program that was aligned with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where she graduated. According to a Channel 7 release, she earned “the Asian American Journalists Association VOICES 2014 honor as one of 18 students selected nationally for an immersive reporting workshop.” She previously worked at a PBS station in Phoenix and interned at a Milwaukee station.
Elizabeth Lewin, who several years ago worked as a freelancer at Channel 7 and has been a communication specialist in Mayor Byron Brown’s office, joins the station as a multi-media journalist - that's the new term for reporter - on June 6.
She holds degrees from Fordham University and Syracuse University and is currently in the Multidisciplinary Studies, Masters of Science program at SUNY Buffalo State College.
Nguyen and Lewis are both minorities who add to the station’s diversity in its reporting staff.
“It is critical that our on-air staff reflect the diversity of the market,” said Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse. “Both will make immediate and lasting positive impact on our storytelling.”
Elzufon recently left Channel 7 to work at the Red Cross part-time as its volunteer services coordinator.
Perkins, who also anchors on weekends, has decided to relocate for personal reasons and will be leaving in July, Nurse said previously.
Wiley plans to leave after her contract expires in July in pursuit of a larger market. She has not yet announced where she is headed, with Boston believed to be one possibility.