WIVB-TV has hired Erica Brecher, who has distinguished herself for the last four years as an aggressive and likable reporter at rival WGRZ-TV.
Brecher is becoming the weekend nightside anchor, a position that Marissa Perlman primarily has been handling since Callan Gray left for a reporting job in Minneapolis. Brecher, who occasionally anchored at Channel 2, also will be a reporter for three days. She starts at Channel 4 on Aug. 1.
At Channel 4, Brecher will be teaming with her husband, Channel 4 meterologist Andrew Baglini, on the weekend newscasts as of now, according to Channel 4 News Director Lisa Polster. The couple recently celebrated their first anniversary.
Non-compete clauses in media contracts are unenforceable in New York State, which freed Brecher to leave Channel 2 for Channel 4 as soon as her contract expires.
"We look forward to bringing Erica's love of the Queen City, enthusiasm and professionalism to the News 4 team," wrote Polster in an email to the staff.
In a text message, Polster added: "We're excited! She's a great journalist with a dynamic personality."
In a Twitter direct message, Brecher wrote: "This was by no means an easy decision to make. Channel 2 was my home away from home for the past four years, and I'm forever thankful for my time working among extremely talented journalists.
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to advance my career and enjoy a new work balance in which I get to both anchor but still have boots on the ground in Western New York communities and continue to meet people and tell their stories."