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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is expanding its “Wake Up!” team in January. Gabrielle Mediak, a Lancaster native and 2014 Buffalo State College graduate, will be an on-air and digital reporter, generate content for the morning program and contribute exclusive content for the web, News Director Lisa Polster said. Mediak has most recently worked for Spectrum News in Syracuse and …

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Lauren Hall will be leaving Channel 4 News for a job with Pegula Sports and Entertainment. Hall will stay through the end of the May “sweeps” rating period before joining Pegula in June. Her new title will be off-field, off-ice multimedia journalist. In that role, she will do features highlighting the Bills’ and Sabres’ community involvement for BuffaloBills.com and Sabre…

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The long goodbye of Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul ended Wednesday night with tears. But they weren’t from Paul, who said he was too busy all day to get teary-eyed before adding “and that’s a good thing.” He also appeared to be a little distracted by all the commotion, noting during his final forecast that there was some commotion in the hallways as his friends and fam…

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My Sunday story about George Richert leaving WIVB-TV to work for the Catholic Diocese was written and edited before the Channel 4 reporter had to ride around in a car looking for snow during Friday’s newscasts. If he hadn’t already had enough time in the cold and the snow to decide to leave TV, I imagine that silly exercise would have done it. After he finished driving a…

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WIVB-TV has hired a Buffalo native who graduated from St. Bonaventure University and interned at two local TV news departments as the anchor of the 4 p.m. weekday newscast that is scheduled to premiere late next month. Christy Kern, a graduate of Orchard Park High School who went by her maiden name, Christy Andrews, at her previous stop as an anchor at WZVN-TV in Fort Mye…

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Media outlets received an email Tuesday morning from Houghton College about an incredible project the school is planning. The headline on the release said: "New York’s Houghton College to Become First College in Nation to Construct $84 Million Bio-dome over Main Campus New dome to create a semi-tropical environment amid harsh northeast winters." It went on from there. "…