Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW said it’s losing three on-air talent within the next month.
WKBW anchor Ashley Rowe is leaving the station next month to “focus on being a full-time mom.” Meteorologist Michelle McLeod has accepted a position in a larger market. AM Buffalo co-host Melanie Camp is heading to Houston for an on-air position.
“Last September, I learned that becoming a mom is, truly, the toughest and most rewarding job you can possibly take on,” Rowe told staffers in an email announcing the move. “Now, I have an opportunity to step back and evaluate how I want to evolve professionally and personally—and spend a lot more time with Phoebe while I do that.”
Rowe has worked at the station since 2016. Her last day on-air will be June 10.
“Ashley has decided to put family first,” said WKBW vice president and general manager Marc Jaromin. “And while we will miss her leadership in the newsroom—and her journalistic drive, we support her decision 100 percent. Work-life balance matters.”
McLeod joined WKBW in March 2019 and Camp started in March 2020. Her last day will be May 31.
“These are great opportunities for Mel and Michelle, which came because of the great work they did at our station,” Jaromin said. “We’re so proud of them and happy for their successes. They will always be a part of our family.”
“WKBW is stronger today because of Ashley’s, Michelle’s and Mel’s contributions,” said senior director of news Aaron Mason. “We will be sharing multiple staff additions in the coming weeks. We’ll also be expanding our news team over the summer, adding several new positions that will reinforce our commitment to essential, impactful journalism and positive storytelling that makes a difference for the people of Western New York we’re privileged to serve.”