WKBW Announces New Morning Anchor Team, Reporter Hires

By Kevin Eck 

Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW has named Cole Heath (pictured right) and Tiffany Lundberg (pictured left) as the morning anchor team to replace outgoing anchors Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery.

Both Taney and Geoffery announced their departures from WKBW within weeks of one another. After Geoffery said she was leaving, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren told TVSpy, “WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product.”

WKBW also announced two other moves, Jill Perkins will join the station as a multimedia journalist in July. She was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WJET in Erie, PA. While WKBW MMJ Jason Gruenauer will join the sports team.

“We believe morning news is a critical area for our growth and that we will offer a fresh alternative for Western New Yorkers to start their day,” said WKBW incoming general manager, Michael Nurse in a statement. “Jill and Jason are solid reporters who will help our overall news effort and are welcome additions to our growing news team.”

Heath comes to WKBW from KREM in Spokane, WA, where he was a reporter. He also worked at KODE in Joplin, MO. Lundberg worked at KCWY in Casper, WY and KCEN in Waco, TX.

[The Buffalo News]