Annual Media Awards

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March 26, 2013

The Communication Department hosted its eighth annual Media Awards Ceremony luncheon at the Kevin I. Sullivan Center on Monday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was honored along with local news anchors, reporters, media professionals and community leaders.

The event was covered by WIVB-TV Channel 4 and YNN.

Special Recognition Awards:
Hon. Byron Brown, Mayor, City of Buffalo - Man of the Year Award
Deborah Ceppaglia, Associate Professor/Librarian, Medaille College - Woman of the Year Award

Excellence in Leadership:
Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D., Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Excellence in Leadership Award

Television Award Recipients:
Patrick Taney, WKBW-TV - Male News Anchor of the Year
Melissa Holmes, WGRZ-TV - Female News Anchor of the Year
Kevin Carroll, YNN Buffalo - Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award
Mike G. Cejka, WIVB-TV - Meteorologist of the Year Award
Claudine Ewing, WGRZ-TV - Reporter of the Year Award
Lou Chilelli, WKBW-TV - Excellence in Photojournalism and Reporting Award
James Diavastes, WIVB-TV - Lifetime Achievement Award in Television Production

Radio Award Recipient:

Richard Greene, Culver Communications - Lifetime Achievement Award in Radio Broadcasting

Print Journalism Recipient:

Douglas DeCroix, Western New York Heritage Press - Excellence in Print Magazine Award

Alumni of the Year:
Sommer O'Donnell, Medaille Class of 2012 - Alumni of the Year Award in Communications

Law Enforcement Awards:
Joseph F. Strano, Buffalo Police Department - Lifetime Achievement Award in Law Enforcement
Scott Patronik, Erie County Sheriff's Office - Lifetime Achievement Award in Law Enforcement


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