My name is Cole Ellenbogen.
I am a news producer at WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y., where I currently work on the morning show. I produce the first half hour, and make sure the show gets off the ground by building a strong starting audience.
I have also successfully produced the noon and the 5:30 p.m. shows, allowing me to gain experience in multiple time slots, appealing to different demographics. During my tenure on those shows, both saw a steady increase in viewership.
When I first took over the 4:30 a.m. time slot, the show sometimes would not register any ratings. Now, we are a competitive force that often wins our target demographic.
One exciting part of my job is dealing with breaking news in the control room. Once I have verified the facts, I do not hesitate when it comes to departing from the plan in favor of a breaking story.
Before I came to Buffalo, I studied Broadcast and Digital journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, at Syracuse University. I also have a dual major in History, and have been awarded a Distinction in History for my research on early American espionage.
While studying journalism, I interned with CNY Central – the NBC and CBS affiliate in Syracuse.