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Director , Corporate Media Relati...

FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP INC
726 Exchange Street Suite 618
Buffalo , New York 14210
United States

Company Description: First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. provides a range of retail and commercial banking, as well as other financial services through its wholly owned savings bank...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • master's degree , education
    Canisius College
  • bachelor's degree , communication studies
    Canisius College
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Channel 2's Jodi ...
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Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec - Life & Arts - The Buffalo News
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Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec Buffalo News file photo
Buffalo News file photo "My alarm won't be going off at 3 a.m. anymore," says Jodi Johnston, who is leaving her co-anchor job on Channel 2's "Daybreak" for an executive position with First Niagara Financial Group. Johnston starts her new job in December.
Published: 09/29/2012, 12:01 AM
Updated: 09/28/2012, 05:14 PM
Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec
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Channel 2 morning anchor Jodi Johnston will be signing off television to accept an executive position with First Niagara Financial Group, it was announced Friday.
Johnston, who is 38 and the mother of an 8-year-old son, cited family concerns as a factor in her decision.
"My alarm won't be going off at 3 a.m. anymore," Johnston said. "I've been doing this schedule for a little more than 12 years, and from time to time I thought a lot about my career as my son gets older, trying to find that life/work balance. This will allow me some more normalcy. It will allow me to be there in the evening for some important activities he is doing."
In addition to co-anchoring "Daybreak" weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m., Johnston also anchored the 5 p.m. newscast. She will remain on the air at WGRZ-TV through the ratings period in November. In December, she will start at First Niagara as its director of corporate media relations and first vice president.
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Johnston started at Channel 2 in May 2000. She made her on-air debut the next month as "Daybreak" anchor, temporarily replacing Maryalice Demler, who was filling in for evening anchor Victoria Hong. During 12 years at the station, "Daybreak" rose in the ratings to become the top morning program in the Buffalo-Niagara market, according to station reports.
"Twelve years is a long time to wake up at 3 a.m., and to be on the air delivering the news as professionally and gracefully as Jodi has," said Jeff Woodard, WGRZ news director.
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Johnston worked briefly at WIVB-TV Channel 4 as an associate producer and news update anchor, a job in which she worked the overnight shift. She also worked for a time at Adelphia Cable. Since 1999, Johnston served as an adjunct instructor in the communication studies department at Canisius College.
Johnston gave up a modeling job at IMG in New York to attend Canisius College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies and master's degree in education.
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"My life has changed a lot in the last few years," Johnston said. "I have a son who is growing older, and I have wonderful roots in Western New York that I have established over the years. I'm from Buffalo. I love Buffalo. I've made the decision that I will raise my family here."
This year, according to Johnston, has been a "big year" for her son, who is in the third grade.
"He's much busier at night," she said.
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Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec
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Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec
Jodi Johnston ...
www.wgrz.net, 3 April 2007 [cached]
Jodi Johnston
Jodi Johnston is co-anchor of "Daybreak."She joined the WGRZ-TV News Team in May 2000.
Jodi was raised and educated in Western New York.She received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Canisius College, where she continues to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors and Athletic Board of Directors.Jodi started her career in 1991 as a commercial spokesperson for several international companies and worked on numerous advertising campaigns.
Jodi began working in television news in 1994 as an associate producer and anchor of hourly news reports on the CBS affiliate in Buffalo.
Jodi has received many honors throughout her career including: the Governor's Award for Excellence in Communication 2001, induction into the Di Gamma Professional Honor Society, the Canisius College Marilyn Watt Communication Award, and the Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Beyond her work in television, Johnston also works as an adjunct professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College.She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation, the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo.
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Jodi Johnston of WGRZ-TV will serve as the events Mistress of Ceremonies.
NKF of Western New York
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Jodi Johnston-Quatroche
TV news personality Jodi ...
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TV news personality Jodi Johnston seems pretty perfect, but in reality a lot of hard work and discipline brings it all together
Jodi Johnston: Made for TV
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Jodi Johnston's presence on Channel 2's "Daybreak" program since 2001 has helped drive WGRZ's morning news show ratings up considerably.Above, Johnston spends some time with her son, Max, between broadcasts.">Jodi Johnston has been in the TV business since she graduated from college in 1995 -first at Adelphia, then at WIVB before settling in at WGRZ.
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Jodi Johnston is the reigning queen of television's morning news in Buffalo.
She has spent the last eight years honing her skills as co-anchor of the popular "Daybreak" program at WGRZ, and sending Channel 2 to the top of the ratings heap, especially among Gen Xers and younger boomers, in the process.
At the same time, she's gained a unique level of public prominence in the community - with involvement on many civic boards, her seeming omnipresence as the host of local benefits and charitable events, and her high-profile marriage to a Hamburg elected official and hospital spokesman.
We can forgive Johnston all that.But can we forgive her for appearing so perfectly put-together while doing it?For being so darn perfect?
There's the legend about how she received an A in every class she ever took - from kindergarten through college.
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In other words: Who is Jodi Johnston, and how does she do it?
We offer a peek into Johnston's jam-packed day that provides answers - some of which might surprise you.
Up and at ' em
It's 3:45 a. m. A waning moon hangs suspended in a cloudy sky above Hamburg.
Johnston, clutching a pair of black ballet flats, tiptoes silently through her darkened house.Even at this hour, she's already partway down her day's to-do list.
, She's rolled out of bed at 3:15 and gotten dressed - today, in a camera-friendly pale-yellow blazer and black pencil skirt.
, She's packed a lunch and laid out clothes for her son, Max, for nursery school.
, She's located Max's backpack and placed it by the door, to make the morning a little easier for her husband.
Now it's time for Johnston to leave for another long - make that very long - work day.
She won't be done with her last shift until nearly 7 p. m. And she'll need to be in bed by about 9 to do it all again tomorrow.
"Three o'clock," says Johnston, in a decisive tone, peering at her reflection in a mirror near her side door as she hoists her Louis Vuitton bag, "is not morning."
"Three o'clock is the middle of the night."
Caffeine and concealer
Johnston's commute has good points and bad ones.The good: driving in is a breeze, because the roads are deserted this early.The bad: in winter months, she's on her own.
"I'm out before the plows are," Johnston explains, shrugging.
This morning, she climbs into her black BMW and backs it down the driveway of the spacious, columned home she shares with her husband, Tom Quatroche Jr., who is vice president of marketing at Erie County Medical Center and a Hamburg Town Board member.
The Quatroches -in private life, Johnston uses his name -built the home in 2005.It's located in the tony Briercliff subdivision.
On the morning commute, Johnston, who turns 35 in a couple of weeks, detours for a stop at Tim Hortons -"Just wakin' up," she tells the woman at the drive-thru as she grabs a cafe mocha -and then heads for the WGRZ studios on Delaware Avenue.
She arrives at 4 a. m., which gives her an hour to get ready: by reading e-mail, writing news pieces, fixing her appearance.
"A great concealer.And caffeine - they work wonders," Johnston cracks, as she smoothes on Nars blush in front of a bulb-lit mirror.
These days, Johnston anchors two daily news programs for Channel 2: "Daybreak," from 5 to 7 a. m., and the early evening news at 5 p. m. She gets a break of a few hours between the shifts.
So, do the math: Her broadcasts start a full 12 hours apart.
The fact that she works that kind of extreme split shift makes a difference in Western New York's competitive media circles.
Her presence on "Daybreak" since 2001 has helped drive WGRZ's morning news show ratings up considerably.
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Johnston has also made the station's 5 p. m. news -which she's helmed since 2006 -a favorite.
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While the cameras are rolling, Johnston is calm and effective.She reads the news with gravity.Her voice -low and mellifluous -is one of her clear assets in the business, those who've worked with her agree.
Johnston has been in the TV business since she graduated from college in 1995 -first at Adelphia, then at WIVB before settling in at WGRZ -and she says she's still learning her job.
"You learn by doing in this business," Johnston says.
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Johnston won her anchor's chair pretty soon after she started at Channel 2.She didn't put in decades -or even years -as an on-the-street news reporter first, although she points out that she did a 3-to-11 reporting shift for a while early on, and that her first on-air job was as a "news update" reader from midnight to 7 a. m.
"I have paid my dues," said Johnston.
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But I don't think its fair to measure the skills of Jodi against today's standards.The business has changed.The standards have changed.The economics have changed."
Banks said Johnston presents herself as smart, savvy and quick on her feet.
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Johnston, eating a Kashi bar and apple after she's finished the morning show, says she prides herself on an off-air personality that matches her on-air persona.
"There's no gap," she says.
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Johnston acknowledges that she's always wanted to be liked.She's also always been a perfectionist and hard worker.
Growing up in Snyder, Johnston's dad worked in the steel industry and her mom managed an ob-gyn medical office.She has one sister, Kendra, 32.
"My mom is my role model," Johnston said."She always worked."
After attending Christian Central Academy, Johnston chose Canisius College over bigger-name schools because Canisius gave her academic and athletic scholarships.She played tennis on the college team for three years, before a knee injury sidelined her.
Along the way, she earned a 4.0 GPA in the college's Communication Studies department.
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Johnston, as a teen, carved out a nascent career in another tough arena: modeling.
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Johnston found immediate, steady work as a catalog and runway model.She became a familiar face in newspaper ads for AM,s and L. L. Berger's.
Better yet, Wright said, in an industry where talent can be temperamental, Johnston impressed her employers by her good attitude and punctuality.
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Before too long, Johnston won a spot with the prestigious IMG talent agency in New York City.She traveled to Manhattan on the weekends to model; IMG put her up in an apartment there with other young hopefuls.She did a TV ad for Dr. Pepper, another for the rollout of the Ford Ranger pickup.
"It was me in the Ranger," she says, grimacing."Yeah -Different Image Jodi there."
Johnston's path toward a serious modeling career ended when she realized it would mean a break with the academic side of her life.
She chose college over IMG - and said she hasn't looked back since, except with a gritty determination to prove herself, in order to show she made the right decision.
"I really pushed myself to succeed academically, because I was giving up a lot," she says."It made me want to work really hard.It made me really disciplined."
Of course, Johnston gained a lot by staying in Western New York, too.
In the past 10 years, she's become one of the most recognizable faces in local TV news.
She's much in demand as a host for events, and she's become a member of boards including Project Flight, Camp Good Days and the Canisius Board of Regents.
She's also found happiness in family life with her husband Tom -whom she met on a blind date -and son.
Would she ever leave?
Johnston's never been the type to set li
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