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Director , Corporate Media Relati...

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

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  • master's degree , education
    Canisius College
  • bachelor's degree , communication studies
    Canisius College
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec
Channel 2's Jodi Johnston takes job as banking exec
Jodi Johnston ..., 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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The group's opening retreat will include ..., 17 Jan 2013 [cached]
The group's opening retreat will include a welcome reception with guest speaker Jodi Johnston, Director of Corporate Media Relations at First Niagara Bank.
For Jodi Johnston, last ..., 21 Nov 2012 [cached]
For Jodi Johnston, last Daybreak on the air was bittersweet After 16 years in broadcast journalism, Jodi Johnston is leaving WGRZ for First Niagara Bank.
After 16 years in broadcast journalism, Jodi Johnston is leaving WGRZ for First Niagara Bank. File photo
Published: 11/21/2012, 06:23 PM
Updated: 11/21/2012, 10:16 PM
For Jodi Johnston, last Daybreak on the air was bittersweet
Just one word captured the departure of longtime Buffalo television anchor Jodi Johnston from the airwaves Wednesday: Bittersweet.
Its bittersweet to leave peoples lives, Johnston said a few hours after wrapping up her final stint on the Daybreak early-morning program on WGRZ Channel 2.
I am grateful for people whove watched me all these years, she said. Its hard to say goodbye.
Johnston, who had been at Channel 2 for 12 years and in broadcast journalism for 16 years, is moving on to an executive position at First Niagara Bank.
A longtime anchor of the Daybreak program, in recent years Johnston also hosted an evening newscast for the station.
Johnston, who is married and the mother of an 8-year-old son, said she felt unable to continue with the difficult schedule demanded by broadcast news.
Hes just the highlight of my life, Johnston said of her son, Max. But hes getting to an age where hes getting busy. Weve got sports, weve got school activities, the homework is mounting up. He needed me with him in the mornings and the evenings, and thats what I was missing.
I dont want to miss out on that, she said. These years are just so precious.
Max, a third-grader in a local Catholic school, came on to the Daybreak program Wednesday to appear with Johnston for a final time and to read a moving personal letter.
I have made some incredible friendships from people who are just great members of this community, over the years, Johnston said. The biggest honor of this job has been telling the stories of incredible people. Ill miss that.
Johnston called her new job in banking an extension of, not a break from, her job in journalism and communications.
This opportunity that Ive been presented with at First Niagara is really a natural extension of my career, she said. It will allow me to use my unique skill set. I feel like I have a great opportunity.
Johnston, who for years has risen before dawn to make it on time to the Daybreak set in Buffalo, said she looks forward to one aspect of her new job: more predictable hours.
Im hoping, she said, laughing, it will be much more normal.
For Jodi Johnston, last Daybreak on the air was bittersweet
For Jodi Johnston, last Daybreak on the air was bittersweet
NKF of Western New York, 8 Nov 2007 [cached]
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