Rich Newberg

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Rich Newberg is the Senior Correspondent for News 4 Buffalo, WIVB-TV. He joined the CBS affiliate in 1978 as Weekend Anchorman, later becoming a main anchor for the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Rich was named Senior Correspondent in 1999, reporting on the big stories of the day.

He has won ten New York Emmy Awards for his social issue documentaries and television specials. Many deal with Buffalo’s diverse cultural heritage and the struggle for civil rights, beginning in the days of the Underground Railroad and the Niagara Movement. His Holocaust documentary “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” was awarded two Emmys, including Best Historical Programming. Rich accompanied survivors back to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, where there they had been taken as children. Their survival remains a mystery to this day.

Rich was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in October, 2006. Currently he serves as a Regional Vice President of the New York Chapter of the National Television Academy. He is also a board member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and Chairman of its Archive Task Force, whose mission is to retrieve the Buffalo television news film archives from the 1960′s and ’70′s, making it accessible to the public and to educational institutions.

Throughout his forty-five years as a broadcast journalist, Rich has sought to bring the camera and microphone to people who generally do not have a voice in society. He started his career as TV News Troubleshooter, helping viewers solve problems that seemed insurmountable to them. Rich worked at ABC affiliates in Syracuse and Rochester, and the NBC owned and operated station in Chicago. His assignments for News 4 have taken him to distant lands, including China, Japan, and the Persian Gulf, where he covered the U.S. build-up to the First Gulf War in 1990.

Rich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Arts from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts degree in News and Public Affairs from Michigan State University. M.S.U. has honored Rich with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Two of Rich’s Holocaust documentaries are part of the Yad Vashem collection in Israel.  The Paley Center for Media selected four of Rich’s pieces for inclusion in its collection, following a nationwide search for exceptional programs produced by local television stations.

Professional Experience

  • Joined the News 4 team September, 1978
  • Named Senior Correspondent in 1999
  • WMAQ-TV Chicago: Troubleshooter 1975-’78
  • WHAM-TV Rochester: Troubleshooter 1974-’75
  • WIXT-TV Syracuse: Action Reporter 1973-’74
  • WCIC-TV (Cable) Ithaca, NY: Anchor/News Director 1971-’73

Awards/Recognition

New York Emmy Awards

2007 “The Vision and The Victory” (Research)
2006 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Research)
2006 “The Promise of 100 Years: The Pride of a People” (Historical Programming)
2003 “Beyond the Road to Freedom” (Research)
2003 “On the Homefront” (News Special)
2002 “Loss of Innocence” (Writing)
2002 “Loss of Innocence” (Research)
2000 “A Life in the Balance” (Societal Concerns)
2000 “Our Two Most Cherished Rights” (Writing)
1996 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Historical Programming)

Chicago Emmy Award

1978 “Humboldt Park Riot” (Team Coverage)

Sigma Delta Chi Award / National

2011 “The Bully Project” (Team Coverage)
2007 “Lynn Dejac: Conviction Set Aside” (Breaking News Coverage)

Edward R. Murrow Awards / National

2011 “The Bully Project” (Team Coverage)

Edward R. Murrow Awards / Regional

2005 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Writing/Regional Large Market)
2004 “Buffalo Soul: The Legacy Plays On” (Writing/Regional Large Market)
2000 Composite (Writing/Regional Large Market)

CINE Golden Eagle Awards / National

2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (History)
2006 “The Promise of 100 Years: The Pride of a People” (History)
2005 “A Palace for Buffalo” (History)
2002 “Beyond the Road to Freedom” (History)
2001 “Loss of Innocence”
1999 “Our Two Most Cherished Rights” (Documentary)
1996 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (History)

Telly Awards / National

2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (Documentary)
2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (Education)
2003 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Honoring Best Programs from Past 25 Years)
2003 “Cradle of Hope” (Honoring Best Programs from Past 25 Years)
2003 “Loss of Innocence” (Honoring Best Programs from Past 25 Years)
1996 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Documentary)

Gold Hugo Award / National

2001 “On The Homefront” (Public Affairs)

Gabriel Award / National

2001 “Cradle of Hope (News and Informational)

New York State Broadcasters Association

2007 “Capozzi: Wrongly Convicted” (Public Affairs)
2005 “The Promise of 100 Years: The Pride of a People” (Public Affairs)
2004 “A Change of Course” (Documentary)
2003 “Buffalo Soul: The Legacy Plays On” (Documentary)
2001 “Cradle of Hope” (Documentary)
1999 “Our Two Most Cherished Rights” (Documentary)

Associated Press / New York State

2011 General Excellence of Individual Reporting (Flight 3407 Families Fight for Change)
2010 “The City Grill Massacre” (Best Continuing News Coverage)
2008 “Lynn DeJac Conviction Set Aside” (Best Interview)
2008 “Cold Case Solved/Lynn DeJac Released” (Continuing News Coverage – Team Coverage)
2007 “Rebirth on the Waterfront” (Documentary)
2005 “The Promise of 100 Years: The Pride of a People”
2005 “Erie County Budget Crisis” – Team Coverage (Continuing News Coverage)
2003 “Buffalo Soul: The Legacy Plays On” (Documentary)
1991 “Behind the Desert Shield” (Series)
1991 “Three Children Killed in House Fire” -Team Coverage (Local News Program)
1990 General Excellence in Individual Reporting (Composite)
1990 “Buffalo Bills Playoff Win Over Houston Oilers” – Team Coverage
1987 General Excellence in Individual Reporting (Composite)
1986 General Excellence in Individual Reporting (Composite)
1986 “Hearts and Minds Together” (Feature)
1981 “Burglary Task Force” (Enterprise)

United Press International / National Award

1986 National Broadcast Award for Reporting (Individual Achievement)

United Press International / Eastern Region and New York State

1990 Individual Achievement (Composite – Regional)
1986 Individual Achievement (Composite – Regional & State)
1985 “Hearts and Minds Together” (Feature – Eastern Region)
1984 “On a Beam of Hope” (Feature – Eastern Region/State)
1984 “Buffalo’s Immigrants: The American Dream” (State)
1983 “Propane Explosion” – Team Coverage (State)
1982 “Bethlehem Steel Shutdown – Team Coverage (State)
1981 “Cynthia Dwyer: 53rd Hostage” (State)

U.S. International Film and Video Festival: Gold Camera / National Award

1997 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Education)

The New York Festivals: Gold World Medal / National Award

2001 “Cradle of Hope”

The Communicator Award of Excellence: / National Award

2008 “Rebirth on the Waterfront” (Documentary)
2004 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Documentary)
2004 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Writing)
2004 “A Palace for Buffalo” (On Camera Talent)
2003 “Beyond the Road to Freedom” (Documentary)
2001 “Loss of Innocence” (Writing)
2001 “Cradle of Hope” (Public Affairs Program)
2000 “The People’s Pope” (Public Affairs Program)
2000 “The People’s Pope” (Writing)
1996 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Documentary)
1996 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys” (Writing)

The Videographer Award of Excellence: / National Award

2009 “In Our Lifetime” (Documentary)
2007 “Rebirth on the Waterfront” (Public Affairs)
2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (Documentary)
2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (Public Affairs)
2006 “The Vision and the Victory” (Writing)
2005 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Documentary)
2005 “A Palace for Buffalo” (On Camera Talent)
2005 “A Palace for Buffalo” (Writing)
2004 “Buffalo Soul: The Legacy Plays On” (Documentary)
2004 “Buffalo Soul: The Legacy Plays On” (Writing)
2004 “Day of Sorrow, Year of Change” (Public Affairs)
2002 “Loss of Innocence: (Writing)
2002 “Cradle of Hope” (Documentary)

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

2008 Best Documentary: “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys”

Inclusion in The Paley Center for Media Collection (Broadcast Museum: N.Y.C. & L.A.)

2008 “Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau Boys”
2008 “A Life in the Balance”
2008 “Our Two Most Cherished Rights”
2008 “Rebirth on the Waterfront”

Professional Affiliations

  • New York Chapter/National Television Academy, Regional Vice President
  • Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Board Member
  • Society of Professional Journalists, College Scholarship Trustee
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, Ithaca College
  • Master of Arts degree in News and Public Affairs, Michigan State University

Community Involvement

  • Board Member for Life, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
  • Archive Task Force Chariman, Buffalo Broadcasters Association

Community Honors

2012
Buffalo Broadcasters Association
Pinnacle Award

2010
Medaille College, Lifetime Achievement Award in Television News

2007
National Federation for Just Community of Western New York Media Award

2006
Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame

2005
Polish American Congress/Western New York Division

Michigan State University Outstanding Alumni Award
College of Communication Arts & Sciences

2004
Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier

2003
Association for the Reserach of Childhood Cancer
Community Service Award

Judges and Police Conference of Erie County
Achievement in Media Award

2001
Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
Toby Tickten Back Award

Friendship Foundation
Community Leadeship Award

2000
Town of Cheektowaga
Humanitarian Award

1999
American Jewish Committee of Western New York
Community Relations Award

1998
Employee of the Year/WIVB-TV
LIN Television Circle of Excellence

Erie County Pathfinder Award

1996
Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
Named Honorary Board Member for Life

1994
Goodwill Industries of Western New York
Partnership with People Citation

1987
Network in Aging
Dr. Evan Calkins Award for Meritorious Service

1986
Erie County Legislative Resolution

Crisis Services
Citation of Appreciation

1983
The National Conference of Christians and Jews
Certificate of Recognition for Documentary “Survivors of the Holocaust”

What I Like About Buffalo

“Its people are genuine and hard working, say what they feel and believe, and despite the so-called “second city syndrome,” would defend Buffalo to the hilt when their backs are against the wall!”

Most Interesting Assignments

  • Czech Republic/Auschwitz, Poland – Covering Holocaust survivors searching for their lost childhood
  • Persian Gulf – Covering Desert Shield – local Air Force Reservists
  • China – Traveling with cancer researcher Dr. Tom Dougherty of Roswell Park
  • Poland – Covering Solidarity and meeting the Pope
  • Cuba – Mission of mercy – seeing results of U. S. trade embargo
  • Buffalo – Struggles of the mentally ill
  • Buffalo – Stories of Buffalo’s immigrants
  • Buffalo – Documentaries about Buffalo’s role in the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights Movement
  • Buffalo – Shea’s Buffalo Theater History
  • Buffalo – Waterfront Development and Erie Canal History
  • Buffalo – The Golden Age of Buffalo Jazz

 

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