One Reporter’s Journey: Rich Newberg’s farewell special


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Over four decades of news have transpired throughout one Buffalo reporter’s journey, and we look back at them all during his farewell special.

In his career, Rich Newberg has covered stories across the globe and has affected the lives of thousands. His reporting style is that of the generation of old, and it will be missed.

Watch his entire one-hour special event above and read his farewell address below.


I’d like to dedicate my video memoir to the people of Buffalo and Western New York, the best people on earth.

It’s the first chance I’ve had to publicly express my personal feelings about you and some of the important stories I’ve covered during the last thirty-seven years. I’m not used to sharing feelings on a story, but what would a memoir be without feelings?

This is where I grew as a journalist, met my loving wife Lori, and was blessed with two wonderful, creative sons, David and Michael. They are Buffalonians through and through.

My family allowed me to chase Buffalo stories here at home and around the world, often spending long stretches of time away from home.

It’s time now for me to give-back.

I have a true love for Buffalo and hope that message comes through in this memoir I call “One Reporter’s Journey.”

My dear friend and colleague Chief Photographer Mike Mombrea, Jr. put this compilation together with me. We spent weeks reminiscing about our journeys around the world, meeting Pope John Paul II in Poland, accompanying an extraordinary cancer researcher to China, and traveling to a remote desert base in the Persian Gulf, where our Air Force reservists from Niagara Falls were gearing up for war.

Here at home I also teamed up with former News 4 Photographer Tom Vetter to explore critical social issues and big local stories with national impact, including the execution of Timothy McVeigh of Pendleton, convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Mike and Tom  love this town as much as I do and gave their hearts and souls to every subject we covered, including the golden era of jazz at the Colored Musicians Club, the rebirth of the Shea’s Buffalo Theater, and Buffalo’s great history as the birthplace of the modern civil rights era.

As I concluded in my memoir, no reporter makes the journey in television news alone.

I have worked with the most dedicated team of veteran reporters, anchors, and newsroom managers who continue to earn the trust of our viewers.

We have a new crop of reporters now, and they have a great sense of journalistic ethics. They will, I believe, carry on the legacy of integrity at New 4.

Thanks for putting your trust in me all these years. I’ll miss you.

–Rich Newberg

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