WKBW-TV (Channel 7) has hired a familiar face to fill its position as weatherman, appointing Mary Beth Wrobel its weekday noon and 5 p.m. weather anchor starting July 1.
Wrobel completes the local TV news hat trick.
She spent nine years as a meteorologist at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) until July 2009, and was also a freelance meteorologist at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) on a few occasions.
She joined Channel 2 as a replacement weather presenter around six months after she was made redundant by Channel 4.
She’s not the only meteorologist to pull off the hat trick here. Don Paul worked at all three stations.
Wrobel has always been popular here.
Here’s what I wrote about her in October 2013 after she left her freelance job at Channel 2 to go to Seattle to sell medical devices: “Every time I write a blog about Mary Beth Wrobel, the hits keep coming. I was surprised by this because as a part-time weatherman at Channel 2 (and weekends at Channel 4 before that) it’s not like she got much airtime over the of the last 13 years locally.
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She has also worked in Greensboro, NC, St. Louis and Rochester.
According to WKBW, she most recently served as a forensic research meteorologist while traveling the country in sales and marketing.
A soprano trained at the Eastman School of Music, Wrobel performed in Western New York. She was also the President and Sales Coordinator of Hospice Buffalo’s Spring Bouquet Sale.
His hiring completes WKBW’s reorganization of its weather department following the departures of Andy Parker and Michelle McLeod.
Autumn Lewandowski is now the weatherman at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays. Josh Nichols, a seasoned meteorologist with two different television stations and several radio stations in Rochester, is the weekend weatherman. Aaron Mentkowski remains the station’s morning show meteorologist.