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Kelly's Blog: Hello, WNY!

4:00 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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Hi! I've been in Buffalo almost six weeks, and I'm having a great time! People keep asking me the same question: How do you like it here so far? Some people have asked me more than once, perhaps expecting that I'm going to change my answer. So far, I haven't.

I moved here from Little Rock, Arkansas. I spent six years as an anchor and reporter at the FOX station there. I met a lot of great people and got to cover thousands of stories. I chased tornadoes, covered a lot of school board and city council meetings (most of the other reporters were happy I enjoy covering meetings), and I did a lot of breaking news. A LOT. Fires, shootings, decisions about the on-going school desegregation cases. Yes, I did get to see Bill Clinton in person. No, I didn't get to interview him. I also got acclimated to several 100+ degree days with high humidity. And, did a radio show every Thursday.

Before Arkansas, I was a jack-of-all-trades as they say in Great Falls, Montana. Big Sky Country. It's a tiny city in a big state. I anchored, reported, shot my own video and many times was the only person in the newsroom. I learned a lot there.

I was a newscast producer for a few years right out of college. I worked at TV stations in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Cincinnati.

I'm thrilled to be back in the Northeast. I am an SU grad, and always wanted to move back to this region to be close to my family. I'm the only one who lives out of state. Everyone else lives in Connecticut. If you've driven from Boston to NYC, you've probably driven through my hometown of Manchester.

I became interested in journalism in high school. We started MHS TV News. I did stories that aired on the FOX station in Hartford during the afternoon cartoons. I was also in choir and did theater. Not a show choir like Glee, although in many ways my high school experience was like that. At SU, I was in Hendricks Chapel Choir and was one of the cantors for the Sunday night mass at the Catholic Center. I also spent a lot of fun hours at UUTV, the student-run TV station.

I am half Polish and a quarter Irish. My dad was 100% Polish. His grandparents came to the U.S. in the early 1900s. My father passed away unexpectedly last year. Moving here meant I could be within driving distance to home and my mom. She was really happy when I surprised her with the phone call that I'd be moving to WNY.

I've enjoyed getting to see so much of the country. But, I am excited about actually being able to experience four seasons again. Thank you for reading my blog. You can follow me on Twitter if you'd like. I'm @kellydudzikWGRZ. Thank you for welcoming me to WNY and into your homes!

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