Niagara University alumna Maryalice Demler, ’86, anchor/reporter at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, N.Y., and member of NU’s Board of Trustees, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, one of the most prestigious in news, for her report “Defunding the Mayor.” Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that demonstrate excellence, exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community, and uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics. They are named in honor of Edward R. Murrow, a television news pioneer whose name is synonymous with journalistic excellence.
Demler began her career in broadcasting as morning show host at WJYE-FM in Buffalo. Prior to that, she taught middle school French at a Catholic school, and was a special projects director at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in her hometown of North Tonawanda, N.Y. In 1993, she joined WGRZ-TV, where she anchors the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. broadcasts each weeknight.
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and industry innovation.