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Ed Reilly

Ed Reilly
Posted at 10:26 PM, Oct 23, 2014


Ed Reilly is a Multi-Media Journalist on Eyewitness News.

He is the oldest of eight kids and grew up in Niagara Falls, NY.

A member of the first graduating class from Niagara Catholic High School in 1976, Ed went on to earn his BA in Communications Arts from Niagara University in 1980.

Ed started at WKBW-TV as an intern in January of 1980 and was hired full time later that year.

In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Ed won awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, National Press Photographers Association, and was nominated for a New York Emmy.

In August 2009, Ed was promoted to Multi-Media Journalist.

Ed and his wife Pam (a former Channel 7 Sports intern) celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011.

They have four grown children: Edward III, Joseph, Matthew, & Laura (married in July 2013 to Joseph Spencer from Depew).

In November 2011, they celebrated the happy arrival of their first grandchild - Elsa Reilly born in California.

Ed is an active volunteer in the community having spent many years as a Boy Scout leader, and donating his time to help local schools.

During his spare time, Ed’s hobbies include traveling with his wife Pam, reading, and model aviation.

What is his favorite assignment? "Shooting ghost stories with Mike Randall!"


Some highlights of Ed's career:

- Shot exclusive award-winning video of an angry father stabbing his daughter’s abductor after her escape (1983). The video was aired on ABC’s Nightline & HBO.

- Helped produce the nationally acclaimed "Cry for Life" project with Ann Edwards. The stories, and music video featuring Frankie and Chrissi Scinta, promoted a drug-free lifestyle for teenagers. It was given an award from the White House and presented by President Ronald Reagan.

- Traveled to the United Arab Emirates to cover the USAFR 914th deployment in the first Gulf War (December 1990) with Keith Radford.

- Covered Pope John Paul II visits to Miami, Detroit, and Toronto with Sheila Mahoney and Helen Tederous.

-Recognized by the Submarines Veterans and N.P.P.A. for his story about the USS Croaker restoration in Buffalo (2008).

-Awarded 2012 Backpack Journalist of the Year Award by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.