Channel 2 reporter-anchor Pete Gallivan is leaving the NBC affiliate and joining the ranks of those who have recently left TV news for public relations jobs in private industry or with the government.
Gallivan, who has been at the NBC affiliate for 17 years, is going to work in the communications department in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo office. Gallivan’s family has a political background – his mother was a Delaware District council member. State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is his cousin.
"It all came together really quickly," said Gallivan. Gallivan gave his two-week notice today and was told by station management that today would be his last day because he is going into a political
job that might conflict with news reporting.
"I’m 47," Gallivan explained when asked why he was leaving local TV news. "I wasn’t looking for an opportunity and they reached out to me. I thought if I was going to try something new, now was the time to do it."
He added the investment in Buffalo and momentum at the Inner Harbor made it an "exciting time to jump into this type of position."
Gallivan said he will get about a 15 percent salary bump from his TV job to around $95,000 a year but added that wasn’t a reason for taking the job.
A former co-anchor of Channel 2’s "Daybreak," Gallivan has primarily been a reporter and a fill-in anchor since John Beard took over his morning slot in September of 2009.
He said he has been happy in that role and proud of three awards he won in his time focusing on reporting.
"I’ve been happy doing Unknown Stories of Western New York, celebrating the past has been very fulfilling," he said.
Now he is part of Channel 2’s past. He joins the list of veteran news people who recently left the business to work in public relations that includes his former "Daybreak" co-anchor, Jodi Johnston, former Channel 4 morning anchor Victoria Hong, former Channel 4 reporter Lorey Schultz and former
Channel 4 reporter Michele McClintick.