By Alan Pergament
Channel 4 ended a long search today and hired a an award-winning former Buffalo News investigative reporter to be part of its investigative team.
Rose Ciotta, a Buffalo native who left The News years ago to work for the Philadelphia Inquirer and was part of a team for that newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize last year, joins Channel 4 as an investigative reporter on Aug. 5.
"This highlights the commitment of our station and our parent company (LIN Media) to do quality investigative reporting," said Channel 4 General Manager Rene LaSpina.
In an email sent to the staff, Channel 4 News Director Joe Schlaerth said that Ciotta will join Luke Moretti, Jordan Williams, Lou Raguse and others doing investigative stories.
Of course, Williams and Raguse also are busy as anchors.
From the Channel 4 release, it is unclear if Ciotta is going to be on the air or a researcher.
Schlaerth noted that Ciotta's investigative series at The News included one on the abuse of emotionally-disturbed youth in a West Seneca facility.
"Rose became a household name in town and is still remembered and in some cases feared a decade later," wrote Schlaerth.
As senior projects editor, Ciotta was part of a large Inquirer team whose seven-part series investigating violence in Philadelphia's public schools won a Pulitzer for public service in 2012.
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