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Grand Island: Luke Moretti to host Citizen of the Year awards

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am

WIVB-TV's Luke Moretti will act as this year's master of ceremonies at the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year awards dinner.

"Moretti's broadcasting background coupled with his knowledge of the area make him an ideal choice as MC this year," said Wilbert. "We are very excited to have Luke lead us through this evening."

News 4's Moretti has been bringing Western New York television viewers important and compelling stories since he arrived in Buffalo in 1998. He was first introduced to the Buffalo market on WKBW-TV, working as an anchor-reporter during the Irv Weinstein era.

During his career, he covered many important stories, such as the shooting death of Dr. Barnett Slepian, and the execution of Pendleton native and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. He also spent a week reporting from New York City when planes slammed into the World Trade Center on 9/11.

In October 2002, Moretti joined the No. 1 rated news broadcast at WIVB. He is the recipient of national, regional and state awards, reflecting a body of work that has been enterprising and informative. Moretti's investigative work on the crash of Flight 3407 contributed to WIVB receiving the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award.

During his nearly 30-year career in broadcasting, Moretti has been at the center of many big stories in New York, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Moretti is perhaps best known for his investigative work in the transportation sector. He was the first to report that one of the I-190/290 interchange ramps in the Town of Tonawanda suffered a partial collapse. Moretti was also the first to report on a landslide that was triggered by a New York state construction project near Springville. The home of an elderly resident was crumbling before her eyes as the ground shifted from the slide. Following a series of reports, the construction was temporarily halted until the slide could be stabilized, and temporary living arrangements could be made for the woman.

Pictured is Luke Moretti.

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