PLATTSBURGH - WPTZ Newschannel 5 personality Gabrielle Komorowski will be leaving the station in early September.
Komorowski, who serves as anchor for NewsChannel 5's "5:30 Now" broadcast, will be moving to Greenville, S.C., to join WPTZ's sister station, WYFF. She will report and anchor the 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts there.
"I love the Champlain Valley and its people. I will miss them a lot," said Komorowski. "But, this was a chance to move to a city close to where I spent a good part of my life, and to join another terrific Hearst Television station."
Komorowski graduated from Elon University, north of Greenville. She joined the NewsChannel 5 staff nearly five years ago, starting as a weekend anchor and Colchester, Vt.-based reporter. Later, she anchored NewsChannel 5's morning broadcasts. In 2008, she was once again promoted and became the 5:30 p.m. anchor/reporter.
"Gabrielle has the ability to light up a room. She's been an outstanding member of our team, and we feel fortunate for the time she brought her talents to NewsChannel 5,"said WPTZ president and general manager Paul Sands. "We're glad she has this terrific opportunity at WYFF."
Komorowski is credited for having been an integral part of NewsChannel 5's day-to-day coverage as well as special events like Jazz Fest, the holiday tree lighting on Church Street, the Champlain Valley Fair, Toys for Kids and WPTZ's latest community venture "Class Act," a school supplies drive. In 2008, she received an Associated Press award for Best Feature Reporting.
"I am so happy for Gabrielle," said WPTZ news director Sinan Sadar. "While her leaving makes us very, very sad, this is a great move for her. She is a joy to work with and a very talented woman."
Komorowski will continue to report and anchor the 5:30 p.m. news until Friday, Sept. 3.