WBRZ Names Lee Polowczuk as Director of News
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ Channel 2 has named veteran newsman Lee Polowczuk as its Director of News. Polowczuk served as Assistant News Director and Investigative Executive Producer at WBRZ for the last three years. He previously served as News Director at WBPF in West Palm Beach, FL, WVUE in New Orleans, and WHNS in Greenville, SC. Prior to moving into management he was a reporter in Monroe and Orlando, FL. Lee has been in broadcast news for more than twenty-three years. He is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans.
Polowczuk takes over for Chuck Bark who announced in March 2015 that he would be resigning at the end of the calendar year. Bark has been Director of News for eleven years at WBRZ and in news management for 37 years. Under Chuck’s leadership, WBRZ has been recognized for numerous awards and seen much advancement at the station under his guidance. We thank him, and wish him well, as he takes this time to travel, and spend much needed time with family.
Rocky Daboval, WBRZ General Manager said, “After an extensive nationwide search, the best person to take over the reins from Chuck was right here in the station. Lee’s experience and knowledge of the Baton Rouge market make him perfect for the continued growth of News 2.”
As Assistant News Director and Investigative Executive Producer for WBRZ, Lee has been instrumental in resurrecting WBRZ’s Investigative Unit. This included numerous stories about wrongdoing by public officials and misuse of tax dollars. At WPBF and WHNS, Polowczuk developed news operations from the ground up. In New Orleans, he re-branded the news from ABC to FOX while expanding news coverage.
“I’ve been fortunate to have worked at some great stations, and WBRZ is right at the top of the list. This station has some really good talent on air and behind the scenes. It’s my goal to build off some of the successes of my predecessor, Chuck Bark and move us forward in the changing landscape of broadcast news,” said Polowczuk.