Like father, like daughter.
Celina Pompeani joined KDKA-TV on Oct. 12 — the station where her father, Bob Pompeani, has been a sports anchor since 1982. She will also appear on The CW.
The station welcomed her during the morning broadcast. She will begin giving traffic reports on a freelance basis starting the week of Oct. 16, replacing the departing Sarah Arbogast.
“Ever since I was little, it was always my dream to work at KDKA with my dad,” she says. “I am honored to be a part of the fabulous morning crew.”
It will mean going to bed much earlier than usual. Celina Pompeani, 25, of Robinson plans on waking by 1:15 a.m. so she can be there by 4 a.m.
“I don’t want to be late,” she says.
She will still be working for the Pittsburgh Penguins, where her hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as having to attend home games and weekend and evening events for the team.
Celina Pompeani interned at KDKA her sophomore year at Point Park University, where she earned her degree in broadcasting. She also has worked for WTOV-9 in Steubenville.
She told both parents — Bob and Lisa Pompeani — about the job at once via speaker phone. Look for her on air from 5 to 7 a.m. on KDKA, 7 to 8 a.m. on The CW and on the break-ins at 8:25 a.m. and 8:53 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“There are so many different camera angles I can see and use,” she says. “I want to be able to give TV viewers and those following us online and through social media the most up to date information so they can get where they are going without having to sit around in too much traffic.”
She has been with the Penguins since 2014 where she is Pens TV host and producer as well, as in-game arena host. She hosts the weekly entertainment and social media segment “Pens Trends” and produces weekly Penguins Foundation promos on AT&T SportsNet.
She says she has no desire to be a sports reporter like her dad. So his job is safe.
“I love sports and grew up around sports because of my dad, but to do the analysis he does would take a lot more work because he knows so much about so many sports,” says Celina Pompeani.
Bob Pompeani is proud of his daughter’s success through with the Penguins and with her desire to venture into a new challenge as a traffic reporter.
“She has always been willing to work hard — she probably takes after her mother,” he jokes. “No, I have always told my children that hard work is so important, it is more important than talent. (KDKA) came after her, and she has always wanted to do TV. She’s told me since she was a little girl that she wanted to work on the same station as me. She will have to wake up early, but she is a coffee drinker like me, so we plan on buying stock in coffee. I am excited to watch her.”