DMA 8

WTTG Washington Adds Audrey Barnes As Reporter

Audrey Barnes joins Fox O&O WTTG Washington (DMA 8) as a general assignment reporter. Her first day on-air will be Monday, March 26. Barnes is returning to WTTG, where she has freelanced during several periods throughout her career. In addition, she was a reporter and anchor for Washington’s WRC and WUSA. Earlier in her career, […]

DMA 37

Charu Kumarhia Gone From WLOS Greenville

DMA 70

KVOA Tucson Expands Reporting Staff

Cordillera Communications-owned NBC affiliate KVOA Tucson, Ariz. (DMA 70), is expanding and restructuring the reporting team of its morning newscast, Tucson Today, airing weekdays at 5-7 a.m. Beginning March 26, Samantha Ptashkin will join Tucson Today from her current staff reporting slot at the station.  Ptashkin will cover breaking news from the Tucson metro area […]

DMA 41

WHP Harrisburg Begins HD Set Installation

DMA 64 (LEXINGTON, KY)

WTVQ News Director Leaving For PR Job

Doug Hogan, head of news at the Lexington, Ky., ABC affiliate, will become communications director at The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville. A nationwide search is under way for his replacement.

DMA 8

WRC Washington Adds Anchor Richard Jordan

NBC-owned WRC Washington (DMA 8) today named Richard Jordan weekend anchor. He joins the station from WSVN Miami where he spent four years reporting in his hometown. The son of Cuban immigrants, Jordan has covered many stories about immigration and issues of importance to the Hispanic community during his career, which began in El Paso, […]

5 ABC O&Os Adopt StoryTeller Touchscreen System

DMA 61 (KNOXVILLE, TN)

WBIR News Director Bill Shory Is Gone

WBIR Knosville, Tenn., News Director Bill Shory is no longer with the station. Shory declined to elaborate on his leaving. Friday was his last day at the Gannett NBC affiliate.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

Migdalia Figueroa To Head News At WTVJ

The former local content SVP at Telemundo Station Group, will lead the news operations at NBC’s Miami outlet.

GEARING UP FOR NAB: NEWS AUTOMATION

News Production Automation Hits Mainstream

Ross Video, Grass Valley and Sony will be showing the latest options in news production automation technology at next month’s NAB Show. With a majority of stations in the major markets already on board, vendors are turning their attention to smaller markets by offering new features including customization.

DMA 3

WBBM Chicago Adds Pair Of Reporters

DMA 171 (QUINCY, IL)

WGEM’s Les Sachs To Retire After 40 Years

Quincy Newspapers-owned NBC affiliate WGEM Quincy, Ill. (DMA 171), announced today that its long-time anchor, Les Sachs, plans to retire later this spring, capping a 40-year broadcast news career and 35 years at WGEM. Sachs first came to WGEM in December 1973 to work as a news reporter. He rose through the ranks and held […]

DMAS 34 & 14

Chris Ford Exits WTMJ Milwaukee For WTSP Tampa

DMA 47 (AUSTIN, TX)

Sanders Named KXAN Weekend A.M.Anchor

DMA 33 (SALT LAKE CITY)

KSL Hires Dave McCann As New Anchor

DMA 1 (NEW YORK)

Political Correspondent Dick Brennan Out At WNYW

DMA 60 (MOBILE, AL)

WALA To Upgrade Local News To High Def

The LIN-owned Fox affiliate in Mobile, Ala., has plans to begin producing local newscasts in high definition by April when construction on a new set is scheduled to be complete. Until then, all local newscasts will be presented from a temporary set that the station began using on March 3.

DMA 6

KQED San Francisco Host Belva Davis To Retire

DMA 1

WCBS New York To Intro Mobile Weather Lab

DMA 48

Reporter Lawrence Smith Joins WDRB Louisville

Block Communications-owned Fox affiliate WDRB Louisville, Ky. (DMA 48), today hired Lawrence Smith as a general assignment reporter. Smith, who was most recently dean of students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has an extensive background in broadcast news, having previously worked as a reporter/anchor at WHAS Louisville; an executive news producer at KRIV Houston; and […]

DMA 30

WVIT Hartford Adds Two To Reporting Staff

NBC-owned WVIT Hartford, Conn. (DMA 30) on Thursday announced two new journalists, Todd Piro and Audrey Washington, are joining its news team. Piro joins the station as a reporter after four years with KPSP Palm Springs, Calif., where he was weekday morning anchor for the past two years. He also worked as a reporter, weekend sports […]

DMA 103 MYRTLE BEACH-FLORENCE, SC

WBTW Adds Meteorologists Spencer, Phillips

Media General’s CBS affiliate WBTW Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (DMA 103) today announced two new hires. Martha Spencer becomes the station’s weekday morning and noon meteorologist, and Andrew Phillips is its new weekend meteorologist. Spencer joins WBTW from WTVY Dothan, Ala., where she was morning meteorologist. In 2011, she received the National Weather Association Television Broadcasters […]

DMA 80 (HUNTSVILLE, AL)

Baron Installs 1 Megawatt Radar For WAFF

Weather technology company Baron Services has installed a 1 million watt C-Band Doppler weather radar for Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WAFF Huntsville, Ala. (DMA 80). An EF-5 tornado destroyed WAFF’s radar on April 27, 2011, during an unprecedented outbreak in North Alabama in which more than 60 tornadoes touched down. The new radar will interface […]

DMA 70 (TUCSON, AZ)

KVOA Adds Two To Its News Anchor Lineup

Cordillera Communications-owned NBC affiliate KVOA Tucson, Ariz. (DMA 70), announced Wednesday that Rebecca Taylor and Allison Alexander will be joining its news team. Rebecca Taylor rejoins KVOA from Nashville, where she has been a business manager for Christian Dior and worked in the country music entertainment industry since leaving Tucson in October 2010. A Tucson […]

DMA 6 (SAN FRANCISCO)

KGO Names Tracey Watkowski VP Of News

The TV news executive returns to San Francisco after holding the top news post at KFSN Fresno since 2006.

DMA 104 (EVANSVILLE, IN)

Anchor Shelley Kirk Leaving WEHT After 23 Years

DMA 23 (PITTSBURGH)

WTAE Adds Andrew Del Greco As Reporter

DMA 4

Reporter Justin Pizzi Is Out At WCAU Philadelphia

LOCAL LEGENDS: DICK GODDARD

Long Career From Long-Range Forecasts

When he first went on the air to forecast weather in Cleveland in 1961, Dick Goddard had to draw his own weather maps with chalk. The technology has advanced a bit since then, and Goddard has too, becoming a local icon in the Lake Erie area with his reports at 6 and 10 p.m. on WJW.

PITTSBURGH SWEEPS

KDKA Tops In News At Noon, 4, 5, 6 And 11 P.M.

DMA 19 (ORLANDO, FL)

WESH, WKMG Anchor Moves: Oestreich, Trenkmann

DMA 17 (DENVER)

Longtime KWGN Anchor Angie Austin Out

Where Are Dominant Local News Operations?

Are the days of dominant, No. 1 news stations over and done? Not quite. But the headlines from this year’s February sweeps do make you wonder. When former powerhouses struggle and former rivals are neck-and-neck, have we entered a new era of local news?

DMA 18 (CLEVELAND)

Kris Pickel To Co-Anchor WKYC News

Anchor Kris Pickel will be joining Gannett-owned NBC affiliate WKYC Cleveland (DMA 18) in early April to co-anchor the 6 and 11 p.. newscasts with Russ Mitchell. Currently the weekend 5 and 10 p.m. anchor at KOVR Sacramento, Calif., Pickel is the recipient of several broadcast journalism awards including an Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press […]

TAMPA SWEEPS

WTVT, WFLA Fight It Out For Top News Spot

KTTV Adds Karapetyan, Koh To News Staff

Fox announced today that Araksya Karapetyan and James Koh are joining the news team at its KTTV Los Angeles, effective March 13 and 14, respectively. Karapetyan will be a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for KTTV’s Studio 11 LA, Fox 11 News at 10 p.m., and Fox News at 11 p.m. Koh will serve […]

SACRAMENTO SWEEPS

KCRA Wins February Newscast Ratings

RICK GEVERS' WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

News Director Jobs In The News

The end of the rating period may have helped create some of the three new news director openings in this week’s report. And there’s one newly named ND to tell you about. That brings our list of open ND jobs to 26.

Accuracy In Journalism: Before And After

DMA 2 (LOS ANGELES)

Vickie Burns Out As KNBC News Director

The sometimes-abrasive executive who expanded the NBC-owned station with a news subchannel, announced in an email to fellow employees Friday that she was leaving the station after a little more than a year and a half.