Tegna-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 45) has hired Samantha Jacques as its new meteorologist. She began her broadcast career as weekend meteorologist at WWTV Traverse City-Cadillac, Mich., while a junior in college. She worked as a teaching assistant, helped to create the first broadcast meteorology course offered at Central Michigan University, forecasting […]
Meteorologist Michael Behrens joins Tegna-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 45), debuting Saturday evening, April 11. Behrens worked in both Fort Wayne, Ind., and Saginaw, Mich., prior to his most recent post at Tegna’s KYTX Tyler, Texas. In college, Behrens was a member of the Ball State Storm Chase Team.
Tegna moves its programming and research veteran to succeed Janet Mason as head of its ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich.
She began her career as part of the first wave of women TV newscasters in the 1970s and rose through the ranks to news director and into management.
Tegna’s ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 49) has added sports anchor James Starks to the ensemble of 13 On Your Side Mornings beginning Monday, Nov. 5. He’s no stranger to the Midwest, having been born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Starks covered the World Series, NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft and many other major […]
Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., promotes Paul Mack from major accounts sales manager.
The 19-year veteran of Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., has worked his way up from account executive.
Tegna-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 40), has added investigative journalist David Bailey to its Watchdog Investigative Team. He starts on Sept. 1. Bailey has been the chief investigative reporter for WWMT Kalamazoo, Mich., for the past eight years. “More importantly than the awards, David’s reporting has resulted in change,” said WZZM 13 […]
Viewers in West Michigan couldn’t escape the bombardment of ads during the most recent campaign cycle, and perhaps that’s an understatement. One research firm said its figures show Gannett’s Grand Rapids, MIch., ABC affiliate 13 ran 1,820 ads during the time leading up to Tuesday’s election — the most of any individual TV station across the county.
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 40), has beefed up its sports department. Jamal Spencer is WZZM’s new sport director is a Michigan native from the Metro Detroit area and a graduate of Michigan State University. He is returning home to the Great Lakes State from Fargo, N.D., where he ran sports at […]
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 40), announced the return of former Producer/Reporter Meredith TerHaar as the new weekend morning news anchor and multimedia journalist. She began her journalism career at WZZM as an intern in 2003. She was then hired as an associate producer, and then promoted to noon show producer. She […]
The Grand Rapids, Mich., ABC affil will debut the broadcast on Sept. 8. Juliet Dragos and Nick LaFave will co-anchor.
The Grand Rapids, Mich., ABC affiliate is adding news on Sunday morning and at 4:30 a.m. weekdays.
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), has given anchor/investigative reporter Lee Van Ameyde new responsibilities as managing editor of the WZZM 13 Watchdog Investigative Team. This will be in addition to the investigative reporter responsibilities he currently handles. “He will lead a team of gifted storytellers and skilled investigative journalists,” said Janet […]
Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, MIch. (DMA 39), has chosen as its new morning co-anchor Dan Harland. He replaces Derek Francis, who left at end of May. Harland will join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer in early August. Harland attended Southern Illinois University and joined WZZM in 2003 as a multimedia journalist and […]
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39) will add a half hour to its weekday noon news, extending it to 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 27. “We are thrilled about expanding this extremely popular newscast,” says Janet Mason, WZZM president- GM. Longtime news anchor Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer will anchor the […]
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39) has hired John Hogan as part of its Watchdog Investigative Team. The Watchdog Team is headed by Lee Van Ameyde who has been a reporter and anchor at WZZM for more than 36 years. “John and Lee will be advocates for the people of West Michigan,” […]
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), has created a Watchdog Team headed by veteran reporter and anchor, Lee Van Ameyde who has been with the station for more than 36 years. Van Ameyde, the stations says, “is known in the community and professional arenas as being an advocate for those without a […]
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), and the America Red Cross of West Michigan raised nearly $34,000 to help the victims of Super Storm Sandy with an 11-hour telethon. “Our viewers and digital users showed their generosity” said WZZM President-GM Janet Mason. “We asked them to make a difference, and they responded […]
In Western Michigan, online engagement has long been part of the local media mission. And with local TV sites and statewide behemoth MLive.com — which represents Advance Publication’s area newspapers — all fighting for the market’s online audience, the battle often comes down to who is forging the most resonant connections with users.
WZZM, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 42), just completed its annual WZZM 13 Food for Families campaign. During this 12th year of the eight-day drive to help feed hungry families who often times go without during the summer months, WZZM collected more than 267,000 pounds of food with more continuing to […]
WZZM , the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 42), will replay its 6 a.m. newscast on its ch. 13.2, WZZM 13 On Target Weather Network, Mondays through Fridays beginning June 4 at 7 a.m. “We know our viewers are busy in the morning and can’t always watch the news, so we’re giving […]
Gannett’s ABC affiliate is rolling out the company’s DealChicken daily deals service beginning next week.
Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts returned over the weekend at Gannett’s ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. The 6-8 a.m. broadcasts are anchored by Jennifer Pascua and new meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer.