Category: Short Takes

IN BRIEF….CH-CH-CHANGES EDITION

Jonathan McCall is the new weekend anchor-reporter at Tribune-soon-to-be-Nexstar’s WDAF in Kansas City, MO as a weekend anchor and reporter. McCall will pull double duty, anchoring both weekend mornings and weekend nights. He previously ...

IN BRIEF….NEW HORIZONS EDITION

Caitlin Lockerbie has moved on from Nexstar-soon-to-be-Tegna’s WATN  in Memphis to already-Tegna WTSP in Tampa where she is the new  morning anchor. She’d been in Memphis for just over three years and worked in ...

IN BRIEF….ON THE MOVE EDITION

Kristen Powers took a significant leap to become a reporter for “Good Morning Washington” at Sinclair’s WJLA in Washington DC. Powers previously worked for 2 ½ years as a news reporter/anchor for sister station ...

POLITICAL SEASON ALREADY?

Lester Holt and four of his NBC News colleagues will share moderating duties for the first debate of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. The debate, shown on NBC News networks, will unfold over two nights ...

IN-BRIEF….THE GEVERS EDITION

Longtime newsman Marc Weiner is the new director of professional development for CBS News. He’s a former ND in Las Vegas, Raleigh, and Santa Maria, CA, held management jobs in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Minneapolis and ...

IN BRIEF….THE MMJ EDITION

Claudia Simonés has joined Telemundo’s WSTS in San Jose, CA  as a weekend reporter. She’ll also be a multimedia journalist for “Noticiero Telemundo 48” weekdays. Simonés previously worked as an MMJ at Univision affiliates ...

POLICE RAID REPORTER UPDATE

A San Francisco journalist whose equipment was seized in a police raid will get back his property, a police attorney said Tuesday at a court hearing, but that did not resolve larger issues surrounding the conduct ...

IN BRIEF….MOVING UP EDITION

Liz Burch is taking her enterprise reporting reputation to Tegna’s WTSP in Tampa, FL, as a Monday-through-Friday nightside reporter. She will make the move from Sinclair’s WLOS in Asheville, NC where, for the past ...

IN BRIEF….ON THE MOVE EDITION

Jason Disharoon is the newest member of the weather team at Tegna’s KARE in Minneapolis, MN. He’s coming to the Great White North from New Orleans, LA and Tribune-soon-to-be-Nexstar’s WGNO. In fact, he visited ...

IN BRIEF….THE GEVERS EDITION

Valerie Butler Guyton is the new Assistant News Director for NBCs KXAS in Dallas/Ft. Worth. She most recently was an EP for WXIA in Atlanta. She’s also worked for another Atlanta station, two stations in ...

BABY GENDER REVEAL

KHOU (CBS) H-Town Rush, Morning show is getting another member of crew. No, not KPRC 2 feature reporter Ruben Galvan who Blogger Mike Mcgruff  announced.   Anchor Lisa Hernandez surprised her KHOU morning team as she not only ...

IN BRIEF…MOVING UP EDITION

Laura Harris gets a move up to co-anchor of the early morning newscasts at NBC-owned KXAS in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Harris replaces Marc Fein, whose contract wasn’t renewed. Harris came to the station last summer ...

SPRING STORMS

Ah, Spring across the SW/SE can only mean one thing: Severe Weather. Forecasters in Dallas-Fort Worth started warning this past weekend of potential “hail the size of baseballs”, prompting events and flights to be ...

IN BRIEF….NEW HORIZONS EDITION

Christina Coleman, lately of Tegna’s KSDK in St.Louis, is moving to the Left Coast to become Fox News Channel’s newest Los Angeles-based correspondent. Coleman served as an anchor and lead night beat reporter for ...

THINGS ARE CHANGING IN WYOMING

Casper Wyoming’s TV landscape became a bit less familiar after KCWY (NBC)  introduced its new news format. KCWY’s corporate parent, Atlanta-based Gray Television, announced in January it would reduce its Casper news production and ...

DANCING CAMEL

So, this is a couple weeks old but worth a mention, a ‘dancing camel’ caught on tape. Yep, this camel’s got moves. In a scene that could only play out in Florida, a camel ...

IN BRIEF…..THE GEVERS EDITION

Vicki Bradley is the new morning EP for WTXL in Tallahassee. That’s the Scripps owned station in Florida’s capital city. She’s a former ND in Tyler, TX, and has worked for two stations in the Greensboro-High ...

IN BRIEF….MOVING ON EDITION

Forecaster Beth McLeod is back on the Cleveland airwaves. After departing then-Raycom’s WOIO last fall for a freelance Detroit position, she turned up at Fox-owned WJW last week. She’d been commuting to Detroit for ...

IN BRIEF….NEW HORIZONS EDITION

Kathy Stone heads south to become the new Assistant News Director at Nexstar’s WKRN in Nashville. She’s spent the last 20 years at Cordillera’s (soon to be Scripps’) WLEX in Lexington, KY, most recently as ...

MARDI GRAS GAME OF THROWS

If you’ve spent anytime along the Gulf Coast you know Mardi Gras is a rather big deal. And, the stations spend a lot of time training for those endless parades and beads sailing through ...

IN BRIEF…..MOVING UP EDITION

Telemundo’s KDEN in Denver put Rosy Zugasti in its main co-anchor chair permanently. She’s been filling in since November following the departure of Pamela Padilla. Zugasti started with the station three years ago as ...

IN BRIEF….ON THE MOVE EDITION

Tribune’s WDAF in Kansas City has hired Harold Kuntz  as another sports anchor. He’ll start later this winter. Kuntz is currently a sports anchor and reporter at Griffin’s KOTV in Tulsa. ————- Nekia Nichelle, ...

IN BRIEF…..THIS ‘N’ THAT EDITION

Make that FORMER freelancer. Allison Chinchar is now a fulltime meteorologist with CNN/USA, HLN, and CNN International. She’d been freelancing since the summer of 2015. ———– Newly-signed XEWT co-anchor/San Diego correspondent Estephanía Baez has ...

IN BRIEF….CHANGING FORTUNES EDITION

After unceremoniously disappearing from the KARE Minneapolis airwaves last December, meteorologist Jeff Edmondson has resurfaced – back at his old station, Nexstar’s WAVY in Norfolk, VA. He’d left the station for the Twin Cities ...

WHILE WE WERE OUT…

This memo from Altice Executive Vice President Mike Schreiber will fill you in on lots of changes at News 12 Networks in New York, NY, with promotions for news directors Randal Stanley and Manoj Shamdasani while Jim Whiteman gets ...

IN BRIEF: OUT THE DOOR EDITION

WFLA investigative reporter Mark Douglas is hanging up his trenchcoat after 42 years. Douglas spent decades uncovering government waste, exposing shady public officials and helping put criminals away across the Tampa Bay area. _______ ...

IN BRIEF…ICYMI EDITION

Aaron Vogel started in September as the new ND for Heartland Media’s KHSL/KNVN in Chico, CA. He earlier had been an ND in Decatur, IL, and has worked in Jackson, MS, Knoxville and Savannah. He replaces Scott ...

IN BRIEF….THE GEVERS EDITION

Todd Reed has been promoted to ND for Nexstar owned KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT. GM Richard Doutre’ Jones issued this statement. Todd replaces George Severson who became Director of Local Programming & Creative Services after almost ...

TV REPORTER HEADS TO PRISON

A former Roanoke TV reporter will spend the next seven years behind bars for soliciting a minor online.  36-year-old Jarrett Henshaw pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in a Harrisonburg courtroom to a felony charge of ...

IN BRIEF – THE GEVERS EDITION

Brittany Menendez will be the PM Content Manager at Scripps’ WRTV in Indianapolis. She’s been a Senior Producer at WTSP in Tampa. She’s also worked in Gainesville.   ————– Cox Media Group has promoted Kaitlyn Sawyer to become ...

IN BRIEF

Back in the 90’s and early 2000s, Gus Koernig anchored the news at Cowles KULR in Billings, MT. Today he’s making news as a novelist. His book is called “The Redemption of Lonnie Tate,” ...

BRIEFLY….ON THE MOVE EDITION

Following recent management upheaval at KBLR Telemundo Las Vegas, a brave Marialcy Carreño is stepping into the role of news director, coming from the #2 slot KXTX in Dallas.. She replaces Xochitl Sandoval, who ...

IN BRIEF….FLORENCE EDITION

Anchors at Morris Mutimedia’s WWAY in Wilmington, NC had to make a quick exit and take shelter when a tornado warning was issued for their location. Then when they returned…the roof started leaking. <<<>>> ...

REPORTER IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE

Casey Scott, a longtime Salt Lake City Utah television and radio personality is accused of causing an auto accident while under the influence. 44-year-old Scott was charged Tuesday in Davis County Justice Court with ...

BRIEFLY….ON THE MOVE EDITION

Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee has hired veteran investigative reporter Derrick Rose to head up its “12 News Investigates” unit. Rose comes to Milwaukee after 3 ½ years as a reporter/anchor at Tegna’s WHAS in ...

BRIEFLY….

As the CBS board of directors continues overseeing multiple investigations into alleged past harassment by CEO Les Moonves, he’s lawyered up, retaining Hollywood heavyweight attorney Daniel Petrocelli. Petrocelli repped Warner Bros in its long-running ...

BRIEFLY SPEAKING… LA EDICIÓN LATINA

Telemundo, looking to beef up its District of Columbia reporting staff, has brought in correspondent Javier Vega. Vega, who had been with “Noticias Telemundo” in Mexico, will report to Victoria Rivas-Vazquez, Telemundo’s Washington bureau ...

BRIEFLY…

Andrew Wyatt is the new general manager for Nexstar’s WDVM in Hagerstown, MD, replacing 40-year veteran Hugh Breslin, who is retiring. Wyatt, who is already on the job, came from Raycom’s  WFXG in Augusta, ...

IN BRIEF…

Fox-owned KTVU is using a temporary set as the primary studio undergoes a facelift in anticipation of the station’s 60th birthday. You’ll see when it’s closer to sweeps. Of course. ———– Yes, those video  ...

BRIEFLY SPEAKING…

The Scripps Howard Foundation is sending $3 million to the University of Maryland and Arizona State University to establish two “Howard Centers” that will train the next generation of investigative reporters. “In today’s world ...

IN BRIEF….

Sam Singal, executive producer for “NBC Nightly News” since September 2015 has stepped down to “consider other options” at NBC News. Uh-oh. He came to the program along with anchor Lester Holt, from the ...

BRIEFLY SPEAKING…

NBC is actually bringing Megyn Kelly back to prime-time next month for at least one prime-time special. We don’t know why either. ———– NOBODY ASKED US BUT….. No Facebook, “Infowars” is not, and never ...

BY THE WAY…

Nexstar’s WTEN in Albany has named Samantha DiMascio as the station’s new weekend anchor. She’s been with the station since 2015 as morning reporter. She previously worked across the street at Hubbard’s WNYT as ...

BRIEFLY SPEAKING….

Sports anchor Taylor Tennebaum let her Huntsville, AL audience know over the weekend via social media that she is “outta there” and headed to Indianapolis. She’s leaving Tribune’s WHNT to take on the sports ...

BRIEFLY…

Dorian Craft is joining Tegna’s KTHV in Little Rock, AR and a sports anchor. The Kentucky native is coming from the SEC Network and Cordillera’s WLEX in Lexington, KY where she held down simultaneous ...

BRIEFLY…

NEWS VET PROMOTED IN ST. JOE Veteran newsman Jerry Howard has been promoted to news director for KNPN/KNPG/KCJO-TV in St. Joseph, MO, a cluster of stations owned by News Press and Gazette. More in this item ...

IN BRIEF…

A NewsBlueser notes that “CBS Evening News” ratings last week were down 17% in the demo. Isn’t that the target the new leadership was supposed to be adept at reaching? We’re just asking <<<>>> ...

IN BRIEF…

Two days after the judge cleared it, AT&T and Time Warner completed their $81 billion merger. Life will be so much better for all of us. You can already feel it, can’t you? <><><><><><> ...

IN BRIEF…

Jeff Zucker plans to stick around for another two election cycles. He’s just re-signed with CNN to continue as president of the network through 2020. This will come as good news to Donald Trump, ...