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NBC LA Reporter Hoping for Three-Year Papal Conclave

Our pal Robert Kovacik didn’t think he’d be back in Europe so soon after covering the 2012 Summer Olympics for NBC Southern California. But sure enough, he jetted to Rome over the weekend to keep tabs on the papal conclave.

“I don’t plan on ever coming home,” he agrees when told how much FishbowlLA envies him for being camped out in la bella Roma. “I am hoping this is a three-year conclave – like the one in 1268.”

Kovacik is one of a number of SoCal reporters on location for the big event. Others include Chip Yost (KTLA), Steve Futterman (CBS News west coast correspondent) and Cathleen Falsani (the Orange County Register’s newly hired spirituality columnist).

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NBCLA Expands Weekend Newscasts

We’ve been hearing the whispers, and this week, NBC Southern California has made it official. Building on the ratings success of the station’s weekend newscasts, the Burbank-based affiliate is adding 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday installments and expanding its existing Sunday 11 p.m. report to a full hour.

The anchor team of Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who currently co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, will also co-anchor “NBC4 News at 5PM” on the weekends. From the announcement:

“The expansion of our newscasts give us a chance to tell more stories and cover events that happen on weekends,” said vice president of news Todd Mokhtari. “The added time slots give our viewers more options for getting breaking news, local information and weather all weekend long.”

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Robert Redford Inaugurates SoCal Climate Conservancy

This Thanksgiving, NBC LA’s Robert Kovacik has a lot of assignments to be thankful for. He was the station’s man at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and just this week, sat down with Jane Fonda on a Sunday and Robert Redford on a Monday.

The Redford chat was to mark the official launch of a new $10 million-endowed climate conservancy at Pitzer College in Claremont bearing the actor’s name. The Santa Monica native suggests that no one in LA seems “too happy” driving around our concreted city.

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Jane Fonda Accepts LA Press Club’s Inaugural Visionary Award

When NBC LA anchorman and reporter Robert Kovacik recently reminded on his Facebook page that he would be interviewing actress Jane Fonda as part of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 5th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, held last night at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the first comment he received came from a female resident of Malibu:

No offense to you Robert, but I feel very strongly that Jane Fonda is a lying b*tch who betrayed our nation. Ask her if she did indeed hand over to the VC the notes that the American POWs gave to her. They died a brutal death because of her traitorous actions. Shame on her.

Strong words, perhaps too strong. But Fonda is well aware of this specter. Last night during her Q&A with Kovacik, here’s how the worthy LAPC Visionary Award recipient answered when he asked about her biggest life regret:

“Sitting on that gun in North Vietnam. I’ll go to my grave with that one.”

The remark has been quickly pounced on this morning at Breitbart.com, The Daily Caller and elsewhere.

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Cockroach Butts in Robert Kovacik’s Live Shot

If you’re squeamish, this next post isn’t for you.

NBC4′s Robert Kovacik was reporting from West L.A. Thursday night when a cockroach decided to steal his thunder and crawl all over the reporter during his live shot.

Kovacik tweeted the following after he was done with his live report: “Thanks viewers for noticing the “guest” in our live shot! Any names for my new pet?”

Gro-ss.

[H/T Romenesko]

LA Press Club to Honor Jane Fonda at NEJ Awards

Actress Jane Fonda will be presented with a Visionary Award at this year’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards gala, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. Fonda will be the first recipient of the Visionary Award, an honor newly created by the Press Club “to pay homage to an individual within the Entertainment Industry who uses their high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and social importance.”

Fonda will appear onstage at the gala for an interview with NBC 4 anchor Robert Kovacik. The event takes place on November 18th at the Biltmore Hotel.

If you haven’t entered your work for the NEJ awards yet, there’s still time. The deadline for entries has been extended to October 11.

NBCLA Hosts Social Media Party

Last night at NBC Southern California headquarters in Burbank, several dozen invited bloggers gathered for an evening of food, drink and conference room presentations about the station’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram efforts tied to the London Summer Olympics.

Website editorial director Sara Catania, managing editor Jonathan Lloyd, social media lead Olsen Ebright and social media/tech on-air reporter Mekahlo Medina (pictured, above) took turns explaining how the “first social media Olympics” have been leveraged, cross-promoted and harnessed. One of the shiniest beacons of this systematic, station-wide effort is the fact that the follower count @NBCLA has zoomed in the past few weeks from around 27,000 just past the 40,000 mark.

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NBCLA’s Robert Kovacik on Covering the Summer Olympics

Each one of NBC’s ten O&O (“owned and operated”) stations across the country is sending a small team to the Summer Olympics. In the case of NBC Southern California, the lucky employees are anchor-reporter Robert Kovacik together with cameramen Sean Browning and Thomas Bravo.

“The goal is to make sure we highlight our local athletes, the participants, the spectators, to really show the Southern California participation in the London Olympics,” Kovacik tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The nice thing is that all of these O&O crews are working together as a team. We’re sharing resources, potential interviews, story ideas… Right down to if I see a great shot of some guy walking around in a Yankees baseball cap, then I can pick up that shot and give it to our guys at WNBC in New York.”

“We’ll also be sharing a broadcast facility when we get there, and together, we are going to be a very strong and powerful operation,” he adds. “It also will afford me the opportunity to work directly with colleagues that I have admired for years.”

Kovacik says that since he called into his manager’s office back in February and told, ‘You’re going to the Olympics,’ it’s been a non-stop preparation process. Partly because NBC is aiming to make these the first “social Olympics.” As such, Kovacik will remain attached at the hip to his Twitter (@RobertNBCLA) and Facebook (/RobertNBCLA) accounts, posting updates as he goes.

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One Month Later, Gavin Smith’s Disappearance Remains a Complete Mystery

It was 31 days ago that Fox executive Gavin Smith drove away in his 2000 Mercedes 420E from the Oak Park neighborhood of Simi Hills, not to be heard from or seen since. While NBC Southern California’s Robert Kovacik reported last week that Smith might have been sighted at a Morro Bay restaurant on May 7, the information has yet to be corroborated by law enforcement authorities.

Excepting a piece on Forbes yesterday by Roger Friedman, one-month anniversary coverage has been scant. Which leaves the 70+ comments posted on findgavinsmith.com by a group of people that generally agrees with the theory that Smith drove off a canyon road. There’s info about grassroots searches that have been conducted, as well as this forceful declaration from search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and licensed P.I. Robert Tur:

The reason I have had such great success in finding missing aircraft and lost hikers missing in ‘somewhere’ in thousands of square miles of difficult terrain, is that I don’t waste time conducting Air Force style grid searches, but instead, spend the necessary time putting myself in the ‘shoes’ of the missing person… Assuming Mr. Smith left the Oak Park location sometime after 10 p.m., the night before his disappearance was noticed, where would he go? Home to pick up more personal belongings or did he take a ride to his Calabasas? If so, what routes would he normally use? Are any of those routes in secluded areas? Poorly lit? Have steep drop offs? These are the areas you should search first.

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Teen Duo Cranks Out NBC4 Jingles

It sounds more like a first-story-back-from-break on one of NBC4′s TV newscasts. Two kids, running amok in a TV studio, armed with a ukelele.

But in fact, the pair–as reported recently by the station’s website–were given full permission to roam the NBC4 Burbank premises beginning last summer. Taylor Mackall (on the ukulele) is the son of a promotions employee, while Mackenzie Cregan is his tag-along pal. FishbowlLA’s favorite jingle so far is the very catchy one for anchor Robert Kovacik:

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