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WMAQ Report Used for Governor Pat Quinn's Re-Election Campaign Ad - Posted October 13, 2014
With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, local stations are being bombarded with political ads. Chicago's WMAQ is no exception, but the NBC-owned station is unhappy about it for a very specific reason. On Friday, a new 30-second commercial began airing throughout Illinois for Governor Pat Quinn (D) in his... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists - Posted August 18, 2014
WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast. "A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Adds Sportscaster Siafa Lewis - Posted June 4, 2014
Siafa Lewis has joined WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, as a freelance reporter and sports anchor, ... [TVSpy]

Zoraida Sambolin on Returning to WMAQ: 'The Response Has Been Humbling' - Posted May 16, 2014
As Zoraida Sambolin prepares to rejoin WMAQ, she ... [TVSpy]

KNBC Names Daniella Guzman Morning Co-Anchor - Posted April 23, 2014
Daniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m. It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newsca... [TVSpy]

After 2 Years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin Rejoins WMAQ - Posted April 23, 2014
After two years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin is returning to her old station -- WMAQ in Chicago -- as the co-anchor of the morning newscast. "We are delighted that Zoraida will be return... [TVSpy]

Valari Staab on Strengthening the NBC Owned Stations - Posted April 14, 2014
In an interview with TVNewsCheck, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab talks about the investment in local news that has g... [TVSpy]

Tribune Names Patricia Golden VP of Sales - Posted April 7, 2014
Patricia Golden has been named vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins April 14, Golden will oversee sales at Tribune's 42 owned or operated stations. "Patty is a dynamic and strategic sales l... [TVSpy]

Susan Carlson Named Reporter, Fill-In Anchor at WMAQ - Posted April 2, 2014
After several months freelancing at NBC-owned WMAQ, Susan Carlson has been named a full time reporter and fill-in anchor at the Chicago station, Robert Feder ... [TVSpy]

Chicago Meteorologist Twitter Bullies Rival over Forecast - Posted March 13, 2014
Apparently Jerry Taft, meteorologist for Chicago ABC owned station WLS, was on vacation when the region was hit by a snowstorm. Taft noticed Brant Miller, meteorologist for cross town rival NBC owned station WMAQ... [TVSpy]

Tamara Leitner Joins WMAQ in Chicago - Posted February 28, 2014
Tamara Leitner is joining WMAQ in Chicago as a member of the NBC-owned station's investigative unit, Robert Feder ... [TVSpy]

Matt Piacente Named VP of News at WVIT - Posted February 3, 2014
Matt Piacente has been named vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford-New Haven. His appointment is effective February 10. Piacente comes from ... [TVSpy]

Toni Falvo Joins Tribune Broadcasting as SVP of Research - Posted November 19, 2013
Toni Falvo has been named senior vice president of research for Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins December 9, she will oversee all research functions for Tribune's stations. "As Tribune's growing portfolio of assets pr... [TVSpy]

Confusion on Chicago Stations as Jesse Jackson Jr. is Turned Away From Prison - Posted October 29, 2013
The big story in Chicago today is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday afternoon. In a strange twist, Jackson -- who was four days early to start serving his 30 month sentence -- was turned away from the prison yesterday before he was... [TVSpy]

Little Girl Caught Dancing on WMAQ: 'I Wanted to Be on TV Because I've Never Been on TV' - Posted July 26, 2013
The little girl who danced into the background of Mary Ann Ahern's WMAQ live shot says she just wanted to be on television. "I wanted to be on TV 'cause I've never been on TV," Janiyah Rush ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts - Posted July 9, 2013
WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, is expanding its weekend morning newscasts by two and a half hours. Starting July 27, the station's Saturday morning newscasts will air from 5 to 7 a.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. On Sundays, the morning ne... [TVSpy]

Judge Throws Out Former WMAQ Reporter's Libel Lawsuit Against Rival WBBM - Posted July 5, 2013
An Illinois judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed by Amy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ, against rival WBBM... [SocialTimes.com]

Judge Throws Out Former WMAQ Reporter's Libel Lawsuit Against Rival WBBM - Posted July 5, 2013
An Illinois judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed by Amy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ, against rival WBBM... [TVSpy]

Some Viewers See Telenovela Instead of 'Today' Show - Posted July 1, 2013
RCN Cable customers in Chicago who tuned into WMAQ this morning may have been surprised to see a Spanish-language program instead of the "Today" show on the NBC-owned station. The "Today" feed was interrupted for the first ten minutes of the show beginning at 7 a.m. A W... [TVSpy]

WMAQ to Expand Investigative Reporting Team - Posted June 26, 2013
WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, has announced a major expansion of its investigative reporting team. The station will add Chris Coffey, who will join WMA... [TVSpy]

KTTV Adds Reporter Sandra Endo, Producer Angelica Quiroga - Posted June 19, 2013
KTTV in Los Angeles has made two hires: Sandra Endo (pictured) joins the Fox O&O as a general assignment reporter and ... [TVSpy]

Ric Harris Named President and GM of WVIT - Posted May 10, 2013
Ric Harris has been promoted to president and general manager of WVIT, the NBC-owned station in Hartford-New Haven. Harris joined ... [TVSpy]

Longtime NBC Executive David Doebler Named President-GM of WMAQ - Posted March 19, 2013
David Doebler has been named president and general manager of WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. His appointment is effective immediately, the station announced Tuesday... [TVSpy]

Alvin Pritchard Named VP of Finance for Journal Broadcast Group - Posted March 14, 2013
Alvin Pritchard is the new vice president of finance for Journal Communications' Broadcast Group. He will begin in his new role on April 1, reporting to President-CFO ... [TVSpy]

It's Official: Larry Wert Leaving WMAQ For Tribune - Posted February 13, 2013
WMAQ general manager Larry Wert is leaving the NBC O&O for a top job at Tribune Co. Wert will be the president of local broadcasting, overseeing strategy and opreations for 23 tel... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Launches Web-Only Newscast - Posted January 15, 2013
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WMAQ Moving Morning, Midday Newscasts to NBC Tower in Chicago - Posted January 9, 2013
WMAQ is closing the street-level studio facility it has leased for ten years and moving the morning and midday newscasts to the NBC Tower in Chicago, Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder ... [TVSpy]

Mark Antonitis Named VP-GM at KTXD in Dallas - Posted December 3, 2012
Mark Antonitis has been named vice president and general manager of KTXD, London Broadcasting's Me-TV affiliate in Dallas. Antontitis joins the station from ... [TVSpy]

VIDEO: Lester and Stefan Holt Anchor the WMAQ Noon Newscast - Posted November 23, 2012
Lester Holt joined his son, NBC Chicago anchor Stefan Holt, at the anchor desk for the station's noon newscast today. "I invited myself to co-anchor the noon news on channel 5," Lester admitted. "And he invited himself to Thanksgiving dinner as well," Stefan added. Watch: ... [TVSpy]

WITI, WMAQ Lead Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards - Posted November 20, 2012
Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI and Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ were the big winners at the 54th annual Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards Sunday night. WITI won 12 awards, including for outstanding achievement in for news gathering in the... [TVSpy]

WFOR Reporter Gio Benitez to Join ABC News - Posted November 9, 2012
WFOR's Gio Benitez is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join ABC News. He will begin at the network early next year as a correspondent in ABC's New York bureau. Benitez has been at WFOR ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Adds a Bear to Sunday Night Sports Show - Posted September 6, 2012
Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, will join WMAQ as a regular contributor to the Chicago NBC owned television station's "Sports Sunday" show. "We think ... [TVSpy]

Lauren Jiggetts Upped to Weekend Anchor at WMAQ - Posted September 5, 2012
Lauren Jiggetts has been promoted to co-anchor of WMAQ's weekend newscasts. Jiggetts joined the Chicago NBC O&O as a general assignment reporter in 2007. She will... [TVSpy]

Jeff Vaughn Out, Jeff Goldblatt In at KENS - Posted August 7, 2012
Just a week after saying goodbye to WMAQ in Chicago, Jeff Goldblatt... [TVSpy]

Jeff Goldblatt Leaving Chicago's WMAQ - Posted July 30, 2012
Jeff Goldblatt is leaving Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ, ... [TVSpy]

Traffic Reporter Kye Martin Joins WMAQ - Posted July 11, 2012
Kye Martin is joining WMAQ as a traffic and transportation reporter, the Chicago NBC O&O announced today. Martin will begin at the station on July 23. She will report on traffic condit... [TVSpy]

Jenna Hanchard Joins KSHB From WBNG - Posted June 7, 2012
Jenna Hanchard has signed on to be a multimedia journalist at KSHB, Bottom Line Communications re... [TVSpy]

Chris Blackman Out as WCAU News Director - Posted May 31, 2012
Chris Blackman is leaving his news director post at WCAU, after more than a decade with the Philadelphia NBC station. "I have a bit of news," Blackman announced in an email t... [TVSpy]

Local Chicago Stations Cover Politics, Protests at NATO Summit - Posted May 21, 2012
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WMAQ Studio Window Shattered as NATO Protests Ensnare Chicago - Posted May 21, 2012
A window on WMAQ's street-level studio was shattered Saturday morning. It is unclear whether the damage was connected to the NATO summit in Chicago but it occurred as ... [TVSpy]

NBC O&Os to Highlight Investigative Reporting Online - Posted May 1, 2012
As part of a renewed commitment to investigative reporting at the NBC O&Os, seven stations will launch dedicated online investigative reporting sections on their websites. "Investing in lo... [TVSpy]

Chicago's WMAQ Shuffles Weekend Anchor Lineup - Posted April 25, 2012
WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, has announced a shake-up to its weekend anchor lineup beginning next month. Anthony Ponce has officially been named weekend morning co-anchor. Ponce has ... [TVSpy]

VIDEO: Robin Meade Remembers Making Jump From Local TV to HLN on September 11, 2001 - Posted April 24, 2012
After working as an anchor in several markets around the country, including in Chicago at WMAQ, Robin Meade landed at CNN H... [TVSpy]

HLN's Robin Meade Offers Career Advice: 'Don't Make the Mistake of Always Looking for the Next Job' - Posted April 23, 2012
In the first part of mediabistroTV's three-part "Media Beat" interview with HLN's ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ's Mary Ann Ahern Wins Chicago Headline Club's Lifetime Achievement Award - Posted April 18, 2012
WMAQ political reporter Mary Ann Ahern will receive the Chicago Headline Club's Lifetime Achievement Award next month, ... [TVSpy]

Chicago Mayor Institutes No Handcuffing Policy for Reporters, Following Incident with WGN's Dan Ponce - Posted March 27, 2012
Following an incident in which Chicago police handcuffed WGN reporter Dan Ponce, Mayor Rahm Emanuel... [TVSpy]

WMAQ's Alex Perez Joins ABC News' Chicago Bureau - Posted March 26, 2012
WMAQ reporter Alex Perez is joining ABC News as a Chicago-based correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood... [TVSpy]

Local Reporter and Photographer Detained by Chicago PD: 'Your First Amendment Rights Have Limitations' - Posted March 19, 2012
Chicago police took ... [TVSpy]

Rod Blagojevich Bids Farewell on Chicago TV - Posted March 15, 2012
Set to spend at least the next dozen years in prison, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared to savor his final moment in the spotlight on Wednesday evening as he held a public farewell that conveniently coinci... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Debuts Brand-New Set - Posted February 29, 2012
WMAQ debuted a brand-new set, as well as new graphics, this week. "Brian Williams may have Rock Center but, hey, we have a whole new studio here at NBC Tower," anchor Allison R... [SocialTimes.com]

KSHB, KFOR Air Controversial Political Ad After Other Stations Decline - Posted February 7, 2012
At least two NBC-affiliates recently aired a controversial anti-abortion ad after dozens of stations across the country declined to run the commercial. KSHB in Kansas City and KFOR in Oklah... [TVSpy]

Christopher Myers Named Assistant ND At WFLD - Posted January 23, 2012
Christopher Myers has been named assistant news director at WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago, the company announced today. Myers, who is currently a senior consultant at ... [TVSpy]

KPRC's Daniella Guzman Joining WMAQ in Chicago - Posted January 19, 2012
KPRC reporter Daniella Guzman is leaving Houston for a job at WMAQ in Chicago. "I'll be heading to NBC5 in March,"... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Adds Veteran Producer To Investigative Reporting Unit - Posted January 11, 2012
The renewed commitment to investigative reporting continues at NBC O&Os. The latest hire is producer ... [TVSpy]

WVIT's Lauren Petty Set To Join WMAQ In Chicago - Posted January 9, 2012
Lauren Petty is joining WMAQ as a general assignment reporter at the end of this month, the Chicago NBC O&O announced today. Petty joins WMAQ from ... [TVSpy]

Phyllis Schwartz Replaces Carol Fowler As Vice President and News Director At WFLD - Posted January 5, 2012
Phyllis Schwartz, a former news director at Chicago ABC O&O WLS, has been named vice president and news director at WFLD... [TVSpy]

NBC Stations Partnering with Non-Profit News Outlets - Posted December 6, 2011
NBC owned stations are partnering up with local, non-profit news organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia "to create new and innovative cooperative news gathering and reporting arrangements," the company announced today. KNBC and ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Beefs Up Investigative Unit as NBCU Doubles Down on Local News - Posted November 16, 2011
NBC O&Os are doubling down on investigative reporting. Last month NBC Universal announced that it planned to hire for more than 130 positions across its 10 stations and it app... [TVSpy]

WTMJ's Diane Pathieu Joining WLS in Chicago - Posted November 10, 2011
Diane Pathieu, a reporter and midday anchor at Milwaukee NBC-affiliate WTMJ, is leaving is joining ABC owned-and-operated WL... [TVSpy]

It's Official: Local Anchors Ginger Zee and Bazi Kanani Will Join ABC News - Posted November 7, 2011
ABC News president ... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Sports Anchor Paula Faris Joining ABC News - Posted October 27, 2011
Sports anchor Paula Faris is leaving NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago to anchor "World News Now" on ABC News, ... [TVSpy]

Zoraida Sambolin Leaves WMAQ for CNN - Posted October 20, 2011
Zoraida Sambolin, an early morning anchor on NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago, is leaving the station to join CNN. Sambolin is expected to make the move in mid-Novemb... [SocialTimes.com]

WMAQ President Larry Wert Named EVP of Station Initiatives for NBC O&Os - Posted September 28, 2011
Larry Wert, who has been president and general manager of NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago since 1998, has taken on an additional title: executive vice president of station initiatives for NBC-owned stations. "My priority role will remain h... [TVSpy]

Denver's KMGH, Chicago's WMAQ Win News & Documentary Emmys - Posted September 27, 2011
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 32nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards last night, and while most of the awards categories were for national news (read about those winners over at ... [TVSpy]

Cheryl Scott and Alicia Roman Join Chicago's WMAQ - Posted September 12, 2011
NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago has added two meteorologists to the weather team: Cheryl Scott (pictured, right) and ... [TVSpy]

Chicago's WMAQ Names Debra Juarez News Director - Posted September 7, 2011
Debra Juarez, the senior news director of New England Cable News, is joining NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ as news director next month, the station announced yesterday. The move marks a... [TVSpy]

2 Years After Retiring, Art Norman Returns to WMAQ - Posted August 15, 2011
Art Norman, who retired two years ago from WMAQ after 30 years with the NBC O&O, is returning to the station part-time beginning this fall. Norman will broadcast his segments, "Art Nor... [TVSpy]

WHDH's Michelle Relerford Set to Join WMAQ - Posted August 4, 2011
Michelle Relerford, a weekend anchor and reporter at Boston's WHDH, is leaving the station to join WMAQ in Chicago... [TVSpy]

Seven Local Stations Nominated for TV News and Documentary Emmys - Posted July 18, 2011
Seven local news stations were nominated today for TV News and Documentary Emmys. The stations were nominated in two categories: Outstanding Regional News Story for Spot News, and Outstanding Regional News Story for Investigative Reporting. For the spot news category, the nominees are ... [TVSpy]

WDRB Morning Anchor Barry Bernson To Retire - Posted July 8, 2011
After four decades in the television business, WDRB's Barry Bernson announced today that he will retire in October. Bernson has been the morning anchor at the Louisville Fox affiliate since 2003. ... [TVSpy]

KNTV Adds 2 Veteran Anchors To News Team - Posted July 8, 2011
KNTV has hired two new anchors to join its news team -- veteran journalists Jon Kelley and Janelle Wang. ... [TVSpy]

With Questions Lingering, Hawks Family Passes Father's Day Without Daryl - Posted June 20, 2011
Jasmine and CJ Hawks spent this past Father's Day without their father Daryl, the WMAQ sports anchor who died unexpectedly last month, as Sunday marked ye... [TVSpy]

Initial Daryl Hawks Autopsy Inconclusive - Posted May 16, 2011
The cause of WMAQ sports anchor Daryl Hawks' death remains a mystery after an autopsy conducted by the medical examiner's office in Atlanta found no obvious clues to why the 38-year-ol... [TVSpy]

WMAQ Sports Anchor Daryl Hawks Found Dead - Posted May 12, 2011
WMAQ sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead in an Atlanta hotel room this morning. Hawks, 38, was in town to cover the Bulls' playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks. After Hawks mi... [TVSpy]

Lester Holt's Son Set to Join NBC O&O - Posted May 9, 2011
Stefan Holt, the son of NBC's Lester Holt, is returning to the city where he grew up and joining Chicago's WMAQ... [TVSpy]

Police Report: Chicago Sportscaster Danced in Street After Being Pulled Over - Posted January 31, 2011
Strange details have emerged from Mike Adamle's DUI arrest earlier this month. According to a police report ... [TVSpy]

Chicago Sportscaster Mike Adamle 'Vigorously Disputes' DUI Charge - Posted January 20, 2011
Chicago sportscaster Mike Adamle is prepared to fight a DUI charge he received last week. Adamle's attorney said in a statement that the WMAQ sports anchor "vigorously disputes that he was under the influe... [TVSpy]

Meteorologist Tammie Souza Set to Return to Chicago's WFLD 'Very, Very Soon' - Posted January 11, 2011
"Yes, the badly kept secret is true," veteran meteorologist Tammie Souza wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. "I will be returning to the airwaves on FOX in Chicago very, very soon. Hope you all remembe... [TVSpy]