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Sylvia Rincon Leaving KABB to Work at Local School District

Rincon_KABBKABB anchor and reporter Sylvia Rincon is leaving the San Antonio FOX affiliate.

Rincon told TVSpy she is leaving to work as director of communications at a local school district and added, “It’s  a great opportunity that I could not pass up.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rincon is the sixth anchor or reporter to leave the station since May.

In the last five months, five well-known news names have departed the local Fox affiliate. The biggest shocker was the sudden exit last month by chief anchorman Michael Valdes, who was a 20-year KABB veteran.

Now, No. 6 is on her way out the door, and I’m hearing rumblings of others who may follow suit.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe confirmed Rincon’s exit with TVSpy and told us the station has seen many staff leave because of “new job opportunities or personal reasons.”

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KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

WFLD Reporter, Fox Sued Over News Story

wfld32A former Cook County (Illinois) attorney Frank Gardner is suing Fox and Dane Placko, a reporter at Fox-owned WFLD in Chicago, alleging a story the station ran was defamatory.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports neither Fox nor Placko would comment on the lawsuit, which seeks more than $250,000 in damages:

Last February, Fox ran a piece by Placko that alleged Gardner’s wife and son — also named Frank — were running for seats on the Water Reclamation Board, the suit alleged.

In the story, Placko said that Gardner’s wife was going by her maiden name, Kathleen Mary O’Reilley.

“The defendants labeled Frank’s wife’s use of her maiden name as a deceptive election practice,” the suit stated. “It’s clear from the context of the entire broadcast that the defendants were claiming that the entire Gardner family was corrupt and dishonest.”

Reporter on Festival Organizer Who Sent Him Viral: ‘I Need to Send Her a Thank You Card’

pumpkin-fest-reporter1The young reporter who fought for his right to report from the Keene Pumpkin Festival knows the woman who tried to snatch the microphone out of his hand on live TV did him a favor, sending his video viral. “Yeah, I really need to send her a thank you card,” Jared Goodell, 22, told a Boston radio show host Monday.

Goodell, who was volunteering his time to cover the festival for a local public access channel, said he never anticipated either the rioting that led police to swarm the event, or the viral video. “It’s pretty much carved pumpkins, and kids walking around with their costumes, and yeah, that’s pretty much it.”

Goodell’s instinct to shift his reporting from pumpkin carving to public safety, however, was not warmly received by the event’s organizer, who rushed Goodell. “Ruth Sterling comes storming onto the set, literally wrestling me for my microphone.”

Listen to the entire interview, after the jump.
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Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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WDSU Adds Morning Anchor, Moves Another

divins_rousseauCharles Divins is joining WDSU next Monday as a morning anchor.

“We’re delighted to welcome Charles to the WDSU family,” WDSU president & GM Joel Vilmenay said in a statement.

The addition of Divins to the New Orleans NBC affiliate means Sula Kim will move to 4:00 p.m. with Camille Whitworth.

Divins was co-host of nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz and joins Randi Rousseau (pictured) on WDSU News This Morning.

‘She’s Not Letting Me Do My Job’: TV Reporter Struggles On Air With Pumpkin Fest Organizer


Covering a pumpkin festival rarely leads reporters to expect an on-air confrontation, but little about the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire went as expected Saturday night. When crowds got rowdy, riot police were sent in and thirty people were injured.

Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV attempted to talk about that with Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling, but the interview was testy–with Sterling attempting several times to grab the microphone out of Goodell’s hands. “She’s not letting me do my job,” Goodell said. “She would not like me to tell you what’s going on at Keene State College.”

Sterling insisted coverage of the rioting–which was getting national attention–was only serving to make matters worse, and she threatened to kick the TV crew out:

“This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we’ve ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren’t even at the pumpkin festival,” said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. “So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot.”

KENS Spent Sunday Morning in the Dark

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS was off the air Sunday morning, denying viewers a chance to watch the CBS news round up shows and putting a scare into those who wanted to watch the NFL.

On facebook, KENS reporter Barry Davis told viewers scheduled maintenance hit a glitch and caused the outage.

The San Antonio Express-News reported viewers missed “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Texas Country Reporter,” and “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.” A quick look at TVEyes, showed the station came back just in time to catch the men’s professional football match between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Raleigh Station Gets All Corny for State Fair

Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL has added another twist to the sand, ice, fiesta, give-away news desk. The station built a corn desk for the North Carolina State Fair.

There’s even a contest to guess how many ears of corn make up the desk. The winner gets a VIP tour of the WRAL studios. Read more

Julie Loncich Joins WBZ

WBZBoston’s WBZ has announced a new addition to their team: general assignment reporter Julie Loncich.

According to New England One, Loncich joins the CBS owned station this week, leaving Boston rival ABC affiliate WCVB, where she had been a freelance general assignment reporter since 2013. Before that, she was a reporter at New England Cable News.

Loncich sent a tweet out about the announcement on Friday:

She was congratulated on Twitter by WBZ managing editor Peter Wilson, as well as multiple producers at the network.

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