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KCEN News Staff Shaken by Meteorologist’s Shooting: ‘I Knew It Was Our Patrick’

CaptureMeteorologist Patrick Crawford of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN is reportedly stable and resting after surgery at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Crawford was shot while sitting in his car (pictured) outside the KCEN studios Wednesday in an incident that has yet to be explained, and no arrests have been made. “We didn’t think it was gunshots,” said KCEN executive assistant Charlotte Kinsey. But moments later, a sheriff’s deputy who’d arrived at the station to investigate asked if there was a “Patrick” who worked there:

“It just, it was like a flash,” Kinsey said. “It just happened so suddenly, and I knew who it was. I knew it was our Patrick.”

“My heart just fell to the bottom of my chest,” said Crystal Pratt, our 5 p.m. newscast producer. “I didn’t even know what to think.”

“When I heard them say Patrick’s name,” she said, “my heart completely broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was just numb.”

“You could feel the air suck right out of the room,” said assistant news director Matt Gebhard.

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On the Move, 12/17/14

Pamela Gardner moves to WBZ in Boston as meteorologist. She comes from WISH in Indianapolis

Dana Rebik joins WGN in Chicago as a reporter, from KCPQ in Seattle.

Chris Papst moves to WJLA in Washington, DC, as an Investigative Reporter. He previously worked at WHP in Harrisburg, Pa.

Marissa Hollowed joins KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri, as primary anchor, from WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.

Tatevik Aprikyan jumps 109 markets to join WPRI-WNAC in Providence, R.I. as a reporter/MMJ, from KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Lauren Conley joins KNWA in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as weekend anchor/reporter, from KHAS in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Journalists in this post are represented by the Law Offices of Joel Weisman

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move”

Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

WLBT Hires News Director from Arkansas Station

weeks wlbtRaycom’s Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT has hired Hatton Weeks to be its news director.

Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.

Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”

Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.

WNCT Adds Two Meteorologists

FIRST ALERT TEAM PHOTOWNCT has added two meteorologists to its weather team.

Candice Boling (second from left) is the weekend meteorologist at the Greenville, N.C. CBS affiliate. She comes from WNKY in Bowling Green, Ky.

Pierce Legeion (far left) also joins WNCT as a reporter and meteorologist. He last worked at WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V.

The pair join chief meteorologist Jerry Jackson, morning meteorologist Dontae Jones and meteorologist David Sawyer.

Gina Morss Returns to WEEK

morss weekGina Morss returns to WEEK starting Monday, January 5.

Morss worked at the Peoria, Illinois NBC affiliate for 15 years. She will co-anchor the morning news with Garry Moore and Maddie Heidenreich.

“We are excited to have Gina return to full time work once again on WEEK,” said Mark DeSantis, president and GM of WEEK-WHOI-WAOE. “She never really left as she has been producing our Buddy Check Reports for WEEK all along. But I am truly happy to have Gina back where she belongs!”

Morss left WEEK in 2011 to be the Komen Memorial Peoria Affiliate’s Director of Development.

WLS Sports Anchor Apologizes for Suicide Reference

giangreco wls cut himWLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco has issued a statement about his reference to suicide in an over-the-shoulder graphic in last night’s story about the Chicago Bears.

Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”

KCEN AM Meteorologist Shot Multiple Times in Morning Shooting

crawford KCEN croppedPatrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist for Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN was shot multiple times in this morning’s parking lot shooting at the station.

>UPDATE: KECN reported at 3:20 p.m. police have taken a “person of interest in the shooting” into custody. We’ll have more updates as the story develops.

>UPDATE: KCEN reports at 5:11 p.m. Crawford is out of surgery and in stable condition. The station also reports, “The suspect hasn’t been located, but they took a suspect in custody and police say he’s not likely tied at all to the shooting.”

KCEN reports the Department of Public Safety said the shooting suspect exchanged words with Crawford before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and firing.

The employee, Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as a white male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and dark jeans. Wilson also said he has a receding hairline.

Crawford was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning, [DPS Trooper D.L.] Wilson said.

Crawford has worked at KCEN since September 2012.

KTLM Promotes EP to News Director

telemundo_304x200Miguelángel López has been promoted to news director of the Rio Grande Valley Telemundo station KTLM.

López was executive producer of Noticias Telemundo 40.

“We are excited for Miguelángel to take on this new role,” said KTLM president and GM Jose Flores. “Miguelángel’s vast broadcast and production experience, particularly in Spanish-language news, makes him a perfect fit to lead our local news team.”

Shooting Reported Near Texas Station

Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN reports “multiple police agencies” are looking for a suspect in a shooting near the station that happened this morning.

From the KCEN website:

The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.

Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.

DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.

Employees have been told not to leave the building, but are now free to move around inside.

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