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WXIX Hires Kara Sewell as Morning Anchor

635494858269400008-Kara-Sewell-headshot-10.21.14Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX has hired a replacement for morning anchor Jacki Jing, who was ousted by the station in August. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Wichita anchor Kara Sewell will join co-anchor Rob Williams starting December 8:

Sewell will move to Cincinnati after November sweeps to work with Williams, meteorologist Frank Marzullo and traffic reporter Denise Johnson.

“She gelled instantly with Rob, Frank and Denise. We think she will be a tremendous addition to the Cincinnati morning landscape,” said Bill Lanesey, vice president and general manager, in the station’s announcement.

Her KWCH-TV bio says she “even tried her hand at doing the weather and appeared on a reality show” before going to Wichita in 2008.

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Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

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.”

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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Indianapolis Meteorologist Heading to Boston

gardner_WISHWBZ has hired meteorologist Pamela Gardner.

Gardner comes to the Boston CBS owned station from WISH in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Gardner had replaced Julie Patterson, who left the station in September. The IBJ says WISH management is concerned about losing employees after the station drops its affiliation in January.

In Gardner’s case, it could simply be a jump to a larger market. Boston is the seventh-largest U.S. media market and Indianapolis is 27th, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research.

In addition to Patterson and now Gardner, WISH lost its sales director, Julie Zoumbaris, who departed in September to take that same position with WRTV-TV Channel 6. Zoumbaris had been with WISH since 2009.

Gardner joined WISH in November 2011. Before that, she was the morning meteorologist for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

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.

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