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On the Move, 12/25/14

Melissa Etezadi joins KNBC in Los Angeles as a freelance reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter for WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky.

Justin Finch joins KYW in Philadelphia as a reporter. For the last three years he reported for WTVJ in Miami.

Gabriel Roxas moves to a top 5 market and joins KTVT in Dallas as a reporter. For the last two years, Gabriel has been a reporter at KXTV in Sacramento.

Julie Loncich joins WBZ in Boston as a staff reporter. She was freelance reporting for WCVB in Boston.

Grace White returns to her hometown of Houston and joins KHOU as a reporter. Previously, she was a weekend anchor and reporter for KABB-WOAI in San Antonio.

Jason Colthorp joins WDIV in Detroit as a fill-in anchor and general assignment reporter. He worked at WILX in Lansing for fifteen years, most recently as anchor.

Amanda Grace joins Gannett’s KING in Seattle as an anchor and reporter.  Previously, she was an anchor and reporter for WHDH in Boston.

Kelly Franson becomes the morning and evening meteorologist for KIRO in Seattle.  She has been a meteorologist with WBTV in Charlotte since 2007.

Morgan Palmer is promoted to the weekday morning meteorologist at KIRO in Seattle.  Morgan joined KIRO as the weekend meteorologist in 2012.

Cayle Thompson becomes an anchor and reporter for KOMO in Seattle.  Previously, he was an anchor and reporter for WINK in Ft. Myers. Read more

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KTVX Adds Alana Brophy to Weather Team

StorySalt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX has hired Alana Brophy, who will report and do weather. “She’s a great weather caster, skilled anchor, and a good storyteller,” said KTVX news director George Severson.

Brophy spent part of her childhood in Utah, and began her television career in St. George. She was most recently an anchor at Boise CBS affiliate KBOI.

Former WJTV Photographer Jerry Brooks Dies

6290562_GJerry Brooks, an award-winning photographer at Jackson, Mississippi CBS affiliate WJTV, has died. He was 44. Brooks worked for WJTV for fifteen years before he took early retirement in 2013–a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), which had taken his ability to do the job he loved.

WJTV reports Brooks died from the disease Tuesday afternoon.

Brooks was inducted into the Associated Press Hall of Fame, and worked to raise money for ALS research. In August, a group of fellow photogs gathered to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of their friend. “Alright, this ice bucket challenge is from the photographers at WJTV, former employees, and friends of Jerry Brooks,” said Kip Smith, head photographer at WJTV said in a video.

Former WCPO Anchor Creates Charity Effort, ‘Pass It On’

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 10.09.38 AMFormer WCPO anchor Brian Patrick is working extra hours over the holidays–helping people who have less to get the things they need, for free. “Pope Francis talks about this throw away culture and I don’t want to be a part of that. There are so many things than can be used. I call it the ultimate recycling,” Patrick told Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC in a story about his charity effort, “Pass It On:”

A year ago, Patrick bought a building on Petersburg Rd. in Hebron that used to house an auto parts store. He got rid of some of the items in his home and collected others from his daughters and other people. Patrick now has clothing, coats, bedding, toys and household items to give away. “We call it Pass It On because we just ask people that have more than they need to give what they have,” Patrick said. “We have volunteers fix and clean it and then we give it to people who need it,” Patrick said.

Patrick worked for 16 years at ABC affiliate WCPO before joining the Catholic network EWTN, where he anchors a nightly newscast.

Ever Striving to ‘Be First and Be Best,’ NY1′s Tom McDonald Retires After 44 Years

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 8.55.58 AM“My goal was always to be first, and be best,” said Tom McDonald this past Sunday as he officially ran out the clock on a 44-year career in sports broadcasting. The NY1 sports anchor began his career in television in Asia with Armed Forces Radio and Television before getting his big break at what is now Fox-owned WNYW in New York.

McDonald went on to work at ESPN and ABC before joining NY1 in 2003. “It’s been an absolutely wonderful ride for me,” McDonald said in his final sportscast. “People always asked me, ‘What was the best thing that you ever saw?’ It was the next thing I ever saw. It was as simple as that.”

Former Houston Anchor Joins Austin’s KEYE

622x350Adela Uchida, a former anchor at ABC-owned KTRK in Houston, announced she’s taken a job at Austin CBS affiliate KEYE. The Houston Chronicle reports Uchida will be an anchor/reporter at the station, starting next month.

Uchida was a weekend anchor at KTRK until her departure earlier this year. She reported for a Houston all-news radio station until October, when the station folded and the entire staff was fired.

Uchida told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff the new gig will be a great fit for her daughter. “This keeps us within driving distance of her dad, which was extremely important to me to keep their relationship solid.”

WISH Picks Up CW Affiliation

cw-logoIndianapolis soon-to-be-ex CBS affiliate WISH has picked up a new affiliation–the station will air CW programming beginning next month. CBS announced in August it would move its affiliation from WISH to WTTV. At first, it was expected WTTV would transition CW programming to a digital channel. Instead, WISH will fill a large chunk of its lineup with “The Flash,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Jane the Virgin.”

“We welcome the CW network to our new prime time,” said WISH president and general manager Les Vann. “This original and dynamic line-up of programming will drive new audiences to WISH-TV and our newscasts, and deliver key demographics to our advertisers.”

Remaining hours of WISH’s broadcast day will include an extended lineup of news programming.

KSL Political Reporter Named Congressional Communications Director

1390967512-1988849732Longtime political reporter Richard Piatt will leave Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL to become communications director for Congresswoman-elect Mia Love. “I am thrilled to have someone with Richard’s experience on my staff,” Love said in a statement to KSL.

Piatt has worked at KSL for 16 years, and said he’s grateful to have been able to cover campaigns, elections, and political conventions. “I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the business of politics,” Piatt said. “I’m excited to apply the skills I learned in broadcasting in a different aspect.”

Summer Knowles Leaves Miami’s WFOR


Reporter Summer Knowles is leaving Miami CBS-owned station WFOR after two years in South Florida. Knowles announced her departure in an email to WFOR staff, saying she was taking “an anchor/reporter job in another market.” Her last day is today.

The station is experiencing plenty of turnover and turmoil. Just this month, longtime sports anchor Kim Bokamper announced he would retire from WFOR at the end of January.

Read the email, after the jump: Read more

WBFF Apologizes for ‘Kill a Cop’ Story

FoxFacing massive fallout from a story aired Sunday night that claimed peaceful protesters had called for the killing of police officers, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF invited a protest leader on air to apologize face-to-face. “We aired a clip from a protest in Washington, DC where we reported protesters were chanting ‘kill a cop’,” said anchor Jeff Barnd. “We received a phone call from Tawanda Jones, who is in the video, who informed us that the chant was actually ‘We won’t stop. We can’t stop. ’til killer cops. Are in cell blocks’.”

Barnd said the mistake was an honest error. “When you do a news story, it usually goes through a lot of desks,” he said. “A lot of brains look at it. And it’s unfortunate that it made it on our air last night.”

Watch the apology, after the jump: Read more