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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Amelia Earhart Completes ‘Round the World Flight

EarhartHomeAmelia Earhart, the former traffic reporter for KUSA in Denver, is back in Colorado after finishing an around the world flight.

Earhart, along with co-pilot Shane Jordan, flew a path similar to that of her namesake. They landed in Oakland, California Friday evening completing an 18-day, 14-country, 24,000-mile journey that makes her the youngest woman to travel around the world in a single-engine airplane. She returned to Colorado today landing at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.

Upon landing in Oakland, Earhart, no relation to the famous aviator who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, Tweeted: “In the best way we knew how, we brought Amelia’s spirit home safely to Oakland.”

KUSA’s story, after the jump…

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WOIO to Christen ‘LeBron James Sports Center’ If NBA Star Returns to Cleveland

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As LeBron James prepares for the sequel of “The Decision,” Cleveland’s CBS affiliate WOIO is going the extra mile to woo the hometown hero back to the Cavaliers.

The station is offering to name its sports studio “The LeBron James Sports Center,” if the NBA star returns to Cleveland, where he played from 2003-2010.

“There is no better player in the league than LeBron James,” says WOIO VP and GM Dominic Mancuso. “We’re ready to welcome him back with open arms and witness forgiveness!”

“We haven’t seen this much excitement about Cleveland sports since, well, the last “Decision,” adds News Director Dan Salamone, referring to the 2010 ESPN special during which James announced he was leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

Mancuso adds, “19 Action News is committed to covering the King and giving Cleveland Cavaliers fans front row seats to all the action in our newscasts LIVE… hopefully from the LeBron James Sports Center.”

ESPN reports James has finished meeting with teams, and will now talk with his family and make his choice. James is reportedly planning to attend the World Cup final in Brazil this weekend, so a decision may come before then.

Mark Joyella Joins TVSpy

JoyellaA familiar face is joining us here at mediabistro. Starting today, Mark Joyella will be contributing to TVSpy. Mark has worked as a reporter and news anchor at local news stations across the country, including WFTS in Tampa/St. Pete, WPLG in Miami and WNYW in New York. Most recently Mark was an anchor at WFTV in Orlando.

Along the way, he’s won five regional Emmy Awards for reporting and writing, and covered stories around the world, including the Middle East, Central and South America and Cuba. Mark’s also worked as a digital producer at CNN. Mark lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. On Twitter, you can find him here. Tip him early, and often.

WMAR Meteorologist During Hurricane Arthur: ‘The Station Just Got Hit By Lightning’

Mike Masco, meteorologist at WMAR, was in the middle of covering how the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur were affecting the Baltimore area, when the station was affected by a lightning strike. Masco’s audio went out for a matter of seconds, but the station was dark for about :20. While he news continued, the lightning strike affected several power functions at the station which is located in Towson. “The AC is still not fixed at ABC 2.,” Masco Tweeted around 9pm Thursday, “Meaning we will look like night of the living dead on TV..Stay tuned….”

Kathryn Brown Leaves WCBS for WRAL

KathrynBrownKathryn Brown is leaving New York’s WCBS and joining WRAL where she has been named weekend anchor. Brown joins in late August and will take over for Renee Chou who moved to the morning show. The move to Raleigh will put Brown and her husband, Scott, who works for WABC-TV, closer to family in Atlanta. Before WCBS, Brown worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and at WSET-TV in Roanoke.

Amelia Earhart Begins Around-the-World Flight

earhart_kusa_croppedFormer Denver traffic reporter Amelia Earhart is now on an around-the-world flight recreating the path taken by her famous namesake. Earhart took off from Oakland yesterday for the 28,000-mile trip.

Earhart, who left KUSA in January to prepare for the voyage, was featured on “NBC Nightly News” last night (watch after the jump). She talked about the letdown when she learned she was not related to the famous aviator.

“If you believe anything for 30 years and you’re told it’s not true. It’s tough to take.”

As of this writing, Earhart is somewhere over Birmingham, AL. You can track her flight on AmeliaEarhartProject.com.

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Unorthodox Meteorologist (See YouTube) Mark Mathis Joins KUSI

MarkMathisMark Mathis is returning to the weather beat. KUSI news director Steve Cohen confirms to TVSpy that Mathis is joining the San Diego station Monday, joining Leslie Lopez and David Scott on the weather team.

Mathis is known to regular TVSpy readers for his flamboyant on-air personality. These YouTube videos can attest to that.

He’s also known for several rocky tenures over the last 10 years. In 2011, he spent just a few months at KMAX in Sacramento. Before that he had two stints with WCCB in Charlotte. He’s also worked at KREX in Grand Junction, CO, WFAA in Dallas, and KTBC in Austin. This will be his second go ’round in San Diego having previously worked at KSWB.

Legendary meteorologist John Coleman retired from KUSI in April. Coleman had been in broadcasting for more than 60 years, the last 20 at KUSI.

‘Just One More Morning Meeting’

After TV news jobs that have taken him from coast to coast, and many stops in between, KIRO-TV news boss Bob Jordan‘s last day has arrived. Jordan announced last month that he’s retiring after 45 years in TV news.

Giant Wasp Attacks KFOR Forecast

The forecast for Oklahoma City calls for partly cloudy skies and giant wasps. During the 6:30pm newscast Thursday night, a wasp surprised KFOR’s Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan.

Venton Blandin Leaving Huntsville for Birmingham

BlandinWHNTAfter nearly 6 years at WHNT in Huntsville, AL, Venton Blandin is heading about 100 miles down I-65 where he’ll join ABC 33/40 in Birmingham. Blandin has been the “Fighting for You” reporter at WHNT. He signed off during the station’s 5pm newscast Thursday. Yesterday, Huntsville’s mayor presented the ‘Mayor’s Coin’ to Blandin for his service to the community.

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