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Ryan Nobles Leaves WWBT for CNN Newsource

ryanfbRyan Nobles, a reporter and anchor at Richmond NBC affiliate WWBT, has been named a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. Nobles has been with WWBT since 2007, focusing on politics and investigative reporting:

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Crum. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”

TV Writer: Pittsburgh Weather Coverage ‘Feels Like Showboating, Not Public Service’

Picture 3It happens in every market: the weather turns nasty, the weather team cuts in on prime time, and the phones in the newsroom light up with irritated viewers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen says often, those cut-ins seem “like showboating and an opportunity to promote the station’s weather brand more than…a sincere effort at public service.”

Owen turned to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI‘s news director Mike Oliveira, who defended his station’s coverage:

“Sometimes weather events affect only part of our large viewing area. If there’s a severe thunderstorm storm warning in Butler County, it might be sunny in Washington County. The weather alert may feel like a nuisance to some of our viewers, but we’re always going to err on the side of safety.

“We have an entire book of protocols for how to handle weather warnings on television, online and on social media. The severity of the threat and the content on air both play a role in the protocol. For example, when a show with a lot of on-air text like ‘Jeopardy!’ is on, we’ll switch from a warning map on air to a less-invasive crawl. When we’re in a prime-time drama, we try to cover up commercials instead of a key part of the show.”

Missouri Reporter Becomes History Museum’s ‘Journalist in Residence’

Picture 2Few reporters have covered the Ozarks like Ed Fillmer. An archive of Fillmore’s stories at Springfield, Missouri NBC affiliate KYTV boasts that “(he) traveled down just about every road in the Ozarks, seeking stories no one else told.”

Now, that archive of stories from the 1980s and 1990′s will be preserved at Springfield’s History Museum on the Square–and Fillmer will be picking up the camera again, as “journalist in residence”:

“The stories of our neighbors that Ed has captured over the years will be great sources of information and historic background in the future,” History Museum executive director John Sellars said in a news release. “We are so excited to have someone like Ed to help us preserve the history of this place we call home.”

“Ed’s award winning legacy of chronicling the unique and unusual in the Ozarks lives on at KY3 and in our storytelling,” said Scott Brady, KY3 news director. “We are delighted this collaboration with Ed Fillmer and The History Museum on the Square will ensure that these historic glimpses of our lives will enjoy a kind of immortality.”

WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Leaves Anchor Desk: ‘My Ship Has Sailed’

Picture 1Sloane Heffernan, weekend morning anchor at Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL, has set the alarm for 3:15 for the last time. “I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me,” she said. “And my family would pay the price. I’d be the first to admit that I am not very “pleasant” when I am tired.”

Heffernan says missing time with her school-age children led her to ask her news director for a new assignment: part-time reporter:

The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.

But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they’ll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.

So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.

In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet.

My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what’s waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.

Dave Barnes, Former WWL Chief Meteorologist, Has Died

Dave Barnes, who was chief meteorologist for more than a decade at New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL, died Saturday in Florida of complications from cancer. He was 78.

Barnes retired in 1997. “Dave was the consummate professional,” said former WWL anchor Angela Hill. “But more than that, I’ll remember Dave for the loving and caring person he was and for always being a perfect gentleman.”

WFLD’s Alexa Helms Reportedly Pulled Off Anchor Desk After Three Months

Alexa-HelmsAnchor Alexa Helms has been moved off the anchor desk at Chicago Fox-owned station WFLD after just three months, reports media writer Robert Feder, citing station insiders.

Until a permanent replacement is named, Lisa Chavarria, Melody Mendez and Tisha Lewis will rotate filling in on Fox 32’s Saturday and Sunday newscasts alongside Larry Yellen.

It would be unconscionably cruel to recount the multitude of mistakes Helms made during her brief tenure as anchor. She clearly lacked the performance skills, journalistic experience or knowledge of current events to handle the job when Fox 32 news director Tom Doerr brought on the Dallas native and 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Helms, a former intern at the station, arrived from Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami.

WGAL’s Jere Gish Becomes ‘American Ninja News Anchor’

Picture 4Jere Gish, news anchor at Harrisburg NBC affiliate WGAL, is a fan of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” a competition that puts athletes through an intense obstacle course. Gish, eager to earn the title “American Ninja News Anchor,” teamed up with one of the show’s contestants to give the obstacle course a try.

Gish cleared the cliffhanger wall, the floating boards and the salmon ladder. Then, he met his match in the “warped wall”:

“You’re got to be fearless,” Chris said. “You have to lean back, which is terrifying, because it’s a 14-foot wall, you’re running up pretty high, you lean back, your steps are running with the wall, then at the end you’ve got to pop and really reach for the top.”

(Jere was able to make up it the 12-foot wall as a warmup, but came up short on the 14-foot wall, where he pulled a calf muscle.)

And that’s the way my day ended, with an injury. Time to head back to the safety of my couch.

Anchor Brian Heap Joins KCRA

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Anchor Brian Heap has joined Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA as a weekend anchor and reporter. Heap, a California native, was introduced to viewers with a short on-set interview Friday.

Heap joins co-anchor Kathy Park on the weekend anchor desk.

Heap arrives from KWCH, the CBS affiliate in Wichita. He said farewell to viewers there earlier this month.

Anchor Jasmine Viel Leaving KION

jasmine-viel-jpgAnchor Jasmine Viel has announced her departure from Salinas-Monterey, California CBS affiliate KION. After seven years, her last day is today. She writes in a farewell post on the station’s website:

I will be moving down to be with my husband Marc Cota-Robles in Los Angeles as I continue to pursue this crazy and rewarding broadcast journalism career that I am so passionate about.

I have been so lucky and honored to have been a part of many great experiences here on the Central Coast and the warm welcome I received from day one.

It has been a privilege to have been able to share so many people’s stories. From my time as a field reporter and working my way up to the evening anchor position, I have been allowed to grow with all of your support. It’s been quite the journey.

It is hard to say goodbye, especially to those talented and compassionate friends and fellow journalists who work with me in the newsroom and all those who I have had to say goodbye to over the years, but I know I will be checking in with them. As I hope you will continue to check in with me.

WCIA Anchor Reveals Cancer Is Back, with Grim Diagnosis

Saying it was time to share some news with “family”, WCIA anchor Dave Benton took time at the end of his newscast on the Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate to talk about his health. “I’ve found out a few weeks ago, my brain cancer is back,” he said, alongside anchor Jennifer Roscoe.

Last year, Benton underwent brain surgery with the hopes of emerging cancer free. He says now, the cancer is inoperable:

“I’ve learned more about what the future holds. This new tumor is too big for surgery or radiation. I’ve decided to do an antibody treatment and some chemo to try to slow its growth. That’s my best option. That being said, doctors say I have anywhere from four-to-six months before things turn bad. I’m dedicated to keep working. I’ll be here bringing you the news as long as I am able. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and cards. It’s meant the world to me. It’s changed my life.”

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