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KSTP Chopper Captures Video of Car Driving Through Ferguson Protest

Car-protesters-minneapolis-KSTPKSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, got some dramatic video Tuesday afternoon. The station’s Chopper 5 was over a group of people protesting the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson. At one point, a car approached, and then drove directly into the crowd of protesters:

The vehicle can then be seen driving through the protesters, traveling at a low speed. At least one protester is seen being dragged with the vehicle.

It then comes to a stop and several protesters surround the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then takes off, hitting several protesters as it drives away.

At least one woman was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Officials said she has non-life threatening injuries.
As of 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said the driver was not in custody.

Watch the video, after the jump:
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Anchor Stephanie Maxwell Joins WSOC

Stephanie-MaxwellCharlotte ABC affiliate WSOC has hired Stephanie Maxwell as an anchor/reporter. Maxwell will co-anchor the station’s morning newscasts alongside Allison Latos.

For the last 5 years, Stephanie has been the primary evening anchor at WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to that, she was a news anchor and reporter in Greenville, S.C. and New Bern, N.C., and she is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She’s very excited to be coming back to the Carolinas.

“Stephanie is a hard working journalist with proven capabilities,” says Julie Szulczewski, News Director for WSOC/WAXN TV. VP and General Manager Joe Pomilla added “Stephanie’s enthusiasm is contagious. She will be a great addition to our morning team.”

Maxwell starts at WSOC in January.

Gannett Adds Reinforcements to KSDK Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.12.44 PMAs soon as it became clear the Ferguson grand jury had reached a decision, St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK launched into rolling team coverage. The station’s “team coverage” was significant, helped by an infusion over the last few weeks of additional staff from other Gannett stations.

Investigative reporter Brendan Keefe (pictured, right), of Gannett’s WXIA in Atlanta, appeared on KSDK Monday evening. He’s been working in St. Louis for three weeks.

In addition to WXIA, Gannett stations in Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Washington, DC sent a team of reporters, investigative reporters and web producers to boost KSDK’s reporting power ahead of the grand jury’s decision–and whatever may follow. The station has promoted the added forces on air as “a team of seasoned investigators.” Those journalists have filed stories for KSDK, for their home stations, and for Gannett-owned USAToday.

Iconic KTLA Tower Comes Down in LA

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For more than six decades, the KTLA call letters have loomed proudly over the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Street in Los Angeles. On Monday, the tower came down. “When you are driving up or down the 101, you see that tower, you know where you are,” Eric Spillman, a longtime reporter at the LA independent station, told the Los Angeles Times. “To see it taken apart and moved, people are going to feel like something’s missing.”

The tower was forced from its perch to make way for a new 14-story office building, but the tower will be back–set to move back to its original location in Hollywood sometime in 2015.

Anchor Jennifer Loren Leaves KOTV

9405408_BG1Anchor Jennifer Loren will make her last appearance on the desk at Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV tonight. Loren writes on Facebook that she’s decided to take a media job with the Cherokee Nation:

After almost nine years here I am leaving the anchor desk and taking off my investigative reporter hat to begin a new and exciting career! I am going to work for my tribe at Cherokee Nation Businesses, helping to expand their video/multimedia footprint.

While I will sincerely miss my friends, coworkers and loyal News on 6 viewers I couldn’t be more excited about the path I am embarking upon. Not only will I be doing work that I am truly passionate about… I will be at home to tuck my little ones into bed each night.

Loren’s replacement will be announced on air, and she hints it will not be a new face. “It’s someone you already know and trust and will be excited to see each night!”

Reporter Returns to WFOR After Four Months

michele-gillen-600x450Investigative reporter Michele Gillen has returned to CBS-owned WFOR in Miami after a four-month absence, reports Jose Lambiet:

Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”

Gillen’s absence led to speculation about her status with WFOR, where Lambiet reports her contract ends soon.

Former WBBM Health and Science Reporter Roger Field Remembered

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Roger Field, a reporter who covered health and science stories for CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago in the 70′s and 80′s, was remembered this week. Field was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985 and died November 12.

Field worked alongside some of WBBM’s best-known personalities, including Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson. Field built his career around a unique storytelling style–and a personal style that included driving around Chicago in a 1920′s Rolls Royce:
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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

aereo antennaeWith a post on the company’s blog Friday morning, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced the company had filed for bankruptcy protection:

The enthusiasm we encountered was overwhelming. The sense of frustration consumers expressed reinforced our mission. We knew we had touched a nerve, had created something special, and had a built something meaningful for consumers.

But we encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies.

While we had significant victories in the federal district courts in New York and Boston and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the reversal of the Second Circuit decision in June by the U.S. Supreme Court has proven difficult to overcome. The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo’s technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty. And while our team has focused its energies on exploring every path forward available to us, without that clarity, the challenges have proven too difficult to overcome.

Accordingly, today, we filed for Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. We also appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Aereo’s Chief Restructuring Officer during this period.

Some of the challenges from “incumbent media companies” included local television stations, who sued Aereo for copyright infringement.

In Buffalo, Big Snow Brings Big Ratings

WGRZAs surely as the snow has overwhelmed the Buffalo area, viewers have turned to local TV stations in huge numbers–particularly the morning newscasts.

The Buffalo News notes stations’ wall-to-wall coverage produced primetime-sized ratings throughout the day, with Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ leading the pack:

If you combine all three early evening newscasts, the rating was equal to or exceeded what a Buffalo Bills game normally receives.

The 6 a.m. morning ratings were much higher than the stations often get for most prime time network entertainment programs.

The clear winner for the day starting at 5 a.m. and continuing everywhere but 11 p.m. was Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.

WECT Anchor: ‘I Heard My Leg…Go ‘Crack”

5885640_GAshlea Kosikowski, an evening anchor at Wilmington NBC affiliate WECT, will remain off the air for the rest of the year after a fall at her home, breaking her ankle and her leg in two places:

“I had turned off all the lights in here and I was getting ready to go to bed and I just slipped,” Ashlea told us this week. “I went vertical in the air. When I came down I heard my leg just go ‘crack’ and I landed in the dog bed.”

A surgeon repaired the damage by placing a titanium rod and several screws in her leg.

Ashlea has been recovering from the broken bones, but the rehabilitation is going to keep her off the air for the rest of the calendar year.

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