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Sketch Released in Hunt for Gunman in KCEN Meteorologist’s Shooting

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The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday of the man they believe shot Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN. The shooting, which happened outside the station’s studios Wednesday, left KCEN employees shaken.

According to a KCEN report, Crawford remains hospitalized:

“So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Patrick was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.

WCIA Anchor Dave Benton’s Cancer Treatment May Have Added Months to His Life

Benton_1It’s been three months since anchor Dave Benton told viewers of Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate WCIA that brain cancer had returned, and the diagnosis was grim–he had only a matter of months. In an interview Wednesday with WUIS radio, Benton said treatment has been exhausting, but his doctors believe it has added a few months:

“I’ve been fortunate not to have a lot of side effects so far,” he said. “I sleep a lot the week of treatment (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays every other week.) By that Thursday or Friday, I’m exhausted. I sleep all weekend long, and I kind of bounce back. What I appreciate is that I see a lot of people getting treatment when I’m getting my treatment, and some of them are facing challenges I can’t imagine.”

Benton said he plans to keep working as long as he can, because that’s just what feels right for him–and the people who’ve been in touch to say he’s encouraged them to talk about their own battles with cancer:

“I’ve (heard from) some people that it’s helped them tell their side, and the situation that they’re facing,” he said. “It has helped them to be more positive and to look forward and be grateful for the good things we have at this moment.”

KCEN News Staff Shaken by Meteorologist’s Shooting: ‘I Knew It Was Our Patrick’

CaptureMeteorologist Patrick Crawford of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN is reportedly stable and resting after surgery at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Crawford was shot while sitting in his car (pictured) outside the KCEN studios Wednesday in an incident that has yet to be explained, and no arrests have been made. “We didn’t think it was gunshots,” said KCEN executive assistant Charlotte Kinsey. But moments later, a sheriff’s deputy who’d arrived at the station to investigate asked if there was a “Patrick” who worked there:

“It just, it was like a flash,” Kinsey said. “It just happened so suddenly, and I knew who it was. I knew it was our Patrick.”

“My heart just fell to the bottom of my chest,” said Crystal Pratt, our 5 p.m. newscast producer. “I didn’t even know what to think.”

“When I heard them say Patrick’s name,” she said, “my heart completely broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was just numb.”

“You could feel the air suck right out of the room,” said assistant news director Matt Gebhard.

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Two Tampa Stations Among Four Local TV Investigations Honored With duPont Awards

4038v2239Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians:

The reporters searched through records, spoke with family members and confronted some of the guardians with clear evidence of their misdeeds. As a result, this summer a new guardianship reform bill led to legislative changes to help protect others.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers:” Read more

At WISN, Holiday Sweaters and a Tearful Farewell for Marianne Lyles

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Morning anchor Marianne Lyles made her final appearance on Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, and her sendoff was quite festive, with Lyles and fellow anchors wearing some pretty amazing holiday sweaters.

Lyles will be joining Indianapolis station WTTV, which picks up CBS affiliation in January. Lyles will be a morning and midday anchor for the station.

Ahead of Announcement, Jeb Bush Talked 2016 With WPLG

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush shook up the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race with a tweet Tuesday morning, saying he had decided to “actively explore the possibility” of running. The announcement sent politicos into a flurry of speculation and analysis about what a Bush campaign might look like, and how it might fare. Miami ABC affiliate WPLG political reporters Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg got a hint, talking to Bush Saturday for Sunday’s “This Week in South Florida.”

Asked directly about making an announcement, Bush said “this is a really serious, life-changing decision, and I’m going to take my time.” Asked what his criteria would be on making the final decision–which Bush said would come early next year–Bush said “it’s personal. Do I have what it takes to go through this campaign and be capable of leading this country? That’s a humbling thought if you’re really serious about it.”

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Detroit’s Iconic Anchor, Bill Bonds, Dies at 82

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In Detroit, there were news anchors, and then there was Bill Bonds. “People automatically thought Bonds when they thought news,” Amyre Makupson, a former anchor at WKBD, told the Detroit Free Press. “Whether you liked him or not, whether you liked his opinions or not, he made news not boring.”

Bonds, who anchored at WXYZ from the mid-1960′s through the 1990′s, died of a heart attack Saturday. The station aired extensive coverage of Bonds’ life and career Saturday night.

Former WXYZ general manager Jeanne Findlater told the Free Press managing Bonds was a “nonstop job…It was as frustrating an experience as I ever had. It was, in equal measure, a rewarding experience.” As the newspaper recalled, Bonds’ private life was as well-known as his work on TV:
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WNBC’s Annual Holiday Sing-Along Scrubbed

2012SINGALONGA little bad weather on Tuesday and a re-scheduling snafu has pulled the plug on NBC-owned WNBC’s annual holiday sing-along, where news talent and staff gather in Rockefeller Center and sing Christmas carols. As our sister site FishbowlNY learned, viewers in New York will have to make do this year with a “best of” sing-along from years past:

An NBC spokesperson gave FishbowlNY the following statement about the cancellation:

Due to necessary repair work on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink on Dec. 10th (our scheduled back up date), there was no available time to reschedule it. We are still planning to air the Sing-Along. We will resurrect the perennial favorite, Deck the Halls, from a previous year. Air date is expected to be Saturday, December 13.

Jennifer Leigh to Replace Gayle Sierens at Tampa’s WFLA

6191888_GTampa NBC affiliate WFLA announced last night that anchor Jennifer Leigh would replace a Tampa Bay local news legend, Gayle Sierens, who has been with the station since 1977. Leigh will assume the role of 11 p.m. anchor in January–though Sierens is off for the rest of the year, so Leigh effectively has taken the role already. She’ll replace Sierens at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. next May.

Leigh told the Tampa Bay Times it’s a humbling promotion:

“It’s still pretty surreal,” Leigh, 42, said. “I’m just really, really honored.”

For the past two and a half years, Leigh has anchored WFLA-Ch. 8′s 7 p.m. news show. She began her career with WFLA in 1993. A fifth-generation Floridian, she grew up in Lakeland and studied mass communications at the University of South Florida.

She said taking over for her mentor is a dream come true.

“It’s not all about me getting a promotion I’ve dreamed of, but filling the shoes of someone that is so beloved in this community,” Leigh said. “The magnitude of that is not lost on me.”

KOCO Announces New Morning Anchor Team

640x360ErielleAbi-jpgKOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, has announced a new morning anchor team of Erielle Reshef and Abigail Ogle, alongside meteorologist Brad Sowder. The new anchors begin immediately.

“Erielle and Abigail both have strong personal and professional ties to Oklahoma,” said Brent Hensley, KOCO 5 President and General Manager. “Those ties deepen their commitment and enhance their ability as journalists to serve our community.”

Reshef joined KOCO in 2012 as a reporter. Ogle has been a morning reporter for the station after joining KOCO in 2013. She’s got lots of local TV ties–her grandfather Jack Ogle, who was a KOCO on-air personality, and her father is Kevin Ogle, main anchor at cross-town rival station KFOR.

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