In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.
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Soffer, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, is the managing partner of Katten, Muchin and Rosenman’s Chicago office.
“Gil offers tremendous input and clarity on criminal law cases with his years of experience as both a defense attorney and federal prosecutor. He is smart, articulate, quick-witted and does an impressive job simplifying complex cases for our viewers,” news director Jennifer Graves said.
A KSTP crew was involved in a highway crash in while covering road conditions during a winter storm (video above). There were no injuries in the accident, which happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.
“We only had a few scratches on our silver Honda pilot,” reporter Todd Wilson, who was in the car with photographer Adam Stevens, said on KSTP’s evening newscast Wednesday. “We came out of it unhurt, but it shows the importance of driving slowly and staying aware.”
Video of the KSTP crash was on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning.
How does a top network reporter break through the official White House talking points? ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl has been busy trying — and in the process has gotten into it twice over the last month with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, including just yesterday.
In this installment of Media Beat, Karl spoke to TVNewser’s Jordan Chariton about the need to remain skeptical of what the White House is telling you, regardless of who’s in office. Karl also revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits from campaign 2012. You might be surprised to know how little Karl saw candidate Mitt Romney—even when flying on the same plane.
“I’ve been here for 37 and a half years, and it’s just time,” Davis told the Pioneer Press. “It’s time to enter another phase in my life, which I want to do in good health. At my age, if I wait too much longer something’s going to happen. You don’t last forever. And you don’t want to end up spending your retirement visiting hospitals.”
Davis, who was born in London, England, spent the early part of his life as a British merchant seaman. After settling in Australia, he started his broadcasting career in 1968. He joined KSTP in 1976.
He told KSTP he has followed one simple rule throughout his career, “You’re only as good as your last story. That’s the one people remember.” Read more
She tossed to a package thanking viewers for watching her over the seven years she’d worked at the station and was then joined on set by family and friends.
According to the station, Pringle is leaving to work in public relations. She started at WMAR in January 2007.
On her station bio page, WTNH wrote, “Thank you and farewell Sonia Baghdady! Sonia is leaving News 8 to pursue other interests and passions. While we are sad to see Sonia go, we are happy she’s able to pursue her dreams.”
Wednesday, Baghdady told viewers on her facebook page, “Just want to let you all know tonight’s 5pm newscast was my last one at News 8. I’m excited to say I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue other interests and passions. I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 11 years at WTNH. That support has meant the world to me. I’m looking forward to where my path leads me next. xo Sonia”
Bagdady joined WTNH in December 2002 from WWLP in Springfield, MA. She previously worked at News12 in Long Island, NY.
“It’s a sad day for us here at KOCO five news,” said Wendell Edwards. “We have to say goodbye to my TV wife here my co-anchor Maggie Stokes who’s leaving to get married,”
Before joining the station in December 2009 as weekday traffic reporter, Stokes worked at KOTV in Tulsa, OK. She started her career in Denison, TX.
According to a memo from WABC news director Camille Edwards obtained by TVSpy, Nelson will be a weekend morning co-anchor and reporter. He will begin in the new year, replacing Phil Lipof, who is joining WCVB in Boston. News of the move was first reported by FTVLive.
It is a return to local news for Nelson, who joined ABC News from WWL in New Orleans in 2010. He anchored “World News Now,” ABC’s overnight newscast, until earlier this year, when he became a correspondent for all the network’s platforms.
Read Edwards’ full memo after the jump. Read more
Viewers of Albany New York’s WXXA who were watching the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys got some surprising and confusing news during the local FOX affiliate’s halftime report.
After January Keaton started off the cut-in with breaking news of a small plane crash, she then told viewers it was a beautiful day to take a stroll.
Weather.com listed Albany, NY, as having a high of 26 degrees with wind gusts reaching 42 mph on Sunday. But meteorologist Andy Gregorio agreed with Keaton saying, “A beautiful evening out there. Clear skies, temperatures will be falling through the 60s. Currently we’re close to 70 right now.”
According to the Albany Times Union, the station accidentally ran tape of a news update from September. “We have egg on our face,” an employee at WTEN who asked not to be identified told the Times Union. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” WTEN operates WXXA through a shared services agreement. Read more
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