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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.

WTVC Apologizes for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Tweet During Ferguson Coverage

While the rest of the country was watching what was happening with the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC seemed more concerned its viewers wouldn’t be able to watch Dancing with the Stars.

Buzzfeed had a screen shot of a tweet sent out by the station after it preempted regular programming to cover what was happening in Ferguson. The tweet read, “Don’t worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back soon after the special report. #Ferguson.”

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After viewers reportedly complained, WTVC tweeted two apologies.

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St. Louis ABC Affiliate to Launch ‘Non-Traditional’ Newscast

KDNL_30_News_logoSinclair’s St. Louis ABC affiliate is giving local news another try.

KDNL is launching what it calls a “non-traditional newscast” starring local conservative radio host Jamie Allman, starting January 2015.

The show will air at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. nightly. In a press release, KDNL promised, “The newscast will be an informative, debate-driven format focusing on the topics of the day with guest commentators and a wide social media presence.”

“The goal is to go beyond the headlines and provide context and perspective of a particular issue,” said Sinclair Broadcast Group VP of news Scott Livingston. “We know that there is an appetite for a more in-depth conversation on the issues. We want to engage our viewing audience and get St. Louis talking.”

GM Tom Tipton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the station would be hiring “a reporter and at least a dozen people in other roles.” Read more

Danielle Dozier Leaving KOCO

dozier goodbyeWeekend morning meteorologist Danielle Dozier announced she’s leaving Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

In addition to the send-off on Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. show, Dozier wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve witnessed some terrible weather here but have noticed the true resilience of this community. I will miss all of you and hope you enjoyed getting the weather every Saturday and Sunday! I will soon announce where I’m going but don’t forget, you can still follow me on social media!”

Dozier came to KOCO from KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas in November 2011.

She tweeted a link to a video montage the station aired in her honor Sunday morning. See it after the jump. Read more

Veteran Newsman Adrian Gibson Dies

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Adrian Gibson, a longtime anchor/reporter and weatherman for WAAY in Huntsville, Ala, has passed away at the age of 78. His wife Patty told WAAY that her husband had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Gibson worked at the ABC affiliate for 34 years, from December 1970 until his retirement in December 2004. He covered many storms during his tenure, including the tornadoes of 1974, 1989 and Anderson Hills in 1995.

WAAY announced his death on Sunday evening, and included a sampling of tweets from friends and colleagues, who expressed their condolences and shared memories of working with Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Patty.

Man Won’t Leave Denver Station Lobby. Allegedly Bites Cop


A man who refused to leave Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, was arrested after he allegedly bit one of the officers escorting him out.

KMGH reports, the man walked into the station lobby Friday afternoon saying he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and wanted to speak to a reporter. The receptionist asked him to leave, but he refused. The building manager asked him to leave, but he again refused. So police were called.

Denver police arrived and escorted the man out of the lobby, but 7NEWS staff said they saw the man begin resisting, and then they saw him bite one of the officers on the hand.

The man then managed to flee and run around the building until he was stopped by officers on East 7th Avenue.

An officer told 7NEWS crews at the scene that a Taser was used to stop the man.

On video shot by 7NEWS anchor Eric Kahnert, seven officers were seen taking part in his arrest as one of the officers is overheard ordering the man to stop biting.

Police said the officer who was bitten suffered serious bodily injury, but is expected to be OK.

17 ABC Affiliates Team Up with ABC News for Investigative Piece

ABC_304Tonight on “20/20,” ABC will air a Brian Ross investigation called “Recall Roulette.”

The story is about what ABC is calling the “flawed government recall system” and may seem familiar to some local viewers. Pieces were used as part of a partnership with the investigative teams of 17 ABC affiliates.

The way TVSpy hears it, Ross and the locals came together at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. After a series of conference calls, the team decided Ross would tell the story using experts and an interview with the Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman. The stations would then air their own stories with local victims and products added to Ross’ footage.

The stations participating are WLS in Chicago, KGO in San Francisco, WJLA in Washington, D.C., WPVI in Philadelphia, KGTV in San Diego, KOMO in Seattle, WEWS in Cleveland, KTNV in Las Vegas, KVUE in Austin, WRTV in Indianapolis, WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., WFTS in Tampa, Fla., WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., WRIC in Richmond, Va., KLTV in Tyler, Texas, and KATC in Lafayette, La.

Man Tells WJLA Crew Covering Blaze, ‘I Set It On Fire’


Police didn’t have far to look to find the person who set a house on fire in Rockville, Maryland.

The suspect, Carlos Peralta, first approached a WJLA crew and told them, “Me! Me! I set it on fire.”

Before he confessed to police while the cameras were recording, Peralta answered a series of questions from WJLA.

Question #1: “How did you do it?”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” “Carlos” remarked without batting an eye.

Question #2: “How did setting this fire help you?”
“Just so you [the media] could get here … for your attention,” “Carlos” added.
The self-proclaimed arsonist went on to describe, what he considered to be, deplorable living conditions inside the home he says he torched. Police say “Carlos” was one of six people living inside the two-story structure. Read more

KABC GM Announces Retirement

kleiner kabcArnold Kleiner, longtime GM of Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

Kleiner has been GM of KABC since February 1996.

“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”

Before coming to KABC, he was president and GM of KFMB in San Diego. He started his career with Westinghouse Broadcasting in 1968 as an account executive at KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He’s worked at WJZ in Baltimore, WBZ in Boston, WPVI in Philadelphia, and WMAR in Baltimore until moving to KFMB in 1993.

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