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Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

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WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

Vacationing KMGH Reporter Provides Coverage of Cruise Ship Ebola Scare

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Talk about your working vacation. Eric Lupher, a reporter at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, who was among about four thousand passengers aboard the Carival Magic for a cruise with stops in Belize and Cozumel.

He didn’t see Cozumel, however, after the cruise ship was denied access to the Mexican port amid concerns a passenger onboard the Magic may have been exposed to Ebola. And Lupher was suddenly in the right place at the right time–for a reporter, that is. “I’m on the Carnival ship with the Ebola scare,” he tweeted. “Mexican authorities not allowing us into Cozumel. Heading back to Galveston.”

Lupher returned to port safely, shortly after the all-clear was given aboard the ship:
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Dionne Miller Lands at Rival Station

miller wls_croppedWLS has announced the addition former WFLD sports anchor Dionne Miller to its sports team.

“During her time here in Chicago, Dionne Miller has built a stellar reputation as an aggressive reporter who tells great stories and connects with viewers,” Jennifer Graves, VP & news director for the Chicago ABC owned station, said in a statement.

Miller left the Chicago FOX owned station at the beginning of October. Before WFLD, Miller worked for FOX Sports Ohio, KSVI-KHMT in Billings, Mont., WPTZ in Burlington, Vt., XETV in San Diego and WCSN in Columbus, Ohio.

WFTS Ousts News Director and Assistant News Director

WFTS-304Both the news director and assistant news director Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS have been let go.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports, GM Nick Nicholson told staff in an email that news director Bill McFarland and assistant news director Michele Murray “were no longer with the television station. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Sources tell TVSpy the firings come in the aftermath of last month’s story about WFTS reporter Cameron Polom finding a child who had been reported missing.

The day after ten-year-old Paul Fagan was reported missing by his parents, Polom was walking through the boy’s neighborhood and saw him standing near a fence. Polom promptly turned him over to deputies.

Sources tell TVSpy that McFarland and Murray were not happy with how Polom handled the child’s return and thought he should have milked it for more exposure for the Scripps-owned station. An internal review of the situation was launched leading to today’s dismissals. We’ve reached out to WFTS GM Nicholson and Polom for comment but have not heard back. We will update when we do.

Kendall Herold Gets New Gig at WXIX After Last Year’s DUI Arrest

The day after Christmas last year, we wrote about Kendall Herold, then a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, who was arrested for a DUI. Herold left the station a few months after her arrest and has been laying low ever since.

Now, Herold is back in action. Earlier this month, she joined Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX as a reporter. Check out her Facebook announcement above.

New York Governor Cancels Interview with Rochester Station


WHAM, the ABC affiliate for Rochester, NY, said a Wednesday interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was canceled after the station said it didn’t want to limit the interview to questions about his new book, All Things Possible.

“Nobody was interested in just doing a story about his book,” Brian Houseman, WHAM assignment manager, said in a story the station did about the interview.

After one book related question, the publisher said 13WHAM would be free to use the remainder of the four minute time slot to ask about other topics. “Hydrofracking, we wanted to talk about the Marsh Road Bridge, the governor’s race,” Houseman said, “so we wanted to get him on that.”

Then, a member of the governor’s campaign staff called to ask us to limit our interview to questions only regarding the book.

13WHAM News refused multiple times and the interview was subsequently cancelled. Cuomo’s interviews with other stations across New York went ahead as scheduled. Read more

KMBC Sports Anchor ‘Knocked Out of Shoes’ by Royals Fan During Liveshot

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.45.41 AMAh, rowdy sports fans. Tuesday night, KMBC sports director Johnny Kane was covering the ALCS for the Kansas City ABC affiliate when a clearly excited Royals fan rushed right into the liveshot. “Oh my goodness,” said Kane. “That was a good one! That was a good one! That knocked me out of my shoes.”

Watch the video here.

Cherish Lombard Leaving Mobile’s WALA

cherish-lombard1Cherish Lombard, an anchor and host at Mobile Fox affiliate WALA, will be leaving the station to join WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville.

On Facebook, Lombard confirmed she’ll be an anchor at WKRN. “It is an amazing opportunity–I wouldn’t leave for anything less.”

Lombard joined WALA as a reporter in 2008, and became host of the station’s Studio 10 in 2010. Lombard also got a little YouTube love when her stomach growled loudly on air.

Lombard’s last day at WALA is Friday.

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