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San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

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Meteorologist Jason Adams Joining WCPO

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Meteorologist Jason Adams is heading to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, where he’ll join co-anchors Chris RivaKathrine Nero and traffic reporter Adam Marshall on ”Good Morning Tri-State,” airing weekend mornings.

“Jason is a great addition to an already strong weather team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO news director. “Our viewers rely on 9 First Warning Weather for accurate, breaking weather information. Jason is a great fit for the Tri-State.”

Adams comes from NBC affiliate WEYI in Flint, Mich., where he was morning meteorologist for the past two years.

His first day at WCPO is December 20.

WLS Sports Anchor Apologizes for Suicide Reference

giangreco wls cut himWLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco has issued a statement about his reference to suicide in an over-the-shoulder graphic in last night’s story about the Chicago Bears.

Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”

WLS Sports Anchor on Bears QB ‘Cut Him or Cut Your Wrists’

WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco made it pretty obvious last night, he wants to see changes with the hometown NFL team after what will be a losing season.

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While the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station didn’t say anything about the suicide reference in the over-the-shoulder graphic, viewers have taken to twitter to express their outrage.

TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

[Deadspin via @WilcoMeThat]

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

San Diego News Crew Finds Lost Toddler

A lost San Diego toddler was reunited with his mother after he was spotted by a KGTV news crew.

Reporter Marie Coronel said she and her photographer were setting up a live shot in the Barrio Logan neighborhood when they saw the toddler, put him in their live truck and called police. The cops found his parents after a door-to-door search.

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.

WLS to Produce Newscast for WCIU

WLS LOGOChicago ABC owned station WLS is going to produce a 7:00 p.m. newscast airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU starting January 12, 2015.

The live hour long newscast will air Monday through Friday. WLS’ Hosea Sanders and Linda Yu, sports anchor Jim Rose and recently added meteorologist Cheryl Scott will anchor.

Bob Ramsey, EVP of Weigel Local Media said, “Adding local news to the schedule was a goal of ours. We are thrilled to partner with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the market’s news leader, to provide this service to WCIU, The U’s viewers.”

The station also said Terrell Brown will replace Sanders on the morning news.

WSET GM Leaving for Job at University

WSET_2009_smallRandy Smith, GM of WSET is leaving local TV to be the EVP of Liberty University.

He told staffers of the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. ABC affiliate in an email today, his last day will be January 9, 2015.

“I can’t imagine anyone ever having been blessed with a better team that I have had,” Smith wrote in the email. “You are leaders in our industry, you have accomplished much, and you will continue to do so. I have so much to thank you for.”

Before coming to WSET in 1999, Smith was VP & GM of Lynchburg-Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS. You can see the email Smith sent after the jump Read more

WGNO Adds Meteorologist for Evening News

spencer wgno croppedMartha Spencer is set to join Tribune-owned New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO.

Spencer will be the meteorologist for the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts starting February 2.

She comes from WBTW-WFXB in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has also worked at WTVY in Dothan, Ala. and WJHG in Panama City, Fla.

Rick Erbach, news director at WGNO said,“Living in the Southeast, Martha has had plenty of experiences with tropical weather, severe weather, and flooding. She’s a serious student of weather forecasting.”

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