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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.

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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.

When Sweeps and Shopping Collide

WFAAZalesDallas ABC affiliate WFAA ran an exclusive Tuesday night about the second Dallas nurse to contract and survive Ebola. You may remember Amber Vinson as the nurse who flew to Cleveland before her symptoms presented themselves.

Turns out while she was fighting the virus, crews were sanitizing her apartment and ended up throwing away many of her belongings. One of the things they chucked was her engagement ring. If you looked closely at WFAA’s exclusive 5:00 p.m. interview, you’d see it was conducted inside a jewelery store.

Which leads us to the interview, part two. At 10:00 p.m., Dallas-based mall jeweler Zales entered the story by giving Vinson a replacement ring from their store. Suddenly Vinson, WFAA and Zales found themselves standing at the intersection of the Holiday shopping season and Sweeps. Read more

KXLY Discovers ‘Good Samaritan’ Not So Good

kxly good samWhen a man contacted Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY about giving away $5,000 every week as part of his “Give Project”

He told the station he wanted to remain anonymous. Monday, reporter Aaron Luna rode along with him as he handed out nearly $2,000 in cash to the homeless. He also promised free iPhone6+’s. Turns out homeless advocates who were against the stunt had nothing to fear.

Tuesday the station learned his real name. KXLY reports, Edward Carmine Jarzabek “has a history of committing fraud and theft and is on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.”

Jarzabek told KXLY4′s Aaron Luna that he earned the money through smart business decisions. But, his criminal past raises serious questions about the origin of the stacks of cash he showed off to kxly4 cameras. He’s been convicted several times of writing bad checks from accounts he knew were closed, as a way to get cash from banks. Each time he was released from prison, court records show he began operating a similar scheme. According to the Idaho Department of Corrections, he was released to supervision in July and allowed to live in Washington. Read more

Buffalo’s WKBW Staff Stranded at Police Station After Storm

The ferocious lake effect snowstorm that dumped five feet of snow outside Buffalo, N.Y. left many people stranded on the roads or confined to their homes. Three WKBW staff members even had to spend the night at the Lackawanna Police station.

A photographer at the ABC affiliate sent in the photo above after waking up at the station this morning. WKBW reports that around 15 people spent the night there.

So far, five people have died from the storm, while hundreds are currently stranded. Follow @WKBW on Twitter for more news and safety updates.

‘It’s Just the Right Time,’ WEWS GM Leaving Station

wewsSam Rosenwasser is leaving Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS on December 15.

The WEWS GM told TVSpy he was not sure what his next step would be.

“It’s just the right time,” Rosenwasser told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve gone through an unbelievable health situation, as you know. I’ve been in and out of the office so much over the past few years. I don’t think it’s healthy for the station, and I need to step away and really get my life back in order.”

Rosenwasser’s health crisis began when his intestines were punctured during surgery for hip replacement.

“That led to peritonitis and a three-month stay in the hospital,” he said. “I was unconscious for several weeks, and there were 11 operations in 18 months. And it was a heavy-duty rehab. I had to learn how to walk and talk again. It has been a lot. This is an extremely competitive business, and you have to be running at 100 percent.” Read more

Jacki Jing Named Co-Anchor of ‘Good Morning New Orleans’ on WGNO

Jacki-Jin2WGNO, the New Orleans ABC affiliate, has announced the addition of Jacki Jing to its news team.

Jing will co-anchor “Good Morning New Orleans” with Anne Cutler and chief meteorologist Hank Allen, weekdays from 5:00-7:00 a.m. She will also be reporting for WGNO News at 11:00 a.m.

“Jacki fell in love with New Orleans during a recent visit. She was really excited about the city’s vibe, food, culture, and tradition. Jacki’s passion for journalism and enthusiasm for New Orleans makes this a great fit,” Rick Erbach, WGNO news director, said in a statement.

Jing previously worked at Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX as a morning anchor and reporter.

Jing will join WGNO in early December.

Ryan Kristafer Named Co-Host of ‘Connecticut Style’ on WTNH


Media personality Ryan Kristafer is joining Teresa Dufour as co-host of “Connecticut Style,” a lifestyle show on LIN-owned Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH.

According to New England One, Kristafer, the son of longtime Connecticut radio personality Jerry Kristafer, started his own DJ business at 18 and eventually became one of the resident DJs at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Since then, he’s worked as a game show producer, event emcee and on-camera host.

Kristafer announced his new position at WTNH on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

“Connecticut Style” airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and will be expanded to one hour starting in January.

WRTV Anchor Marc Mullins Arrested

marcmullinsMarc Mullins, an anchor at Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV, was arrested early Saturday morning. The Indianapolis Star reports Mullins, who anchors the station’s “Good Morning Indiana” newscast, was pulled over by Indianapolis Metro police around 2 a.m. after making an illegal turn:

According to the report, the officer said that he “observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” on Mullins and coming from his vehicle.

Mullins, 38, was given an initial field breath test and registered a blood alcohol content of .072, the report said, slightly under the level of 0.08 at which a driver in Indiana is considered to be legally drunk.