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Bob Williams Resigns After 27 Years at WCJB

Citing family reasons, WCJB anchor Bob Williams resigned today after more than 27 years at the Gainesville ABC-affiliate.

“It was a hard decision to make, but I felt it was the most appropriate thing to do under the circumstances for my family,” he told the Gainesville Sun. “I do have some things I have to take care of.”

During his time at WCJB, he has served as a reporter, anchor, news director and community service manager. Most recently, he has been the station’s noon anchor and promotions manager. His last day on the air was yesterday.

Adrian Whitsett Returns to KETV Following DUI

KETV anchor Adrian Whitsett is back at work, after serving time for his third DUI.

KETV general manager Ariel Roblin confirmed today that Whitsett has returned to work, although she said that his return to the air has not yet been determined.

In an email, Whitsett told TVSpy that he hopes to be back on air “within a few weeks.”  Before going on unpaid leave following his arrest, Whitsett anchored KETV’s weekday 5 p.m. newscast.

Whitsett’s Twitter account went dark following his DUI arrest in January but he started tweeting again on Thursday.  “Good to be back at it!” reads one message.

Dog Attacks WFAA Reporter Janet St. James

WFAA medical reporter Janet St. James was recently attacked by a dog and, in a story for the ABC-affiliate, she expressed her frustration that law enforcement officials haven’t done more to the animal, which she has emphasized is a pit bull.

“This is what makes me mad,” St. James said in an interview with WFAA’s Teresa Woodard, after the dog was detained at a local animal shelter.  “There should be no question what should happen to this dog, in my mind.” Read more

With Karen Gatlin’s Retirement Looming, WJRT Hires Former Anchor Dawn Jones Back

Veteran anchor Karen Gatlin (pictured) is retiring this Spring after 32 years at WJRT, and the Flint ABC-affiliate has hired a familiar face to replace her.

The new noon and 4 p.m. anchor will be Dawn Jones, who is returning to the station after two years out of the television business, according to mlive.com. Jones has been communications director for Flint mayor Dayne Walling since 2009.

“Dawn is just a wonderful person who’s so upbeat and positive,” WJRT news director Jayne Hodak said. “We’re glad she realized that the next chapter after the city is to come back home to us.”

KMBC Adding Two Reporters to News Team

KMBC is adding two new reporters.

The Kansas City ABC-affiliate announced this week that Haley Harrison and Stephanie Ramos will be joining its news team in April.

A native of Kansas, Harrison has spent the last year and a half working as a general assignment reporter at D.C.’s WJLA.  Ramos comes to KMBC from WIBW in Topeka, where she served as a morning anchor and reporter.

“We’re excited to add Haley and Stephanie to our team,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said, announcing the hirings.  “Both possess solid experience, strong reporting skills and a tenacious work ethic. We believe they are going to be a great asset to KMBC 9 News.”

VIDEO: WBND Accidentally Cuts From ‘World News’ to Shot of Anchor Doing Her Hair

Viewers in South Bend got a glimpse behind the scenes at WBND on Friday, as the ABC-affiliate accidentally cut from “World News” to a shot of anchor Krista Fogelsong doing her hair.

Looking into a hand mirror, Fogelsong said something about “humid hair” before the station switched back to Diane Sawyer.

“Yep.. I got caught on camera,” Fogelsong wrote on Facebook, following the incident.  “Of course I was looking in the mirror. UGH.” Read more

Morning Anchor Chris Pisano Leaves WRTV

Morning anchor Chris Pisano has left WRTV after almost two years at the Indianapolis ABC-affiliate.

WRTV news director Kevin Finch told TVSpy Pisano resigned for family reasons. His last day was earlier this month.

Pisano was the weekday morning and noon anchor for the station. His replacement has not yet been announced, according to a post from morning co-anchor Grace Trahan on the WRTV website.

KFSN Uncovers Real Life ’21 Jump Street’

In a story that’s sure to gain national attention, Fresno ABC-affiliate KFSN basically uncovered the real life “21 Jump Street.”

As FishbowlLA reports, KFSN’s Jessica Peres recently sat down with 22-year-old Alex Salinas, a police officer who went undercover at a local high school to help take down a drug ring.

Perhaps the funniest part of the story is how Salinas, a C-student when he was in high school, had to scale back on his homework when he started getting A’s. Video inside… Read more

4th Grader’s Epic Letter to KVUE Meteorologist Goes Viral: ‘You’re more awesome than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out bacon’

After Albert Ramon visited a fourth grade class and talked about meteorology, one student paid the KVUE morning meteorologist a high complement: “You’re more awesome than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out bacon riding a cyborg unicorn with a lightsaber for the horn on the tip of a space shuttle closing in on Mars while ingulfed in flames.”

The fourth grader’s epic thank you letter (inside) recently went viral after Ramon posted it on his Facebook page last week and then a KVUE producer’s sister posted it on Reddit. Read more

Gus Gordon Leaving Springfield’s WICS After 22 Years

Chief meteorologist Gus Gordon is leaving WICS after 22 years at the ABC-affiliate in Springfield, IL.

Gordon has accepted a position as the artistic director of Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. The meteorologist has worked there part-time for the past four years and has produced more than 60 events for the organization, according to the State Journal-Register.

“While it will be sad to step down from a job that I have held and enjoyed for so long, I don’t think it will come as a surprise to my friends or to people who know me well that the opportunity to work full time at the HCFTA is the one thing that could lure me away,” Gordon said in a statement.

He will start his new job on June 4.

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