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Marsha Bonhart Leaving WDTN

marsha-bonhart320Marsha Bonhart is leaving Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN after nearly 35 years in local TV news.

The Dayton Daily News says Bonhart’s last newscast will be Tuesday.

WDTN is transiting from LIN Media to Media General, which announced it would buy the station last March.

Bonhart learned her contract would not be renewed on Dec. 11.

“The station has been very gracious to me about the whole thing,” Bonhart said. “When you get into this industry, you always know this is a possibility.”

She stared at WDTN in March 1988 after working at a Dayton hospital as media coordinator. Bonhart has also worked at KTTV in Los Angeles, WKEF in Dayton, and WDHO in Toledo.

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Longtime Dallas Anchor Gets Choked Up Telling Newsroom She’s Moving to Mornings

Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at Dallas CBS owned station KTVT since she started at the station in 1995. Today, she told her colleagues in the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift.

While talking about the January 12 move, Borta got choked up in an unironic, genuine sort of way while talking about being able to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to love, love, love, being able to go home at 11:30 and to be that mom who can pick up kids, and go to games, and have dinner with my family.” She said before the tears started to come. She added, “I’m going to suck up every minute that I can with my family while I have those years left.”

Angela Taylor to Join WESH

Angela Taylor is joining Hearst-owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an evening anchor.

Taylor comes to Orlando from Hearst’s KHBS in Fort Smith, Ark.

According to Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker, Taylor will join Brett Connolly on the WESH 5:00 p.m. and WESH’s 10:00 p.m. news on WKCF. Read more

Chris Wragge Posts Eye Surgery Recovery Pic

wragge eye injuryIf you’ve been wondering where WCBS morning anchor Chris Wragge has been, he showed and told everyone where’s he’s been on social media.

“Injury update! As you can see, no filter can make this look any better than it is,” wrote Wragge on both facebook and instagram. “Surgery was a complete success, the recovery is taking a little longer than DR’s expected. Be back @cbs2newsthismorning as soon as I can.”

In an earlier post, the anchor for the New York CBS owned station said he had surgery on his right eye muscle. Through a spokesperson, he told TVSpy he had the surgery because he was “experiencing double vision, eye fatigue and general discomfort.” He added, his recovery is taking longer than expected, but he feels good.

WESH Promotes Meredith McDonough

mcdonough weshMeredith McDonough has been named evening anchor for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

McDonough started at WESH in 2011 as the weekend anchor before being moved to weekday mornings in 2012.

“Meredith is an incredible anchor and journalist, and I am very pleased that she will become an integral part of the evening broadcasts,” said WESH news director Kirsten Wolff.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports McDonough replaces Martha Sugalski who left in July.

The station soon will announce the addition of another evening anchor to the mix, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said.

Roanoke Anchor Leaving Local TV News

mcnew wsls croppedWSLS anchor and medical reporter, Karen McNew is leaving television to work in communications at a health clinic.

Roanoke.com reports McNew “will become the ‘health reporter for Carilion Clinic,’ as she put it.”

“Today, there are so many different avenues for storytelling, and people can gather information immediately whenever they want it online,” McNew said in a telephone interview. “There are some amazing stories out there to tell about what Carilion is doing.”

McNew’s last day on air will be Dec. 30, when she anchors Channel 10’s 6 p.m. newscast. She starts her new job Jan. 5.

“I am so excited, I can’t stand it,” she said.

McNew started at WSLS in 1998. She started her career at WVVA in Bluefield, W.V.

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Charlie Langton Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WJBK

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WJBK, the FOX owned station in Detroit, has named Charlie Langton weekend morning anchor. Langton will join Amy Andrews and Taryn Asher on the anchor desk.

Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show, “Let It Rip,” and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts. Langton replaces Jay Towers, who now anchors weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Charlie brings a unique energy to his legal analysis, anchoring and street reporting. He has deep connections within this community and we are thrilled to bring him aboard as a full time member of the FOX 2 news team,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough.

Langton joined WJBK in 2007 as a legal analyst and is a practicing lawyer. Prior to WJBK, he worked at WYUR-AM as a political-legal talk show host.

Longtime Anchor David James Retiring from WFIE

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Yesterday, reporter and evening anchor David James announced he’s retiring from TV news. James has worked at WFIE in Evansville, Ind., for 41 years. He joined the NBC affiliate in December of 1973 after working for the Evansville Courier and Press and WGBF radio.

James announced the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing:

It’s been an emotional journey reporting both the triumphs and tragedies in my hometown. Few broadcasters have been able to stay put in one place for such a long time. I want to thank the viewers for their trust and support over the years. It’s always been my goal to be a responsible journalist and not to judge, but present the facts and all sides of a story. I look forward to new challenges and opportunities.

This is the second longtime anchor to leave WFIE this year. We wrote about James’ former co-anchor, Ann Komis, who retired in July after 29 years at the station.

James’ last day is January 9.

Good Day New York Anchor Meets Royals

WNYW morning anchor Rosanna Scotto was one of many celebrities to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton during the Royal trip to the colonies.

Scotto told viewers on Good Day New York, she refused Kate’s offer of a handshake and demanded she show off her curtsying skills, the result of which was tweeted out by Scotto. Check out the guy standing behind the Royals. Read more

Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

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