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Kirk Montgomery Leaving Denver to Anchor in Michigan

Kirk Montgomery will head to Lansing, MI, to anchor the 4:00 p.m. news for NBC affiliate WILX in May.

Montgomery recently announced he was leaving KUSA. The Denver Post reports he was not offered a new contract.

He started at KUSA in 2001.

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WDRB Adds Ryan Cummings as Anchor

cummings wdrbWDRB announced Ryan Cummings has joined the station as reporter and weekend anchor.

Cummings began anchoring alongside Tamara Evans on the Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate’s 10:00 p.m. weekend news last weekend.

Before working at WDRB, Cummings was a reporter at KNXV in Phoenix. He has also worked in South Dakota, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon.

Dan Lewis Leaving KOMO After 27 Years


Longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis has announced he is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“Coming to Seattle 27 years ago was the best move I ever made,” Lewis told newsroom staffers Wednesday. “KOMO has been a wonderful place to work and this community is just amazing. It’s a difficult decision that has been two years in the making.”

Lewis started working at KOMO in 1987. One year after arriving, he was paired with Kathi Goertzen. The two worked together for nearly 25 years until Goertzen’s death from brain tumors.

During his four decades in TV news, Lewis covered some of the biggest stories of our time. From the Pang Warehouse fire to the Nisqually earthquake and recently the crash of the KOMO 4 helicopter. Viewers across Washington have come to rely on Lewis for their news.

“Television news,” he told the staff Wednesday, “has been my passion for four decades. To this day I love my job but I just feel like I need a break from the news.” Read more

Phil Blauer Out at KFMB

blauer croppedKFMB anchor Phil Blauer is no longer working for the San Diego CBS affiliate.

KFMB general manger Pat Nevin confirmed the news with TVSpy via email, but didn’t respond when we asked why Blauer left.

Blauer had worked at KFMB since 1998 and was named weekend evening anchor in May 2012. Before coming to KFMB, Blauer worked at KESQ in Palm Springs for 15 years.

Bud Elliott to Retire From KSEE After More than 23 Years

elliott KSEEBud Elliott, anchor for Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE, has announced he’s retiring in May.

“My career with KSEE 24 has given me the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people,” Elliott said in a statement. “Now I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family including a brand new grandson in Sacramento, and focusing on some recently discovered health issues.”

There was no mention of what health issues Elliott was talking about.

“Central Valley viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with him, have all benefited from Bud’s talent and dedication,” said Matthew Rosenfeld, KSEE VP and GM. “I know he is looking forward to retirement and the additional time he’ll have to spend with his family.” Read more

Ken Wayne to Stay with KTVU

ken wayne_304Ken Wayne, longtime weekend anchor at KTVU, will remain at the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate.

“I’m very happy to be here in the Bay Area where I’ve been working and living for a long time.” Wayne told Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman who first reported the news. “I’m happy. My wife’s happy too.”

Lieberman reports the contract keeps Wayne at KTVU through 2017.

Wayne has worked KTVU since 1992. He first worked in the Bay Area at then ABC affiliate KNTV.

KOB Adds Tessa Mentus as Anchor

kob logo_304x200Albuquerque, NM, NBC affiliate KOB has announced Tessa Mentus has joined the station as co-anchor of the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“KOB 4 has a long history of producing quality news and I’m excited to join the team,” Mentus said in a statement. “I’m also looking forward to exploring New Mexico and getting to know the unique culture here.”

Mentus replaces Nicole Brady as co-anchor alongside Tom Joles. Brady moved to mornings after returning from maternity leave.

Before coming to KOB, Mentus worked at WTVY in Dothan, AL, where she was an evening anchor and reporter. She has also worked at stations in Syracuse, NY, and Altoona, PA.

Chris Hayes, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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A week from today, Chris Hayes marks one year as host of “All In,” MSNBC’s lead-off primetime program. “All In” is a Top 20 cable news program and is consistently MSNBC’s second most-watched show, after Rachel Maddow, among younger viewers.

For those wondering what happens behind the scenes of a cable TV news show, the second edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” reveals Hayes and his team hard at work. Though, Hayes says his show is much more “host driven” than your average cable news show.

Veteran Houston Anchor Back on Air After Surgery

ward_ktrk croppedKTRK anchor Dave Ward is back on the anchor desk after successful shoulder surgery.

“The cartilage had worn out on my right shoulder,” Ward told the Houston Chronicle. “So they put in some kind of plastic cartilage replacement and a rod in the ball joint and sewed me up, and here I am.”

He was absent from ABC owned station KTRK for three weeks while recovering.

Ward has been with KTRK since 1966 and has been its primary anchor since 1968. He returned to air last week to anchor the 6:00 p.m. news. According to the Chronicle, he hopes to be back on the 10:00 p.m soon.

“I’ve had a little maintenance,” said Ward. “But I’m good for another 50,000 miles.”

Kelli Cook Leaves Orlando for Memphis

kelli cook news 13Kelli Cook is joining Memphis ABC affiliate WATN as weekend anchor.

“I definitely missed being around family,” Cook told the Orlando Sentinel. “Most of my family is in Memphis, including my parents, nephews, a host of cousins and the extended family. I wanted some time to reconnect with them.”

Cook had worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando since 2008. She had also worked at WLOV and WTVA in Tupelo, MS.

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