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KABB Saying Goodbye to Anchor and Assistant News Director

garcia_keithKABB anchor Ted Garcia (left) and assistant news director James Keith (right) are leaving the Sinclair owned FOX affiliate.

Garcia, who is leaving for a job in talk radio in San Diego, CA, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I’ll miss my Fox family,” and added, “The opportunity I’m taking was too good to pass up.”

Keith confirmed with the Express-News, he was leaving KABB for a job as the chief communication officer at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s left the station once before. In 2010, when he was an anchor at KABB, he went to work for a local school district. He returned in 2011 as assistant news director.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make,” Keith said. “Great things are happening at KABB and WOAI and I’ll miss everyone I work with.”

Garcia has worked at KABB since August 2010.  He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK, KSAT in San Antonio, KFMB in San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles.

KCCI Returns Steve Karlin to Evenings, Names Replacement

karlin and hansonSteve Karlin (pictured right) is going back to the KCCI 5:00 p.m. news.

Karlin anchored the 5:00 p.m. show for the Des Moines CBS affiliate from 1993 until being moved to mornings in 2011.

The station also announced it’s replacing Karlin in the mornings with Eric Hanson (pictured left). Hanson has worked at KCCI for 14 years.

“I think viewers will be delighted to welcome Steve back to 5pm, where he successfully anchored for many years,” KCCI news director Dave Busiek said in a statement. And Eric is well-known to our viewers and will be a great addition to the morning team.”

Pam Saulsby Out at WNCN

WNCN anchor Pam Saulsby says she’s been fired from the Raleigh-Durham, NC, NBC affiliate.

WNCN GM Douglas Hamilton confirmed with TVSpy, Saulsby no longer worked at the station.

“We wish her wonderfully well,” WNCN news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor told the News & Observer. “I honor and respect her and appreciate all she has done in the community.”

Saulsby worked at Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate WRAL for 20 years before coming to WNCN in September 2012.

Liz Tufts Moves to Weekdays for WLNE

tufts WLNEAfter moving Alexandra Cowley to 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., WLNE has announced another anchor move.

The station said today, Liz Tufts will join Mark Curtis on the Providence ABC affiliate’s 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscast starting August 20.

“She has done an outstanding job as Anchor/Producer of our Weekend Newscasts for the past 3 years,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “Her experience and local knowledge are a wonderful addition to the 5 and 5:30 team.”

Tufts started at WLNE in 2011 as an anchor and photojournalist. She has also worked at WSHM in Springfield, MA, and KLKN in Lincoln, NE.

Lisa Carberg Off Anchor desk at WVIT

carberg croppedLisa Carberg, longtime evening anchor for NBC owned Hartford station WVIT, has been moved to enterprise reporting for the station which includes health and consumer reporting.

“I love NBC Connecticut, it’s where I’ve proudly spent 15 years of my career,” Carberg told the Hartford Courant. “I work with a great team and I look forward to continuing to put out a good product for our viewers every day.”

Carberg started working at WVIT in 1995. She left in 1999 to work at FOX News, but returned in 2002. She started her career at WJKA (now WSFX)  in Wilmington, NC, as a reporter and photographer.

WVIT news director Matt Piacente told TVSpy he was going to try 11:00 a.m. anchor Kerri-Lee Mayland in Carberg’s spot at 5:00 p.m. and move Shirley Chan to weekday mornings. But Piacente added, nothing was “permanent right now.”

WLNE Moves Alexandra Cowley to 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

cowley wlne croppedAlexandra Cowley will join John DeLuca on the WLNE 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news, starting August 20.

“We are excited to have Alexandra join John for our 6 and 11pm broadcasts,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “Her commitment to the community and exceptional storytelling skills make her the perfect complement to our evening news team.”

According to New England One, Cowley replaces Karen Meyers who left the Providence, RI, ABC affiliate in May after her contract was not renewed.

Cowley started at WLNE in 2011 as a photojournalist and worked her way to the 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. anchor desk. She previously worked at WCJB in Gainesville, FL as an anchor and reporter.

WKBW Drops Morning Anchor Team, Promises New Direction

lundberg_heath_wkbwCole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg no longer work at Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW.

Michael Nurse, WKBW VP & GM told TVSpy, “We are going a new direction in our morning program under EW Scripps ownership. We tried something different and it didn’t resonate.”

Nurse also said more detail about the station’s plans would be announced soon.

Alan Pergament, TV writer for The Buffalo News, who first reported the news, said, “The departure of the anchors isn’t a surprise since “Good Morning” has been a ratings disaster and hit rock bottom during the July sweeps.”

The two were hired last year in what then news director Polly Van Doren said was a revamp. She told TVSpy, “We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product.” Van Doren left WKBW for WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, OH, in January.

Jacki Jing Out at WXIX

WXIX morning anchor Jacki Jing is no longer with the Cincinnati FOX affiliate, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jing’s bio has been removed from the station website. She posted a photo of a sunset to her facebook page.

WXIX GM Bill Lanesey confirmed with the Enquirer Jin no longer works at the station.

The anchor change at Channel 19 is the latest in a long list of TV departures this summer, which will bring many new faces to Cincinnati airwaves this fall. Also gone are Kit Andrews (Channel 12) and Larry Handley, Sarah Walters and Amy Wadas (Channel 9). Clyde Gray retires as Channel 9′s main co-anchor later this month, and I-Team reporter Brendan Keefe leaves Channel 9 in September for an Atlanta TV station.

Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”

Pioneering TV Reporter Belva Davis: ‘There’s still a lot of good journalism out there.’

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Belva Davis made her TV debut in 1963, when she covered a black beauty pageant. She later made history as the first female African-American television reporter on the West Coast when she was hired in 1966 by KPIX in San Francisco. She stayed at the station for 30 years and later became an anchorwoman in 1970.

Davis hosted “This Week in Northern California” for more than 19 years and has been honored with seven Emmys. It’s safe to say that Davis is a bona fide pioneer and has paved the way for the multiculturalism we see in the media today. Here, she shares her keys to success for journalists, particularly women of color, today:

I used to always answer, ‘Work as hard as I did,’ but I realize you have to work harder. Black women have made progress since I started [in journalism], but you can’t go into it wanting to be a movie star. You can get by and make a living. But if you only prepare yourself to do the minute and 30 seconds they give you to do a story and didn’t get the background so that it could be the best that could possibly happen, it would be difficult to contribute to journalistic knowledge. I see in so many young women an obligation to broaden the storyline. That means there’s still a lot of good journalism out there.

For more from Davis, including what it was like to make her on air-debut, read: So What Do You Do, Belva Davis, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist, TV Host and Author?

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