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Mark Clegg Leaving KSHB for Houston PR Job

Mark-CleggKansas City NBC affiliate KSHB has announced anchor Mark Clegg is leaving the station after 12 years.

Clegg is moving to Texas to work at Houston real estate company Hines as director of media relations and communications. His last day on air will be July 23.

“We are excited for Mark and his new adventure,” news director Carrie Hofmann said in a statement. “He has spent the past 12 years dedicated to this station and this community. He will be missed.”

Before coming to KSHB in 2002, Clegg worked at WTHR in Indianapolis, IN. He has also worked at KXAS and WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, KFDX in Wichita Falls, and KBTV in Beaumont, TX.

Amy Wegmann Returns to WFTX

AmyWegmann-TreyRadelAmy Wegmann is coming back to WFTX in Fort Myers, FL.

After ten years with the Journal Broadcasting owned FOX affiliate, Wegmann left in 2012 to help her husband Trey Radel get elected to Congress. Radel later resigned from office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

“It’s like returning home to family,” Wegmann said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back on a newscast that I helped build back in its infancy.”

The station said Wegmann will co-anchor the morning news alongside Miriam Zamorano. She starts tomorrow and begins anchoring next Monday.

Steve Patterson Named ‘Twin Cities Live’ Co-Host

Steve Patterson will begin as co-host of “Twin Cities Live,” KSTP‘s local lifestyle show, on July 21.Paterson will co-anchor alongside Elizabeth Ries. He replaces Chris Egert, who was moved to KSTP’s morning anchor desk earlier this year.

Daniel Armbruster Set to Join KHBS-KHOG

daniel armbrusterDaniel Armbruster is joining KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s ABC and CW affiliates in Fort Smith, Ark., on August 4. Armbruster comes from KTBC, the Fox-owned station in Austin, where he has been an anchor and reporter for two years.

Armbruster will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on KHBS and the 9 p.m. newscast on KHOG. He will co-anchor at 5 p.m. with Angela Taylor and Craig Cannon and at 9 p.m. with Taylor. He will also report on the KHBS 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Daniel’s addition to the team allows us to continue our commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Whether it’s delivering late breaking news updates from the anchor desk or reporting live from the scene, I’m confident our viewers will embrace Daniel’s story telling.”

Brandon Bartlett Named 4 p.m. Anchor at WFIE

Brandon Bartlett has been promoted to 4 p.m. anchor at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind. He shared the news on Facebook:

Kim Wheeler Switching to Reporting After 19 Years as Anchor

wheeler wkycKim Wheeler, WKYC weekend morning anchor and education reporter, is dropping the anchor from her title at the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

“I am sad that I won’t be on weekend mornings anymore, because it was a big part of my life for 19 years,” Wheeler told The Plain Dealer. “The station felt it was time to make a change. But 19 years as an anchor is a pretty good run, particularly for a woman.”

WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told The Plain Dealer he was impressed with Wheeler’s reporting and sees the switch as a way to better use her “considerable skills.” She will work Monday through Friday.

Wheeler started at WKYC in 1995 after working at WDBJ in Roanoke, VA. She has also worked in Bluefield, WV.

WJLA Anchor Knighted for Community Work


WJLA anchor Maureen Bunyan was decorated as a Knight of The Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch civic chivalric order, last week.

Bunyan is a native of Aruba which is still a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Washington Post reports the honor is bestowed upon “those who deserve recognition for exemplary contributions to society.” Bunyan was knighted at the home of Ambassador Rudolf Bekink of the Netherlands.

She doesn’t get a title, so the Washington, D.C, ABC affiliate’s news opens and lower thirds won’t need to be changed.

KHON Announces Replacement for Olena Heu

ako khonHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON has announced Diane Ako will anchor its “Wake Up 2day” morning show.

She comes to KHON from Halekulani where she was the PR director. This is a return to TV News for Ako, who worked at KHNL from 1996 until 2009.

Ako begins co-anchoring alongside Ron Mizutani in two weeks. She replaces Olena Heu whose last day on set is next Friday.

On facebook, Heu said she was leaving the station to start her own social media consulting business.

WXIA Hires Anchor from HLN

politan hlnVinnie Politan is leaving HLN to join Gannett’s Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA as morning anchor.

“It is a great pleasure to announce that Vinnie Politan will be the new morning anchor for 11Alive news!” WXIA said in a memo sent to staffers. “Vinnie will be joining the team of Karyn Greer, Chesley McNeil and Jaye Watson the first week of August.”

“Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years,” HLN told Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who first reported the news. “We thank him and wish him only the best.”

NJTV Adds Network Veteran as Anchor

williams njtvNew Jersey Public Television station NJTV has announced Mary Alice Williams as anchor for the station’s weeknight news show, NJTV News.

Starting July 1, Williams will replace current anchor and managing editor Mike Schneider who will stay on as senior correspondent and host of public affairs shows for both NJTV and New York’s WNET.

“The broadcast has grown exponentially during Mike’s tenure. He has further established his legacy as a trusted source of vital news and as being one of the best interviewers in the business. He leaves the desk to another network veteran who is widely respected by both the audience and her colleagues.” NJTV News executive producer Phil Alongi said in a statement.

“I’m looking forward to this exciting chapter in my career,” said Williams, who is a veteran of both CNN and NBC News. “I’ve found working in public television, as I often have, always rewarding, and much more is to come. NJTV News is fueled by a smart, tech savvy, enthusiastic team of journalistsand I look forward to helping the news program grow.”

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