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Former Miss Colorado Named AM Anchor at KOAA

cockrell koaaColorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA has named Shellene Cockrell morning anchor.

The Gazette reports, Cockrell, who was Miss Colorado in 1994, will join Adam Atchison, Stephen Bowers and Joanna Wise on the morning anchor desk after Labor Day.

“Shellene’s diverse background includes news anchoring and reporting, college basketball play-by-play (both men’s and women’s), and leadership and media coaching,” KOAA news director Kelly Duffy told The Gazette. “She’s a multifaceted journalist with three Emmys under her belt.”

According to her LinkedIn page, Cockrell has been freelancing as a host and anchor since 2005. She has also worked at KWGN and news radio station KOA in Denver.

Alison Morris Leaving WTIC

WTIC evening anchor Alison Morris is leaving the Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate.

She came to WTIC from KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010. She has also worked at CNBC Europe as a stock market reporter and producer.

Morris hasn’t said where she is going. She told TVSpy her last day is Friday.

In case you’re wondering, The JLo on the cake is not a famous singer dancer moonlighting in local TV, but a member of the production staff.

Jack Williams Says He’s Stepping Away from WBZ Anchor Desk

jack williams headshotAfter 39 years with the Boston CBS owned station WBZ, anchor Jack Williams said he wants to spend more time with his family.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams.  “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”

The “Jack Williams’ Endowment for Wednesday’s Child” was started by Williams and his wife Marci to help special needs children find permanent homes.

He started working as a TV journalist in 1968 and began anchoring at WBZ in 1975. In 2012, he stopped working on the 11:00 p.m. news, focusing, instead, on the 6:00 p.m. show.

Williams won a Columbia duPont Award in 2014, and Peabody in 2013, as part of team coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. In 2012, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and he’s in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

KGO Names Ama Daetz Evening Anchor

amadaetz_160x200Ama Daetz has been named co-anchor of the 4:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm. newscasts for San Francisco ABC owned station KGO.

“Ama made it a homecoming to the Bay Area when she joined ABC7 News in October 2011 as weekend evening anchor and night-side reporter,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski said in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “She has done a terrific job as an anchor and reporter covering some big national news stories.”

Daetz replaces Carolyn Johnson, who left the station in April for KNBC in Los Angeles.

KHON Announces Anchor Changes

dashefsky-yamaneHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON, has announced a few anchor changes in preparation for the launch of its 9:00 p.m. newscast, September 8.

Marisa Yamane will join Howard Dashefsky, as co-anchor of the weekday 5:00 & 9:00 p.m. news.

“I thank our viewers — our extended KHON2 ohana — for putting their trust in us to inform them about what’s happening across the state. It’s a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” said Yamane. “I am so excited and feel honored to work alongside my longtime friend Howard, who’s such a talented, experienced, and well-respected journalist.”

The station also announced the addition of Kelly Simek as the weekday morning weather anchor.

Replacing Yamane on weekends will be Kathy Muneno. Dashefsky recently re-joined KHON to anchor the 9:00 p.m. show.

In a statement,KHON GM Kristina Lockwood said, “We are thrilled about the exciting changes coming this fall at KHON2.”

Peter Daut Moving Across Country to Anchor in Los Angeles

daut kcbs croppedPeter Daut will be joining Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS-KCAL as a weekend evening anchor.

The WSOC anchor wrote on his facebook page, “Exciting news: I’m returning to Los Angeles to anchor and report for CBS2/KCAL9. I start in September. It has always been my dream to cover the news in my hometown, and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Daut came to the Charlotte ABC affiliate in 2012 from KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he was a reporter/fill-in anchor. He started his career as a news writer for KABC in Los Angeles.

[Charlotte Observer]

WKRC Adds Anchor from Terre Haute

benter wkrc croppedSydney Benter is set to join Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC as an anchor and reporter, tomorrow.

This is a return to WKRC for Benter, who interned in the newsroom while working on her degree from the University of Cincinnati.

“When she was a student at UC and an intern in our newsroom, we were very impressed by her enthusiasm and work ethic,” WKRC news director
Kirk Varner said in a statement.

Benter comes from WTWO-WAWV in Terre Haute, IN, where she started her career.

Christopher Sign Promoted to Weekday Morning Anchor at KNXV

KNXV weekend anchor Christopher Sign has been promoted to weekday morning anchor by the Phoenix ABC affiliate.

Anita Helt, KNXV VP & GM, tweeted out the news over the weekend.

KNXV morning meteorologist Iris Hermosillo wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve been lucky enough to build a genuine friendship with this guy over the past year and a half as we helped develop ABC15 Weekend Mornings. Now I’m beyond thrilled that we’ll get to continue working together each day as Christopher Sign ABC 15 also joins the ABC15 Morning crew M-F.” Read more

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.”

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