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Dianne Derby Joins KKTV From WSPA

Dianne Derby is joining the main anchor team at KKTV, the CBS-affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Derby joins KKTV from WSPA, the CBS-affiliate in Greenville, SC, where she has been a weekend anchor five years. She was also the station’s “Problem Solver” reporter.

“Dianne’s experience as a consumer investigator and evening anchor will bring tremendous value to our content and on-air presentation,” news director Liz Haltiwanger said in a statement. Read more

NY1′s Pat Kiernan Gets Another ‘Live!’ Audition

NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan is getting another shot at his dream job co-hosting “LIVE!” with Kelly Ripa.

“LIVE!” is auditioning a rotation of comedians, actors and television hosts to fill the seat of Regis Philbin, who retired from the show in November. Kiernan, who co-hosted once in March, is slated for two more days alongside Ripa — April 30 and May 1.

“There are so many factors in a decision like this that it’s tough to analyze what they’re looking for. So I’m trying not to analyze,” Kiernan told our sister site FishbowlNY. “As with last time, I’ll bring the slightly cheerier version of my NY1 self and they’ll let me know if it’s the right fit for Kelly.”

Erin O’Hearn Returning to WPVI as Weekend Anchor

Erin O’Hearn is returning to WPVI to anchor the Sunday newscasts after more than a year off the air.

O’Hearn has been on maternity leave from the Philadelphia ABC O&O since last year. A  WPVI spokesperson told the Philadelphia Daily News the station is “thrilled to have her back.”

O’Hearn will be anchoring the Sunday morning and midday newscasts while Nydia Han, who is an anchor and consumer reporter at WPVI, is out on maternity leave. She will also work on special reports for the station, according to the Daily News.

KCAU Appoints Sports Director to News Anchor, Adds New Sports Director

After 24 years serving as KCAU‘s sports director, Tim Seaman (right) is sliding his chair over a bit to co-anchor the station’s nightly newscasts.

The Sioux City ABC-affiliate announced this week that Seaman would replace longtime anchor Larry Wentz on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Wentz is currently recovery from liver transplant surgery.

With Seaman moving to news anchor, KCAU has tapped Travis Morgan, a veteran of the Sioux City market, as his successor on the sports desk. Read more

After 26 Years at WNCT, Allan Hoffman Will Retire

WNCT anchor Allan Hoffman announced he will retire this Fall after 26 years at the Greenville CBS-affiliate.

“I won’t disappear from the airwaves here at WNCT,” Hoffman said in his on-air announcement. “I hope to provide specialty reports from time to time, but I feel this is a good opportunity to step back and spend more time with my family.”

Hoffman has been in local television for 42 years, 26 of them at WNCT. He will continue to anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Amanda Goodman through the Summer. Read more

Ed Murray Retires from KWTV in Oklahoma City

After 31 years at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Ed Murray anchored his final newscast on Sunday night.

“I want you to know it was my decision to leave,” Murray, who was joined by his wife and children on Sunday’s newscast. “That’s so important in this very tough business. To me, it’s always been about the people.”

Murray joined KWTV in 1981 as a sports reporter. He eventually became the station’s weekend anchor. Watch video of his goodbye inside… Read more

JC Hayward Returns to WUSA After Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery

JC Hayward returned to WUSA in Washington, DC today after undergoing surgery to treat stage two breast cancer.

Hayward, who has been absent from the noon anchor desk since April 6, sat down with Andrea Roane to talk about her surgery (video above). She revealed that she will likely undergo radiation in the coming months. Read more

WFOR’s Shannon Hori On Being Miami’s First Asian-American Anchor

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel profiles Shannon Hori, an anchor at Miami CBS O&O WFOR. The Asian-American Hori talks about how her background has impacted her career:

On camera, she is the Fort Lauderdale-Miami TV market’s first and only Asian-American primary TV news anchor, and one of the few nationwide in top TV markets. Off-camera, the third-generation Japanese-American shares stories about her bicultural upbringing at local and national events.

“It’s my way of giving back and being thankful,” Hori says during a recent weekday at WFOR in Doral. “Our world has become so much smaller because of the Internet.  Read more

Phillip Mena Joining KPRC as Weekend Anchor

Phillip Mena is leaving KTSM, the NBC-affiliate  in El Paso, to join KPRC, the NBC-affiliate in Houston.

“It took longer than expected to make the announcement but starting April 23rd, I will be the weekend anchor at KPRC,” Mena wrote on Facebook.

Mena has worked as an anchor and reporter at KTSM since 2010. His last day in El Paso was Friday.

“While I’m saddened to leave my hometown of El Paso, I’m excited about living in Houston and working for such a storied station at KPRC,” Mena told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “I look forward to becoming very involved in the Houston community and telling its stories.

Anchor Chris Egert Leaving KIRO For KSTP

After five years at KIRO in Seattle, Chris Egert is leaving to join KSTP in Minneapolis.

Egert, a morning anchor at KIRO, is moving to Minneapolis to be closer to his father, who is in poor health. He will join KSTP as a reporter and anchor at the end of this month.

KIRO news director Todd Mokhtari said Egert brought “an energy and fresh approach” to the station.

“We will miss Chris on the air and continue to make him proud with our dedicated, straightforward Seattle News Coverage,” Mokhtari said in a statement.

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