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After 24 Years at WAFB, George Sells Will Retire

George Sells, the longtime evening news anchor at WAFB in Baton Rouge, will retire on May 31.

“I always knew this day would come, and I’m sad but I’m happy, too,” Donna Britt, Sells’ co-anchor, said during the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday. “George, the man who sat next to me for a quarter-century, is retiring at the end of this month.”

Sells, who turns 70 this year, told the Baton Rouge Morning  Advocate that he and his wife plan to stay in the Baton Rouge area. Read more

Sharon Ito Leaving KXTV After 20 Years with Station

After 20 years working at KXTV in Sacramento, anchor-reporter Sharon Ito is stepping away from the news business to focus on raising the 11-year-old daughter she has with her husband, KXTV reporter George Warren.

Ito, who grew up in the Sacramento area, first started with KXTV in 1985 as a reporter and producer.  After leaving KXTV in 1990 for a job at KCAL in Los Angeles, she returned to the ABC-affiliate in 1996.

“It’s been wonderful being a part of the News10 family all these years,” Ito said in a statement.   “But of course, closest to my heart is raising our 11-year-old daughter here in Sacramento, the place I love.  It’s so true, there are stages in life and a break just feels right.” Read more

New ‘Anchorman 2′ Teaser Trailer, Featuring WBBM’s Bill Kurtis, Now Out

A new teaser trailer for the upcoming “Anchorman” sequel was posted today on Funny Or Die. The video is similar to the one that’s been playing in theaters in front of “The Dictator” but it has the added benefit of narration from WBBM‘s Bill Kurtis, who narrated the first movie.

No word yet on what Kurtis’s involvement with the sequel will be. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.  Video after the jump… Read more

Barbara Smith Signs Off After 21 Years at KTVX

Evening anchor Barbara Smith signed off from KTVX last night after 21 years at the Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate.

“A big thank you to all of you for sharing my life, and for making me a part of yours,” Smith said in an emotional goodbye on her last newscast Sunday evening.

Smith, who has also worked as a weekend anchor, morning anchor and reporter during her time at KTVX, is joining the University of Utah. Watch her goodbye inside… Read more

Anchor Nicole Pence Leaving WLEX for WTHR

WLEX morning anchor Nicole Pence is leaving the station later this month to join WTHR, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Pence joined the Lexington NBC-affiliate in 2008 as a reporter and was promoted to morning c0-anchor in 2009. At WTHR, she will anchor the weekend morning newscasts and report during the week.

Pence, an Indiana native, told the Herald-Leader that WTHR, the NBC-affiliate in Indianapolis, was her “dream station.”

WLEX news director Bruce Carter said the station is currently conducting a national search for Pence’s replacement, though internal candidates are also being considered.

Veteran Anchor Charley Johnson Leaving WDAZ

Charley Johnson, an anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND, is leaving the news business after more than 30 years.

Johnson was named president and chief executive at the Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau this morning, according to the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He will take over in June.

Johnson has anchored the evening newscasts at WDAZ since 2010. He spent the majority of his career at KVLY, the NBC-affiliate in Fargo, where he held a variety of roles including anchor, news director and general manager.

Tapped as Lead Anchor at KSL, Dave McCann Bids Farewell to KLAS

After two decades at KLAS in Las Vegas, Dave McCann is set to join KLS in Salt Lake City as the station’s lead male anchor, and he bid farewell to his longtime home this morning.

“I’m going to call you every morning at 3:30,” McCann’s morning co-anchor Dayna Roselli joked during KLAS’s a.m. show on Friday.

A Utah native, McCann is succeeding longtime KSL anchor Bruce Lindsay, who is retiring. Read more

WTVJ Promotes Sports Reporter to Main Anchor

WTVJ announced today that Adam Kuperstein will join Jackie Nespral as anchor of the NBC station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Kuperstein, who has been with WTVJ since 2005, has transitioned to the news desk over the last several months while serving as the station’s weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter.  For the past six years, he has also co-hosted WTVJ’s Sunday night sports show.

“This is an incredible honor for me,” Kuperstein said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to come into our viewers’ homes in this new role and look forward to informing and serving the South Florida community for many years.” Read more

Heart Condition Forces Anchor Melissa Voetsch to Take More Time Off From WTOL

Toledo’s WTOL announced this week that anchor Melissa Voetsch is taking another medical leave due to a heart condition.

Voetsch, who anchors the morning and 9 a.m. newscasts at the Toledo CBS-affiliate, began having health problems in November after she had a virus that severely lowered the functionality of her heart, according to the station.

“We wanted to let you know that she’s going to be taking an extended break from WTOL to make sure she’s 100 percent healthy,” Chris Vickers told viewers on Tuesday. “The good news is she does continue to improve every day and this break is exactly what her doctors think she needs to fully recover.” Read more

Morning Anchor Melissa Gale Leaving KVUE

Melissa Gale, the longtime morning anchor at KVUE in Austin, says she will resign next month.

“I announced today at the station that after many great years at KVUE, reporting to the wonderful people of Austin on things that I hope have been very important to them, I’ve decided to take some much needed time off, and explore some other opportunities,” Gale wrote.

Gale, who also anchors the noon newscast, has been morning anchor at the ABC-affiliate for more than 10 years. Her last day will be sometime in mid-June, news director Frank Volpicella tells CultureMap Austin.

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