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HLN’s Robin Meade Offers Career Advice: ‘Don’t Make the Mistake of Always Looking for the Next Job’

In the first part of mediabistroTV’s three-part “Media Beat” interview with HLN’s Robin Meade, the former WJW, WCMH, WSVN, and WMAQ anchor offers advice about making it in TV news.

“Don’t make the mistake of always looking for the next job,” Meade warns, “so much so that you’re not learning in your current position.”

Meade also talks about her music career and describes how she’s been able to maintain her 18-year marriage while working the crazy hours of a morning anchor.

Whitney Ray Returns to WEHT as Main Anchor

Whitney Ray, who spent three years as a morning anchor and reporter at WEHT before being cut loose last year, has been tapped as the Evansville ABC-affiliate’s new evening anchor.

A native of Southern Indiana, Ray will co-anchor WEHT’s 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Brad Byrd, and she’ll also helm the 6:30 p.m. newscast produced for WTVW.

“We are delighted to welcome Whitney Ray back to WEHT as she brings the right skill set, community knowledge and commitment to serve as a successful co-anchor in the market,” WEHT vice president and general manager Arika Zink said, announcing the appointment. Read more

Mike Headrick Set to Join KSL From KDVR

Mike Headrick is joining KSL in Salt Lake City from KDVR in Denver.

Headrick will make the move from KDVR immediately after the May sweeps period concludes, he tells TVSpy. He will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and be an investigative reporter for KSL. He takes over for Bruce Lindsay, who is set to retire this summer after 34 years with the station.

Headrick is the morning anchor at KDVR. He will be replaced by Nick Emmons.

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Rumored to Be Leaving South Bend for Southwest Florida

For the past few weeks, rumors have spread that anchor Krista Fogelsong is on her way out at WBND in South Bend, IN.  And now it appears that she will join WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Citing reliable sources, the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Fogelsong is staying at WBND until the end of the May ratings period, and then she will begin working at WBBH in early June.

Fogelsong’s agent, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy today that he can’t comment about the rumors, but added, “Any announcement should come from the Florida station.”

Fogelsong has not responded to requests for comment. Read more

Kermit Miller Celebrates 30th Anniversary at KRCG

KRCG anchor-reporter Kermit Miller is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the Columbia-Jefferson City CBS-affiliate.

“I am in the very enviable position of my job being my creative outlet,” Miller said in a tribute piece that aired yesterday (watch above). “And being in the field is where that outlet really is for me.”

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

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