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HLN Anchor Virginia Cha Joining KGTV in San Diego

Virginia Cha, an Atlanta-based anchor at HLN, has left the network to join KGTV, the ABC-affiliate in San Diego.

Cha will start at KGTV this week and make her on-air debut on Monday, December 5, news director Joel Davis confirmed to TVSpy.

Cha joined HLN in 2005 from NBC News, where she was a New York-based correspondent. Prior to joining NBC, Cha was an anchor and chief medical correspondent for WBZ, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Boston. She began her career at WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford.

WCCB Morning Anchor Anna Kooiman Joining Fox News as a Fitness Reporter

WCCB morning anchor Anna Kooiman, who has been with the Charlotte Fox-affiliate since 2008, is set to join the Fox News Channel.

In a move first reported by NewsBlues and confirmed by TVNewser, Kooiman will join FNC next month as a New York-based correspondent covering health and fitness as well as general assignment reporting.

Kooiman has regularly covered health and fitness at WCCB, while also working as a part-time fitness instructor.  According to her website, she regularly teaches up to 10 fitness classes a week.

Before joining WCCB, Kooiman worked as a reporter-anchor with Toledo NBC-affiliate WNWO.  Video of Kooiman inside… Read more

KDKA’s Susan Koeppen Will Undergo Heart Surgery

KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen, who is recovering from a “serious heart problem” suffered while jogging last week, will undergo heart surgery in the “near future,” she announced on Twitter.

Koeppen had a pre-existing heart valve condition, according to KDKA. She has not been at the anchor desk at the Pittsburgh CBS-affiliate since November 18.

On Twitter, Koeppen thanked viewers for their well-wishes, saying she is “alive and kicking.”

Marking Sobriety on YouTube, Former WGGB Anchor Says Stress of TV News Often Led Him to Drink

Former WGGB anchor Paul Mueller is back in front of the camera.  The news he’s delivering now, though, is very personal.

In April, Mueller abruptly resigned from WGGB after someone posted a video on YouTube of him acting erratically while MC-ing a fund-raising gala. Mueller later admitted to having a “few drinks” before the event–which was held in honor of an 11-year-old boy who hanged himself after being bullied at school–and eventually went public about his battle with alcoholism.

Mueller celebrated seven months of sobriety over the Thanksgiving weekend and he is keeping people updated about his ongoing struggle with regular posts on YouTube. Read more

Anchor Lily Jang Announces She Will Leave KCPQ

Lily Jang, an anchor at Seattle Fox-affiliate KCPQ, is leaving the station after seven years.

“I’m leaving Q13 and moving home to Houston,” she wrote on Facebook. “My immigrant parents worked their entire lives for my brother and me and gave us our American dreams. Now that dad’s facing Parkinson’s, I’m leaving a job I love for my family that comes first.”

Jang is KCPQ’s longtime morning anchor. Alongside Bill Wixey, she helms four hours of programming each weekday morning. She will continue to work at KCPQ through early 2012.

Ursula Pari Shifting to Earlier Newscasts on KSAT

Ursula Pari, an evening anchor on San Antonio ABC-affiliate KSAT, is making the move from anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast to anchoring the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts in order to spend more time with her kids.

“I’ll be home at 7 p.m,” she told the San Antonio Express-News. “I can have a late dinner with my kids, help with homework, talk about what happened to them in their day without feeling so rushed.”

Pari’s last day on the 10 p.m. newscast will be November 30. She will be replaced by weekend anchor Isis Romero, who frequently reports for the program.

“I really think people are going to like Isis a lot, if they don’t already,” Pari said. “I’m really rooting for her. She’s more than qualified and competent to do a great job.”

KDKA Anchor Susan Koeppen Recovering After Suffering ‘Serious Heart Problem’

KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen is now recovering from what the station is calling a “serious” heart problem.

“On Sunday, while running, Susan suffered a heart problem related to a pre-existing heart valve condition,” the station said in a statement on Tuesday. “It was quite serious, but she is recovering nicely in the hospital.”

During Tuesday night’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, KDKA explained the reason for Koeppen’s absence from the anchor desk.

“Susan and her family want to thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers,” Koeppen’s 6 p.m. co-anchor Stacy Smith told viewers. “We all here at KDKA are just devastated about this news, but of course praying and thinking of her and wishing her a speedy recovery.”

Stacey Bell Leaving Cleveland’s WJW After 13 Years

After 13 years at WJW, anchor Stacey Bell is leaving the Cleveland Fox-affiliate.

Bell is moving to New Jersey to be with her husband, the running back coach for the New York Jets. Her last broadcast will be tonight.

After joining WJW in 1998 as a reporter for the morning newscast, Bell was named co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast in 2000. She moved to the 10 p.m. newscast, which she anchors with Bill Martin, in 2005.

A replacement has not yet been selected for the evening newscast, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports Tracy McCool, the WJW morning anchor, is a likely candidate.

Marti Skold to Debut as News 14 Carolina Anchor

Marti Skold is set to join the anchor desk at News 14 Carolina beginning December 1st, when the 24-hour cable news channel officially introduces her as its new weekday morning anchor.

Skold spent the last five years at Salt Lake City’s KTVX, working as a weather anchor and daytime host. She departed the ABC-affiliate last month and has been working on special projects for News 14 Carolina while preparing to make her on-air debut.

“We’re pleased to be bringing Marti and her television journalism experience to News 14 Carolina’s statewide network. She’s worked in North Carolina before and is excited to be back near friends and family,” said News 14 Carolina vice president and general manager Alan Mason, in announcing the move. Read more

Seth Kovar Joining WDBJ Anchor Desk as Station ‘Beefs Up’ Morning Newscast

Seth Kovar will debut as WDBJ‘s new morning anchor on Monday, as the Roanoke-Lynchburg CBS-affiliate adds more resources to its a.m. newscast.

Kovar comes to WDBJ from KXXV in Waco, where he also worked as a morning anchor.  He’s been working behind-the-scenes at WDBJ since last week.

“Many stations have now recognized the critical importance of the morning block as the newscast that really kicks off the coverage tone for the entire day and, like us, have or are beefing up resources,” WDBJ news director Dan Dennison told The Roanoke Times recently. Read more

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