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Veteran Seattle Anchor Brad Goode Joins KOMO

Remaking its anchor lineup, KOMO has hired Brad Goode, who left crosstown rival KING back in June, to co-anchor its morning newscast alongside Peggy Bunker.

Goode spent six years anchoring KING’s a.m. newscast but left the NBC-affiliate this summer after he was reportedly unable to agree on the terms of a new contract with station management.  Since leaving KING, Goode has been reporting for CNBC, where he worked earlier in his career.

In addition to introducing a new morning anchor team, KOMO promoted Molly Shen, who currently anchors the morning show, to the 5 p.m. newscast, where she’ll join Eric Johnson. Read more

Longtime WHAG Anchor Bob Borngesser Passes Away

Bob Borngesser, who was a fixture at the WHAG anchor desk for nearly two decades, died this morning after a long battle with cancer.

In addition to anchoring the news for WHAG, Borngesser served as the NBC-affiliate’s news director.  He retired in 1997.

“Sheer pandemonium could be reining behind the scenes and Bob could deliver the news with complete composure,” current WHAG news director Mark Kraham said.  “He was a very talented broadcaster.”

Before joining WHAG in 1979, Borngesser worked as a D.C.-based correspondent for NBC.

Tracy McCool Moving to Evenings at WJW

Tracy McCool, who has anchored the WJW morning newscast for eight years, has been named the new evening anchor at the Cleveland Fox-affiliate.

McCool replaces Stacey Bell, who left WJW last month to move to New Jersey with her husband. She will anchor the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

McCool is an Ohio native who began her career at WJW as an intern and worked her way up to a producer at the station. She made the transition to on-air work at WICU in Erie and WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, returning to WJW in 2000.

“We’re all very proud and happy for Tracy,” WJW president and general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “Hers is truly a ‘Cleveland’s own’ success story that all of northeast Ohio can appreciate.”

WNYW Anchors Thumb Wrestle During Newscast

WNYW morning anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto took time out of Tuesday’s a.m. newscast to settle a thumb wrestling grudge match (video above).  Yep.

Video: WXIA Anchor Falls Out of Chair During Morning Newscast

When anchor Karyn Greer tumbled to the floor in the middle of a recent morning newscast on WXIA, her fall went unseen by Atlanta viewers since the camera was not on the anchor desk at the time.

Greer’s co-anchor Ted Hall changed that, however, when he introduced footage of the gaffe–to Greer’s surprise/horror–during the morning show the following week (video above). Read more

WREX Anchor Dani Maxwell Joining WKOW

Dani Maxwell, the evening anchor and assistant news director at WREX in Rockford, is leaving the station for an anchor position at WKOW in Madison.

Maxwell, who co-anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts with Eric Wilson, signed off from WREX last week after 10 years. Starting today, 10 p.m. anchor Katie Nilsson will add the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to her duties.

Starting January 18, Maxwell will be an anchor and reporter at WKOW. Both WKOW and WREX are owned by Quincy Newspapers.

“We’re sorry to see Dani go, but at least she is staying with the company,” WREX vice president and general manager John Chadwick told the Rockford-Register Star.

Emily Wood Joins KYTV In Springfield

Emily Wood has joined KYTV, the NBC-affiliate in Springfield, MO, as a reporter and co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast.

Prior to joining KYTV, Wood, a native of the Ozarks region in Missouri, was the morning anchor at KWTV in Oklahoma City. Her first day on the air for KYTV was yesterday.

“Life happens fast,” Wood said during the 5 p.m. newscast yesterday. “It’s good to be back on my home turf. It’s good to be back in the home area.”

Wood worked at KWTV for 2 years. Prior to that, she was at WJTV in Jackson, KMIZ in Columbia, MO and WGEM in Quincy, IL.

After Contract Negotiations Fail, Romona Robinson Will Leave WKYC

Romona Robinson, the evening anchor at Cleveland’s WKYC for 15 years, is leaving the NBC-affiliate after failing to come to an agreement with station management over a new contract.

“Coming off a long-term contract, we certainly wanted to make this work,” WKYC general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Obviously, Romona has been a significant part of the station for 15 years. She’s done a lot for us, but our world and our business have changed over the last eight years, so there are very mixed feelings about this.”

Her last day on air will be December 16. Specktorsky said the channel has been auditioning candidates for Robinson’s replacement as the co-anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, and that they plan on making an announcement “quite soon.”

KEYC Anchor Slurs Her Way Through Newscast

KEYC weekend anchor Annie Stensrud slurred her way through the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday.  It appeared as though she had taken some strong cough medicine or perhaps had a bit too much fun while watching the Vikings game earlier in the day (video above). Read more

‘Tired of Reporting on the Problems,’ Longtime WTVO Anchor Enters Senate Race

Longtime WTVO anchor Steve Stadelman is now running for a seat in the Illinois state senate.

Stadelman, who has been covering news and politics in the Rockford area for 25 years, filed paperwork this week to run as a Democrat in Illinois’s 34th district. As a result, he is stepping away from the WTVO anchor desk.

After announcing his bid, Stadelman sat down for an interview with WTVO’s Mimi Murphy and described the decision as “bittersweet.”

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Stadelman told Murphy about covering the news for WTVO. “And it’s something I enjoyed doing everyday.” Read more

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