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WWLP Anchor Barry Kriger Sustained ‘Extensive Injuries’ in Car Crash

Veteran WWLP anchor Barry Kriger is currently recovering from injuries he suffered in a recent car accident.

“22News has been receiving many calls and e-mails recently about where Barry Kriger has been,” the NBC-affiliate told viewers this week.  “Barry was recently in an automobile accident while on vacation. He sustained some extensive injuries.”

Kriger, who has been with WWLP for over 20 years and anchors the station’s 5:30, 6, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts, is currently in the hospital.

“He will be out of work for an unknown period of time,” WWLP reported on Thursday, “but he is expected to fully recover.” Read more

Morning Anchor Joy Dumandan Out at WISH?

Just three weeks after denying reports that Joy Dumandan‘s contract at WISH had not been renewed, station management is now refusing to comment on the status of the morning anchor’s employment.

After investigative reporter Brad Edwards was fired from the Indianapolis CBS-affiliate, it was reported that Dumandan, who anchored the 5 to 8 a.m. newscast, had also been cut loose. WISH general manager Jeff White denied those reports, saying the morning anchor was just on vacation. Dumandan reported for the station after White’s denial, but has not been on the air at WISH since January 6.

Dumandan’s absence has been a topic of conversation on the station’s Facebook page, with several viewers inquiring about the morning anchor’s whereabouts. WISH has responded to each of the posts with a one-sentence statement that reads, “I understand you have questions, however it is our policy not to comment on personnel matters.” Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen to Undergo More Surgery on Growing Brain Tumor

Popular KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen is undergoing another round of surgery to reduce the size of a brain tumor she’s been battling for over a decade.

Goertzen recently underwent an MRI and doctors determined this week that surgery would be required.

“Doctor saw some tumor growth so wants to do surgery.. again!” Goertzen wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.  “Will keep you posted when. Really appreciate your good thoughts and prayers. As one of my FB friends wrote, “There’s no room for fear and faith in this house!”. Dread, maybe. :)

Seattle viewers have been closely following Goertzen’s battle with the non-cancerous tumor as she has been in and out of the hospital several times over the past year.

Report: Woman Accusing Greg Kelly of Rape Says Alleged Attack Resulted in a Pregnancy

The woman accusing Greg Kelly of rape has told police her sexual encounter with the WNYW anchor resulted in a pregnancy, which she subsequently aborted, according to the New York Post.

The woman filed an official complaint Tuesday night. Because Kelly is the son of New York police commissioner Ray Kelly, the investigation is being handled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Through his attorney, Kelly has released a statement strongly denying the woman’s claim.

Kelly anchors the morning newscast on WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the station.

KDFW Reporter Peter Daut Joins WSOC-WAXN

Peter Daut, a reporter at KDFW, is leaving Dallas for a position as morning anchor at WSOC-WAXN in Charlotte.

Daut, who has been at KDFW since 2008, will begin at WSOC-WAXN in early March. He will be paired with Allison Latos to helm the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on WSOC and the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on WAXN. The shuffle is an expansion of Latos’ role at the Cox duopoly — she currently anchors the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast with Scott Wickersham.

Wickersham will join Natalie Pasquarella as co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. WSOC newscast. He will also continue to provide investigative reporting for the station.

Amidst Rape Allegations, Greg Kelly Takes a Leave of Absence from WNYW

WNYW anchor Greg Kelly, who is currently under investigation for raping a New York City woman last fall, has asked for a leave of absence from the Fox O&O.

“Greg Kelly has requested some time off,” WNYW general manager Lew Leone said in a statement.

Kelly’s time off is effective today. WNYW anchor Steve Lacy, who filled in for Kelly today, will co-anchor the newscast through the end of this week. Lacy anchors the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on WNYW.

Veteran KSNF Anchor Jim Jackson to Run for Newton County Commissioner

Jim Jackson, who has been an anchor at KSNF in Joplin for 32 years, will announce his candidacy for Newton County commissioner next week.

Jackson anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts for NBC-affiliated KNSF. He has no immediate plans to leave the station, but will step down from the anchor desk if elected, according to a statement on the station’s website.

“I am proud of what I’ve accomplished as a news broadcaster, and I’m looking forward to this new challenge that will allow me to make an even bigger contribution to the community,” Jackson said.

Rival Stations Report on Rape Accusation Against WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly

In New York City, news of rape accusations against Greg Kelly, the morning show anchor at Fox O&O WNYW, broke this morning.

Two of WNYW’s rival stations, ABC O&O WABC and CBS O&O WCBS, reported the Kelly news this morning. WABC’s Josh Einiger reported live from NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan, where Kelly’s father, Ray Kelly, is the police commissioner. Read more

WFTX Anchor Amy Wegmann Takes Leave as Her Husband Runs for Congress

Anchor Amy Wegmann is taking a leave of absence from WFTX as her husband, Trey Radel, runs for congress.

Wegmann, who anchors WFTX’s 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts, has been on maternity leave from the Fox-affiliate since giving birth in December.  According to the Naples News, Wegmann is now taking an indefinite leave of absence as Radel campaigns.

Radel, a former anchor at WINK, announced his bid for Florida’s 14th Congressional District in early January.

The move allows Wegmann to support her husband during his run while also protecting WFTX from potential conflicts as the station covers his campaign. Read more

WBAL’s Donna Hamilton Named 11 p.m. Co-Anchor

Starting next month, WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton will join Rod Daniels to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hamilton, who has been at the Baltimore NBC-affiliate since 1995, will continue to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Her first day anchoring all three programs will be February 5, which is the night of the Super Bowl.

WBAL general manager Dan Joerres told the Sun that the decision was made to “give Donna some extra exposure” with the strong lead-in programming from NBC.

Daniels has been anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast solo since the station cut longtime anchor Marianne Banister in July.

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