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Denise Dufala Named Evening Co-Anchor at WOIO

Cleveland CBS-affiliate WOIO has named an evening co-anchor for newly-hired Romona Robinson: Denise Dufala.

Robinson’s WOIO hire was announced last week. She and Dufala will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning tomorrow evening, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Robinson parted ways with rival WKYC, Cleveland’s NBC-affiliate, in December after failing to come to an agreement with station management over a new contract. Robinson’s hire at WOIO was coupled with the news that anchors Sharon Reed and Lynna Lai would both be leaving the station.

WTNH Re-Signs Anchor Sonia Baghdady, After Advertising Her Job

Anchor Sonia Baghdady has signed a new contract with WTNH, following a period of negotiations that included the station posting a job opening for her position.

“There was a rumor out there that the main anchors were going to leave,” WTNH general manager Mark Higgins told the New Haven Register, discussing Baghdady’s new contract. “It’s standard to post for a position… but it all worked out.”

Earlier this month, WTNH posted a job listing on its website announcing that the station had “an opening for a main anchor” who would work alongside Darren Kramer.  Baghdady currently anchors the station’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kramer.

The job listing has been removed as Baghdady retains her seat next to Kramer.

Known for Slurred Newscast, Anchor Annie Stensrud Charged with DWI

Annie Stensrud, the KEYC anchor who became a viral sensation after slurring her way through a newscast in early December, has been formally charged with drunk driving, following her arrest on December 21st.

Stensrud is facing one gross misdemeanor charge of Driving While Impaired as well as two misdemeanor DWI charges, according to KEYC.

The Mankato Free Press reports that a urine test administered just over an hour after Stensrud was arrested registered a blood-alcohol level of .31, nearly four times the legal limit.

Stensrud, who has not appeared on KEYC since the slurred newscast, was arrested just before noon on the 21st after police received an anonymous tip that a woman was driving drunk through Mankato. Read more

Greg Kelly Rape Case Gets Animated

WNYW anchor Greg Kelly‘s rape case has gotten the Taiwanese animation treatment (video above).  The video is by Big Apple Daily, the New York-centric wing of Taiwan’s Next Media Animation.

Anchor John Bachman Retiring From WHO

WHO anchor John Bachman, who has been with the Des Moines NBC-affiliate since 1987, will retire at the end of November.

“I’ve been so fortunate to anchor at WHO-HD for a quarter of a century,” Bachman said, announcing his retirement.  “Now it’s time for my wife Barb and me to visit the grandchildren during the Iowa winters, while viewers will get the opportunity to enjoy Winters–Dan, that is.”

Dan Winters, an anchor and reporter for WHO for the past eight years, will succeed Bachman at the anchor desk.

“John Bachman will forever be a part of the heritage and tradition of WHO,” president and general manager Dale Woods said.  Read more

Greg Kelly’s Rape Case Remains Front Page News in New York

WNYW anchor Greg Kelly‘s rape case remains front page news in New York, as local newspapers continue to churn out coverage of the tabloid-ready story involving the popular morning show host, his police commissioner father, and a 20-something woman with an angry boyfriend.

On Sunday, days after allegations first emerged that Kelly raped a young woman last October, both the New York Post and the Daily News devoted their front pages to the case. Read more

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.

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