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Linda Hurtado Returns to WFTS Anchor Desk After Double Mastectomy

“Well, today is my first day back after being off for five weeks on medical leave,” WFTS anchor Linda Hurtado told viewers during Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. newscast. “I was diagnosed with breat cancer, a disease that took both my mother and my grandmother. I was very fortunate that my cancer was caught early.”

Hurtado, who has been with the ABC-affiliate since 1995, underwent a successful double mastectomy operation in October and was able to avoid chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Hurtado has devoted her time to helping uninsured women receive free or reduced cost mammograms. During her first newscast back, Hurtado shared an emotional story about the plight of uninsured women. Video inside… Read more

KMSB Anchor Tells Viewers He’s Losing His Job

It’s probably the most personal news KMSB anchor Lou Raguse has ever had to deliver to Tucson viewers. Following Belo’s announcement that the company was handing over news production at KMSB to Raycom Media’s KOLD, Raguse went on the air and told everyone that he was now out of a job.

“Beginning February 1st, Raycom will produce this newscast on Fox 11 as well as a two-hour morning newscast,” Raguse, who has been with KMSB since 2008, informed viewers at the top of the Fox-affiliate’s 9 p.m. newscast. “For right now, it means that all the news, sports, engineering, and production people here at Fox 11 are out of a job by that date.” Video inside… Read more

Catherine Garcia Named Primary Anchor at KNSD

Catherine Garcia is the new primary evening anchor at KNSD.  The NBC O&O announced today that Garcia, who has been with the station since 2003 and currently anchors the 4 o’clock hour, will begin anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“Catherine is a strong journalist, a terrific writer and a wonderful person, with a passion for her job and her role in the San Diego community,” said KNSD president and general manager Richard Kelley, announcing the promotion.  “We are fortunate that Catherine is already on our team and are excited she agreed to take on this important role.”

A California native and graduate of USC, Garcia replaces Susan Taylor, who recently announced she is stepping down from the anchor desk.  Her first day as marquee anchor will be Monday, December 5th.

Chris Wragge on WCBS: ‘I’m Going to Do Whatever the Hell They Want Me to Do’

Chris Wragge is recommitting his time to WCBS, following a year hosting “The Early Show,” and he says he’ll do whatever GM Peter Dunn and news director David Friend ask of him.

“It’s up to Peter and David.  I am strictly at their mercy,” Wragge told FishbowlNY on Tuesday, talking about his return to WCBS where Maurice DuBois is now top anchor.  “I’m just going to do whatever the hell they want me to do.”

Wragge has been co-anchoring WCBS’s 6 p.m. newscast since the beginning of September, in addition to appearing on “The Early Show,” but his role on the morning show will significantly decrease January 9th as Charlie Rose and Gayle King take over.

Wragge says he plans to come back to “The Early Show” at some point, though: “I’m being benched for a little while, but there is a second half.” Read more at FishbowlNY

Kathi Goertzen on Her Will to Work Following Brain Surgeries: ‘I Love the News’

“I love my business, and I love the news,” longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has undergone a series of operations to minimize the presence of persistent brain tumors, said in a recent interview with Eric Johnson, KOMO’s sports director.

“Some days, it’s easier than others. Some days, I feel good. And you know, I feel I could conquer the world.  Some days it’s just enough to put one foot in front of the other, and make a step forward. And not to give up,” Goertzen told Johnson, discussing her will to work as she copes with the effects of numerous brain surgeries.  Video inside… Read more

Sign of the Times: Longtime KEYE Anchor Fred Cantu Now Working at Home Depot

Longtime KEYE anchor Fred Cantu, who many in the Austin area know simply as “Uncle Fred,” is now working in the hardware department of a local Home Depot following his exit from the CBS-Telemundo station last December.

“People think about this as a step down, but I don’t think of it that way,” Cantu said in a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman. “I think of it as part of the ride. Some people end at the top. It’s just that some people think the roller coaster always goes up. And who knows, the roller coaster may go up again. And as long as I’m still on the ride, I’m happy.” Read more

Longtime Anchor Ken Tyndall Returns to WFTV

Ken Tyndall, who spent 14 years as an anchor and reporter for WFTV, is returning to the Orlando ABC-affiliate.

“I am working one day a week at Channel 9 in addition to my regular reporting duties at WDBO,” Tyndall told the Orlando Sentinel.  “Both stations are part of the Cox Media Group.  It’s the best of both worlds for me, reporting for radio and TV!  It’s great to be able to work with so many old friends at Channel 9.”

Tyndall left WFTV in 1996 and currently works full-time as a reporter-anchor for Orlando news radio station WDBO. Read more

Chris Wragge Rejoins WCBS Full-Time, As CBS Again Overhauls ‘The Early Show’

With Charlie Rose and Gayle King set to take over on CBS’ “The Early Show,” Chris Wragge will officially return to WCBS full-time.

Wragge made the move to “The Early Show” from WCBS last December in the last major talent overhaul  at the CBS News morning show. In August, it was announced that Wragge would return to the CBS owned-and-operated station as the 6 p.m. anchor.

“CBS has been my home since 2004 and will be for the foreseeable future in whatever capacity they want,” Wragge told the New York Times. “I am loyal and grateful to CBS.”

An official announcement is expected Tuesday, according to TVNewser.  Read more at TVNewser

Longtime KCRG Anchor Wins Iowa Senate Seat

Liz Mathis, who is well-known in Eastern Iowa for her time as an anchor with KCRG in Cedar Rapids and KWWL in Waterloo, won her race for an Iowa state senate on Tuesday.

Since leaving KCRG in 2007, Mathis has worked as a community relations executive with a family service and child welfare organization.  She announced her bid for the vacant senate seat in September.

Running as a Democrat, Mathis, 53, gained roughly 56% of the vote in a race in which she raised significantly more money than her competitors.

Mathis spent over 25 years working in TV news.  She was an anchor at ABC-affiliate KCRG from 1998 to 2007 and, before that, worked as an executive producer and anchor at NBC-affiliate KWWL for 16 years.

Dave Ward Celebrates 45 Years at Houston’s KTRK

At 72, Dave Ward will celebrate his 45th anniversary with the ABC owned-and-operated KTRK in Houston tomorrow, marking what is believed to be the longest tenure of any broadcaster at a single station. The 6 and 10 p.m. anchor talks to the Houston Chronicle about the challenges of his job:

“Being objective in news reporting is damned near totally impossible,” he said. “You’re a human being, and the way you raise your eyebrows can sometimes say things to people. But the more you can do in a factual way gives the viewer a chance to make up his own mind rather than putting your own opinion out there.

“I think that is one reason I have been successful. I have tried steadfastly to keep it on the straight and narrow.” Read more

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