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Anchors

Brian Williams Anchors WNBC’s Irene Coverage

Brian Williams popped over to the WNBC studios today and is anchoring the station’s 1 p.m. hour, giving their anchors a much-needed break after more than 24 hours of live hurricane coverage. Video and more at TVNewser…

Ron Magers: ‘I Will Take Credit For Surviving, And That’s Not Always an Easy Trick in This Business’

On the 30th anniversary of his first broadcast in Chicago, WLS anchor Ron Magers reflects on his legendary broadcast career in an interview with Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “I work in a business that requires us to live in the moment and always be looking for what might be coming next,” Magers said. “I’ve done it so long that I’m not very good at looking back.” Magers, who has worked at both WLS and rival station WMAQ, shares his thoughts on developing his reporting chops in Chicago:

I will take credit for surviving, and that’s not always an easy trick in this business. Over the years it has been my great pleasure to be in the company of some really smart people who want television journalism to be the best it can be. Without their company I wouldn’t be here today. Read more

Anchor Donna Cordova Ends Long Run at KTXL

Anchor Donna Cordova has left KTXL after more than a decade with the Sacramento Fox-affiliate. Cordova, who anchored KTXL’s weekday 10 p.m. newscast, did not have her contract renewed.

She posted the following message on her Facebook page, earlier this week:

I’m sorry that so many of you are still just now realizing that I am no longer on the air at FOX40. My contract is not being extended.. simple as that. It comes with the territory. As for the other question.. I will let you know ..as soon as I do.. what path we will be taking next.

Cordova began her TV career as a reporter with KBIM in Roswell, before moving on to anchor jobs at KVII in Amarillo and KTSP (now KSAZ) in Phoenix. While with KTXL, she was named Best Anchor by Sacramento Magazine.

Chris Wragge Returning to WCBS

Chris Wragge is going back to WCBS.

The station announced today that Wragge, who left in December to become the new co-host of CBS’s “The Early Show,” will co-anchor its 6 p.m. newscast alongside Dana Tyler beginning September 6th.

In a press release, WCBS president and general manager Peter Dunn said that Wragge would continue his “day job” at “The Early Show”–at least for the time being.

“We are very happy to welcome Chris back to CBS 2,” Dunn said.  “It’s great that we have been able to work out an arrangement with our colleagues at CBS News that will allow Chris to resume working for both our station and the network in a way that benefits all of us.  We look forward to having him continue to be a valuable and versatile member of our team.” Read more

Kristi Nelson of KXAS Donates Kidney to Her Mother

Kristi Nelson — an anchor at KXAS, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Dallas — will  undergo transplant surgery tomorrow in order to donate a kidney to her 69-year-old mother.

Nelson’s mother Helen currently has two failing kidneys, according to the KXAS website. By sharing their story (watch the video, above) the Nelson women hope to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation. Helen Nelson is one of more than 8,000 people in Texas who need a kidney transplant. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘What am I worrying about? This could make her life so much better. It will improve her life. What else is there?’” Kristi Nelson said. Read more

KOLN-KGIN Promotes Flowers to Main Anchor

In Lincoln, KOLN-KGIN has tapped Vanessa Flowers to co-anchor its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Flowers, who has been with the joint CBS-affiliate since November 2010, will work alongside current anchor John Fortney, effectively replacing Serese Cole, who left the station earlier this summer to join WOWT in Omaha.

Flowers has anchored KOLN-KGIN’s “Nebraska Central News“–a 9 p.m. newscast that airs on the stations’ MyTV digital subchannel–since its debut last December.

“This is a great opportunity to continue to serve Nebraska viewers,” she said of her move to 5, 6, and 10, which will bring her from Grand Island to Lincoln. “I get to work with the same great team of people, but in a different city.”

Sara Geake, who has worked as a reporter for KGIN since 2006, replaces Flowers as “NCN” anchor.

Longtime Anchor Barry Bernson Bids Farewell to WDRB Morning Show

“Someone decided about 20 years ago that a quirky feature reporter could put on a suit and necktie, and anchor morning news,” longtime WHAS and WDRB anchor Barry Bernson said in bidding farewell to Louisville viewers. “I still feel out of position, like a left-fielder who’s been moved to first base, but you have forgiven me and watched the newscasts I’ve been on, so I’m grateful” (video above).

Bernson, who has co-anchored WDRB’s morning show for the past eight years, announced last month that he would retire. Even though he’s stepping away from the morning anchor desk, Bernson says that he plans to do special reports for the Fox-affiliate in the near future.

Hema Mullur Announces Departure from KFOX

Hema Mullur, a primetime anchor at KFOX in El Paso since 2008, has announced her departure from the station for an undisclosed anchor job in a top 20 market.

The Fox affiliate is undergoing a national search for Mullur’s replacement. “It’s always bittersweet when one of our own leaves,” news director Elizabeth O’Hara said in a press release. “On the one hand, we’re proud that the training we provide allows our employees to make such large leaps in their careers … on the other hand, Hema is an important part of the team and you never want a key player to leave.”

Mullur is a University of Texas graduate who started her career at KWES in Odessa, TX. Her last day anchoring the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. broadcasts for KFOX will be August 26.

KNBC Names Robert Kovacik and Former CNN Correspondent Stephanie Elam Weekend Anchors

KNBC, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, has named new anchors of its weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts: Robert Kovacik and Stephanie Elam (pictured).

Kovacik has been the interim anchor of the two evening broadcasts since March. He has been with the station since 2004 and spent the majority of his time at KNBC as the weekday morning anchor.

He will anchor alongside former CNN business correspondent Stephanie Elam, who left the cable network in April after eight years. A California native, Elam and her family relocated to Los Angeles this spring.

“Having two anchors again will bring an exciting new vibrancy and pace to the broadcasts,” KNBC vice president and news director Vickie Burns said in a statement. “Robert and Stephanie are two respected journalists with a terrific on-air presence. We believe they have just the right dynamic to deliver a solid news product and connect with our audience.”

KSTU’s Kerri Cronk Recovering from Hit-and-Run

Kerri Cronk, an anchor at KSTU in Salt Lake City, is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

Cronk, who anchors the morning show at the Fox affiliate, was riding her bike around 6 p.m. Friday evening when a white car pulled out of a parking lot and into her path. Cronk said she had only seconds to react before her bike collided with the vehicle — which then sped away. “I vividly remember the back of that car, and smashing into the back of that car. That’s my last memory,” Cronk told the station in an interview (video above).

Cronk was found by Bill Hubbard, a resident who saw her on the side of the road and called 911. She is recovering from a slew of serious injuries, including a broken neck, a dislocated shoulder, a concussion and various cuts and bruises. Cronk was wearing a helmet — which she says likely saved her life.

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