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Video: WSYR Anchor Caught Napping on Live TV

WSYR anchor James Gaddis appeared to be getting some shut eye at the top of the ABC-affiliate’s 11 p.m. newscast last Sunday.  As cameras went live, Gaddis was seen sitting at the anchor desk with his eyes closed until being startled into action (video above). To be fair, maybe he was meditating?

As the YouTube user who uploaded the video notes, “The pilot of ‘Pan Am,’ which just aired, must have put him to sleep.”

WFSB Anchor Dennis House Admits His Involvement in News Story that Aired a Week Ago

WFSB anchor Dennis House, who was recently named one of the most influential people in Hartford, became part of the news last week when he called the cops after finding a child left unattended in a car.  The father of the child was eventually arrested upon returning to the vehicle.

Touting it as “a story you saw first on channel 3,” WFSB reported on the incident last week, without mentioning House’s involvement.  A reporter from Patch, though, discovered House’s name on the police report and now the veteran anchor is speaking out about what happened. Read more

Battling Cancer, Anchor Tom Campbell Returns to WRDW and Sits Down for an Interview

Anchor Tom Campbell has been on leave from WRDW as he battles cancer but he recently returned to the newsroom and sat down for an interview with fellow anchor Richard Rogers.

“Many of you have been asking about Tom since he disappeared from the airwaves a few months ago,” Rogers told viewers this week. “And while you miss him here [on TV], we miss having him here, in the newsroom.”

Campbell has been undergoing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“I just feel energized and happy and thankful every time I come here,” Campbell told Rogers, fighting back tears. “This place has been a big part of my life for 16 years.”

Video inside… Read more

Tara Hitchcock Will Leave KTVK After 15 Years

Tara Hitchcock, who has been at KTVK in Phoenix for 15 years, announced yesterday on Twitter that she is leaving the station, and her final broadcast is this morning.

Hitchcock told The Arizona Republic that she informed Nick Nicholson, the station’s president and general manager, of her decision on Tuesday morning. “I wanted to do the best thing for Nick and the best thing for the station,” she said. “They were incredible to me and, quite frankly, I’m getting the better end of the deal. They’re honoring my contract and Nick has been awesome through this whole thing.”

Hitchcock, who has anchored the KTVK morning show since 1997, said she has no immediate future plans, but intends to stay in the area. “This is not a sad thing,” she told the Republic. “To be given 15 years of having so much fun is a blessing, and I feel very fortunate.”

Anchor Nerissa Prest Parts Ways With WTVT

Nerissa Prest, an anchor at Fox owned-and-operated WTVT in Tampa-St. Petersburg, has parted ways with the station.

“We mutually parted ways,” Prest told the St. Petersburg Times.  “It was time for me to move on to the next chapter.” The station confirmed her departure, noting “an extensive search” is underway for her replacement.

Prest, who is bound by a confidentiality agreement about her employment contract, has been with WTVT since 2006. In 2009, she was moved from weekday mornings to weekend mornings, where she remained until her last broadcast on August 21. The Times reports that as of late last week, some staffers at WTVT were unaware of her departure. Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Sits Down With Ted Koppel

KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who Seattle viewers are starting to see more regularly as she recovers from an ongoing battle with a benign brain tumor, sat down this weekend with Ted Koppel (watch the video, above).

Koppel, in town to accept the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism, told Goertzen that he may never retire. “I’m afraid it’s part of my DNA,” he said.

New KMSP Anchor Randy Meier on Being Let Go by KSTP: It Felt ‘Like You’ve Been Kicked in the Stomach’

Anchor Randy Meier has joined Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox-affiliate KMSP, returning to the market where he launched his career with KSTP. In a recent video interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Meier recounted being let go by the ABC-affiliate in 2003.

“[There were] a couple of months there where you feel like you’ve been kicked in the stomach,” Meier said about not having his contract renewed after 13 years with the KSTP (video above).

Meier is set to make his on-air debut with KMSP this week.

WIVB Anchors and Reporters Tape ‘It Gets Better’ Videos Following Suicide of Buffalo Teen

WIVB anchors and reporters, including morning anchor Melissa Holmes (above), recorded “It Gets Better” videos this week, following the recent suicide of Buffalo teenager Jamey Rodemeyer.  The death of Rodemeyer, a high school freshman who was the target of anti-gay slurs from bullies online and at school for over a year, has gained national attention and become a flashpoint for those seeking greater public acceptance of gay teens, including pop star Lady Gaga.

“If you go home crying from high school everyday, you’re not alone,”  Holmes says in her video.  “You’re probably looking at me saying, ‘You’re on TV, you have it easy.  You’re a TV anchor and reporter, you’ve got it easy.’ Well, I went home from high school crying.  I was bullied.” Read more

Former KCRG Anchor Running for Iowa Senate Seat

Liz Mathis, a former anchor with KCRG in Cedar Rapids and KWWL in Waterloo, is joining the race to fill a vacant seat in the Iowa senate.

“People all over are trying to get back on their feet from this lingering national recession,” Mathis said. “They need jobs and they need stability for their families, and all we’re getting from our government is gridlock. It must change.”

Mathis is running as a Democrat and is so far the only representative of her party vying for the seat vacated by Democrat Swati Dandekar, who resigned to accept a job on the state’s utilities board. Read more

Anchor Tammy Elliott Resigning From WFRV

Anchor Tammy Elliott announced this week that she will be resigning from WFRV at the end of the month.

Elliott, who began with the Green Bay CBS-affiliate as an intern in 1990 and eventually worked her way up to anchor, says that the move is based on her desire to spend more time with her family.

“I’ve always put family first,” Elliott explained, in announcing her resignation. “Right now I’ve chosen to step back in my career to devote more time to my other career–being a mom.”

Following Elliott’s departure on September 30th, Tom Zalaski and Erin Davisson will team up to co-anchor WFRV’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

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