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Brendan Keefe to Leave WCPO for WXIA and Gannett Teaching Gig

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WCPO investigative reporter Brendan Keefe will leave Cincinnati in the fall to join Gannett-owned WXIA in Atlanta as chief investigative reporter. Keefe will also serve as a corporate trainer for the Gannett stations group. “It’s always sad to leave friends, and there are certainly mixed emotions as we prepare to say goodbye to Cincinnati, Scripps, and WCPO after seven great years,” Keefe wrote in a post on Facebook.

Here’s the full announcement:

“As part of 11Alive’s ongoing mission to hold the powerful accountable and make Metro Atlanta a better place to live, we have hired one of the most awarded and talked about investigative reporters in the country. Brendan Keefe, winner of the 2014 National Murrow Award for best Investigative Journalism, is 11Alive’s new Chief Investigative Reporter. Brendan has received two regional Murrow Awards, 38 Emmy Awards, Numerous Associated Press Awards all for Investigative and in-depth reporting. He has been embedded with our military during the Iraq War, covered Presidential campaigns, chronicled the aftermath of 9/11, documented hurricanes and exposed injustice and wrong doing of politicians and those in power.  Read more

Stefan Chase Leaving WGCL After One Year

chase wgcl croppedStefan Chase, traffic reporter for Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, is leaving the station.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Chase will be replaced by Harry Samler, otherwise known as “Pothole Harry.”

Chase came to WGCL in August 2013. Her last day is today.

WXIA Ups Chris Holcomb to Chief Meteorologist

Chris Holcomb has been named chief meteorologist for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA.

“Chris’s passion and knowledge make him absolutely the best person on earth to lead our team!” said WXIA news director Ellen Crooke in a statement.

Holcomb has worked at WXIA since 1991.

WSB GM Says He Wants Departing Meteorologist to Stay

wsb304WSB GM Tim McVay wrote a note to viewers on the station’s facebook page yesterday saying he wants departing meteorologist David Chandley to stay but is prepared if he doesn’t.

Yesterday TVSpy reported Chandley was leaving WSB because he always wanted to be a chief meteorologist. Currently, he is one of five meteorologists on staff at WSB. Current chief Glenn Burns has been at the station since 1981.

“Although I still hope that David will change his mind and stay with Channel 2, we congratulate him on the great work he’s done while a member of Severe Weather Team 2,” wrote McVay.

But McVay added the station has a plan if Chandley leaves, “If he doesn’t return we will begin looking for the person to join Chief Meteorologist Glenn BurnsKaren MintonBrad Nitz and our newest Severe Weather Team 2 member, Katie Walls.” Read more

David Chandley Leaving WSB After 25 Years, Welcomes Fifth Meteorologist

chandleyDavid Chandley, meteorologist for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, has announced he is leaving the station.

“After 25+ years at WSB-TV, I have decided to not renew my contract,” Chandley wrote on his facebook page. “My career goal has always been to be a chief meteorologist and when my current contract expires on July 11th, that pursuit will begin.”

Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who first reported the story wrote, “If he leaves July 11, he has a 180-day non-compete clause that will prevent him from immediately joining any other Atlanta TV station until January, 2015.”

A WSB spokesperson told TVSpy, “The station wants David to stay and continues to hope he will change his mind.” Read more

Atlanta Anchor Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored Woman,’ Station Posts Edited Version of Video

Michelle Burdo, morning anchor for Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, has apologized for using the term “colored woman” during Monday morning’s newscast.

Yesterday, Burdo had several African American women on set to demonstrate hair care tips for summertime when she said, “Let me tell you something. I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her,” referencing a local hair care expert.

According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Burdo apologized on-air this morning saying, “Yesterday I made a pretty insensitive remark during one of our segments here on Better Mornings Atlanta. I apologize. Once again, I truly want to say from the bottom of my heart that I really am sorry about that comment. I made that in reference to my hair color but I used an inappropriate term.”

When TVSpy asked WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen why the station posted the segment on its website with Burdo’s “colored woman” reference edited out, Michaelsen said, “As Michelle mentioned in her apology she used an insensitive remark during the segment and that remark was removed when the video was posted.” See the station’s edited version after the jump. Read more

Atlanta Meteorologist Announces Retirement

Ken Cook, chief meteorologist for Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA, has announced his retirement.

“I am happy to tell you that I will be retiring at the middle of this Summer,” Cook told viewers. “This was not a decision done in haste or taken lightly, but one that my wife, Susie, and I, along with FOX-5, have been working on for more than one-year now.”

Cook also thanked viewers for the “nearly 35 great years” he has had at WAGA.

“We will miss Ken’s passion and ‘tell like it is’ weather reporting,” said VP and news director Mike McClain in a statement. “We want to thank him for his many years of service to our community; he will be missed.”

WXIA Hires Anchor from HLN

politan hlnVinnie Politan is leaving HLN to join Gannett’s Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA as morning anchor.

“It is a great pleasure to announce that Vinnie Politan will be the new morning anchor for 11Alive news!” WXIA said in a memo sent to staffers. “Vinnie will be joining the team of Karyn Greer, Chesley McNeil and Jaye Watson the first week of August.”

“Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years,” HLN told Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who first reported the news. “We thank him and wish him only the best.”

Atlanta Stations Cover CNN After Car Drives into Network’s Lobby

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CNN was the center of breaking news after a Mercedes crashed into the lobby of the network’s building in downtown Atlanta shortly after 4:00 a.m this morning.

All the local stations converged on the scene during their 5:00 a.m. newscasts showing the car with Florida plates already out of the lobby and ready to be pulled onto a flatbed. The only thing left by that time was to figure out the how and the why. Here’s how the stations reacted initially:

WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate, claimed to be first on the scene. Anchors Michelle Burdo and Frank Wiley teased the story off the top of the 5:00 a.m. news and went live to Rebecca Schramm at 5:03. She told viewers she heard from the security guards at the scene unconfirmed reports that the driver may have been drunk.

WSB, the ABC affiliate, did something interesting by teasing the story off the top the 5:00 a.m. show with video taken from instagram showing the car in the lobby. A couple of minutes later, the station went live to Liz Artz showing pretty much the same video everyone else was showing: the car on a side street being towed.

Artz said she had spoken to a taxi driver who told her he saw the whole thing. He said the car had driven up onto the sidewalk at the Omni Hotel next door, driven down the sidewalk and straight into the CNN building. She told viewers the taxi driver said he saw police taking the driver away.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate, used traffic reporter Crash Clark at 5:11 a.m. in studio to toss to video of the car still in the lobby. He promised more details to come.

WAGA, the FOX owned station, went at 5:32 a.m.. Good Day anchor Karen Graham tossed to Carolyn Ryan at the scene. Ryan reported a man and a woman had been in the car. She said the man was missing, but the woman, who they showed on camera, was still on scene. Ryan said the woman refused to speak to the station.

Katie Walls Joins Atlanta’s WSB

Katie Walls has joined Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB as meteorologist.

Friday, WSB chief meteorologist Glenn Burns tweeted the news:

Burns later tweeted that no one was leaving the station, WSB was just adding “a smart and talented new meteorologist to the team.”

Walls comes to WSB from WINK in Fort Myers, FL. She has also worked at WSIL in Southern Illinois.

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