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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.

WSB Traffic Reporter Herb Emory Dies

herb emoryHerb Emory, a longtime traffic reporter at Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, died Saturday. Emory stopped to help at a car accident when he had a sudden heart attack, WSB reports.

“He taught me about the streets, how to do traffic, how to do radio, how do television. He taught me most importantly how to give back to the community and how to be a good citizen,” WSB traffic reporter Mark Arum said. “We work with a lot of great people in this building. For years, we’ve worked with amazing people and giving people. And no one could even hold a candle to what Captain Herb did.”

Emory had worked at WSB and WSB Radio since 1991. Watch Arum’s tribute after the jump. Read more

Jeff Dore Retires After 30 Years at WSB

jeff dore wsbJeff Dore is retiring from WSB after 30 years at the Atlanta ABC affiliate, Access Atlanta’s Rodney Ho reports.

“After the two winter storms and sleeping on an air mattress in a Channel 2 office, I realized it was time,” Dore said.

Dore, a general assignment reporter at WSB, joined the station in 1984. He was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years ago and has suffered recent health issues that have caused him to reevaluate his life, he told Ho. In reflecting on his career, Dore said he tries to “see the humanity in any story.”

“I treat everyone with respect. And I appreciate humor even in the worst situations,” he told Ho. “If you listen to what people are saying and appreciate the quirky moments, you can reveal what the truth is and how people really feel about a situation.”

WSB to Present Live Special on Bullying

being bulliedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will present a live special on bullying this Sunday. The special, “Being Bullied,” will be anchored by Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore.

“WSB-TV has seen the stories involving bullying increase and after researching the issue we have learned it’s a very complicated problem,” WSB general manager Tim McVay said in a statement. “We hope that this program can inspire and educate to help change the culture that allows bullying to persist.”

The station says the special will be “an interactive conversation with experts, victims of bullying and former bullies.” It will air Sunday at 7 p.m. and will also be streamed on the station’s website.

Daniel Wilkerson Joins WGCL From KTHV

daniel wilkersonDaniel Wilkerson is leaving KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock-Pine Bluff, for WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

“I’ll be making the move to Georgia and will be joining the CBS Atlanta news team. It’s a great opportunity,” Wilkerson wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made so many friends during my two years here. I love Little Rock and appreciate all of our THV 11 viewers, but I guess it’s time to make new memories and I know that will happen.”

Wilkerson is a multimedia journalist for KTHV’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts and a producer for the Saturday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Katie Brace Says Goodbye to WGCL

Katie Brace signed off from Atlanta’s WGCL Sunday night.

The Weekend anchor for the CBS affiliate told viewers she was headed to Boston, but didn’t say which station.

Brace started at WGCL in 2009. She has also worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, WMTW in Portland, ME, and WNDS (now WBIN) in New Hampshire.

WGCL in Atlanta Launches Rebrand

WGCL_rebrandAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has rebranded itself as CBS46.

The Meredith owned station launched its new look with a :10 weather promo today at noon. Viewers will see new graphics and a newly designed website. A set designed by FX Design Group will debut on tonight’s evening newscasts.

Trey Fabacher, VP and GM of WGCL said, “This Atlanta team has done a wonderful job making this transition happen.”

Atlanta Stations Fall For Bieber Protest Hoax

WGCL protestAll four Atlanta stations covered a fake protest over a potential Justin Bieber move to Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood Monday morning. The prank was organized by a local radio station that sent six of its interns to act as “protestors.”

Despite the fact that only a handful of people participated, the protest was covered extensively on the local stations’ morning newscasts. CBS affiliate WGCL, ABC affiliate WSB and Fox-owned WAGA all had reporters on the scene, and NBC affiliate WXIA had video from the protest during the morning newscast.

“We just think that Justin Bieber is a menace. He doesn’t really belong with the antics that he’s done  — egging people’s houses, drag racing, having drugs, being arrested. We just don’t need that in our neighborhood,” one protestor told WGCL’s Rebekka Schram.

The hoax was organized by “The Regular Guys,” a Rock 100.5 radio show that created a fake “Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition” Facebook page. According to host Larry Wachs, the prank was covered by 33 news outlets and generated more than 45,000 news stories.

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