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Augusta Reporter Cited for Disorderly Conduct

Mike-MillerMike Miller, weekend  anchor and investigative reporter for Augusta, Ga. ABC affiliate WJBF was arrested Friday night.

The station reported the arrest on its website saying:

WJBF reporter and anchor, Mike Miller, has been cited by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for disorderly conduct.  The incident happened Friday evening at the Country Club.  Mike has been released on his own recognizance.

Augusta crime said Miller was arrested for “being intoxicated and grabbing a deputy’s taser.”

A quick check of TVEyes shows Miller, who has worked at WJBF since June 2012, didn’t anchor this weekend’s newscasts. TVSpy has asked Miller for comment. We will update when we hear back.

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McDonald’s Mom Who Left Child in Park Has Personal Info Leaked by WJBF

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According to a post on The Root, Debra Harrell, the South Carolina woman who was arrested after she left her daughter unattended at a park, has had her interrogation video and personal information posted by Augusta, Georgia ABC affiliate WJBF.

The station reportedly posted an unedited video of a police interview with Harrell, in which her personal information was revealed, including her address, phone number, and Social Security number:

The original posting of the video was an unedited version that included Harrell’s personal information, Jezebel reports. The video has since been redacted, but Harrell’s information was public for at least an hour.

Harrell’s attorney tells iMediaEthics they intend to sue the station: Read more

Can Simply Quoting ‘Facts Given by Police’ be Called ‘Reporting’?

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If you’ve got a police report, you’ve got a story, right? Sometimes. Other times, you’ve simply got half the story.

CJR raises the question of whether it’s really “reporting” when you simply quote police, in a post about a WJBF story by reporter Deon Guillory:

“The coverage is a prime example of the kind of quick-hit TV reporting that leans heavily on one version of events—often the official version provided by authorities—but does little in the way of offering additional perspective. There’s a mug shot. There’s a police report. There are “facts given by the police.” An ominous graphic featuring the silhouette of a very young girl and the text, “Aiken County child neglected” flashes on screen as anchor Brad Means kicks the story to Guillory with “details of this investigation.”

But in this case, the story wasn’t so much the “child neglected”, but a debate over whether a mother letting her 9-year-old go the park unsupervised was perfectly acceptable, or reason to handcuff and jail the child’s mother. As Lenore Skenazy argues at Reason, the news coverage was entirely one-sided: Read more

WJBF Adds Julie Parise to Morning Show

parise_wjbfJulie Parise has joined Augusta ABC affiliate WJBF as a reporter for “Good Morning Augusta.”

The station welcomed her on its facebook page, “We want to welcome Julie Parise as the newest member of the Good Morning Augusta team. Join us in welcoming Julie to the CSRA!”

Parise comes to WJBF from CBSNewYork.com where she had been the features editor.

Archith Seshadri Signs Off From WJBF

After three years at WJBF in Augusta, Archith Seshadri is leaving the station to join WJZY-WMYT in Charlotte.

Seshadri joined WJBF in 2010 as a digital journalist and fill-in anchor. He became the station’s weekend morning anchor in 2012.

“It’s gone by fast, and it certainly is bittersweet. I certainly will miss everybody,” Seshadri said on his last newscast (video above). “Thank you for letting me be part of this community, embracing me. I’m so grateful.”

Man Calls WJBF, Threatens Reporter

wjbf logoA caller to Augusta ABC affiliate WJBF threatened reporter Michael Miller he would be “blasted in the face with a shotgun,” The Augusta Chronicle reports.

Police were notified Tuesday afternoon after the call, according to the Chronicle. The caller subsequently called back and threatened to kill everyone in the studio. According to the Chronicle, Miller told police he had just finished a report about scams on prepaid debit and credit cards. [h/t NewsBlues]

Ashley Bridges to Anchor Weekends at WJBF

Ashley Bridges has been promoted to weekend evening anchor for Augusta, GA, ABC affiliate WJBF.

Before coming to WJBF in August 2012, she was a booker and field producer for ABC’s “20/20″ and “Good Morning America.”

In addition to anchoring the 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. weekend shows, Bridges will continue to report and act as South Carolina bureau chief during the week.

Reporter Brett Buffington Joins WIS

Brett Buffington has been hired as an investigative reporter at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Buffington was most recently a reporter and multimedia journalist at WJBF, the ABC Affiliate in Augusta. He was nominated for an Emmy for investigative reporting during his two-year tenure at the station. He has also worked at WJXT, the independent station in Jacksonville, Fla.

Buffington begins at WIS on April 24.

WFXG General Manager Barry Barth to Retire

WFXG vice president and general manager Barry Barth will retire at the end of the year after more than 50 years in the television business.

Barth has been VP-GM of WFXG, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Augusta, since 2003. He has also worked as VP-GM of KREM in Spokane and KGPE in Fresno. He began his career as a switchboard operator and runner at WNDU in South Bend when he was 15. His son, Kevin Barth, is the vice president and director of sales at WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City.

“Barry has worked tirelessly on behalf of Raycom and for the people of the Greater Augusta Area,” Leon Long, Raycom’s senior vice president of television, said in a statement. “We wish him well as he begins the next chapter in his life.”  Read more

Morning Anchor Lynnsey Gardner Leaving WRDW

WRDW morning anchor Lynnsey Gardner is leaving after six years with the Augusta CBS-affiliate. Her final day is set for May 25.

Jessica Dill, who joined the WRDW morning team two months ago, will replace Gardner at the anchor desk, alongside meteorologist Tim Strong.

“Becoming the new morning anchor in two weeks is very bittersweet,” Dill wrote on her Facebook page this week. “I’ve grown so close to Lynnsey Gardner over the past few months and I can’t imagine work without her. I’m very honored to take her place and I realize I have some big shoes to fill!”

In an email exchange with TVSpy about her next career move, Gardner said that she is currently “entertaining some possibilities and deciding on the right fit.” Read more

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