Cartwright arrives in Austin after a three-year stint at WSYR, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y.
Previous career stops have included Dallas, San Antonio and Washington, D.C. Combined, Cartwright has almost two decades in the TV news business, according to KEYE.
“I believe Rob’s proven track record and his ability to teach and lead will be a great advantage to KEYE’s news operation,” said Scott Livingston, vice president of news for Sinclair Broadcast Group, KEYE’s owner.
Saab comes to the station through the FOX ranks. She last worked for FOXNews.com.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with FOX at KTBC and am excited to move back to my home state,” Saab said in a statement.
Spinetto will work on Good Day Austin as a reporter. He last worked at WMUR in Manchester, NH.
“I look forward to joining the talented team of FOX 7 journalists,” Spinetto said. “Most of all, I’m counting the days until I can call Austin home – a fantastic place because of the culture, music, food and the people.”
Saab has also worked for Hermedia Group, LLC in New York, News Corp.’s The Daily, FiOS1 News in Rye Brook, NY, and NY1 News in New York. Spinetto started his career at KRHD in Bryan, TX. and has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, FL, and WSHM in Springfield, MA.
Montes will join Regina Rodriguez on KAKW’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts. He previously served as an anchor and reporter for Grupo Televisa:
“Hugo has an amazing depth of experience on an international level, and I’m pleased to welcome him to our news team,” said Luis Patino, vice president and general manager for Univision Television Group. “He will bring a fresh perspective to our news program and I believe that his broadcast style will resonate with viewers in Austin.”
At a staff meeting held this afternoon at the station, it was revealed that Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples, Fla., area. His final day on the job at KEYE is Aug. 8.
Turchetta arrived at the city’s CBS affiliate two years ago, after serving as assistant news director at the Fox station in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he’d worked at stations in Atlanta, Seattle and Jacksonville, Fla., among others.
“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity with more family-friendly hours, working as a communication specialist for LCRA,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role.”
“I’m lucky to have spent years forecasting Central Texas weather as part of a fantastic team at KXAN. I’ll miss my coworkers and our viewers, but I’m also looking forward to this next career challenge,” Stoll said.
“During Ashley’s tenure filling in on the weekend newscasts, it was clear she was the best choice to be our weekend anchor,” said VP and news director Pam Vaught in a statement. “She connects with our viewers and is always looking for stories that will have an impact on our community.”
Paredez interned at KTBC in 2008. Recently, she has been working as a reporter for the station. Before working at KTBC, she was a morning anchor, reporter and EP at KFDA in Amarillo, TX.
KXAN’s hour-long noon newscast will be cut to 30 minutes to make way for “Studio 512,” which has been slotted for 12:30 p.m. weekdays. An exact start date hasn’t been announced, but the station says it’ll be sometime in August.
“Central Texas has so much to offer its residents that it’s challenging to know all the incredible things to do out there,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KXAN and sister stations KBVO and KNVA. “This show will help with that. Watch this show and you will gain ideas on local things of interest and adventure.”
Maggio has worked on-air in Austin for 33 years. She told the Austin American-Statesman she declined a generous contract extension from KEYE to stay.
The American-Statesman profiled the longtime Austin anchor as she prepares to step down from the anchor chair and start a new chapter in her life.
“She’s been coming into people’s homes for 33 years. Think about all the lives she’s touched,” [Walt] Maciborski said. “It’s going to be weird without her. We’re a family. We’ll have a huge hole.”
“She’s such an amazing journalist,” Ballou said. “We’ve been through four different owners and she’s never lost her passion, her journalistic integrity. It’s inspiring to have someone who’s not afraid to stand up for what’s right. She is the lifeblood of this station.” Read more
“I am so excited to return to Texas and call KEYE and Austin home,” said Mullur in a statement. “Judy Maggio is certainly not an easy person to replace, and I hope to bring the same warmth and credibility that she has brought to Austin throughout her amazing career.”
It’s not often one of the people working behind the scenes gets a write up when they leave a station.
“Over the years she’s held a variety of roles, including 10 p.m. producer, executive producer, news operations manager and, most recently, new media manager overseeing the station’s website and social media accounts, among other things,” writes Dinges.
“There are so many unsung, hardworking journalists behind the scenes in a TV newsroom,” KEYE anchor Judy Maggio (pictured left) wrote on her facebook page. “I’ve worked side by side with Sousa Williams at 2 TV stations and she’s one of the best. We will miss you, Sousa. Happy Trails and enjoy your new adventure.”
Williams is heading to Connecticut to be with her girlfriend. Today is her last day.
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