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Two Reporters to Join Austin FOX Station

spinetto_saabElizabeth Saab and Nick Spinetto will join Austin FOX owned station KTBC next Wednesday.

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.

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Austin Station KAKW Names Hugo Chavez Montes Co-Anchor

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Austin Univision affiliate KAKW has named Hugo Chavez Montes as evening co-anchor, reports Gary Dinges in the Austin Statesman.

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.”

ND Greg Turchetta Leaving KEYE

KEYE_logoKEYE news director Greg Turchetta is leaving the Austin CBS affiliate, the Austin American-Statesman reports:

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 Stoll Says Goodbye to KXAN

natalie stollMeteorologist Natalie Stoll is signing off from KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. Stoll has worked for six years forecasting the weather and reporting environmental stories.

“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.

Former Intern Named Weekend Anchor at Austin FOX Station

paredez_cropped ktbcFOX owned Austin, TX, station KTBC has named Ashley Paredez weekend evening anchor.

“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 Launches Local Lifestyle Show

kxan_304x200Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is launching a locally produced lifestyle show this summer, Austin360 reports:

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.”

Longtime Austin Anchor Talks About Stepping Away from the Desk After 33 Years

judy maggio KEYE anchor Judy Maggio is retiring from the Austin CBS affiliate at the end of May.

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.”

Maciborski, sports director Bob Ballou and chief meteorologist Chikage Windler said there’s no shortage of things they’ll miss once Maggio departs next week.

“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

Hema Mullur to Join KEYE as Anchor

mullur keye croppedAustin CBS affiliate KEYE has announced Hema Mullur will join the station as co-anchor of the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“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.”

Maggio announced her retirement from KEYE in February.

Mullur currently works at KDVR in Denver where she is an anchor. She started her career at KWES in Midland, TX. She has also worked at KFOX in El Paso.

She joins Walt Maciborksi, Chikage Windler and Bob Ballou beginning June 16th.

KEYE Says Goodbye to Longtime Employee

williams keyeIt’s not often one of the people working behind the scenes gets a write up when they leave a station.

Austin American-Statesman media writer Gary Dinges reports Sousa Williams is leaving Austin CBS affiliate KEYE after 19 years.

“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.

Brian Collister Joins Austin’s KXAN

brian collisterBrian Collister is joining KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, as an investigative reporter.

Collister — who specializes in investigating fraud, corruption and government waste — most recently worked at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. Before that, he spent several years at WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Brian has earned a reputation throughout Texas and across the country as a powerful investigative reporter who gets results and holds powerful people accountable,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “Because KXAN News focuses on in-depth, investigative journalism, it’s crucial to have reporters like Brian on our team. He’s an expert at using our lawful right to access public information.  He knows who to talk to, where to get the answers viewers want.”

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