Vann said she holds the title as the longest-running anchor of a news program in Baton Rouge. She has appeared on “2une In” for 17 years. Vann did not offer many details about the new endeavor, but said it would lead to “new and exciting, fun adventures.” Prompted by a co-anchor, Vann also admitted it would lead to at least some programming for other WBRZ shows.
“It has been my honor and privilege and a lot of joy to get your mornings going with news, important information and some laughter along the way,” Vann said during the segment. “But 17 years of getting up in the middle of the night is exhausting. It’s time to get a little more sleep and pack on some challenges I’ve always wanted.”
“Gonzales police say a former WBRZ reporter is accused of theft from a store in Ascension Parish. Adrian Pittman is accused of putting the value of returned merchandise onto a gift card while working at the store,” Sylvia Weatherspoon said on the newscast. “There may be additional charges as investigators review a number of transactions. Again, Pittman is no longer with WBRZ.”
Pittman joined WBRZ in May 2012.
Meredith is currently VP and GM of Raycom’s Memphis NBC affiliate WMC.
He will replace Sandy Breland, who was named GM of WVUE after Raycom started providing operational services to the New Orleans FOX affiliate. Breland is also regional VP with oversight of WVUE and WAFB as well as KSLA in Shreveport and KPLC in Lake Charles, LA.
“To be able to report for the premiere newsgathering operation in the world has been a dream ever since I covered my first story. I am honored and excited to be joining CNN and work with the best in our profession,” Flores said in a statement. “I look forward to being able to tell stories on a national level. I can’t wait to get started.”
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During his time at the CBS affiliate, Tumey was a feature reporter who hosted a regular segment called “Tumey’s Travels.” Over the course of his career, he received several awards on both the state and national level, including the Iris Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives.
“I always had the feeling that Allen would do his job for free,” WAFB anchor Donna Britt said. “There was such joy in his heart, and in his reporting. He had the unique ability to mine every situation for its charm, humor and beauty.”
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It is a return to WVLA for Burns, who began her career there as anchor of the morning news breaks in the mid-1990s. Most recently, she was the morning anchor at rival WAFB, the CBS-affiliate. She signed off last year to spend more time with her family.
Burns, a former Miss Louisiana, will sign on tomorrow as the station’s 5, 6:30 and 10 p.m. anchor.
“I’ve admired Jeanne and her work for years,” news director David D’Aquin said in a statement. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work with her. And I know Baton Rouge will be happy to see her back on the air.”
“I always knew this day would come, and I’m sad but I’m happy, too,” Donna Britt, Sells’ co-anchor, said during the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday. “George, the man who sat next to me for a quarter-century, is retiring at the end of this month.”
WAFB is preparing to start its mornings a little earlier. The Baton Rouge CBS-affiliate announced this week that it would soon launch an expanded block of morning news with a 4:30 a.m. start time.
Beginning September 12th, the station will air a half-hour “early edition” newscast, leading into its existing weekday local news programming from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m.
“Our viewers have made our morning newscast among the highest rated morning newscasts in the country,” WAFB news director Robb Hays boasted, in announcing the programming change. “As more and more people start their day earlier, we want to continue to be their choice for local interesting and informative morning news.”
Carlton Cremeens, a TV news icon in Baton Rouge, passed away last week from complications with diabetes. He was 89.
Cremeens spent 30 years as news director of WAFB, while also working as an anchor for the CBS-affiliate. He retired in 1990, and the then-mayor of Baton Rouge marked the occasion by proclaiming a “Carlton Cremeens Day” in his honor.
Before joining WAFB, Cremeens worked as a news director in Little Rock, AR, where he covered the desegregation of the city’s schools. While in Baton Rouge, he was known for breaking cultural barriers in TV news. As The Advocate points out, he put Baton Rouge’s first black TV reporter–Ansel Creary–and first female anchor–Mel Cafiero–on the air.
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