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WCIA Anchor Dave Benton’s Cancer Treatment May Have Added Months to His Life

Benton_1It’s been three months since anchor Dave Benton told viewers of Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate WCIA that brain cancer had returned, and the diagnosis was grim–he had only a matter of months. In an interview Wednesday with WUIS radio, Benton said treatment has been exhausting, but his doctors believe it has added a few months:

“I’ve been fortunate not to have a lot of side effects so far,” he said. “I sleep a lot the week of treatment (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays every other week.) By that Thursday or Friday, I’m exhausted. I sleep all weekend long, and I kind of bounce back. What I appreciate is that I see a lot of people getting treatment when I’m getting my treatment, and some of them are facing challenges I can’t imagine.”

Benton said he plans to keep working as long as he can, because that’s just what feels right for him–and the people who’ve been in touch to say he’s encouraged them to talk about their own battles with cancer:

“I’ve (heard from) some people that it’s helped them tell their side, and the situation that they’re facing,” he said. “It has helped them to be more positive and to look forward and be grateful for the good things we have at this moment.”

WNCT Adds Two Meteorologists

FIRST ALERT TEAM PHOTOWNCT has added two meteorologists to its weather team.

Candice Boling (second from left) is the weekend meteorologist at the Greenville, N.C. CBS affiliate. She comes from WNKY in Bowling Green, Ky.

Pierce Legeion (far left) also joins WNCT as a reporter and meteorologist. He last worked at WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V.

The pair join chief meteorologist Jerry Jackson, morning meteorologist Dontae Jones and meteorologist David Sawyer.

Two Tampa Stations Among Four Local TV Investigations Honored With duPont Awards

4038v2239Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians:

The reporters searched through records, spoke with family members and confronted some of the guardians with clear evidence of their misdeeds. As a result, this summer a new guardianship reform bill led to legislative changes to help protect others.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers:” Read more

Longtime Anchor/Reporter Mary Robb Jackson Retiring from KDKA

MaryRobbJackson1Veteran journalist Mary Robb Jackson has announced her retirement from TV news.

Jackson has worked at Pittsburgh CBS owned station KDKA for 34 years, first as a general assignment reporter and later as a weekend anchor, field reporter and host of “Evening Magazine.” Jackson began her career in the 1970s as part of the WIIC (now WPXI) studio crew. She later transitioned to on-camera work as host of a 6:30 a.m. talk show.

Jackson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she has a long list of things she’d like to accomplish upon her retirement. “I would love to mentor kids, working with them to fall in love with reading. … I’d also like to play the ukulele and I would love to learn to speak Italian,” she said.

“But I will miss everyone,” she added. “This has been the best ride of my life.”

Jackson’s last day at KDKA is December 31.

At WISN, Holiday Sweaters and a Tearful Farewell for Marianne Lyles

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Morning anchor Marianne Lyles made her final appearance on Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, and her sendoff was quite festive, with Lyles and fellow anchors wearing some pretty amazing holiday sweaters.

Lyles will be joining Indianapolis station WTTV, which picks up CBS affiliation in January. Lyles will be a morning and midday anchor for the station.

Chris Wragge Posts Eye Surgery Recovery Pic

wragge eye injuryIf you’ve been wondering where WCBS morning anchor Chris Wragge has been, he showed and told everyone where’s he’s been on social media.

“Injury update! As you can see, no filter can make this look any better than it is,” wrote Wragge on both facebook and instagram. “Surgery was a complete success, the recovery is taking a little longer than DR’s expected. Be back @cbs2newsthismorning as soon as I can.”

In an earlier post, the anchor for the New York CBS owned station said he had surgery on his right eye muscle. Through a spokesperson, he told TVSpy he had the surgery because he was “experiencing double vision, eye fatigue and general discomfort.” He added, his recovery is taking longer than expected, but he feels good.

Courtney Kabot Joins WGME as Morning Anchor/Reporter

WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, has named Courtney Kabot reporter and co-anchor of “Good Day Maine.” Kabot will join Jana Barnello, Jeff Peterson and meteorologist Craig Miller at the anchor desk, weekdays from 4:30-7:00 a.m.

Kabot previously worked at NBC affiliate WPTZ in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she was the morning anchor and health reporter.

Kabot made her “Good Day Maine” debut yesterday.

Meteorologist John Dissauer Leaving Colorado Springs for Indianapolis

3e3c6f6Meteorologist John Dissauer is leaving NBC affiliate KOAA in Colorado Springs for soon-to-be CBS affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis.

Dissauer announced the news on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

BREAKING NEWS: Excited to announce I will be the weekend evening meteorologist for the new CBS 4 in Indianapolis. Newscasts begin January 1. After 15 years away from the Hoosier state I’m moving back home.

Prior to joining KOAA, Dissauer worked as a digital marketing product analyst at Scottrade, and formed his own meteorological consulting company called Sky Strategies LLC. His last meteorologist position before KOAA was at Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN in 2011.

Veteran WPRI Reporter Sean Daly Retiring

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After 30 years in the Providence market, veteran reporter Sean Daly is retiring from CBS affiliate WPRI. His last day at the station is December 31.

Daly began his career at Rhode Island ABC affiliate WLNE, where he worked as a reporter from 1981 to 1999. After a brief foray to Chicago in 1993, he returned to the Ocean State and joined WPRI in 2002, where he’s worked ever since.

“Throughout his career, Sean has been dedicated to being accurate and memorable. He has an ability to tell a compelling story, with context and perspective,” WPRI news director Karen Rezendes said. “Both viewers and Sean’s co-workers will miss his wit, wisdom, and commitment to local journalism.”

Daly told the Providence Journal that his immediate plans are to “chill and decompress.“ After that, he would be open to jobs in government or academia.

“Whatever might bubble up,” Daly said.

Kris Gutierrez Out as WBBM Morning Anchor

Kris-GutierrezChicago media writer Robert Feder reports Kris Gutierrez, morning anchor at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, is leaving the station. Gutierrez has been at WBBM since 2012, anchoring most recently alongside Erin Kennedy. Of the departure, a CBS spokesperson told Feder simply “we wish him well.”

Gutierrez is moving back to Texas, where he was a Dallas-based correspondent for Fox News before joining CBS 2 in March 2012. Gutierrez did not respond to a request for comment.

His hiring here culminated an eight-month search to replace Steve Bartelstein, who left as morning news anchor in July 2011. It took the station a full year to hire Kennedy as successor to Susan Carlson, who exited in May 2013.

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