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Anchor Stephanie Maxwell Joins WSOC

Stephanie-MaxwellCharlotte ABC affiliate WSOC has hired Stephanie Maxwell as an anchor/reporter. Maxwell will co-anchor the station’s morning newscasts alongside Allison Latos.

For the last 5 years, Stephanie has been the primary evening anchor at WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to that, she was a news anchor and reporter in Greenville, S.C. and New Bern, N.C., and she is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She’s very excited to be coming back to the Carolinas.

“Stephanie is a hard working journalist with proven capabilities,” says Julie Szulczewski, News Director for WSOC/WAXN TV. VP and General Manager Joe Pomilla added “Stephanie’s enthusiasm is contagious. She will be a great addition to our morning team.”

Maxwell starts at WSOC in January.

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Charlotte Reporter Looks at Why Politicians Use Local News Clips in Campaign Ads


After his news reports appeared in ads for North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis (R) and incumbent Kay Hagan (D), WCNC reporter Stuart Watson said he got tired of having people ask him if he “approved this message.” He asked a local expert about the practice of using news clips from local TV stations without permission.

Turns out, no permission is needed. But a local expert told the reporter for the Charlotte, N.C. NBC affiliate, the candidates are trying to bask in the reflected glow of a local station’s credibility.

So why DO campaigns use news clips? Why don’t they just hire better looking actors?

“It is an attempt to lend some credibility to the accusations the candidates and their campaigns are trying to make,” said Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer.

Does the deluge of TV ads even make a difference?

“I think for the average voter it’s probably just a wash,” Bitzer said. “They have already muted that particular ad.”

Strike Two You’re Out: Charlotte Judge Bans Cameras in Courtroom After Latest Lapse

cameras in courtroomCameras have been banned from courtrooms in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse after news photogs from Charlotte TV stations violated courtroom camera protocol for the second time in five months.

In May, Superior Court Judge Richard Boner met with the news directors of the Charlotte TV stations to go over courtroom rules after a TV news photog tweeted out a cellphone photo during a trial.

The Charlotte Observer reports, the latest incident happened when the City Attorney was recorded in a hallway after leaving a hearing.

Charles Keller Jr., community access administrator for the courthouse, notified Charlotte media outlets Tuesday that any requests for photography inside the courthouse will be summarily denied until further notice because of a violation Friday, when news cameras from five TV stations and the Observer filmed in the hallway.

City Attorney Bob Hagemann was filmed when he walked out of Judge Robert Ervin’s courtroom after a hearing about the regional airport commission. A group of reporters and photographers were gathered in the hallway and asked for an interview, Hagemann said.

“I didn’t give it a thought,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of the rule.”

But since 1992, the judicial district has banned photography in hallways and other public spaces in the courthouse unless permission is specifically given. In May, an NBC Charlotte journalist shot a cellphone picture and Tweeted it to followers outside the courtroom where Carolina Panther Greg Hardy had just appeared on a domestic-abuse charge. Read more

Matt King Named WCNC News Director

matt king wxiaMatt King has been named news director at Gannett’s Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC.

King comes to Charlotte from WXIA in Atlanta where he was assistant news director. He has also worked at Gannett’s WUSA in Washington, D.C. and WTSP in Tampa.

He replaces Corrie Harding who left for NBC News in February.

Charlotte ND Returning to Houston, WWOR Station Manager to Help Out in Interim

wjzy-wmyt logo_304x200WJZY-WMYT news director Geoff Roth has announced he’s leaving the Charlotte FOX owned station and going back to KRIV in Houston.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor will help out the newsroom while the station looks for a news director. Doctor will continue in her role as station manager of the New Jersey MyTV affiliate.

Roth came to Charlotte from FOX owned KRIV when FOX took over the Charlotte station in 2013. He is going back in the newly created position of managing editor.

He’s been news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, Calif., WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla., KSWB in San Diego, Calif., KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WRIC in Richmond, Va.

Mother of Murder Suspect Attacks Charlotte News Crews

Reporters and photographers gathered for the first appearance in court of a murder suspect Monday were attacked by the mother of the suspect. WBTV reporter Steve Ohnesorge tweeted a photo of his face, with a bloody injury beneath his eye: Read more

Reporter Explores the Curative Properties of Smelling Farts

Last week, WJZY reporter Jon Dick took a look at a study that claims smelling farts can cure cancer.

During the story, the reporter for the FOX owned station in Charlotte, NC, faux farted into a wine glass then smelled it.

“I think this might be…” Dick wrote on his facebook page. “The best thing I’ve ever done.”

While TVSpy likes a fart joke as much as the next blogger, We want to know what you think. Watch the story, then post your response on our facebook page.

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Charlotte Anchors Bare It All on Camera to Make a Point

WJZY anchor Barbara Lash took it all off for the cameras Monday night.

The Charlotte FOX owned station aired a newsroom discussion on whether it was OK for women to go without make up. The talk was inspired by Colbie Caillat‘s song “Try” featuring the lyrics, “Take your makeup off/ Let your hair down/ Take a breath/ Look into the mirror at yourself/ Don’t you like you?/ Cause I like you,”

Joined by chief meteorologist Rob Eicher, Lash removed her make up telling viewers the whole point was to see if she had the courage to do so. She wrote about it on the station website.

In the mornings I do; especially when I’m taking my daughter to daycare, my face is bare. But one day I had on a Fox46 shirt and one of my daughter’s teachers asked about what I do for a living. Eventually she said, “Oh! You’re the lady I saw on the news the other night!?!” Instantly, I felt like makeup was a necessity.

This video challenged me to consciously “try” to be me, naturally. Doing it on air, even for part of the show….let’s just say….I’ve learned self-acceptance is sometimes a choice.

Blake Hanson Joins WSOC From WDSU

After two years at WDSU, Blake Hanson is leaving New Orleans for Charlotte. He announced the news on Twitter:

Hanson is a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast at WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

Page Crawford Signs Off From WNCN

After seven years at WNCN, Page Crawford signed off from the Goldsboro, N.C. NBC affiliate this morning. Crawford said she is heading to Charlotte, where she will anchor mornings at Fox’s WJZY-WMYT.

“It’s a wonderful place. I’m going to miss you all,” Crawford said. “And I really want to say thank you too to all of our viewers, all of you who watch, because it really is a privilege to come into your homes every day.” Watch:

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