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Brendan Keefe to Leave WCPO for WXIA and Gannett Teaching Gig

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WCPO investigative reporter Brendan Keefe will leave Cincinnati in the fall to join Gannett-owned WXIA in Atlanta as chief investigative reporter. Keefe will also serve as a corporate trainer for the Gannett stations group. “It’s always sad to leave friends, and there are certainly mixed emotions as we prepare to say goodbye to Cincinnati, Scripps, and WCPO after seven great years,” Keefe wrote in a post on Facebook.

Here’s the full announcement:

“As part of 11Alive’s ongoing mission to hold the powerful accountable and make Metro Atlanta a better place to live, we have hired one of the most awarded and talked about investigative reporters in the country. Brendan Keefe, winner of the 2014 National Murrow Award for best Investigative Journalism, is 11Alive’s new Chief Investigative Reporter. Brendan has received two regional Murrow Awards, 38 Emmy Awards, Numerous Associated Press Awards all for Investigative and in-depth reporting. He has been embedded with our military during the Iraq War, covered Presidential campaigns, chronicled the aftermath of 9/11, documented hurricanes and exposed injustice and wrong doing of politicians and those in power.  Read more

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‘A Very Dark Place,’ Cincinnati Meteorologist Describes Former Station

Handley_wcpoLarry Handley, the WCPO meteorologist who left the station Friday, told fellow staffers in his goodbye email he was not happy at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate.

“Recently, Channel 9 has become a very dark place for me,” Handley wrote in the email. “Nearly every day was heavy and bleak and that is no way to spend so many hours week after week.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter who first posted the email, reports Handley left after his contract had not been renewed after 15 years at the station.

His exit, coupled with the departure of meteorologist Sarah Walters earlier this month, means Channel 9 has lost half of its weather staff during the July ratings “sweeps” while looking to replace main news co-anchor Clyde Gray, who retires in August.

Handley could not be reached for comment. General manager Jeff Brogan said Channel 9 doesn’t comment on personnel matters, and added: “We appreciate Larry’s time spent at WCPO and wish him the very best.”

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Larry Handley Reportedly Out at WCPO

Handley_wcpoJohn Kiesewetter, media writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Meteorologist Larry Handley is no longer with Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

Handley worked this morning’s show, but was replaced by Sherry Hughes at 7:25 a.m. for the cut-ins during Good Morning America. His bio has been removed from the station website and his twitter page has been taken down.

Handley has worked at WCPO since April 1999. He has also worked at three stations in Florida, WFTV in Orlando, WPTV in West Palm Beach and WCJB in Gainesville.

TVSpy hasn’t received confirmation yet from WCPO.

Longtime Cincinnati Anchor Retiring

clyde gray wcpoClyde Gray, longtime Cincinnati anchor, has announced his retirement from ABC affiliate WCPO.

Gray started at WCPO in September 1990. According to his bio, he’s worked at four stations in three cities including Winston-Salem, NC, where he started his career.

““When I started in broadcasting 37 years ago, I set certain goals for myself which, through my relationship with WCPO, have all come to fruition,” Gray said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “Over the last several years, I have felt a strong tug to reinvent myself, to refresh myself and to take my life in a new direction, which includes more time with my wife and three children.”

Gray looks forward to exploring opportunities in media relations, executive coaching and crisis management. “I am excited about opportunities to continue to serve the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area by lending my experience to its many fine business and governmental institutions. I am putting the finishing touches on my future plans,” said Gray.

The station also announced the move on its facebook page saying, “We’ll miss him, and we know you will, too.”

Meteorologist Catherine Bodak Joins WXIX

catherine bodakMeteorologist Catherine Bodak is joining WXIX, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Cincinnati. Beginning next month, she will appear on the morning newscasts.

Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.

“We’re excited to add a meteorologist of such superb caliber to the FOX19 team,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Catherine is smart, personable, and knows what people want from the forecast. She also has plenty of experience forecasting severe weather. She’s the perfect fit for the Storm Tracker team.”

WXIX Adds Reporter, Hires EP from Rival Station

WXIX_304Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX has announced the hiring of executive producer Robin Tyndall and morning reporter Megan O’Rourke.

“As our competitors know, we’re busy making key upgrades to our newsroom,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “These additions bring home-grown talent and experience to FOX19 News and that will benefit Tri-State viewers.”

Tyndall worked for 23 years at what the press release vaguely calls a competing station though her Linkedin profile lists ABC affiliate WCPO as the last place she’s worked. Tyndall once worked with current WXIX news director Kevin Roach at WCPO.

O’Rourke comes to WXIX from WDTN in Dayton where she is a weekend anchor. She worked with Roach while he was ND at WDTN. She starts in July while Tyndall has already started at WXIX.

Former WCPO Reporter Known For Hostage Interview Dies

Elaine Green Hoskins interviewElaine Green, a former reporter at WCPO who won a Peabody Award for an interview she conducted while being held hostage inside the Cincinnati ABC affiliate’s building, died Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Green and several other WCPO employees were held at gunpoint in the WCPO newsroom for more than an hour by James Hoskins in 1980. While she was captive, Green interview Hoskins, who admitted he had just killed his girlfriend. The Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter recalls talking with Green about the incident:

I interviewed Green several times about that night. She called it “bone-chilling.” She was a very classy, old-school journalist who didn’t seek fame or fortune from her brush with death.

On the 25th anniversary in 2005 she told me: “I still get chills. It’s a terrifying thing. You don’t know what you’re going to say or do that might set him off. … We all survived because nobody did anything stupid. Everybody stayed calm and nobody panicked.”

Watch video of the interview, via WCPO, after the jump. Read more

Cincinnati Fox Affiliate Debuts New Set

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Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX today unveiled a new set designed by FX Design Group.

The set has a color-changing LED display and multiple high quality monitors. For weather reporting, there are five working weather positions.

“FOX19 wanted a contemporary and versatile set,” FX set designer Stephen Ricker said in a statement. “We used the LED curtains to give them the ability to change color, morph the look and add motion within the many background opportunities.”

‘Light Pop’ Scares Cincinnati Weatherman

Cincinnati meteorologist Frank Marzullo had his morning forecast interrupted by an exploding light.

While the meteorologist for FOX affiliate WXIX may have escaped physical injury, he was taunted by his fellow anchors after his on-air reaction.

“At least you handled it well,” said anchor Rob Williams. “The thing is, it popped, he yelled, and then he grabbed his heart. Thank you. Thank you.”

Marzullo then took a deep breath and continued with his forecast.

Chris Riva Joins WCPO as Morning Anchor

Chris Riva _wcpoCincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO announced the addition of Chris Riva as co-anchor of “Good Morning Tri-State.”

“We conducted a national search for the right person, and Chris was the perfect fit for the team,” Jeff Brogan, WCPO VP and GM said in a statement. “He was born and raised here and understands the significance of this in telling a community story.”

Riva comes to WCPO from KCRA in Sacramento, CA. He has also worked in Denver, Green Bay, WI, and Dayton, OH.

He begins co-anchoring with Kathrine Nero on April 21.

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