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Randy Reeves Named KOMU News Director

Reeves, RandyRandy Reeves has been promoted to news director at Columbia, MO, NBC affiliate KOMU.

Reeves will replace Stacey Woelfel, who was named director of the Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism last week. Reeves takes over September 1.

“Randy’s years of experience working in KOMU’s unique environment, along with his excellent sense of news and interpersonal communication skills, make him the natural choice for the position,” said Dean Mills, dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, in a statement. “I am confident he will continue Stacey’s good work, not only in teaching the hundreds of students that pass through the doors of KOMU, but in providing top-notch news coverage for Mid-Missourians as well.”

Reeves, who is currently an executive producer, has worked at KOMU since 2003.

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KOMU News Director Stacey Woelfel to Lead MU Documentary Journalism Program

MUJournalismAfter 24 years as the news director of KOMU, Stacey Woelfel is taking on a new role as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

KOMU, which is owned by the university, is the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Woelfel, who is also an alumnus of the Missouri School of Journalism, will step down as news director on September 1, 2014.

Related, TVNewser: Top TV Journalism School Adds Documentary Program

“I’m delighted that Stacey, who has already done so much for the School of Journalism with his superb leadership of KOMU-TV’s unique news operation, has agreed to take on this new challenge,” Dean Mills, the dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, said in a statement. “He’s a superb teacher and manager, and he has a deep commitment to documentary journalism.”

The Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center was created with a $6.7 million gift from Jonathan Murray, a documentary journalist and reality television producer.

KOMU Studios Evacuated During Snowstorm

KOMU, the NBC affiliate for Columbia, MO, was evacuated Sunday because of fears the broadcast tower might fall during the latest storm to hit the area.

Engineers, concerned by high winds along with a build-up of heavy snow on the tower, ordered the evacuation of the station just before 10:00 a.m.

Shortly after Noon, the station tweeted the all-clear saying, “We are happy to report KOMU has been given the all-clear and we are all safely back in the building.” Viewers saw no interruption on-air. The station was airing network programming during the evacuation. Read more

Brittany Pieper Joins KOMU From KSLA

Brittany Pieper is the new evening co-anchor at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Beginning March 4, Pieper will co-anchor with Angie Bailey for the 5 p.m. newscast and with Jim Riek for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She and Riek will also anchor the 9 p.m. newscast on KOMU’s CW-affiliated digital subchannel.

Pieper comes from Shreveport, La., where she is an anchor and reporter covering education at KSLA. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her career as a student reporter and anchor at KOMU.

“We knew Brittany to be a terrific journalist when she worked with us before. So when the opportunity came to bring her back to work with us again, I jumped at the chance,” news director Stacey Woelfel said in a statement. “She has all the skills Mid-Missouri wants in a news anchor –intelligence, a passion for news and the ability to communicate in a way people will love.”

Third Time’s a Charm: KMIZ Struggles with Super Bowl Text Update

KMIZ, the ABC affiliate for Columbia, MO, needed three chances to correctly update its viewers on the final score for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The first text got the San Francisco 49ers name wrong, calling them the 46ers.

The second text (pictured) had the Niners winning the Super Bowl.

The third text said, “ABC 17 CORRECTION: After a few mistakes on our part – it was the Ravens over the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. Apologies. You can see a screengrab of the texts after the jump.

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Weathercasters Dave Schmidt and Rosie Newberry Get New Roles at KOMU

Weathercasters Rosie Newberry and Dave Schmidt are getting new jobs at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Schmidt, who currently handles weather reports at noon and 5 p.m., will slide to the evening newscasts, replacing Michelle Bogowith, who recently left KOMU for WDAF in Kansas City. News director Stacey Woelfel tells TVSpy Schmidt will appear at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at noon, 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday.

Rosie Newberry has joined the station full-time, replacing Schmidt as the noon and 5 p.m. weathercaster Monday through Thursday. Newberry will also appear on Sundays at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.  [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Former KVOA, KMIZ Reporter Savannah Guthrie Named ‘Today’ Co-Host

NBC made it official today: Savannah Guthrie has been named co-host of the “Today” show, one day after Ann Curry ended her year-long tenure as Matt Lauer‘s sidekick.

Guthrie, a native of Tucson, spent the early part of her career moving up the local market ladder.  She worked as a reporter at KMIZ in Columbia, MO and later at KVOA in Tucson, before attending law school.

“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout,” “Today” executive producer Jim Bell said.  “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm.”  Read more at TVNewser

Morning Anchor David Earl Makes His WMAZ Debut

David Earl has joined WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, as morning and midday anchor.

Earl is a Chicago-area native who has spent the last two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. He began today as anchor of the morning and noon newscasts, and he will also serve as a multimedia journalist for WMAZ.

“Everyone has been really, really nice, very friendly. I’m not used to people asking questions about me. We’re kind of brisk up in Chicago,” Earl joked during his introduction on Friday’s evening newscast. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Read more

After Four Years at KOMU, Blake Hanson Joins WDSU

Blake Hanson has joined WDSU, the NBC-affiliate in New Orleans.

Hanson comes from KOMU in Columbia, MO, where he has been a reporter, morning fill-in anchor and producer since 2008. During his time in Columbia, he also reported for Newsy.com and several local radio stations.

Hanson will be a reporter for WDSU’s morning newscast. His first day at the station is today.

Kermit Miller Celebrates 30th Anniversary at KRCG

KRCG anchor-reporter Kermit Miller is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the Columbia-Jefferson City CBS-affiliate.

“I am in the very enviable position of my job being my creative outlet,” Miller said in a tribute piece that aired yesterday (watch above). “And being in the field is where that outlet really is for me.”

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