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KTVT Names New Evening Anchor

Yesterday, longtime KTVT evening anchor Karen Borta told the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift. Today, the CBS owned Dallas station says Borta’s replacement will be Kaley O’Kelley.

The station said O’Kelley will join Doug Dunbar at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. starting in late January.

O’Kelley comes from KTVK in Phoenix where she has been a morning news anchor and reporter since 2009. Before KTVK, she worked at KNXV in Phoenix. She’s also worked in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Yuma, Ariz.

“Kaley has the rare ability to connect with just about everyone,” said VP of news Mike Garber.Viewers will immediately sense her passion for the community, her strong journalistic skills and her enthusiasm for delivering the news. She has some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that the Dallas-Fort Worth community will soon embrace Kaley and her unique style.”

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Longtime Dallas Anchor Gets Choked Up Telling Newsroom She’s Moving to Mornings

Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at Dallas CBS owned station KTVT since she started at the station in 1995. Today, she told her colleagues in the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift.

While talking about the January 12 move, Borta got choked up in an unironic, genuine sort of way while talking about being able to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to love, love, love, being able to go home at 11:30 and to be that mom who can pick up kids, and go to games, and have dinner with my family.” She said before the tears started to come. She added, “I’m going to suck up every minute that I can with my family while I have those years left.”

Katy Blakey Named Weekend Morning Anchor at KXAS

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Katy Blakey is joining KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth, as weekend morning anchor. For the past three years, Blakey has worked at KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. In October 2012 she was promoted from general assignment reporter to weekend morning anchor.

Blakey replaces Lindsay Wilcox, who left KXAS last summer after having her third child. Blakey announced the news of her new gig on Facebook and Twitter last Monday.

Blakey starts her new position at KXAS on January 5.

When Sweeps and Shopping Collide

WFAAZalesDallas ABC affiliate WFAA ran an exclusive Tuesday night about the second Dallas nurse to contract and survive Ebola. You may remember Amber Vinson as the nurse who flew to Cleveland before her symptoms presented themselves.

Turns out while she was fighting the virus, crews were sanitizing her apartment and ended up throwing away many of her belongings. One of the things they chucked was her engagement ring. If you looked closely at WFAA’s exclusive 5:00 p.m. interview, you’d see it was conducted inside a jewelery store.

Which leads us to the interview, part two. At 10:00 p.m., Dallas-based mall jeweler Zales entered the story by giving Vinson a replacement ring from their store. Suddenly Vinson, WFAA and Zales found themselves standing at the intersection of the Holiday shopping season and Sweeps. Read more

KTVT Adds Reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul

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KTVT, the CBS-owned station in Dallas, has added reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul to its news team.

Roxas spent the past two years at Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV. Jeff Paul’s last name is actually Skrzypek, but he’s changing it to Paul (something simpler and easier to pronounce) for his new job.

Paul spent the past three years as Jeff Skrzypek at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. KTVT director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed both new hires to Uncle Barky’s Bytes yesterday.

Roxas starts on December 8 and Paul starts on December 15.

Traffic Reporter Whitney Drolen Out at KTVT

whitneydrolenWhitney Drolen, early morning traffic reporter at KTVT in Dallas, resigned from the CBS-owned station on Friday.

“I’m always grateful for the opportunities I have been given,” Drolen told Uncle Barky’s Bytes. “However, I’m really looking forward to the next chapter. A chapter that I feel will be much more healthy for me emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally.”

Before joining KTVT in the summer of 2012, Drolen worked at CBS-owned KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles.

Lori Conrad, director of communications at KTVT, explained to Uncle Barky’s Bytes that Drolen “told us that she has decided to leave the (TV) business.”

There’s no word yet on who will replace her.

WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

Dallas’ KTVT Hires Gilma Avalos as Anchor

Gilma+AvalosSouth Florida reporter Gilma Avalos, who has been working at NBC-owned WTVJ in Miami, will join CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas as a weekend morning anchor.

Avalos made the announcement on Facebook:

Big News! After 3 great years in South Florida, I’m heading to the Lone Star State for an exciting opportunity! I’ll be joining the CBS11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth as an anchor and reporter.

Thank you for your trust and support. I am so lucky to have worked in my hometown alongside very kind and talented colleagues. This isn’t goodbye, I’ll be visiting often! Hope you’ll follow me on my journey.

Lisa Villegas Named KTVT Morning Meteorologist

villegasLisa Villegas has been named morning meteorologist for KTVT.

Villegas comes to the CBS owned station from Rio Grande Valley ABC affiliate KRGV.

She wrote on her facebook page, “You are looking at the newest MORNING METEOROLOGIST for KTVT – CBS Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth!!!!!! I’ll be a part of a NEW weekend morning show and will add as a second morning meteorologist during the work week.”

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark, who first reported the move said “Villegas’ arrival means that CBS11 no longer will be the only D-FW station without a woman on their weather team. NBC5 has three while Fox4 and Gannett8 each have two.”

Dallas Sports Anchor Max Morgan Dies

Max Morgan, the KDFW sports anchor who was admitted to a Dallas area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure, has died.

UPDATE: KDFW VP & GM Kathy Saunders issued a statement about Morgan’s death. “Max was an important member of the FOX 4 Sports and News family.  The teams he covered and the audience he served treasured his enthusiasm, energy and signature sign-on, “Hello, Dallas-Fort Worth. . . let’s talk sports!  He loved his job and our viewers knew it.  Max will be greatly missed by all of us at KDFW and all of North Texas.  The “talk” will never be quite the same.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station said Morgan started every sportscast by saying, “Hello Dallas-Fort Worth. Let’s talk sports,” along with “a smile and a magnificent baritone voice.”

For nearly 21 years Morgan was there to cover it all for Channel 4 – two Cowboys Super Bowl wins, a Stars Stanley Cup, a Mavericks title and two trips to the World Series by the Rangers.

Morgan had been off the air recently and was admitted last week to a Dallas-area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure.

Morgan joined KDFW in 1993, but from the time Morgan could talk – he was talking sports. Read more

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