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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.’”

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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

Mere Months into Retirement, Former Dallas Meteorologist Injured in Crash

Picture 3Ron Jackson, who retired in February after 32 years as meteorologist at Fox owned KDFW in Dallas, was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle accident Friday night. He remains hospitalized this morning, reports The Dallas Morning News:

Jackson was injured after he lost control of the scooter he was riding near the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Kingswood Drive in Cedar Hill, the station reported.

Jackson lives in Cedar Hill, according to his biography on the station’s website.

Jackson, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a local hospital.

KDFW Sports Anchor Max Morgan Hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure

Picture 2Max Morgan, weekend sports anchor at Fox owned Dallas station KDFW remains hospitalized this morning after he was admitted to Methodist Richardson Medical Center Wednesday, suffering from congestive heart failure.

The station reports Morgan’s wife, Marla, says she appreciates all the support and prayers she’s received from viewers, and added, “tell everyone to just keep praying, because it works.”

Morgan, who turned 59 on Friday, has worked at KDFW since 1993. He starts every sportscast with the phrase: “hello Dallas-Fort Worth, let’s talk sports.”

Monica Hernandez to Join WFAA

hernandez wwlMonica Hernandez is leaving Gannett’s New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL to work for sister station WFAA in Dallas.

Carolyn Mungo, news director for the Dallas ABC affiliate, told TVSpy, Hernandez starts as a reporter October 20.

Hernandez started working at WWL in 2010. Before that, she was an anchor and general assignment reporter at WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

[Ed Bark]

WFAA Hires Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News as Assistant ND

WFAA_304x200George Rodrigue, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been named assistant news director for Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy, Rodrigue will start at WFAA next Thursday.

Rodrigue originally started at The News in 1983. According to his LinkedIn page, before coming back to The News in 2004, he worked for Belo supervising print and broadcast journalists as VP of its Washington Bureau from 2001 until 2004. He had also worked at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. after first leaving The Dallas Morning News in 1998.

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Todd Dykes Leaving Morning Anchor Desk at WLWT

Lisa-Cooney-and-Todd-DykesTodd Dykes, who has been a weekday morning anchor at Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT since 2008, will step away from the anchor desk later this month to lead the station’s investigative unit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mark Hayes, who left NBC owned KXAS in Dallas-Ft. Worth earlier this year, will replace Dykes:

Dykes’ departure means all four local TV stations have changed morning news personalities this year: Sheila Gray replaced WKRC-TV’s Tiffany Wilson in March; Larry Handley left WCPO-TV in July; and Jacki Jing abruptly vanished from WXIX-TV in August. Dykes’ change was posted on the station’s website Wednesday, the same day Channel 12 announced a big musical chairs for its 4, 5 and 10 p.m. anchors.

Dallas-Fort Worth Telemundo Station Adds Weekend Weather Anchor

gonzales croppedTeresa Gonzalez will join KXTX Telemundo 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth as weekend weather anchor.

Starting Saturday, Gonzalez will join Nancy Leal and sports anchor Erik Mora for the 4:30 and 10:00 p.m. shows.

“We are excited to welcome Teresa to Telemundo 39,” Karen Mendez, VP of News for Telemundo 39 said in a statement. “I am confident she will help us deliver the best live and breaking weather coverage our viewers seek and deserve.”

Gonzalez comes to Telemundo 39 from KUNS in Seattle, Wash. where she was news and weather anchor. She has also worked as a producer and morning show host for Azetca America in Eugene, Ore. and as a reporter and producer at KMTR.  She started her career at KEZI as a producer.

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