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Guillermo Martínez Villarreal Joins Telemundo Denver

telemundo denver_304x200Guillermo Martínez Villarreal is joining KDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, as the anchor of the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Martínez Villarreal most recently worked at the Telemundo affiliate in San Diego-Tijuana, where he was a producer and news coordinator. He was the first producer and anchor for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“Guillermo is a seasoned journalist who has a gift for storytelling and experience in many newsrooms. We are glad to have him on the team,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement.

Meteorologist Laura Velasquez Joining KDVR

LAURA VELASQUEZMeteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving WOOD in Grand Rapids to join KDVR in Denver, mlive.com reports:

“I’ve loved my time at WOOD TV,” she said. “They believed in my talent and passion right from the start and gave me the platform and encouragement to grow as a meteorologist, broadcaster and professional.”

Velasquez is looking forward to joining KDVR-TV, the FOX TV affiliate in Denver, the 17th largest TV market with more than 1.5 million viewers. “I wanted to stay in a ‘weather’ market – somewhere where the weather is challenging,” she said. “I’ll get to forecast everything from blizzards to tornadoes and everything in between.”

“Forecasting is going to be different at first, but I’m ready and looking forward to it,” Velasquez said.

Amelia Earhart Begins Around-the-World Flight

earhart_kusa_croppedFormer Denver traffic reporter Amelia Earhart is now on an around-the-world flight recreating the path taken by her famous namesake. Earhart took off from Oakland yesterday for the 28,000-mile trip.

Earhart, who left KUSA in January to prepare for the voyage, was featured on “NBC Nightly News” last night (watch after the jump). She talked about the letdown when she learned she was not related to the famous aviator.

“If you believe anything for 30 years and you’re told it’s not true. It’s tough to take.”

As of this writing, Earhart is somewhere over Birmingham, AL. You can track her flight on AmeliaEarhartProject.com.

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KUSA Senior Producer Leaving After 34 Years

jack maherKUSA senior producer Jack Maher is signing off after 34 years producing the Denver NBC affiliate’s morning newscast. On the station’s website, Maher looks at the evolution of the show from his first broadcast — a “disaster” half-hour newscast — to today:

Today, we’re churning out four-and-a-half hours of morning content with a highly talented, highly energized crew of on air and behind-the-scenes pros. Some days, I can’t believe how that little show I started 34 years has evolved and grown. That growth has included me, as I’ve acquired new skills as a multimedia journalist. I’m enormously proud and grateful too.

Why leave? I’ve taken this morning show as far as I could. It’s time for a new generation to take over, as I head off to a new gig as a multimedia guy with Jefferson County Schools. No more midnight alarms. Won’t miss that. But I will miss all my great colleagues at 9NEWS, and more importantly, you. Thanks for riding along.

Watch KUSA’s tribute to Maher after the jump. Read more

Tom Martino Settles Lawsuit with KDVR

martinotomweb2-304xx391-586-42-0Tom Martino has settled his lawsuit with Denver FOX affiliate KDVR, The Denver Post reports.

Martino’s lawsuit alleged KDVR didn’t renew his contract after it learned he was filing for bankruptcy.

Martino had been the station’s consumer-advocate reporter since 2000. In 2009, the station started a new bit, “Martino TV,” which featured paid segments from advertisers and shared the proceeds with Martino.

The long-time radio host of the Troubleshooter show, Martino says he blogged in July 2011 that he was likely going to file for bankruptcy protection, the result of a collapsed real estate market that caught up with a number of his investments.

A month later, station managers said his contract would not be renewed, allegedly because the native of upstate New York had “too strong” of a personality. Read more

KDVR Launches Sunday Political Show

KDVR COpoliticsDenver Fox affiliate KDVR has launched “#COpolitics — From the Source,” a weekly political show hosted by Eli Stokols. The show airs Sundays at 9 a.m., following “Fox News Sunday.”

“Eli championed the idea of doing the show outside the station in a non-studio environment. The result is a cool, contemporary-looking program that is truly unique and different,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to staff last week. “Thanks to everyone who worked incredibly hard for many weeks to make this show a reality.”

The show will be taped at The Source, an artisan food market in Denver. According to KDVR, the show will occasionally go on the road “to ‘the source’ of where the issues are having an impact on Coloradans lives.”

Read Kosowski’s note after the jump. Read more

Eric Kahnert Set to Return to Denver

kahnert kmghEric Kahnert is going back to Denver as an anchor for ABC affiliate KMGH.

Kahnert left Denver’s KUSA in 2012 to work as an anchor for KSTP in Minneapolis, MN.

“The team at 7NEWS is hungry and eager to change how news is done in Colorado,” Kahnert said in a statement. “And that is something I am proud to be a part of.”

Kahnert has also worked at KOB in Albuquerque, NM. He starts at KMGH on June 30.

New Role For Kyle Dyer at Denver’s KUSA

KyleDyerKyle Dyer is leaving the morning newscast at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver. In her new role, which begins in July, Dyer will continue toanchor the 11 a.m. and noon newscasts and provide taped pieces for the morning newscast, the Denver Post reports:

“We offered her (a contract) to stay on fulltime,” News Director Patti Dennis said. “She wanted to renew her contract but in a different role, citing family obligations. She’ll no longer have to come in at 3 a.m.”

Her daughters are now 11 and 9, Dyer said, with increasing homework and after-school activities. “It’s hard to be present. It’s something I’ve thought about the last couple of years.” Additionally, she’s been keeping “these weird hours” since December 1993, even before she landed at KUSA.

The adjustment “will be just as weird for viewers” as it will be for her, Dyer said. But she reminds those who have had morning coffee with her for nearly two decades, “I’ll be there on tape.”

Watch video of Dyer’s announcement after the jump. Read more

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

KUSA Denies Conflict of Interest in Kristin Hopkins Coverage

Brian Willie KUSADenver NBC affiliate KUSA is denying a conflict of interest in its coverage of Kristin Hopkins, a woman who was trapped for six days in her car after an accident.

The Denver Post reports KUSA’s production manager, Brian Willie, is a close friend of the Hopkins family. At their request, Willie acted as a spokesman, reading an on-camera statement (pictured) to the media at St. Anthony Central Hospital Monday. Willie was not covering the story for KUSA, the NBC affiliate says.

KUSA’s rivals have complained that the family gave first access to photos from the scene to KUSA, according to the Post.

In reporting the story, the station disclosed Willie’s employment at the station: “The person that you saw reading the family statement is 9NEWS production manager Brian Willie, a close friend of the family who was asked to speak today on their behalf. He is not covering this story in his capacity on 9NEWS.”

Willie will no longer be reading statements to the media on the case. “There is no conflict of interest,” KUSA general manager Mark Cornetta told the Post. “There is no loss of objectivity. The hospital will provide any other release of information.”

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