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Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Amelia Earhart Completes ‘Round the World Flight

EarhartHomeAmelia Earhart, the former traffic reporter for KUSA in Denver, is back in Colorado after finishing an around the world flight.

Earhart, along with co-pilot Shane Jordan, flew a path similar to that of her namesake. They landed in Oakland, California Friday evening completing an 18-day, 14-country, 24,000-mile journey that makes her the youngest woman to travel around the world in a single-engine airplane. She returned to Colorado today landing at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.

Upon landing in Oakland, Earhart, no relation to the famous aviator who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, Tweeted: “In the best way we knew how, we brought Amelia’s spirit home safely to Oakland.”

KUSA’s story, after the jump…

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Amanda Kost Leaving KMGH for Scripps Bureau in Washington

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KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced investigative reporter Amanda Kost will leave the Scripps-owned Denver ABC affiliate to join the Scripps National Bureau in Washington as an investigative reporter.

“The DC investigative team is building and Amanda is the perfect part to help gain momentum and impact,” Harris told staff in an email today. “Our Nation’s Capital has no idea what it’s in store for…but we do.”

Kost is a Peabody Award winner who joined KMGH four years ago.

Read Harris’ full memo after the jump. Read more

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.

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