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KCCI Shuffles Weekend, Evening Anchors

Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI is making changes to its evening and weekend anchor lineup, according to the Des Moines Register.

Cynthia Fodor (left), who has anchored the 5 p.m. newscast since 1997, will move to the weekend morning anchor desk. Fodor replaces Marcus McIntosh, who will become a reporter for the station.

Stacey Horst (right) will replace Fodor on the 5 pm. newscast. In her new role, Horst will continue to anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Kevin Cooney and chief meteorologist John McLaughlin.

“This is for the viewer’s benefit. We’re taking the best people we have and putting them in the best position,” KCCI president and general manager Paul Fredericksen told the Des Moines Register.

Morning Anchor Katie Ward Leaving KCCI

Katie Ward is leaving Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI, according to the Des Moines Register.

KCCI news director Dave Busiek said Ward, who co-anchors the morning newscast alongside Steve Karlin, is leaving this summer and plans to spend more time with her two young children.

Ward joined KCCI in 2006 and was named morning anchor in 2010. Busiek said the station is already looking for her replacement at the anchor desk.

Sportscaster Michael Admire Joins WHO

Michael Admire is joining WHO, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, as a sports anchor, reporter and photographer.

Admire previously worked in the same role at KOAM-KFJX in Joplin, Mo. At WHO, he replaces Chris Hassel, who left the station for ESPN in January.

“I couldn’t be more excited about coming to Des Moines and working for the legendary WHO-HD,” Admire said in a statement. “I’m replacing a guy who is now at ESPN.  That speaks volumes for the sports reputation at WHO.”

As Admire joins the station, sports reporter John Sears gets a promotion to weekend sports anchor.

VIDEO: KCWI Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Live On-Air Wedding

Here’s one Valentine’s Day celebration that went above and beyond: KCWI, the CW affiliate in Des Moines, hosted a live wedding on the morning newscast Thursday.

Kellee Baxter and Shane Rolling from Fort Dodge, Iowa, tied the knot this morning on live television. Thanks to the magic of the green screen, Baxter and Rolling — who were engaged for six years — were able to choose their ideal wedding location (a beach in Hawaii) and musical accompaniment (an Elvis impersonator).

Hosts Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt and meteorologist Jason Parkin were on hand for the ceremony. “This is awesome. This is what Valentine’s Day is all about!” Sipolt said at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Video (beginning at the 1:34:15 mark) and more picutres are after the jump. Read more

Chris Hassel Leaving WHO to Join ESPN

After five years at WHO, Chris Hassel is leaving the Des Moines NBC affiliate for ESPN, the Des Moines Register reports.

Hassel, a sports anchor, signed off from WHO Tuesday. At ESPN, he will appear on “Highlight Express” beginning in February.

“It’s just too big an opportunity,” Hassel told the Des Moines Register. “… I’ve never sent out a resume tape before. I wasn’t going to leave for another job in local sports. I was only going to leave for a huge opportunity in regional or national network. Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone and see what’s out there.”

Christina Palladino Joins WISN From WOI

Christina Palladino is the newest addition to WISN, the ABC-affiliate in Milwaukee.

“She’s an aggressive reporter who likes to dig for good stories,” WISN news director Lori Waldon said in a statement. “And she loves politics. Christina is a great addition to our very strong group of reporters.”

Palladino begins today as a weekday general assignment reporter for the evening newscasts. She was previously an anchor and reporter at WOI, the ABC-affiliate in Des Moines. Read more

John Walters Leaving WOI, Dave Zawilinski to Take Over as Sports Director

John Walters, the sports director at WOI in Des Moines, is leaving in June to take a job at the Iowa State University athletics department.

Walters has worked at WOI since 1996. He will be replaced as sports director by Dave Zawilinski, who is currently the station’s weekend sports anchor.

“John Walters will be missed,” news director Scott Frederick said in a statement. “To be sure, it will be difficult to replace someone of John’s caliber, but Dave Zawilinski is just the guy to do it.” Read more

How Much Money Did Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Give to Iowa Stations?

Stephen Colbert‘s Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, recently filed a document with the the Federal Election Commission, reporting its donations and expenditures as of January 30th.

In addition to reporting over a million dollars in donations, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also listed how much money it spent on running ads in Iowa before the state’s Republican caucus. Read more

Anchor John Bachman Retiring From WHO

WHO anchor John Bachman, who has been with the Des Moines NBC-affiliate since 1987, will retire at the end of November.

“I’ve been so fortunate to anchor at WHO-HD for a quarter of a century,” Bachman said, announcing his retirement.  “Now it’s time for my wife Barb and me to visit the grandchildren during the Iowa winters, while viewers will get the opportunity to enjoy Winters–Dan, that is.”

Dan Winters, an anchor and reporter for WHO for the past eight years, will succeed Bachman at the anchor desk.

“John Bachman will forever be a part of the heritage and tradition of WHO,” president and general manager Dale Woods said.  Read more

WHO’s Jannay Towne Tapped for Weekend Mornings

Jannay Towne has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at WHO, the NBC-affiliate in Des Moines.

In her new role, Towne will continue reporting for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will debut alongside co-anchor Dan Winters this weekend.

“She’s one of those people that gets the job done every day with a smile and we’re pleased to see her role expand,” WHO news director Rod Peterson said in a statement.

Towne, who has been at WHO for seven years, replaces Elizabeth Klinge as the weekend morning anchor. Klinge left the station earlier this month to pursue a business venture with her husband.

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