“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.”
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
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
“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.
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.
After providing in-depth coverage of the Iowa caucus last week for the Des Moines CBS-affiliate, Price, along with photojournalist Spencer Vaughn, traveled to New Hampshire over the weekend to cover the state’s upcoming primary election.
“Greetings from Bow, New Hampshire!” Price wrote in a blog post on KCCI’s website on Sunday. “Iowans intently watched the caucus process and so our news director thought it would be a good idea to follow through to New Hampshire. We are working on a whole host of interesting stories for the next few days.” Read more
Showing that his local news allegiances can change as quickly as the fortunes of a GOP candidate, Colbert flipped the channel over to New Hampshire’s WMUR after talking to the WOI team.
By all accounts, 2012 may be a record-setting year for political ad spending. As the candidates’ first major stop, Iowa stations expected major profits, but saw very little action until after the last pre-caucus debate — causing some nervousness on the part of sales managers, the Washington Post reports:
Then, after the Jan. 3 date was resolved, debates drew record audiences and candidates exploited a cost-free stage to get out their message. And after the final pre-caucus debate, in mid-December, the deluge.
Anne Marie Caudron, national sales manager of KCCI, the CBS affiliate, said: “This year we saw a little before the straw poll and then nothing till late November. We were” — long pause — “concerned.” Read more
Wilde has been the station’s assistant chief of engineering for seven years. He replaces Steve Houg, who requested a reduction in hours to spend more time with his family after 20 years in the chief engineer position.
“This is a tremendously positive move for the future of KCCI, as well as for Chris and Steve,” station president and general manager Paul Fredericksen said in a statement. “We look forward to the future that these changes will bring to the NewsChannel8 family and its operation.”