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What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

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El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James

wildman croppedKVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Wildman is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate for a station in Tallahassee, but not before imitating NBA star LeBron James.

James wrote a piece in Sports Illustrated detailing his recent decision to head back to his hometown of Cleveland to play for his first team, the Cavaliers. It was called, “I’m Coming Home” and has been spoofed by Frank Caliendo in Morgan Freeman‘s voice on ESPN radio.  Let’s just say James sentiments inspired Wildman.

In the opening paragraph, LeBron wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. (click here to read the entire LeBron piece)

Wildman wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would start my broadcasting career, I was a red headed Jewish step child from Parkland, Florida. It’s where I played little league. It’s where I got bar mitzvah’d. It’s where I laughed. It’s where I slept. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up thanks to social media. I sometimes feel they live vicariously through my Facebook or Twitter account. (click here to read the entire Wildman piece)

Of course, some of Wildman’s facebook followers thought he was being serious. One commenter wrote, “Wow, Asher; this made me even prouder of you! I wish every El Pasoan who has returned read this and understood the importance of their return!”

Matt Dougherty Signs Off from KVIA

dougherty kviaEl Paso ABC affiliate KVIA gave anchor weekend anchor Matt Dougherty a send off Saturday night.

Apparently, Dougherty is known for his fabulous hair since he was given a collection of hair care products as part of his on-air goodbye. Click here to watch the video.

Dougherty started at KVIA in 2012 and began his career in the Rio Grande Valley before working in Victoria, TX. He has also worked in Louisiana. There’s no word where he’s headed.

Sinclair Purchases El Paso Building For KFOX and KDBC

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has purchased office space for two of its newly-acquired stations, KFOX and KDBC in El Paso.

The building, which used to be a theater, will undergo significant renovations before KFOX and KDBC move in. Sinclair plans to build news sets, satellite farms and sales and administration facilities for the stations.

“We are very excited about the merger, which we believe gives us an increased opportunity, and responsibility to serve our community,” KFOX general manager Kevin Hayes said in a statement. “To meet those needs, we plan on expanding the KDBC news team and leveraging the strength of KFOX to build two news teams in order to provide more comprehensive and superior news products.”

Jacqueline Crea Joins KHOU

jacqueline creaJacqueline Crea is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a general assignment reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Crea comes from KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, where she is a multimedia journalist. She has previously worked at KNSD, the NBC owned station in San Diego.

Crea begins at KHOU next month, McGuff reports.

KVIA Raises Questions Over Coverage of Rival Anchor’s Arrest for Domestic Violence

El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA is under fire for its coverage of KTSM anchor Adrienne Alvarez‘s recent arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

After teasing the story of Alvarez’s arrest off the top of its 10:00 p.m. news, anchor Ashlie Rodriguez told viewers the station sent a crew to Alvarez’s house to get her side of the story. They then aired footage of a KVIA intern approaching Alvarez in what appeared to be Alvarez’s driveway. When Alvarez backed away from the intern, the intern said, “That’s fine. Thank you for your time,” which was echoed by what sounded like the photographer saying the same thing.

That report left some in El Paso, including a writer at the El Paso Times, questioning if the station was a little too aggressive in its reporting.

KVIA apologized to viewers for its coverage, once at at the end of the 10:00 p.m. news and once the next day when anchor Estela Casas told viewers, “Well last night we aired a story about KTSM’s Adrienne Alvarez. It was a misguided attempt to provide someone accused of wrongdoing a chance to explain her side of the story. However, we exercised an error in  judgment. That type of report does not meet our standards for ethics or journalism and what you’ve come to expect from ABC-7. We assure  you this has been a learning experience for those involved. We apologized at the end of yesterday’s newscast and we apologize again tonight.” Read more

KTSM Anchor Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Adrienne Alvarez, the primary anchor at El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of domestic violence, the El Paso Times reports:

Alvarez, 28, allegedly was involved in a fight with her husband at about midnight on the 100 block of Desert Garden Drive in Santa Teresa, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s officials said.

She was arrested on suspicion of battery against a member of a household, officials said. She was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center. She was released on a $1,000 bond later that day.

In a statement, KTSM-KDBC general manager Gary Sotir said the station was aware of the arrest “but will wait for more details before making any other comments.”

Paul Cicala Leaving KVIA, Station Names Successor

KVIA has announced sports director Paul Cicala (pictured left) is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate and will join Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA.

“We are sad to lose such a talented, genuine person like Paul,” said KVIA news director Brenda De Anda-Swann in a statement. “He is a truly unique, authentic talent and his enthusiasm is always contagious. He has a special bond with the audience and I know he’ll be missed.”

Cicala is moving to Tucson to tend to family matters, the station said.

The station also announced Asher Wildman (pictured right) will step into Cicala’s sports director role as soon as Cicala leaves in one month.

Wildman has worked at KVIA for more than a year. Prior to working at KVIA, he was host of Golfweek TV in Orlando, FL.

[El Paso Times]

El Paso’s KVIA Adds Reporter

Collin Carroll will join El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA as a multimedia journalist.

KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell confirmed with TVSpy Carroll will start in September.

This will be Carroll’s first TV station. He is currently finishing up his master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

UTEP Coach Says Player Left Team Because Of ‘How He Was Portrayed on Local TV’

The University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball coach has linked the departure of one of his players to reporting by KVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman (pictured).

The player leaving UTEP, Chris Washburn Jr., allegedly assaulted a bouncer at an El Paso bar last month after he was declined entry for being underage. Wildman obtained the police report and reported on the incident on the El Paso ABC affiliate. No arrests have been made in the May incident.

Washburn was the first UTEP freshman to finish the season with three double-figure point totals in more than a decade. In an interview with the El Paso Times this week, UTEP coach Tim Floyd talked about Washburn’s departure:

He has expressed an interest in getting back closer to home in the Dallas area and we couldn’t satisfy his minutes. He wanted a little more playing time. Plus, he was also a little disappointed by how he was portrayed on local TV by Asher Wildman of Channel 7.

Patricia Martinez, an El Paso radio host, penned a column in support of Wildman’s reporting: Read more

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