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Evansville Station Sports Anchor Leaves, Former Anchor Returns

WEHT kirk ammanNexstar’s Evansville, Ind. ABC and CW affiliate WEHT-WTVW said goodbye to sports anchor Drew Amman, and announced the return of former anchor Shelley Kirk.

Kirk returns to the station after leaving the business in 2012. She will co-anchor the 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. news on WEHT and 7:00 a.m. news on WTVW.

Amman is moving to Nexstar’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

“I know Shelley gave this very serious thought–She’s anxious to get back,” wrote anchor and managing editor Brad Byrd on his facebook page. “Shelley will be at the desk with Greg Parker and Ron Rhodes in the mornings with her dedication–and that smile. We could not be happier.” Read more

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Heidi Waggoner Leaving California for Arkansas

Meteorologist Heidi Waggoner is leaving Nexstar’s KSEE in Fresno, Calif. for the station group’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

The Fresno Bee reports she’s moving closer to her family. KNWA news director Brook Thomas told TVSpy, Waggoner starts Monday, December 15.

Traffic reporter Robb Johnson tweeted a goodbye to Waggoner.

Waggoner is a Texas native and started her career at KTEN in Denison, Tex. She has also worked at KAMC in Lubbock, KTAB in Abilene and KLST in San Angelo.

Ashley Beck Back at KFSM After Illness

beck_kfsm croppedAshley Beck is back on air at KFSM.

The anchor for the Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate told viewers on facebook she was “in the hospital, focusing on my body and trying to get better after ignoring being sick for months. Glad to be back and HEALTHY!”

She told TVSpy, “I took some time off, and I’m glad to be back,” but didn’t reply when asked about the hospital stay she mentioned in her facebook post.

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Arkansas Station Adds Yuna Lee as AM Anchor

lee khbsYuna Lee is joining KHBS-KHOG, the ABC affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark. as morning co-anchor and reporter.

Starting October 30, Lee will join Ben Wagner and meteorologist Laura Huckabee for 40/29 Sunrise weekdays and also work as a reporter for the station.

“Yuna’s anchoring and field reporting experience is a perfect fit for our team”KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Her versatility will enhance 40/29 News’ commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market.”

Lee comes to the station from WHIO in Dayton, Ohio where she was an anchor and reporter for over 3 years. Before that, she worked at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va. and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Fred McClure Retires from KFSM After 45 years

Fred McClure is retiring today after 45 years at Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate KFSM.

TVSpy knows every station has a Fred McClure who deserves a “thank you” for doing what they do best, working hard, making others look good.

News director Rick Bagley told TVSpy, McClure has worked as an editor, a photographer, a newscast producer, a special projects producer, assignment manager and news director.

“Fred is the kind of employee every manager wants in their shop,” Bagley told staffers. “There is nothing he can’t or won’t do.”

Bagley added, “Fred also quietly does the dirty dishes in the break room, takes out the election night pizza boxes and kills the occasional newsroom mouse. Fred’s retirement is our loss. Congratulations Fred. Best wishes on a new chapter of life and a well-deserved vacation.”

KNWA Announces Neile Jones Leaving Station

jones knwaKNWA has announced evening anchor Neile Jones is leaving the Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate.

“I’m headed home to be near my immediate family,” Jones said in a statement. “I want to watch my nieces grow up, spend time with my sister and brother-in-law and, of course, be with my mom and dad.”

“We have an amazing ‘work family’ environment at this station that resonates with our staff. When Neile came to us with her decision, we knew it was what she truly wanted and it was what was best for her. We celebrate her commitment and leadership at our station and in our community for the past 17 years. We know she will be an excellent asset in her future endeavors,” says Kelsey. Read more

J.R. Davis Leaves KNWA to Work for Asa Hutchinson’s Campaign for Governor

Davis Goodbye KNWAJ.R. Davis said goodbye to Fayetteville, AR, NBC affiliate KNWA this morning.

Davis  told TVSpy, “I am going to work for Asa Hutchinson for Governor campaign as his communications director.”

For his on-set goodbye this morning, Davis had his wife on to publicly thank her for all the years of getting up early.

This is the second time Davis has left KNWA for politics. In 2010, he left after two years at the station, to work as communications director for Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack.

Josh Taylor Leaving KHBS-KHOG

JOSH-TAYLOR-DIAGRID-WEB-jpgSports anchor Josh Taylor is leaving Hearst’s Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, ABC affiliates KHBS-KHOG.

“I’ve decided to move back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to my family,” Taylor wrote on his facebook page.

Taylor, who joined KHBS-KHOG from Hearst’s WTAE in Pittsburgh, PA, told TVSpy he doesn’t have anything lined up yet back home.

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Daniel Armbruster Set to Join KHBS-KHOG

daniel armbrusterDaniel Armbruster is joining KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s ABC and CW affiliates in Fort Smith, Ark., on August 4. Armbruster comes from KTBC, the Fox-owned station in Austin, where he has been an anchor and reporter for two years.

Armbruster will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on KHBS and the 9 p.m. newscast on KHOG. He will co-anchor at 5 p.m. with Angela Taylor and Craig Cannon and at 9 p.m. with Taylor. He will also report on the KHBS 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Daniel’s addition to the team allows us to continue our commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Whether it’s delivering late breaking news updates from the anchor desk or reporting live from the scene, I’m confident our viewers will embrace Daniel’s story telling.”

Ben Wagner Upped to Morning Anchor at KHBS-KHOG

ben wagnerBen Wagner has been named morning anchor at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fort Smith, Ark. Effective immediately, Wagner will co-anchor the newscast alongside Kelly Johnson and meteorologist Laura Huckabee.

“Ben’s energy and personality will be a great addition to the morning anchor desk,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Ben’s willingness to go the extra mile stands out, and I’m confident he’ll bring that same commitment to Sunrise whether he’s behind the anchor desk or reporting from the field hundreds of miles away.”

Wagner joined the stations in 2012 as a multimedia journalist. The morning newscast’s previous anchor, Derek Burleson, signed off in December.

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