Martinez joins KNWA from KNIN, the Fox-affiliate in Boise, where he was the morning anchor. “Jonathan’s talent, experience and positive energy made this an easy decision,” KNWA general manager Lisa Kelsey said in a statement. “He will make a wonderful addition to our team.”
KHBS-KHOG vice president and general manager Brian Sather confirmed Dugle’s departure with TVSpy but declined to elaborate on the nature of her exit.
Dugle was named ND at KHBS-KHOG at the beginning of 2010, after working as assistant ND for 18 months at WAPT, Hearst’s station in Jackson, MS. Before WAPT, Dugle worked as an executive producer at KEYE in Austin and a news producer at WTVT in Tampa.
No word yet on who will replace Dugle at KHBS-KHOG.
Irwin, who has worked at KFSM since 1975, was reportedly fired on Monday. Engleman was informed last week that his contract would not be renewed. He has been at KFSM since 2009.
“We are not ending sports coverage,” news director Rick Bagley said. “Our plan is to tell better stories about all local sports, including the Arkansas Razorbacks. Sports is and will continue to be an important part of our product on-air and online.” Read more
Huckabee has over two decades of forecasting experience, including ten years at WGCL in Atlanta.
“Laura understands weather is the most important element in our morning newscast,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager, announcing the move. “I’m confident from day one viewers will enjoy her comfortable delivery and informative local forecasts.” Read more
“We are pleased to have Brittany join our team of award-winning meteorologists,” KHBS-KHOG news director Dawn Dugle said. “She joins us in the middle of severe weather season, where our viewers will notice her commitment to keeping them safe during spring storms.”
Since 2008, Kelsey has been the director of sales for Nexstar’s Fayetteville-Fort Smith television and e-Media operations. She began her career with KNWA in 1996 as a senior account executive. From 2002 to 2004, she worked for Johnson & Johnson, returning to KNWA as sales manager in 2004.
“She has built high performance teams which generate impressive revenue share growth, has overseen regional business development efforts with noteworthy success, created countless successful advertising solutions for businesses, and has championed many new station initiatives which resulted in audience growth and revenue success,” Nexstar EVP-COO Brian Jones said in a statement.
Most recently, Taylor worked as a sports reporter and producer at KHBS-KHOG’s Hearst sister station in Pittsburgh, WTAE.
“Josh’s passion for college and high school sports will fit in well with our commitment to offer the best local sports coverage in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith,” news director Dawn Dugle said, in announcing the hiring. “We’re excited for him to join our 40/29 Sports team.” Read more
Before being named VP-GM in Fayetteville, Vaughn was based in Little Rock working as director of sales for KARK as well as KNWA-KFTA.
Vaughn said that he’s excited to be returning to Little Rock and promised that he “will be focusing on further extending our stations’ track record of broadcasting excellence and service to the Central Arkansas community.”
“Mike brings a wealth of broadcast experience and long-term track record of success to his new position,” said Rick Rogala, Nexstar’s senior vice president and regional manager, in making the announcement. He has “the right skill set and community commitment to lead our efforts in this important market,” Rogala added.
KHBS-KHOG will get a new anchor and s ports director this month, as Mike Jacques joins the Fort Smith-Fayetteville affiliate on June 27. Jacques has reported and produced sports at three stations in Wisconsin: WSAW in Wausau, WMTV in Madison, and WISN in Milwaukee.
“Mike shows viewers the human side of sports, not just the scores and stats,” said KHBS-KHOG President and General Manager Brian Sather. “I’m convinced that will resonate with our viewers.”
Known to viewers as “Jocko,” Jacques recently received an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jacques has been reporting on high school and college sports for more than ten years. KHBS-KHOG news director Dawn Dugle called his passion for sports “a great asset,” saying, “He’s a unique story teller and we look forward to him reporting on the Razorbacks, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the outdoor sports our area is known for.”
Hearst’s KHBS-KHOG, joint ABC-affiliates serving northwestern Arkansas, is set to expand its morning newscast to 4:30 a.m. beginning next week.
“As the lifestyles of our viewers change, the news we deliver must change with them,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager.
The extra half-hour will be anchored by Derek Burleson (right), who has been appearing alongside Melissa Kelly in the mornings since 2008. Meteorologist Matt Devitt will also be on-hand to offer early morning weather coverage.
“Not only will our early morning viewers get local news earlier, but we’re adding resources to provide them more local news and weather,” news director Dawn Dugle pointed out. The station says that a team of field crews will be setting their alarm clocks earlier to provide additional live news reports for the expanded newscast.