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KMPH Reporter Clayton Clark Takes PR Job

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.09.02 AMClayton Clark, a reporter at KMPH, the Fox affiliate in Fresno, has decided to trade in his reporter’s notebook. He’s taken a public relations gig at a local hospital, a decision motivated by the arrival of his baby daughter. He tells the Fresno Bee:

“It’s been an amazing ride, but things happen in our lives to change our priorities. We were waiting for a really good opportunity and this job came up. The job at ‘Great Day’ has been great but my wife and daughter are my priority,” Clark says.

Clark becomes the third TV reporter in the market to move into PR in recent months.

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Fresno Reporter Taking Job with Children’s Hospital

otstot cropped kseeKSEE reporter Matt Otstot is leaving the Fresno, CA, NBC affiliate to work in PR at the Children’s Hospital Central California.

“Leaving is bittersweet, but it’s a combination of the right opportunity with the right time in my life,” Otstot told The Fresno Bee. “I just got married and it had become a little bit of a grind to wake up so early and wake my wife so early.”

This isn’t the first time Otstot has left local TV. He came to Fresno in the summer of 2001 to work at KSEE. He left his job as a reporter and weekend weather forecaster in early 2003 when he was hired as a public affairs officer for the city of Fresno. He returned to KSEE (Channel 24.1) in 2010 as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor. Read more

Crooks Rack Up Big Bill After Stealing Fresno FOX Affiliate’s Gas Card

Fresno police are trying to figure out who stole a station credit card from Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH and used it to pay for over $1,400 in gas.

According to the station, the thieves used the gas card at the same station several times.

Surveillance video from several gas stations show at the time the stolen credit card was used, a group of people were at the gas station filling up several cars.

Jim Moore, KMPH Fox 26 Chief Engineer says, “$1,400 is a lot of money. When you look at what it takes to operate a vehicle for a year. It’s money that could have gone into maintenance, camera repair, and other productive ways.”

KMPH Fox 26 did file a police report and plans to turn over the surveillance evidence, including the license plates of the cars in the video to financial crime detectives.

Evy Ramos Signs Off From KGPE

evy ramosEvy Ramos has signed off from KGPE in Fresno. Ramos, who anchors the CBS affiliate’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, joined the station in 2009.

“Today is my last day at CBS47. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I have loved every minute of my time here,” Ramos wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for being a part of my life.”

Ramos has previously worked for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and KMPH, the Fox affiliate in Fresno.

Bud Elliott to Retire From KSEE After More than 23 Years

elliott KSEEBud Elliott, anchor for Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE, has announced he’s retiring in May.

“My career with KSEE 24 has given me the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people,” Elliott said in a statement. “Now I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family including a brand new grandson in Sacramento, and focusing on some recently discovered health issues.”

There was no mention of what health issues Elliott was talking about.

“Central Valley viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with him, have all benefited from Bud’s talent and dedication,” said Matthew Rosenfeld, KSEE VP and GM. “I know he is looking forward to retirement and the additional time he’ll have to spend with his family.” Read more

Good Morning! Fresno CBS Station Knocks on Wrong Door in Early AM Giveaway


KGPE‘s Zara Arboleda was supposed to surprise the winner of the station’s “Race to the Altar” giveaway live on the morning show.

The excitement was high while the reporter for the Fresno CBS affiliate approached the winner’s apartment holding balloons and bouquet of red roses at 6:45 in the morning. She knocked. She rang the bell. Then she got a glimpse of the person who cracked open the door.

“Whoa! Wait a second. You’re not Nick,” said Arboleda, who then doubled over with laughter and said “We’re at the wrong apartment!”

No word on the reaction from “not Nick” who woke up to find a TV crew outside.

Father Says He Saw Son Shot to Death By LA Police on Live TV

ktla_helicopterOne of the people watching the live police chase in Los Angeles more than a week ago that ended with the killing of the suspect on live TV was the victim’s father.

Bill Beaird told The Los Angeles Times his youngest son Brian called him while being chased by police the evening of December 13. He said he told his son to pull over after Brian Beaird said he done nothing wrong.

The chase and subsequent shooting was carried live by Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH. The family has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Later, Beaird watched live as a KTLA-TV News helicopter showed police chasing the Corvette into downtown L.A. He saw his son’s car T-bone another car before spinning onto the sidewalk. The driver staggered out of the vehicle, briefly raised his hands with his back to the police officers, then grabbed his stomach as he fell to the ground.

“I thought it was my son, but I wasn’t sure,” Bill Beaird said.

Beaird said he was initially confused about what happened to the man — the television reporters said he might have been shot with a Taser, he recalled. But when he tried to reach his son and couldn’t, his family began putting the pieces together. Read more

Activists Target Local Stations to Protest ‘Mainstream Media’

protestors_localTVProtestors converged on TV stations and newspapers Saturday to voice their displeasure with what they’re calling the mainstream media.

The protest was organized by The March Against Mainstream Media. The MAMSM has a website where it talks about its aims.

MARCH AGAINST MAINSTREAM MEDIA is more than just a protest. It is an attack against the credibility of the mainstream media in an attempt to steer its viewers away from its lies and towards alternative media sources. There are too many important things happening today that go ignored or spun by the MSM and unnoticed by the mass public.”

Oklahoma City protestor James Neighbors told local FOX affiliate KOKH, “We’ve gotta have some truth in the media. We need to quit having fluff articles. We need to have real hard investigative reporting. In-depth. None of this just glossing over things for an agenda.” Read more

George Takata Shifting From Sports to News at Fresno’s KSEE-KGPE

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KGPE sports director George Takata is shifting from sports to news as he joins sister station KSEE, the Fresno Bee reports. Beginning Thursday, Takata will be the NBC affiliate’s morning co-anchor.

“Tune in for his debut, along with our new weather person Heidi Waggoner, our HD launch, AND our brand new set…all on Oct. 31!” co-anchor Carina Corral wrote on Facebook. “…this is going to be F-U-N!”

Takata has been the weeknight sports anchor at KGPE, which Nexstar recently combined with KSEE, since 1997. Watch his goodbye video after the jump. Read more

Carlos Saucedo Joins KXTV From KFSN

carlos saucedo smallAfter two years at KFSN in Fresno, Carlos Saucedo will join KXTV in Sacramento, Media Moves reports.

“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”

Saucedo will sign off from ABC owned KFSN on October 17. He begins at ABC affiliate KXTV on November 11. Before moving to Fresno, he worked at WVLT in Knoxville and KWTX in Waco.

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