Nordeen joined the Fox affiliate in 2010 and was promoted to morning anchor in 2011. Her first night on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Neill McNeill is Thursday.
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Julie Luck, anchor at WGHP in Greensboro, NC, is leaving the station. While there’s no word on where she’s headed, the station’s website posted a statement from the FOX affiliate’s president and general manager Karen Adams saying Luck was leaving to “explore other opportunities.”
Adams went on to say, “We appreciate Julie’s contributions to the FOX8 News team over the past 7 years, and wish her all the best in pursuing other options. She is a professional and classy lady”.
Luck who anchors the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts said, “It’s been a privilege bringing you the news nightly. Although I’ve decided to move on to explore new opportunities, the FOX8 family will always be near and dear to my heart.”
Hightower comes to North Carolina from Montgomery, AL, where she worked as an MMJ for ABC-affiliate WNCF.
“Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate the warm welcome,” Hightower wrote on her Facebook page this week, responding to those welcoming her to Greensboro. “I look forward to working for you all, bringing you stories and news that matter most!”
WGHP reporter Mitch Carr and photojournalist Mike Durenberger were working on a story about a local church that had been vandalized the night before when they discovered smoke coming out of the building and two teenagers at the scene, one holding a lighter.
“Usually the way this job works is we show up and we talk to people and we try to tell their story,” Carr told viewers. “But today my photojournalist and I ended up right in the middle of this one.” Read more
Having just passed a motorcycle safety course, WXII reporter Stephanie Berzinski was showing off her biker skills on a shiny new Harley during the NBC-affiliate’s 5 p.m. newscast on Monday, when it became clear that she needed a bit more practice (video above).
“I have to laugh this one off,” Berzinski wrote on her Facebook page following the incident. “Yes, I am forever embarrassed and yes I was totally mad at myself, but hey–that’s live TV for you. Mistakes happen. Obviously. Either way I still passed and have my motorcycle endorsement. I think I’m gonna start off with a Vespa.”
The Fox-affiliate reports that Brenner, who retired in 2008, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 65.
WGHP interrupted Fox’s live coverage of the Daytona 500 Monday night to announce Brenner’s passing. Sports anchor Kevin Connolly informed viewers that Brenner was attending “Salute to Heroes,” a local ceremony celebrating military and public service heroes, when he suffered a heart attack.
“It’s very ironic that we’re breaking into coverage the Daytona 500 to bring you this announcement, because Rich was one of the very first local sportscasters to really commit to NASCAR coverage. It was one of his real passions,” Connolly told viewers. Read more
“Emily was out shopping on Monday when she fell, hitting her head and breaking several bones,” a statement on the Fox-affiliate’s website reads. Byrd said yesterday she is “much better.”
WGHP said Byrd, the weekday morning meteorologist, will likely be out for several weeks as she recovers for her injuries. The station directed viewers to the meteorologist’s Facebook page to send well-wishes.
Until August, Pumo was the vice president and general manager of WALA-WFNA, the LIN Media duopoly in Mobile.
In a Titan Broadcasting statement announcing the hire, the company said Pumo’s priorities will be reintroducing the station to the market and rebranding WCWG to “encourage viewer interaction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”