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Investigative Reporting

San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

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Christiane Cordero Joins WVIT I-Team

cordero wvitChristiane Cordero has made the jump from I-Team producer to I-Team reporter for Hartford NBC owned station WVIT.

Cordero announced the move on her facebook page, “I’m officially official!” She wrote. “Thanks to my incredible mentors, a little bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, I’m stepping up as NBC Connecticut‘s newest INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”

Cordero started her career at WVIT in August 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University.

17 ABC Affiliates Team Up with ABC News for Investigative Piece

ABC_304Tonight on “20/20,” ABC will air a Brian Ross investigation called “Recall Roulette.”

The story is about what ABC is calling the “flawed government recall system” and may seem familiar to some local viewers. Pieces were used as part of a partnership with the investigative teams of 17 ABC affiliates.

The way TVSpy hears it, Ross and the locals came together at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. After a series of conference calls, the team decided Ross would tell the story using experts and an interview with the Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman. The stations would then air their own stories with local victims and products added to Ross’ footage.

The stations participating are WLS in Chicago, KGO in San Francisco, WJLA in Washington, D.C., WPVI in Philadelphia, KGTV in San Diego, KOMO in Seattle, WEWS in Cleveland, KTNV in Las Vegas, KVUE in Austin, WRTV in Indianapolis, WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., WFTS in Tampa, Fla., WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., WRIC in Richmond, Va., KLTV in Tyler, Texas, and KATC in Lafayette, La.

Philadelphia NBC Station Hires Two Reporters

WCAU logoWCAU has announced two new hires. The Philadelphia NBC owned station said Randy Gyllenhaall started today, while Mitch Blacher will join next Wednesday.

“Bringing Randy and Mitch on board further enhances NBC10’s commitment to the community,” Anzio Williams, WCAU VP of News said in a statement.

Gyllenhaal will work in the station’s Lehigh Valley Bureau. He comes to Philadelphia from WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he had worked as a reporter. Before coming to WPBF in 2011, he worked at WPTZ in Burlington, Vt.

Blacher joins the “NBC 10 Investigators” unit. He comes from KGTV in San Diego where he was an investigative reporter. Before that, Blacher was an investigative reporter in Albuquerque, N.M. and had worked as an anchor or reporter in Fort Wayne and also Terre Haute, Ind.

Mireya Garcia Joins KOKH

garcia kokhMireya Garcia has joined Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH as an investigative reporter.

Garcia worked KRDO in Colorado Springs as an anchor and reporter from 2009 until 2013. Most recently, she was working as a freelance travel reporter.

She told TVSpy she started at KOKH last Monday.

WZZM Moves Van Ameyde Off Anchor Desk, Names Replacement

two wzzm anchorsGannett owned ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it’s moving Lee Van Ameyde (pictured right) off the anchor desk and into the role of managing editor of its Watchdog Investigative Team.

“No one knows West Michigan like Lee does,” WZZM news director Taz Painter said in a statement. “Our Watchdog team couldn’t be in better hands.”

The station also named Nick LaFave (left) as Van Ameyde’s replacement on the weekday evening newscasts. He will join Juliet Dragos starting in early September. Read more

Las Vegas Reporter Heading to Columbus, OH

baca klas croppedNathan Baca is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“On to Columbus! After 4 years working for 8 News Now, I am proud to join the WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio investigative team this August,” Baca wrote on his facebook page.

Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.

[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Chuck Huebner Out at KLFY

Huebner cropped KLFYKLFY anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner is no longer with the Lafayette, LA, CBS affiliate.

The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.

Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.

One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers. Read more

KTVI Number One in Report on Cop Secretly Videotaping Men Going Number Two


Chris Hayes, investigative reporter for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, helped police bust a Chesterfield cop who was secretly videotaping men going to the bathroom.

The station said a man stumbled on a porn site with the videos after he clicked on a banner. Apparently, he watched the videos long enough to see a pattern emerge. Many of the men in the video wore the same company shirts.

With the help of police, Hayes tracked down Rob Cheney, one of the victims.

Fox 2 checked his list of rest rooms, comparing the online video to each bathroom.  Then we found a perfect match, from the floor tiles to the drain by the toilet.  Cheney just moved to the area and laughed, “Three weeks and I’m already on a poop cam pretty much. So three weeks and everybody’s seen me poop?  That’s terrible.  Hahaha.”

But we found no camera when we first discovered the bathroom. We took our investigative research to Chesterfield Police. Chief Ray Johnson held a news conference and said, “The Chesterfield Police Department has arrested one of our own officers, working from a tip from an investigative reporter Chris Hayes from Fox 2 News.”

[gawker]

Stacey Cameron to Join WOAI

cameron woai croppedStacey Cameron has announced he’ll be joining San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI.

“Well it’s official. I’m off to Texas and WOAI News 4 San Antonio,” Cameron wrote on his facebook page. “While I will miss Kansas City, I am incredibly excited to make the to move to a station committed to meaningful investigative journalism.”

Cameron said he’d been hired as one of the station’s lead investigative reporters and will “work as an old school ‘watchdog reporter’ holding government and corporate wrongdoers accountable.”

According to Bottom Line Communications, Cameron left KCTV in January when his contract wasn’t renewed. He has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, NC, KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK, and WCHS-WVAH in Charleston, WV. He starts May 19.

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