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Investigative Reporting

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

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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.

Chicago Station Invests in Investigative Unit

wls_304Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Chicago ABC owned station WLS‘ investment in its investigative unit is good news for local television.

Feder says WLS chief investigative reporter Chuck Goudie “heads a franchise that has expanded its brand, doubled its personnel and elevated local TV to a new competitive level in recent months.”

“Our investigative team has been a hallmark of ABC 7 Eyewitness News, working incredibly hard to find stories important to our viewers,” Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director, said in a statement. “By expanding resources and adding a consumer focus, we are building on the I-Team’s strength of enterprise reporting.  I’m very proud of the quality work our I-Team contributes to our news product on a daily basis.” Read more

Bert Case to Debut on WAPT

bert case_croppedLongtime Jackson, MS, anchor  Bert Case makes his return to ABC affiliate WAPT.

“Having one of Mississippi’s finest journalists join 16 WAPT News means we will serve our viewers better than ever,” WAPT GM Stuart Kellogg said in a statement. “I’ve known Bert for more than 30 years and I’m so excited that he is now on OUR team!”

Case started as news director at WAPT in 1970 before leaving for cross-town NBC affiliate WLBT in 1974. He left WLBT in January, months shy of his 40 year anniversary.

Case will do investigative reports for the station’s evening newscasts. He will also serve as consumer advocate.

Dave Savini Says He’s Been Given a ‘New Perspective’ After DUI

savini_cropped_WbbmWBBM investigative reporter Dave Savini has taken to social media to talk about his recent DUI arrest.

Savini wrote on his facebook page he’ll be back at work Monday and added in part, “Just when you think you are strong you find you are not completely that rock you tried so hard to be for so long; a poor choice, a weak moment, a mistake -suddenly you find yourself on a wayward journey fighting with vigor and arduous strides to get back to that safe stone path you once walked.”

The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Chicago station pleaded guilty to DUI Tuesday. He will have to pay $3,185 in fines and perform 200 hours of community service. He was initially charged with DUI, hit and run, child endangerment and battery after an accident in a Taco Bell parking lot in Naperville, IL. A special prosecutor dropped all charges but the DUI.

“This month I was given the gift of a new perspective,” wrote Savini. “One that reaps the reward of humility, gratitude, faith and through the healing power of a sincere apology, I may have even found a little grace along the way. ” You can read the entire posting after the jump. Read more

WISH Doubles Size of Investigative Unit

i-team-8-650x300Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH has announced it has doubled the size of its investigative team with three new additions.

News director Steve Bray announced Karen Hensel has been named chief investigative reporter while adding WISH producer Doug Moon and photojournalist/editor Brett Bensley to the investigative team. The station also announced the hiring of investigative reporter Bennett Haeberle from WDRB in Louisville, KY.

“I-Team 8 has a long history of getting results, alerting viewers to issues impacting their family and uncovering information needed to keep them safe,” said Bray in a statement.  “We have a 52-week commitment to this to in-depth, detailed-style, investigative journalism.  It’s not only a strategy for our long term projects, but part of our daily editorial and content decisions.”

Steve Brown Returning to Buffalo Market as Investigative Reporter

stevebrown1-EditSteve Brown is coming back to Buffalo for a second stint with NBC affiliate WGRZ. This time he’ll be an investigative reporter.

“He’s really smart and he’s really tenacious and he fits our watchdog advocacy journalism perfectly,” WGRZ general manager Jim Toelllner told The Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament.

Brown left Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW in 1998 to work for FOX News in its Chicago bureau. Before working at WKBW, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at WGRZ from 1990 until 1994. He has also worked at WTIC in Hartford, CT, and WWLP in Springfield, MA.

According to The Buffalo News, Brown left FOX News after cutbacks in its bureaus.

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