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.
KBLR, the Telemundo station in Las Vegas, has announced a new investment in its local newscasts: the station will hire new people and bring production of the 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts back in-house.
The two newscasts were previously produced in Phoenix, with the 6 p.m. newscast broadcast live and the 11 p.m. newscast pre-taped. Beginning this week, as production shifts back to Las Vegas, both newscasts will be live.
“By investing in live local news, we know we will do an even better job serving our viewers,” Telemundo Las Vegas station manager Ramiro Lopez said in a statement. “We are excited to introduce our new team to the Spanish-speaking community in Las Vegas and know they will continue to connect and inform our viewers with the most relevant local news, information and weather.”
KLAS is calling out a freelance TV news producer whose actions Las Vegas police are calling “an underhanded act of subterfuge.”
According to police, Shelley Osterloh, a former Salt Lake City anchor and current freelance producer for NBC News, gained entry into the home of one of the two officers slain in Sunday’s Walmart shooting by saying she was a friend of the family and by offering flowers.
The Las Vegas CBS affiliate ran a commentary last night at 6:00 p.m. with George Knapp telling viewers, “When we heard Tuesday night that a TV producer had used a phony cover story and maybe outright lies to weasel her way into the home of one of the slain officers, our initial thought was, ‘There must be a mistake. No journalist could possibly be so heartless, so creepy. But we were wrong. It happened.’”
>UPDATE: An NBC News spokesperson responded to the story by saying, “The report is inaccurate. Our freelance producer, who has done excellent work for NBC News for many years, clearly identified herself as a journalist to the family. She was subsequently invited into their home and they helped facilitate an interview with the siblings and colleague of the fallen officer, which appeared on the Today show this morning. A police officer was present during our interview, and as far as we know, the family has had no objections to our dealings with them. At no time did she misrepresent herself; there was unfortunately some confusion during an earlier conversation she had with a police officer, when she was asked for her name but not her affiliation.”
“I know he’ll do a great job from the anchor desk,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said in a statement. “He loves the morning newscast and he enjoys bringing some fun and humor to the program, which is why so many of his fans wanted to see Brian in this new position.”
Loftus has followed an unconventional career track. He went into broadcasting in 2002 after starting as a middle and high school teacher and coach. He switched from radio to television in 2006. He then got a job as a feature reporter for KMPH in Fresno.
KLAS news director Ron Comings told TVSpy Ramaker is still an employee until his contract runs out. Comings added, “However, he is free to pursue other opportunities.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Ramaker’s departure was announced in a short email last week. “Effective immediately, Cale Ramaker will no longer co-anchor the morning newscast on 8 News Now. We appreciate Cale’s efforts here. He is a good journalist and a solid anchor and I wish him the best as he seeks a new opportunity.”
Ramaker was hired in 2012 along with Shauna Khorrami as part of a new morning team. He had worked at WOFL in Orlando for seven years until his contract wasn’t renewed. Khorrami left KLAS in March last year.
Hey Las Vegas it’s been fun, thanks for 8 great years! Headed back to the Lone Star State for other opportunities, see ya’ll in Texas!
— Kevin West (@KevinWest_NBCLV) January 20, 2014
“It’s a family move, all about the kids,” West told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I have accepted the Executive Producer position at KIRO-TV, a Cox Media Group station. My first day is April 15, which leaves very little time to say goodbye to Las Vegas, the place I’ve called home since 2001,” Latham wrote on his blog.
Latham has worked at KVVU since 2009 and has been the Fox affiliate’s assistant news director since 2012. Before that, he worked at KVBC (now KSNV), the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.
KVVU news director Adam Bradshaw told the Review-Journal Saldaña was offered a full-time position at the station, but declined it because “he and his agent have some big plans for the future.”
Warren told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This is my hometown. No longer being allowed to do what I love in the city that I love will be a painful adjustment. I’m shocked. Channel 3 gave me no reason for my termination. I thank this community for welcoming me into their homes over the years.”
Warren started working for KSNV as a reporter. Most recently she was co-anchor of the 3:00 p.m. news.
Before coming to KSNV Warren worked for KRNV, KSNV’s sister station in Reno.
Intermountain West owns stations in Arizona, Idaho and Montana in addition to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.
“Just say this is my second go-round with cancer,” Rogers told the Review-Journal. Adding, “I assume I’ll come out of this all right. I did the last time.”
He revealed the development to his employees at a town hall-like meeting in the Channel 3 newsroom about a month ago.
“I think you owe your employees an explanation,” he said. “They needed to know. They needed to know for several reasons — first of all, just as a matter of knowing, and secondly, with what’s going to happen with the station.
“So I went in to say this is what I got but I can assure you that whatever happens, the station will not be put up for sale. That’s never been part of the plan and so they are rest assured that their jobs are intact,” he said. Read more
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