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Summer Knowles Leaves Miami’s WFOR


Reporter Summer Knowles is leaving Miami CBS-owned station WFOR after two years in South Florida. Knowles announced her departure in an email to WFOR staff, saying she was taking “an anchor/reporter job in another market.” Her last day is today.

The station is experiencing plenty of turnover and turmoil. Just this month, longtime sports anchor Kim Bokamper announced he would retire from WFOR at the end of January.

Read the email, after the jump: Read more

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Ahead of Announcement, Jeb Bush Talked 2016 With WPLG


Former Florida governor Jeb Bush shook up the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race with a tweet Tuesday morning, saying he had decided to “actively explore the possibility” of running. The announcement sent politicos into a flurry of speculation and analysis about what a Bush campaign might look like, and how it might fare. Miami ABC affiliate WPLG political reporters Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg got a hint, talking to Bush Saturday for Sunday’s “This Week in South Florida.”

Asked directly about making an announcement, Bush said “this is a really serious, life-changing decision, and I’m going to take my time.” Asked what his criteria would be on making the final decision–which Bush said would come early next year–Bush said “it’s personal. Do I have what it takes to go through this campaign and be capable of leading this country? That’s a humbling thought if you’re really serious about it.”

Watch the full interview, after the jump. Read more

WFOR Sports Anchor Says He’s Retiring

kim-bokamper-600x450Kim Bokamper, sports anchor for Miami CBS owned station WFOR, says he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

“I’ve come to re-evaluate what I want to do at this point in my life,” Bokamper said on the station website. In particular, I want to spend more time with my daughters. My oldest, Kourtney, is getting married in October and I want to be available to help with the wedding plans as my help is needed. I’m also looking forward to taking some time to travel and see the world.”

Bokamper, a graduate of San Jose State University, was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1976. He played all of his nine seasons with the team, appearing in two Pro Bowls and starting as Defensive End for the Dolphins in Super Bowls XVII and XIX.

Dog Jumps Into Miami Meteorologist’s Weathercast

Miami NBC owned station WTVJ describes King as “a one-year-old American Bulldog.”

King, who was on set for an adoption segment, either really likes meteorology or was angling for an early adoption. He hopped on the desk while meteorologist Ryan Phillips was doing his Saturday morning forecast.

Phillips told viewers he had some steak treats in his jacket pocket. So maybe King was just hungry.

Reporter Returns to WFOR After Four Months

michele-gillen-600x450Investigative reporter Michele Gillen has returned to CBS-owned WFOR in Miami after a four-month absence, reports Jose Lambiet:

Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”

Gillen’s absence led to speculation about her status with WFOR, where Lambiet reports her contract ends soon.

WPLG Anchors Have On-Set Proposal

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Most of us don’t wear IFBs when we drop to one knee to pop the proverbial question. But meteorologist Trent Aric had his, since he was on the news set at Miami ABC affiliate WPLG at the time, with cameras rolling and the couple’s photos filling the monitors. Early Thursday he asked WPLG anchor Jacey Birch the big question, and, after the slightest moment of contemplation, she said yes.

Come to the WPLG Facebook Page for The News, Stay for the Abuse

The social media team at WPLG was on a roll last night after a commenter reacted negatively to the station posting a promo on its facebook page about “A new HANDS-FREE procedure to skim the fat off your body.”

Viewer Debbie Cantu wrote, “Call me cynical but is this news or an ad disguised as news? Just wondering!” In response, whoever was manning the Miami ABC affiliate’s facebook page fired back, “Uhhh, last we checked Debbie Cantu, this is still a news station. Let’s check again. Yep… still a news station.”

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When another viewer with the name XJ Jaguar noticed the exchange and wrote, “Really channel 10. Do ya really have a 10 year old running your “news” facebook page. Great job of punking out a listener. Pathic!” The station was quick to respond by writing, “FYI, XJ Jaguar, it’s ‘pathetic’” Read more

‘Yuck’: WFOR Journalists Reveal Their Displeasure With Republican’s Re-Election

PamBondiIt wasn’t the biggest Republican victory of the midterms, but the re-election of Florida’s Republican attorney general Pam Bondi seems to have gotten under the skin of some journalists, who revealed their true feelings about Bondi in a string of comments on Facebook last night.

When Miguel Fernandez, executive producer at CBS-owned WFOR in Miami updated his Facebook status to read “Ugh! TALLAHASSEE, Fla (AP) — Republican incumbent Pam Bondi re-elected as Florida’s attorney general,” people lined up to register their outrage. “Crap,” said one. “DISGUSTING,” said another.

Among the commenters were journalists, including WFOR reporter Lisa Petrillo, who wrote “yuck.”

See the post, below:
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WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

Dallas’ KTVT Hires Gilma Avalos as Anchor

Gilma+AvalosSouth Florida reporter Gilma Avalos, who has been working at NBC-owned WTVJ in Miami, will join CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas as a weekend morning anchor.

Avalos made the announcement on Facebook:

Big News! After 3 great years in South Florida, I’m heading to the Lone Star State for an exciting opportunity! I’ll be joining the CBS11 team in Dallas-Fort Worth as an anchor and reporter.

Thank you for your trust and support. I am so lucky to have worked in my hometown alongside very kind and talented colleagues. This isn’t goodbye, I’ll be visiting often! Hope you’ll follow me on my journey.