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Jennifer Mayerle Set to Join WCCO

jennifer mayerleJennifer Mayerle is joining WCCO, the CBS owned station in Minneapolis, Access Atlanta reports. Mayerle makes the move after eight years at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Mayerle, who will be a reporter at WCCO,  wrote on Facebook: “It’s the station where I had my first internship, the station I grew up watching, and the station I wanted to work at if I ever decided to live and work in Minneapolis. While bittersweet, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such a great team.”

Mayerle will sign off in April, according to Access Atlanta. Before WGCL, she worked at WKRG in Mobile, Ala. and KWES in Midland, Texas.

Another Minnesota Reporter Sues Over Driver’s License Privacy Breach

JayKolls300KSTP reporter Jay Kolls has added his name to the growing list of Minneapolis on-air talent who are suing various Minnesota municipalities and the State Department of Safety over accusations law enforcement officers and others looked at the information on his driver’s license without justification.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Koll’s lawsuit, which was filed in Minneapolis Federal Court, listed 27 instances when “personnel, charged with protecting and serving the public, knowingly abused their position of trust simply to satisfy their shallow desires to peek behind the curtain” into his personal life.

Last week, KMSP morning news anchor Alix Kendall filed a similar lawsuit. Her attorney Jon Strauss told the Mankato Free Press, “[Kendall] was shocked and disgusted to learn she had been looked up more than 3,800 times.” Strauss added, “We believe this is the largest data breach in Minnesota history. Ironically, these people have been snooping into her life, but we can’t find out who they were until we start gathering discovery information.”

The suits revolve around access to the state driver’s license database knows as the Driver and Vehicle Services Database or DVS system.The Free Press sums it up nicely:

Information that can be obtained through the DVS system includes current and former addresses, current and former driver’s license photographs, weight, height and, possibly, Social Security and medical information, Strauss said. The filing also points out that Kendall’s information was searched by name, not by her license plate numbers. So the searches didn’t include police officers doing random traffic searches for stolen vehicles or people with arrest warrants.

In August KMSP anchor Dawn Mitchell sued around 50 Minnesota governments in federal court over similar concerns.  KSTP investigative reporter Beth McDonough filed her lawsuit in July. Read more

Rusty Gatenby Allegedly Left KSTP Because of DUI

RustyGatenby300Yesterday we told you Rusty Gatenby was out at KSTP.

While the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate wouldn’t say why the longtime reporter had suddenly left the station, today we find out he had been arrested for DUI in January.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Gatenby had a blood alcohol level of .134 at the time of his arrest.

Gatenby told the Star Tribune he was “very” embarrassed by the arrest. “I’ve had a clean record my whole life,” Gatenby said.

He said he was pulled over for not coming to a complete stop a few miles from his home and reminded readers, “Right now, I haven’t been convicted of anything.”

Yesterday Gatenby confirmed on his his facebook page that he was gone, but didn’t mention the arrest, “Hey everyone.. well it’s true.. after more than 30 years at KSTP I am moving on. I have nothing bad to say, in fact, I feel truly lucky for the amazing times I’ve had. I challenge anyone to have had more fun at a job than I have. I hope to see you all again down the road. In the meantime, I’m going to take a long long nap.”

Rusty Gatenby Out at KSTP

RustyGatenby300KSTP has confirmed Rusty Gatenby is no longer with the Minneapolis ABC affiliate.

Gatenby started working as a reporter at KSTP in 1987. News director Lindsay Radford wouldn’t say why Gatenby left the station.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, which first reported the news, said Gatenby’s departure comes as a surprise. “It is believed that he had one of the highest Q Scores — ‘a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity or television show used in the United States,’ according to Wikipedia — of all Twin Cities traffic reporters.”

KARE Adds Colorado as Morning Reporter

colorado_kareMinneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE has added Melissa Colorado as a morning reporter.

Colorado comes to KARE from KOAT in Albuquerque, NM, where she was a general assignment reporter.

She started her career at News 12 in Westchester, NY.

[Pioneer Press]

Ken Barlow Promoted to Morning Chief Meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC

ken barlowKen Barlow has been promoted to morning chief meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beginning today, he will handle the forecasts for the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KSTP and for the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on independent station KSTC.

Barlow, who joined KSTP in 2011, moves to mornings from the evening shift.

“I know how important weather is to our viewers and I’m looking forward to helping them prepare for their day,” Barlow said in a statement. “On the personal side, I’m excited, after 20 years in TV, I get to have dinner with my family.”

Barlow replaces Patrick Hammer, whose contract was not renewed.

WCCO Anchor in Hot Water Over Freezing Weather Trick

During the recent cold spell branded the Polar Vortex, a lot of people were videotaping themselves throwing hot water into the cold air to watch it freeze in mid-air.

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about the other thing that happens when you throw hot water into the air: People get burned.

WCCO‘s Jason DeRusha encouraged viewers on Twitter to do it. While the anchor for the Minneapolis CBS owned station wasn’t the only one touting the trick, DeRusha ended up in hot water with local paper the Star-Tribune who saw the Times article and wrote:

When DeRusha was asked for comment, he hid behind his boss’ skirt or pants.

“He couldn’t comment without proper permission from his supervisors due to company policies on speaking with the media,” wrote the L.A. Times. “But on Twitter he said to a follower … ‘Sorry that anyone got hurt! I look forward to the post on all the Minnesotans who did this safely!’ On Tuesday morning, he added, ‘None of those people are from MN or followers of mine.’ ”

That sounded a tad cavalier, I told DeRusha via Twitter on Friday. He responded. “Not my intent, certainly. But I don’t think my tweet influenced people in Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland to toss boiling water.” Read more

KARE Anchor Diana Pierce Featured in ‘Jeopardy!’ Clue

KARE anchor Diana Pierce was featured in on Friday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” in the form of a clue: “Diana Pierce anchors the news on KARE in this city, a lot better than Ted Baxter did at fictional WJM.” Contestants guessed Cincinnati and Chicago before settling on the correct answer, Minneapolis.

“30 years at KARE and I become a Jeopardy question? Too funny!” Pierce tweeted after the show aired.

Adrienne Broaddus Moving to KARE

broaddus_croppedAdrienne Broaddus is joining Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE as a general assignment reporter.

Broaddus told TVSpy she left Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH on December 1. She said she starts at KARE on January 6.

“This was a very difficult decision,” Broaddus wrote in her resignation letter to WISH news director Steve Bray obtained by TVSpy. “However, it’s time for me to accept an opportunity to continue growing and contributing to the work that we all do as journalists.”

Before coming to WISH in August 2010, Broadsus worked at WNEM in Saginaw and WSMH in Flint, MI. She started her career by working at WILX in Lansing, MI, while still in college.

KSTP Crew Involved in Highway Crash: ‘We’re Gonna Hit!’

A KSTP crew was involved in a highway crash in while covering road conditions during a winter storm (video above). There were no injuries in the accident, which happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

“We only had a few scratches on our silver Honda pilot,” reporter Todd Wilson, who was in the car with photographer Adam Stevens, said on KSTP’s evening newscast Wednesday. “We came out of it unhurt, but it shows the importance of driving slowly and staying aware.”

Video of the KSTP crash was on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning.

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