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Longtime KVUE Morning Anchor Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Her A.M. Routine

Longtime KVUE morning anchor Melissa Gale, who is leaving the Austin ABC-affiliate after more than a decade, recently posted a video on YouTube that gives a behind-the-scenes look at her morning routine, from using a flashlight to navigate her house so that she won’t wake her husband and kids to spraying on an even coat of makeup before she goes on-air.

The video, shot by Gale using her phone, also features anecdotes from her years of driving to work at 3:30 in the morning, including the time she saw a ghost (video above).

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Morning Anchor Lisa Spooner Leaving WFTX

Morning anchor Lisa Spooner is leaving WFTX, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Spooner, who joined WFTX in 2011, will anchor her last newscast this Wednesday.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Fox4,” Spooner said. “I love the people here and I will miss working with them. You won’t … find a friendlier newsroom who genuinely cares about each other and wants to see their co-workers succeed … both personally and professionally.”

The News-Press reports Spooner will be moving to another television station outside of the Fort Myers market. On WFTX, weekend anchor Mike Brooks will fill in on the morning newscast until a permanent replacement is named.

Keith Jones Named Morning Anchor at WCAU

Beginning in July, Keith Jones will be the morning anchor at WCAU in Philadelphia, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones comes to WCAU from WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been a reporter and anchor for the past two years. He has previously worked at WCAU as an intern while attending Villanova University. In his new role, he will also report for the station.

“We’re excited to welcome Keith back to NBC10 as part of our on-air team,” president and general manager Eric Lerner said in a statement. “He has an enthusiasm and energy that our viewers will respond well to.”

Jones will be paired with WCAU morning anchor Lori Wilson. Stacey Stauffer, who has been filling in at the morning anchor desk, will return to reporting full-time, according to a station spokesperson.

WFOR to Launch Weekend Morning Newscasts

WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, is launching weekend morning newscasts in July.

Marybel Rodriguez (pictured) will anchor both hour-long newscasts, which will air on Saturdays at 6 a.m. and on Sundays at 8 a.m. She will be joined by meteorologist Craig Setzer.

“The expansion of our news coverage reflects not only our commitment to covering South Florida, but also the fact that this area is one of the most dynamic news markets in the nation,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement. “Taken in tandem with our Saturday and Sunday evening newscasts, this move will allow us to provide seamless and consistent coverage every day of the week, including weekends.”

WTVJ Hires Keith Jones as Morning Co-Anchor

Keith Jones will be the new morning co-anchor at WTVJ in Miami, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones joins WTVJ from WTSP in Tampa, where he has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the past three years. He replaces Adam Kuperstein, who recently moved from mornings to evenings at WTVJ.

“Keith’s strong reporting and anchoring background will make him a valuable addition to NBC 6 News,” WTVJ president and general manager Manuel Martinez said in a statement. “We’re excited to have our morning team in place.” Read more

KNXV in Phoenix to Launch 11 a.m. Newscast in July

KNXV, the ABC-affiliate in Phoenix, will launch an 11 a.m. newscast on July 9.

The hour-long weekday newscast will be staffed by the KNXV morning team — anchors Connie Colla and Kirk Yuhnke, along with weather anchor Amy Murphy and traffic reporter Brandon Hamilton.

“We appreciate the opportunity and the trust given to us to make sure we deliver the news that’s important to our community,” Colla said in a statement.

Who Should Replace Ann Curry?

According to a report from The New York Times, followed up on by TVNewser, Ann Curry is leaving NBC’s “Today” show.

Savannah Guthrie is considered the favorite to replace her, but other names are in the mix (apparently Robin Roberts was on NBC’s short list last year to replace Meredith Vieira). So who do you think should replace Curry? Vote in our poll below…

WKRC’s Bob Herzog to Leave Weekend Anchor Desk

WKRC is scaling back anchor duties for Bob Herzog, who works six days a week at the Cincinnati CBS-affiliate, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In addition to being the morning traffic reporter for WKRC, Herzog anchors the 7 a.m. hour on WKRC’s CW-affiliated subchannel and anchors WKRC’s weekend morning newscast, meaning he works six-day weeks.

Going forward, Herzog’s weekend co-anchor Tiffany Wilson will be anchoring the Saturday morning newscast solo, news director Kirk Varner told the Enquirer.

Herzog, who joined WKRC in 2005, is famous for his “Dance Party Fridays.”

Morning Anchor Victoria Hong Leaving WIVB

Victoria Hong, the morning and noon anchor at WIVB, is leaving the Buffalo CBS-affiliate.

“I’m very appreciative of my time at Channel 4, they took me at a serious time in my life,” Hong told Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament. “I’m getting older and it’s time for a new adventure.”

Hong originally joined WIVB in 1993, but left three years later. She returned to WIVB in 2003 after stints at WPHL in Philadelphia and WRGZ in Buffalo. According to Pergament, she plans to leave television altogether.

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