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Jenna Hanchard Joins KSHB From WBNG

Jenna Hanchard has signed on to be a multimedia journalist at KSHB, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Hanchard joins the Kansas City NBC-affiliate from WBNG, the CBS-affiliate in Binghamton, NY, where she anchored the weekday 5 p.m. newscast. Prior to that, she spent six years as a production assistant at WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago.

Hanchard started this week at KSHB. She will appear on the weekday morning newscast.

VIDEO: WFAA Meteorologist Caught Dancing on Camera

The WFAA morning team has been trying to get meteorologist Greg Fields to participate in their Dance Party Fridays, with no luck.  Until last Friday, when a camera caught Fields dancing by himself to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” while he thought no one was watching (video above).

Longtime KATC Morning Anchor Tom Voinche Retires

Longtime KATC morning anchor Tom Voinche is retiring after two decades with the Lafayette, LA station.

“What a wonderful 20 years it has been,” Voinche said. “I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of the KATC family, learning much, and working with very talented people. I would especially like to thank our viewers and advertisers. Without their support, my TV3 career would have been very brief.”

Voinche, who grew up just outside Lafayette, plans to travel with his wife and “explore some of our great country.”

VIDEO: Another KTLA Anchor Late For Work

Less than a month after KTLA anchor Megan Henderson showed up late for the station’s 4:00 a.m. newscast, Jessica Holmes, Henderson’s a.m. colleague, went missing this morning.

Holmes was set to do an entertainment update towards the end of KTLA’s morning news block, but she apparently got distracted by all of the donuts the station had backstage for National Donut Day (video above).

Steve Ammerman Announces Departure From WTEN

Morning anchor Steve Ammerman has announced that he will be signing off from WTEN, the ABC-affiliate in Albany, next week.

“The station has been wonderful and did everything they could to try and persuade me to stay, but I have decided to try something new,” Ammerman wrote on Facebook this morning. “I will be staying in the Albany area, and am looking forward to some exciting opportunities that have presented themselves to me.”

Ammerman, who has worked at WTEN since 1997, will say goodbye to the station on June 10.

Traffic Reporter Elle Duncan Joins Atlanta’s WXIA

Elle Duncan has joined Atlanta NBC-affiliate WXIA as a morning traffic reporter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Duncan has previously worked for several local radio stations in the area. She debuted today on the station’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, and will be full time beginning Monday, WXIA general manager John Deushane said.

She replaces Nick Vavas, who is returning to New York, the Journal-Constitution reports.

KMOV to Launch Sunday Morning Newscasts

St. Louis CBS-affiliate KMOV is launching two Sunday morning newscasts, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Sunday mornings are important and successful for KMOV, so this is a perfect place to increase our news presence,” executive news director Sean McLaughlin said. “This newscast will have a similar look and feel to what we bring viewers in weekday mornings already.”

The newscasts, which are slated for a July premiere, will air from 7 to 8 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m. John Knicely and Diana Zoga will anchor, with meteorologist Kristin Cornett on weather.

LuAnne Sorrell Set to Join WOFL From WSVN

LuAnne Sorrell will join WOFL this summer as anchor of the morning newscast, a spokesperson for the Orlando Fox O&O confirmed to TVSpy.

Sorrell joins WOFL from WSVN, the Fox-affiliate in Miami, where she is the weekend morning anchor. She will co-anchor the 4:30 to 6 a.m. newscast and contribute to the 9 a.m. newscast. Sorrell replaces Heidi Hatch, who left WOFL last year.

Sorrell has previously worked at KLAS in Las Vegas and KEYC in Mankato, MN. She will start at WOFL in July.

Abby Powell Joining WNWO as Morning Anchor

Abby Powell is set to join WNWO as a morning anchor.

A native of Ohio, Powell comes to the Toledo NBC-affiliate from KXII in Denison, TX, where she anchored the station’s a.m. newscast.

“Abby has a best friend quality about her.  You trust what she tells you and you want to spend time with her,” said Kathy Reynolds, Barrington Broadcasting’s regional news director, in announcing the hiring.  “I think she’s going to be a great leader in our newsroom.”

Powell’s first day at WNWO is set for June 25th. Read more

Conan O’Brien: KTLA Morning Team Is the Reason ‘China Is Kicking Our Ass’

Local newscasters have become the regular butt of jokes on Conan O’Brien‘s show and on Thursday night he took aim at the KTLA morning team.

In a segment titled “Why China Is Kicking Out Ass,” O’Brien played a clip of a recent “dance party Friday” at KTLA (video above).

“Those are news broadcasters,” O’Brien said following the clip. “They’re there to tell us what’s happening in the world.”  (Somewhere WKRC’s Bob Herzog is smiling, or cringing).

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