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KSL Political Reporter Named Congressional Communications Director

1390967512-1988849732Longtime political reporter Richard Piatt will leave Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL to become communications director for Congresswoman-elect Mia Love. “I am thrilled to have someone with Richard’s experience on my staff,” Love said in a statement to KSL.

Piatt has worked at KSL for 16 years, and said he’s grateful to have been able to cover campaigns, elections, and political conventions. “I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the business of politics,” Piatt said. “I’m excited to apply the skills I learned in broadcasting in a different aspect.”

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KCEN Meteorologist Says Gunman Never Spoke: ‘He Just Started Shooting At Me’

6280916_GPatrick Crawford says the man who shot him outside the studios of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN never said a word. “He just started shooting at me as I was leaving the parking lot,” Crawford said in a news conference at the Texas hospital where he’s been recovering since the shooting last Wednesday.

Crawford, a meteorologist at the station, was shot in the stomach and shoulder, and a bullet grazed his head. “Things are improving. I’m slowly getting better,” Crawford said. “It’s been a long process with a lot of pain.”

Watch Crawford’s news conference, after the jump: Read more

Reward Doubled in Search for Gunman Who Shot KCEN Meteorologist

crawford KCEN croppedAuthorities in Texas have doubled the reward–to $10,000–in the shooting of Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN.

Crawford was shot last Wednesday outside the station, and survived. A witness tells ABC News Crawford screamed for help. “He said ‘I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot. I’m in terrible pain. Help me please,’” Richard Dieter told ABC. “[I] went and got some paper towels out of my truck and we held those on his wounds and five to six minutes later, the state trooper showed up,” Deiter said.

Marsha Bonhart Leaving WDTN

marsha-bonhart320Marsha Bonhart is leaving Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN after nearly 35 years in local TV news.

The Dayton Daily News says Bonhart’s last newscast will be Tuesday.

WDTN is transiting from LIN Media to Media General, which announced it would buy the station last March.

Bonhart learned her contract would not be renewed on Dec. 11.

“The station has been very gracious to me about the whole thing,” Bonhart said. “When you get into this industry, you always know this is a possibility.”

She stared at WDTN in March 1988 after working at a Dayton hospital as media coordinator. Bonhart has also worked at KTTV in Los Angeles, WKEF in Dayton, and WDHO in Toledo.

Sketch Released in Hunt for Gunman in KCEN Meteorologist’s Shooting

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The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday of the man they believe shot Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN. The shooting, which happened outside the station’s studios Wednesday, left KCEN employees shaken.

According to a KCEN report, Crawford remains hospitalized:

“So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Patrick was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.

Christiane Cordero Joins WVIT I-Team

cordero wvitChristiane Cordero has made the jump from I-Team producer to I-Team reporter for Hartford NBC owned station WVIT.

Cordero announced the move on her facebook page, “I’m officially official!” She wrote. “Thanks to my incredible mentors, a little bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, I’m stepping up as NBC Connecticut‘s newest INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”

Cordero started her career at WVIT in August 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University.

Angela Taylor to Join WESH

Angela Taylor is joining Hearst-owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an evening anchor.

Taylor comes to Orlando from Hearst’s KHBS in Fort Smith, Ark.

According to Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker, Taylor will join Brett Connolly on the WESH 5:00 p.m. and WESH’s 10:00 p.m. news on WKCF. Read more

WCYB Reporter Jim Conrad Dies

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Veteran reporter Jim “Conrad” Blankenbecler passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was 63 years old. Conrad first gained fame as the afternoon DJ on WETB, where he was known as “Cosmic Conrad.” He later joined Bristol Va, NBC affiliate WCYB in 1988 as a reporter, where he was best known for his folksy feature stories.

“He was a wonderful storyteller. I think his strongest attribute was listening,” WCYB vice president and general manager Jack Dempsey told TriCities.com. “You can’t tell a story if you’re not a good listener. He was very fair. Most of his stories were just nice, colorful stories about people in the region that deserve to be heralded.”

WCYB news director John Soares only worked with Conrad for eight months, but he left a lasting impression on him, “He was a professional, a great colleague, a great friend, and truly a great man with a lot of layers,” Soares said. “I will truly miss him.”

Conrad is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.

KCEN News Staff Shaken by Meteorologist’s Shooting: ‘I Knew It Was Our Patrick’

CaptureMeteorologist Patrick Crawford of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN is reportedly stable and resting after surgery at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Crawford was shot while sitting in his car (pictured) outside the KCEN studios Wednesday in an incident that has yet to be explained, and no arrests have been made. “We didn’t think it was gunshots,” said KCEN executive assistant Charlotte Kinsey. But moments later, a sheriff’s deputy who’d arrived at the station to investigate asked if there was a “Patrick” who worked there:

“It just, it was like a flash,” Kinsey said. “It just happened so suddenly, and I knew who it was. I knew it was our Patrick.”

“My heart just fell to the bottom of my chest,” said Crystal Pratt, our 5 p.m. newscast producer. “I didn’t even know what to think.”

“When I heard them say Patrick’s name,” she said, “my heart completely broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was just numb.”

“You could feel the air suck right out of the room,” said assistant news director Matt Gebhard.

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Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

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