At a staff meeting held this afternoon at the station, it was revealed that Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples, Fla., area. His final day on the job at KEYE is Aug. 8.
Turchetta arrived at the city’s CBS affiliate two years ago, after serving as assistant news director at the Fox station in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he’d worked at stations in Atlanta, Seattle and Jacksonville, Fla., among others.
A call to WWAY confirmed Pickey no longer worked at the station. WWAY wouldn’t comment on when he left or why.
Pickey made headlines last year when he had to pay a fine and go to driving school after he drove into a local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.
Pickey’s bio has been removed from the station website.
Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, said Strickland told staffers Friday “the job was affecting his family, life and personal relationships.”
Strickland started at the station as an intern. He left in 1994 to work at WAVY in Hampton Roads, VA, as an executive producer before being named news director in 1996. He returned to KTRK in 2000 as news director.
“I’m very pleased that we were able to tap KIRO-TV’s internal talent for this critical position. Under Jake’s leadership, we will continue to deliver exceptional daily newscasts to our viewers and position KIRO 7 Eyewitness News as the No. 1 digital content distributor for Seattle,” KIRO general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to be in this new role leading such a talented group of journalists, as we make KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the go to place for news on-air, on-line and on social media,” Milstein added.
The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.
According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.
His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.
Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more
Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.
A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.
“As Chicago’s Very Own, I felt it was important to have a leader who knows Chicago. Jennifer is the entire package: a track record of success, forward thinking, with strong editorial judgment and her pulse on Chicago,” WGN general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “With over twenty years at WGN-TV, I am proud to honor that loyalty and experience with the news director post. It is well deserved.”
Kristen Hamilton has been hired as the news director for KHQA, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate in Quincy, Ill.
— Kristen Hamilton (@KBHKnows) June 25, 2014
Rick Gevers reports in his weekly newsletter that Hamilton comes from WXIN in Indianapolis, where she is the content manager. She replaces Nora Baldner, who has been KHQA news director for four years.