TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps
Vidicom is looking for a TV News Writer. next job KOB - TV is looking for a Morning Executive Producer. next job WTKR/WGNT TV is looking for a News Producer. next job WPIX11 is looking for a Line Producer. next job WKOW TV is looking for a News Director. next job KGW is looking for a News Producer. next job Bloomberg LP is looking for a Senior Producer. next job NBCUniversal is looking for a Producer, WVIT. see all

Obits

Alabama TV Trailblazer Norman Lumpkin Dies

Norman Lumpkin, the first African-American TV reporter in Montgomery, AL, has died.

According to WSFA, one of Lumpkin’s first assignments when he started at the NBC affiliate in 1969 was to cover then Governor George Wallace‘s 1970 re-election campaign.

Despite the racial tension of the era, in which he was purposefully given false information by some in order to discredit his work, Norman pushed on and ultimately gained the respect of politicians and viewers for his work. Wallace, who was a staunch segregationist, made sure Norman was invited to each campaign event.

Lumpkin left WSFA in the 1990s to work as news director at the city’s ABC affiliate WNCF. He then went on to work as public relations director for the Alabama Highway Department.

“I learned a lot from Norman – not just about race, politics and the TV news business – but about respecting people regardless of their station in life,” former WSFA anchor Bob Howell told WSFA. “Each of us who knew or worked with him owes him a great debt of gratitude.”

Former WCPO Reporter Known For Hostage Interview Dies

Elaine Green Hoskins interviewElaine Green, a former reporter at WCPO who won a Peabody Award for an interview she conducted while being held hostage inside the Cincinnati ABC affiliate’s building, died Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Green and several other WCPO employees were held at gunpoint in the WCPO newsroom for more than an hour by James Hoskins in 1980. While she was captive, Green interview Hoskins, who admitted he had just killed his girlfriend. The Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter recalls talking with Green about the incident:

I interviewed Green several times about that night. She called it “bone-chilling.” She was a very classy, old-school journalist who didn’t seek fame or fortune from her brush with death.

On the 25th anniversary in 2005 she told me: “I still get chills. It’s a terrifying thing. You don’t know what you’re going to say or do that might set him off. … We all survived because nobody did anything stupid. Everybody stayed calm and nobody panicked.”

Watch video of the interview, via WCPO, after the jump. Read more

WBAY Photographer Joe Smrekar Dies After Battle with Cancer

smrekar wbayJoe Smrekar, photographer for Green Bay, WI, ABC affiliate WBAY, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Smrekar started at WBAY as a production assistant in 1984. He became a photographer three years later.

“He’s been a constant friend for a lot of years,” WBAY chief photographer John Devroy said. “Joe was a very dedicated person. There’s not a more dedicated person you’ll find.”

According to the station, one of Smrekar’s passions was shooting Green Bay Packer games. “But aside from his stellar work, what we’ll remember most is Joe the person, the colleague and friend who lived his life with integrity.”

Joe’s family will receive friends at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason Street, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 25.

WSB Traffic Reporter Herb Emory Dies

herb emoryHerb Emory, a longtime traffic reporter at Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, died Saturday. Emory stopped to help at a car accident when he had a sudden heart attack, WSB reports.

“He taught me about the streets, how to do traffic, how to do radio, how do television. He taught me most importantly how to give back to the community and how to be a good citizen,” WSB traffic reporter Mark Arum said. “We work with a lot of great people in this building. For years, we’ve worked with amazing people and giving people. And no one could even hold a candle to what Captain Herb did.”

Emory had worked at WSB and WSB Radio since 1991. Watch Arum’s tribute after the jump. Read more

Jim Reif Dies After Bicycle Accident

reif_ripWBBH director of meteorology, Jim Reif died last night after suffering a traumatic head injury in a bicycling accident Sunday.

Reif hit a sign Sunday while riding his bike and hit his head on the curb.

He was recently engaged to be married.

Reif started his TV career in 1979 in Fort Myers, FL. In 1999, Reif started working for WBBH’s parent company Waterman Broadcasting when he was named chief meteorologist at Fort Myers ABC affiliate WZVN. He is the director of meteorology for both WBBH and WZVN.

According to the Fort Myers NBC affiliate, Reif died last night at 10:38 p.m. He was 62.

Former KARK Reporter Gene Stewart Dies

stewart kark croppedGene Stewart, a reporter for KARK in the 1970′s and 80′s, died Tuesday of complications from surgery.

Stewart worked for the Little Rock, AR, NBC affiliate twice. In 1971 he joined the station as a reporter, night editor and producer.

According to his obituary he left KARK in 1977 to be a patrol sergeant and PIO for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

For several years, Gene flew the daily traffic watch over Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County in all types of weather. The reports were carried on several Little Rock area radio stations, and “Sgt. Gene’s” air traffic reports were depended on by thousands of motorists.

He went back to KARK in 1981 and stayed until 1988 when he started his own production company, “Gene Stewart Video.”

According to KARK, “When contacted a few years ago about working at the station, Gene told us that KARK was ‘still in his heart and soul’ and that it was a great place to work. Gene also recalled staffers saying ‘showtime’ when it was time for a newscast to begin, and he said seeing KARK videos from that time period always brought back that excitement.”

Gene Stewart was 71.

Former WXYZ News Director Phil Nye Dies


Phil Nye, former news director for Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, has died.

Nye was the news director for the station in the 1970′s.

According to WXYZ, Nye’s friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about him on social media, “Some of the comments refer to him as a “super leader,” “a true talent” and a “wonderfully compassionate human being.”

He was 87.

Pioneering St. Louis TV Weatherman Howard DeMere Dies

demere ksdk obit wx boardHoward DeMere, the second TV weatherman in St. Louis, died Wednesday after a heart attack.

DeMere started at KSDK when it was the only station in town. He succeeded Jack Garrison who briefly forecast the weather before leaving for a sales job.

For 32 years, DeMere’s worked in St. Louis as a weathermen and then a reporter for KSDK and KSD radio (now KTRS).

In a 2010 feature, KSDK said DeMere “put television weather here on the map.” DeMere told the station, “The weather and the weather set. It started as a simple frame…wooden and covered with a piece of Plexiglass. Write on it with a china marking pencil then you went back over it with a pen and talked about it as you did so…” Read more

WTOC Anchor Mike Manhatton Dies

mike manhattonMike Manhatton, an anchor at Savannah CBS affiliate WTOC, has died from complications of cancer.

“Mike has been with us here at WTOC nearly 33 years — a phenomenal reporter, and gifted anchorman. WTOC and the community have truly lost an amazing man, and a wonderful friend,” the station said in a statement on its website.

According to the Savannah Morning News, Manhatton remained at WTOC until February 28. “He was the consummate news guy,” WTOC’s Sonny Dixon told the Morning News. “He never lost the feel for the urgency of breaking news and was always a stickler to get it right the first time.”

Watch WTOC’s tribute to Manhatton after the jump. Read more

Sharie Shima, Former KHNL Meteorologist Dies

shima_croppedSharie Shima, former meteorologist for Honolulu NBC affiliate KHNL, died over the weekend.

Shima, known as Hawaii’s first broadcast meteorologist, worked at Honolulu’s ABC affiliate KITV for eight years before starting at KHNL in 2001.

“Sharie was one of the first to have her official meteorologist seal. I looked up to her,” said former KHNL anchor and weathercaster Angela Keen. “Sharie trained me on how to use the weather software at KHNL. She was one of the most welcoming and supportive people at KHNL. She will be sorely missed.”

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, details of her death were withheld in keeping with her last wishes.

Shima was 52.

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>