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WFTV Adds Stephanie Bertini, Shannon Butler

stephanie bertiniOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV is adding two to its news team next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel: Stephanie Bertini (pictured) who will join the station as a reporter, and Shannon Butler, who will freelance for the station.

Bertini comes from Welasco, Texas, where she has worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at ABC affiliate KRGV since 2010.

Butler left rival WOFL, the Fox-owned station in Orlando, last year. She has previously worked at News 13 Orlando and at WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee.

Lisa Bell Named WKMG Anchor

bell wkmgWKMG has named Lisa Bell anchor for its 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“Lisa has spent the past two years uncovering major stories as a reporter,” Steve Hyvonen, news director for the Orlando CBS affiliate, said in a statement. “She’s one of the smartest journalists I know. In addition to being a top reporter, Lisa is a terrific person and absolutely shines on the anchor desk.”

Bell will co-anchor with Matt Austin.

Daralene Jones Returns to WFTV

daralene jonesDaralene Jones is returning to her former station, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Jones left WFTV for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, in 2012. She will be returning to WFTV May 27 as a weekend anchor and member of the station’s investigative unit.

“Daralene has a strong record of uncovering high-value stories that make a difference in peoples’ lives, and we’re proud to have her back on the team,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said in a statement.

Lauren Rowe Leaving Orlando’s WKMG

lauren rowe wkmgAfter 13 years at WKMG, Lauren Rowe is stepping down from the Orlando CBS affiliate.

Rowe, who anchors the evening newscasts, revealed earlier this year she struggles with depression.

“I have made the difficult but necessary decision to focus my full attention on my health and family,” Rowe said in a statement.  “The outpouring of support I have received from all of you has been heartfelt and greatly appreciated, and I will truly miss the privilege you have afforded me by inviting me into your homes each day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Amanda Evans Leaving News 13 to Care for Husband

amanda evansNews 13 reporter Amanda Evans is leaving the station to care for her husband who is fighting cancer.

“This is the hardest and easiest decision at the same time,” Evans told Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker. “Balancing doctor’s appointments, chemo and working full time just wasn’t working.”

Boedeker reports Evans’ husband, Joe Clark, had surgery in October after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer returned in February. Read more

Stewart Moore to Mornings at WESH-WKCF

stewart mooreWESH has announced Stewart Moore will anchor the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on sister station WKCF, the CW affiliate in Orlando, beginning April 21.

Moore joined WESH in 2011 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He will anchor alongside Michelle Imperato when she joins the station in June. Both Moore and Imperato will also appear on the WESH morning newscast, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m.

“Stewart brings a tremendous amount of energy and experience both as a reporter and anchor, and we are thrilled that he will be anchoring weekday mornings,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

Ali Turiano Leaving News 13

turiano_outsizedMeteorologist Ali Turiano is leaving News 13 in Orlando, FL.

“Her last day is May 9th,” Tim Geraghty, News 13 senior director of news, told the Orlando Sentinel. “The search is underway for her replacement.”

Turiano started at News 13 in 2008 after working at WENY in Elmira, NY. There’s no word where she’s headed.

Michelle Imperato Joins WESH From KSBW

michelle imperatoMichelle Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Michelle’s caliber join the WESH 2 News Anchor team. She has tremendous experience not only as an anchor, but also as a reporter who has covered major breaking news stories,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

Florida State Agency Calls Out WFTV for ‘Multiple Errors’ in Report

wftv logo_304x200The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a press release detailing what it says are “multiple errors” in a report by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

Mario Boone was the reporter on a story the FDLE called “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” The story aired on the station’s 6:00 pm. news Wednesday night.

In its statement, the FDLE said WFTV’s report suggests the agency is ill equipped to handle a growing number of rape cases and may cause rape victims to be reluctant to report the crime because they don’t think the agency can process the evidence.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We found one error dealing with the number of sexual assault cases and we’ve fixed that.  We stand by everything else in the story.”

Here’s the FDLE statement:

On March 5, WFTV News Channel 9 aired a story entitled “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” There were multiple errors in the story which FDLE feels compelled to address.

“WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said, ‘Delays can result in acquittals.’  

“Fact – FDLE is not aware of an instance in which Biology/DNA evidence submitted to the crime laboratory for testing was not analyzed in time for trial and a suspect was acquitted.  FDLE manages casework and actively works with investigating agencies to ensure that evidence is analyzed and processed prior to trial. Read more

Mark Joyella Resigns from WFTV

joyella_webWFTV reporter Mark Joyella has resigned from the Orlando ABC affiliate to be closer to his family.

Joyella wrote on his blog, “So today I handed in my resignation, and the bosses here were kind enough to release me from my contract.”

“[L]eaving New York, where our entire extended family lives, was far harder than expected,” wrote Joyella, who added, “The homesickness—and for me, with my Mom now living alone in Maine and recovering from cancer—the guilt, became overwhelming.”

Before joining WFTV in 2012, Joyella worked at CNN where he was a digital producer for “Erin Burnett Out Front.” He has also worked at WNYW and WPIX in New York, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa, FL.

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