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Florida Rape Suspect Rips Mic from Hands of WFTV Reporter

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WFTV reporter Renee Stoll was waiting with questions when a Florida pastor, Pedro Custodio, left jail. Custodio, known as “Pastor Pete”, is accused of raping at least three women who had been clients at an Orlando-area homeless shelter.

“Pastor Pete” quickly tired of Stoll’s questions and grabbed the microphone from her hands and threw it–all of which was caught on video by Stoll’s photographer. “That’s assault,” she said.

Watch it, via Crooks and Liars:

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

Jackie Orozco Apologizes For Posting ‘Smiling’ Picture at Murder Scene

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco has apologized on Twitter for posting a picture at the scene of a double homicide over the weekend.

Orozco, who has worked at Fox-owned WOFL in Orlando since 2013, posted a picture of her and her photographer at the scene with the caption: “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

See the photo after the jump. Read more

WOFL Reporter Takes Smiling Selfie at Site of Double Murder, Deletes Instagram Account

orozco_croppedFile this in the “things I shouldn’t do on social media” bin.

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco posted took a picture of herself with her photographer at the scene of a double homicide Sunday. You can see her report after the jump.

The reporter for the Orlando FOX owned station sent the shot out on instagram with the caption, “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

Her instagram account has since been taken down.

TVSpy has asked both FOX and Orozco for comment. We have not heard back. Read more

Florida Anchor Calls Out Governor for Avoiding Her

News 13 anchor Ybeth Bruzual took to the airwaves to call out Florida Governor Rick Scott for ignoring her interview requests.

She said she’d been booking Gubernatorial candidates to appear on her show Political Connections which airs in Tampa and Orlando and asked Scott to come on, but was ignored.

Bruzual decided enough was enough when Scott’s office reached out to Bright House Network’s Spanish language channel InfoMas. When Bright House told Scott’s office Bruzual would do the InfoMas interview, the Governor’s office told the station they wanted to choose the interviewer and he would only talk about Hispanic Outreach.

“Our management agreed that it would set a dangerous precedent to accede to such conditions and declined the campaign’s request,” said Bruzual.

[Huffington Post]

David Hall Joins Orlando’s WKMG

David HallDavid Hall is the new morning anchor at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“We searched long and hard for the right person to join our team,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “I am confident that we found that person in David Hall. He is a smart, strong journalist who enjoys communicating with viewers, and he is excited get to work in our community.”

Hall comes from KMBC in Kansas City, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Beginning June 23, he will co-anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast alongside Bridgett Ellison.

Brett Connolly Named Anchor of WKCF 10 p.m. Newscast

connolly_304With Syan Rhodes leaving WESH-WKCF, Brett Connolly has been named anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast on WKCF, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Connolly joined WESH earlier this year. He will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on NBC affiliate WESH alongside Martha Sugalski. Before moving to Orlando, Connolly was the morning anchor at WFXT, the Fox-owned station in Boston.

When Connolly joined WESH in February, general manager Jim Carter said he is a “tremendous journalist, and we are thrilled to have a person of his caliber join our anchor and reporting team.”

Ginger Gadsden to Join WKMG in Orlando

gadsden wkmgWKMG in Orlando has announced Ginger Gadsden will join the Orlando CBS affiliate as evening anchor

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said in a statement. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished Journalist. Like her Co-Anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the News.”

The station said she will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. show with Matt Austin and solo the 7:00 p.m.

Gadsden last worked at WTSP in St. Petersburg, FL. where she signed off in June 2013 after seven years there. She starts at WKMG June 16.

Political Analyst Frank Torres Parts Ways with Orlando’s News 13

torres news 13Political analyst Frank Torres has left Central Florida News 13, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

“I asked to be released from my News 13 contract to go free agent, and they agreed,” Torres told Sentinel media reporter Hal Boedeker. “It just felt like I was always going to be backing up Lou [Frey] and Dick [Batchelor], and I wanted the opportunity to go elsewhere and be The Guy.”

Torres has worked at News 13 since January 2012.

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.

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