Boedeker reports Evans’ husband, Joe Clark, had surgery in October after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer returned in February. Read more
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.
Turiano started at News 13 in 2008 after working at WENY in Elmira, NY. There’s no word where she’s headed.
“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.
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
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.”
Orlando FOX owned station WOFL is set to begin a six week test of a new Friday night show called “The Cue.”
The press release said “The Cue,” which starts this Friday at 11:30 p.m., “will take a witty and satirical look at pop culture and local happenings in the Central Florida area, including local current events and topics trending on the web.”
“This fresh, new format will bring our viewers a different type of entertainment news on Friday nights,” Allyson Meyers WOFL VP and GM said in a statement. “David’s irreverent and unscripted take on today’s hot topics and the local news of the week will be a great addition to our weekend lineup.”
Connolly comes to WESH from WFXT in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.
Current 5:00 p.m. anchor Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
“With so many hours of news a day, adding Brett to the anchor team will only strengthen how WESH 2 covers news for Central Florida viewers,” Jim Carter, president and GM of WESH said in a statement. Carter also said, “Adding Brett will allow Jim Payne to cover more news from the field, something that we wanted to do for some time.”
Connolly starts Monday, February 17.
Trading in the snow for sunshine in Fla. Excited to join @WESH
— Brett Connolly (@ConnollyWESH2) February 3, 2014
Wolff posted the news to her facebook page, “I am blown away by today. 7 years ago I dreamed of becoming a News Director. I took a 3,000 mile leap of faith and landed in Orlando. Fell in love with the WESH Newsroom. Today my dream came true. I feel so much love and support from my family – they kind of have to give it .. and my co-workers – they definitely DON’T have to give it. But I feel it! Can’t wait to live this chapter with all of you!”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Wolff has worked for WESH’s parent company Hearst for 23 years, starting as a photojournalist and working as a producer. Before coming to WESH, Wolff worked at Hearst’s KCRA in Sacramento.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, McEwen, who came to WKMG in 2004 after 16 years with the CBS This Morning, will contribute two reports a week.
“We’re here to show the positive light on things, telling stories you might not hear anywhere else … about heroes who may be across the street,” McEwen told the Sentinel. Read more