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KPHO Reporter Says Report White House Gets Questions in Advance of Briefings a ‘Mistake’

anaya with carneyKPHO reporter Catherine Anaya says she made a mistake reporting that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told her off the record he gets reporter’s questions prior to press briefings.

Anaya was in Washington, D.C. as part of a Presidential interview junket where local reporters get an audience with the commander in chief. She told the anchors back in Phoenix about her off the record visit with Carney, which she revealed, “And then [Carney] also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask…or the correspondents…they are provided to him in advance.”

Anaya told BuzzFeed she planned to ask Carney a question at the daily briefing and was asked by a White House staffer to submit it in advance.

“As a local journalist I had no issue providing my proposed question in advance because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate [question] for a national briefing and I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for Mr. Carney, but in discussing it with a staff member the night before we decided I would save it for the president,” she said. “I was attempting to not waste national time on a local question but in my attempt at explaining that I unintentionally made it sound like that experience applied to everyone. That is my mistake and I own up to it.”

Carney disputed her initial claim, telling the Daily Mail, “If only this were true.” Read more

Landlord Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Phoenix Photographer


A Mesa, AZ, landlord was arrested Friday night after he knocked a KTVK photographer to the ground.

The crew for the independent Phoenix station was looking into a viewer complaint that bees were living in the roof of his apartment building when the landlord Mike Djordejvich showed up and demanded the crew leave the property. According to the station, Djordejvich “used his shoulders to butt the photographer, who went tumbling to the ground.”

Djordejvich was arrested on suspicion of assault.

KPHO Accused of Doctoring Footage of Deadly Police Shooting

KPHO_police shootingPhoenix CBS affiliate KPHO is being accused of unethical journalism by the Pinal County Sheriff’s department over the way it’s showing video of a deadly police shooting.

In cellphone video shot at the end of a police chase on January 14, a suspect is seen standing at the side of his vehicle surrounded by Pinal County deputies and officers from the Eloy Police Department. Police first shoot the suspect with non-lethal rounds. He then reaches into his car, turns his back to the officers and raises his hands before being shot to death.

In emails obtained by TVSpy between Pinal County Sheriff’s pubic information officer Tim Gaffney and KPHO reporter Morgan Loew about the CBS affiliate’s coverage that began airing January 22, Gaffney tells Loew, “the fact you freeze the video at the exact split second the suspect raises his hands and then delay the sound of the shots being fired, is both unethical and completely misleading.”

Loew tells Gaffney, “It does seem that you are going out of your way to clear your deputy in the shooting before the homicide investigation is complete. ”

>UPDATE: KPHO told TVSpy, “We stand 100 percent behind our reporting of this story.  It was accurate and balanced.  To our knowledge, we did not alter the video in any way shape or form.  We did make an editorial decision not to show footage of the subject dying on screen as to not offend our viewers.  But we felt it was important to continue with the audio portion so they could hear that gunshots were fired at the subject while his hands were in the air and back was to the deputy who fired the fatal shots.”

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Phoenix News Director Gets Promoted

casey_kpnxMark Casey, VP and news director for Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX, has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president and station manager.

Casey, who joined KPNX in 1999 said “he looks forward to developing and improving the combined newsrooms’ digital reach and social-media functions.”

John Misner, COO & GM of KPNX, told TVSpy Casey will “retain many of his news director duties as we determine the best next steps for newsroom leadership.”

Casey started his career as a reporter and photographer and has worked as a news director since 1991.

Phoenix Producer Tweets She’s ‘Thankful’ For ‘Drunk Dude’ Driving Into a House

KSAZ morning news producer Juliana Vasquez let everyone know she was having a slow news morning at the Phoenix FOX owned station when she tweeted on her personal account she was “thankful that some drunk dude drivers (sic) into a house” because she needed the news.

Arizona blog Down and Drought first reported about the tweet and captured a screengrab.

Mark Rodman vice president and GM of KSAZ said in a statement, “This is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.”

It appears her twitter page has been deleted. Sources tell TVSpy Vasquez has been reprimanded but what that means exactly is still unclear. We’ll keep you posted.

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Brandon Lee Joins KTVK in Phoenix

lee_ktvk_croppedBrandon Lee has joined Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK as 4:30 p.m. anchor.

Lee was known as Brandon Rudat when he worked at WGCL in Atlanta. According to KTVK’s press release, “to honor his adopted family and keep a promise made to his adopted father, David Lee, Brandon will go by his middle name ‘Lee’ on air.” He left WGCL in July.

“Brandon will be a great addition to the 3TV news team,” Cameryn Beck, executive news director said in a statement. “His dedication to news excellence and warm personality are a perfect fit for our newsroom and product.”

Lee will also contribute to the station’s other evening shows. He starts anchoring with Jaime Cerreta next Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Department Resorts to Publicly Shaming Phoenix Station for Inaccurate Reports

knxv logo_304x200A Sheriff’s Department in the Phoenix market has resorted to publicly shaming ABC affiliate KNXV for what it says is a string of inaccurate reports.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday when KNXV reported on Twitter three people had been taken to the hospital after two helicopters had collided near Phoenix. It was actually a single vehicle rollover involving three different air ambulances taking the injured to local hospitals.

Following the gaffe, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu issued a statement on the department’s website, “If there isn’t enough drama for the evening news, don’t worry ABC15 will make up more.”

Last month, KNXV ran a report about a man who they said had been banned from Walmart for ad matching, a practice where Walmart matches the lowest price found in advertised products. But, according to the Sheriff’s Department “A simply [sic] check with the Sheriff’s Office would have shown that the “ad match victim” portrayed by ABC15 News was in fact cited and released for one count of Disorderly Conduct and one count of Threatening and Intimidating.”

Tim Gaffney, public information officer for the Sheriff’s department told TVSpy his department has tried multiple times to address the issue with KNXV management and parent company Scripps. He said all attempts have been ignored.

Gaffney said the inaccurate reporting and lack of response from the station and its parent company have forced the department to attempt public shaming in order to bring about a change. Read more

Meredith Acquires KMOV, KTVK and KASW From Gannett

meredith_1Meredith Corporation will buy three stations in two markets — KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK-KASW in Phoenix — from Gannett Co. for $407.5 million in cash.

News of the sale comes just a week after the Department of Justice said Gannett had to sell KMOV in order to proceed with its acquisition of Belo Corp. Gannett says the sale satisfies the obligations, and that the close of the Gannett-Belo merger is “expected promptly.”

KSAW, the CW affiliate in Phoenix, will subsequently be purchased from Meredith by SagamoreHill. Meredith, which owns KPHO in Phoenix, will provide “certain services” for the station, according to a press release.

“Meredith is a highly respected multi-media company which shares our commitment to outstanding local journalism, and we are confident that these stations will be in good hands,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

More from Gannett after the jump. Read more

Phoenix Station Promotes Assistant News Director

wood_kphoMeredith owned CBS affiliate KPHO has promoted assistant news director Leona Wood to news director.

Wood has worked at the Phoenix, AZ, station for seven years. She started at KPHO as senior executive producer and was once news director at KXLY in Spokane, WA. She also worked at KTVK in Phoenix as executive producer.

She replaces Michelle Donaldson who left KPHO in August for KOB in Albuquerque, NM.

In Phoenix, KSAZ Debuts Upgraded News Set

KSAZ, the Fox O&O in Phoenix, recently debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group (photos below). The set was designed to give anchors the ability to move freely around the set to several “story telling venues.”

“It makes for a great deal of satisfaction and pride when a client takes one of our sets to the edge of the envelope, KSAZ has redefined that edge!” Devlin Design creative director Dan Devlin said in a statement.

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