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Kelly Brennan Joins WTAE as Reporter

Kelly Brennan will join Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate WTAE as a reporter.

Brennan, who is the sister of WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan, will begin reporting for the station Monday.

Kelly Brennan comes from WOWK in Charleston, WV.

Viewers may remember her sister Courtney for a near miss with Jerry Sandusky’s wife’s car while reporting on the Sandusky molestation trial.  Click here to see the video.

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette]

Justin Antoniotti Named News Director at WTAE

Justin Antoniotti will take over as news director of WTAE, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, beginning today.

It is a move within Hearst for Antoniotti, who comes from WYFF in Greenville, S.C. He has been news director there since 2007. Before that, he was the assistant news director at WISN in Milwaukee, another Hearst station.

“I have been very fortunate to have already worked at two great Hearst Television properties,”Antoniotti said in a statement.  “To now be able to move to WTAE is very special.  I look forward to working with the talented Channel 4 Action News Team and building on the great legacy at WTAE.” Read more

Arena to Replace McDermott at Pittsburgh’s WPXI

Joe Arena will replace the departing Todd McDermott on WPXI‘s morning news.

“We’re excited to welcome Joe to the Channel 11 News team,” said vice president and general manager Ray Carter in a statement provided to TVSpy. “Replacing someone as talented as Todd McDermott isn’t easy, but I think viewers will find Joe to be warm and engaging and a good fit with co-anchor Jennifer Abney.”

Arena’s first day for WPXI will be Monday October 22.  He will anchor both the morning and noon news.  McDermott, who will be leaving the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate Friday to be closer to his daughter, will take on his new role as evening anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach.

McDermott may be best known for reporting a spoof story posted on BroCouncil.com saying Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward had been traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

Arena comes from Buffalo’s WVIB.  Previously he worked in Shreveport, LA, Washington, D.C., and Bluefield, WV.

[TVNewsCheck]

WTAE News Director Bongiorno Says Goodbye

Alex Bongiorno, news director for Pittsburgh’s WTAE since 2009 is leaving the station according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette.

“Alex has decided to leave. I’m not sure if she is going to another job,” the ABC affiliate’s general manager Michael Hayes told the Post-Gazette. “She decided to leave the market for personal and family reasons.”

The Post-Gazette hinted at a possible reason for Bongiorno’s departure,

Channel 4′s May sweeps ratings were down year-to-year (2012 vs. 2011) in many weekday news time slots in household and key demographic ratings.

Keith Jones Named Morning Anchor at WCAU

Beginning in July, Keith Jones will be the morning anchor at WCAU in Philadelphia, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones comes to WCAU from WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been a reporter and anchor for the past two years. He has previously worked at WCAU as an intern while attending Villanova University. In his new role, he will also report for the station.

“We’re excited to welcome Keith back to NBC10 as part of our on-air team,” president and general manager Eric Lerner said in a statement. “He has an enthusiasm and energy that our viewers will respond well to.”

Jones will be paired with WCAU morning anchor Lori Wilson. Stacey Stauffer, who has been filling in at the morning anchor desk, will return to reporting full-time, according to a station spokesperson.

Susan Koeppen Returns to KDKA Anchor Desk: ‘I’ve Got to Go Back to Life, and Living’

On Susan Koeppen‘s first day back at the KDKA anchor desk, the Pittsburgh CBS O&O aired a long segment documenting her recovery from heart surgery.

“I’ll never forget the past, I’ll never forget what happened,” she said in the interview. “But I’ve got to go back to life, and living. I can’t worry about it.”

Koeppen’s life expectancy has returned to normal, according to KDKA. She expects to be back anchoring both the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts by the end of the month. Video of the segment inside… Read more

Two Months After Heart Surgery, Susan Koeppen Plans Return to KDKA Anchor Desk

Susan Koeppen will return to the KDKA anchor desk next week, two months after undergoing surgery to repair a faulty heart valve.

Koppen, who anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the Pittsburgh CBS O&O, suffered cardiac arrest in November. The surgery in March was the last part of repair work for her congenital heart problem, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Beginning next Monday, Koeppen will return to the anchor desk at 6 p.m. She plans to to return to anchoring both the 6 and the 11 p.m. newscasts on May 28.

Jerry Martz Joins Weather Central From WSYX

Chief meteorologist Jerry Martz has left WSYX to join Weather Central, an independent weather data and graphics supplier.

Martz joined WSYX, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, in 2006. Martz will be based in Pittsburgh, where he spent nine years as a meteorologist at ABC-affiliate WTAE prior to joining WSYX.

“After 6 1/2 years, my last day at WSYX,” Martz wrote on Facebook last week. “Going to miss a lot about the biz, but looking forward to what lies ahead!”

Janelle Hall Moves From Weekends to Weekdays at Pittsburgh’s WTAE

Janelle Hall has been added to the WTAE morning newscast as a traffic and breaking news anchor.

Hall, who has worked at the Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate since 2004, has been the weekend morning anchor for five years. Her replacement was not immediately known, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

She will join anchors Kelley Frey and Michelle Wright, along with meteorologist Demetrius Ivy and sports anchor John Meyer, on the weekday morning newscast.

WPXI Shuffles Weekend, Morning Meteorologists

Pittsburgh NBC-affiliate WPXI has swapped the schedules of two meteorologists, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mike LaPoint (pictured), formerly the meteorologist for the weekday morning newscast, has been reassigned to weekends. Kevin Benson, formerly the weekend meteorologist, will take his place in the mornings.

“Viewers in Pittsburgh have come to trust Kevin over the years on weekends, and we felt Kevin’s friendly presence would be a perfect addition to the morning team,” WPXI news director Mike Goldrick said.

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