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Former Anchor Running for Tennessee State Legislature

howell_wdsiFormer WDSI anchor Dan Howell has announced plans to run for the Tennessee State House District 22 in 2014.

Howell started working at the Chattanooga, TN, FOX affiliate in 1994. For the past five years he has been executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.

“I determined if I were ever given the opportunity to repay this community I would take it,” Howell said in a statement. “That is why I am announcing my campaign for State Representative.”

In 2002, Howell was named “Religion Reporter of the Year for Secular Media” by the Religion Newswriters of America.

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WATCH: It’s Local in North Korea. UK’s Channel 4 Shows North Korean TV News

If you think what’s going on in Washington, D.C. is kookaloo crazy, Britain’s Channel 4 is giving a rare look into everyone’s favorite government-by-cult-of-personality.

The British broadcaster is showing North Korean TV News on its website as part of an ongoing series called “North Korea Uncovered.” The news is accompanied by an English translation.

Check out the site by clicking here and don’t forget to praise the Dear Leader’s grace and kindness while you watch.

Pennsylvania Governor Sorry He Used Bad Gay Marriage Analogy in WHP Interview


When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was on Harrisburg, PA, CBS affiliate WHP, he was asked in a taped segment on this morning’s 5:00 a.m. news about a comment one of his legal staff had made about gay marriage.

“There was a controversial remark made by a member of your legal team.” said anchor Sherry Christian. “Comparing gay marriage to the union of twelve-year-olds saying both are illegal.”

Corbett then confirmed with Christian that he called that remark inappropriate. “It was an inappropriate analogy,” said the Governor. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

To which anchor replied, “I don’t know. I’m going to leave the comments to you and your team.”

Later this morning the Governor issued this statement,

“During a recent interview, I was asked to comment on the ruling by Judge Pellegrini that the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts did not have the power to decide the constitutionality of state laws. My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize. I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories. The constitutional question is now before a federal court and that is the venue in which same-sex couples wishing to legally marry have standing to intervene and be heard. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and the question of its legal status is one that will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides.”

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Kentucky Station Catches Republican Senators Huddling Over Shutdown Spin

Paducah, KY, NBC affiliate WPSD caught a glimpse of two leading Republicans talking about how they were going to talk about the shutdown.

WPSG news director Bill Evans told TVSpy the station had asked for an interview with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. When he showed up in the right spot, “An NBC producer/camera team hooked the Senator up and the producer asked questions while we recorded the answers here in Paducah.”

While he was hanging out after the interview and WPSD was still recording Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky, approached the Republican Minority Leader and asked, “You got a second?” Read more

Des Moines Reporter Uses Kickstarter to Publish Book on Iowa Caucus

caucus_chaosWHO reporter Dave Price recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his self-published book about the 2012 Iowa Caucus titled Caucus Chaos.

“I wrote the book because there’s never been an Iowa Caucus like the one we just experienced,” Price told TVSpy. “The rise and fall of so many different candidates in less than one year’s time was remarkable and unprecedented. The name Caucus Chaos seemed to be the perfect fit.”

The political reporter for the Des Moines, IA, NBC affiliate was looking for $4,000 but raised more than $5,000.

Price said the book covers “everything that lead up to caucus night, the drama behind the infamous caucus night [Mitt] Romney declaration and the fears that followed that Iowa’s Caucuses may be damaged because of the way it all went down.” Read more

NYC Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner Tries His Hand at Weather on WNYW

During a sit down interview with New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on New York’s FOX Owned station WNYW,  “Good Day New York” anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto gave the former Congressman a shot at a new career.

When Scotto asked Weiner if he would continue in public service if he wasn’t elected Weiner jokingly said, “I’ve always had this dream of doing weather and sports on your show.” She then escorted Weiner over to the green screen and told him to keep his options open.

“First of all I’m not good-looking enough to do this job,” said the former Congressman who was disgraced in a sexting scandal in 2011. “This is where the Mets play,” Weiner continued. “They’re doing Double A baseball right now. I’ll be doing sports next.”

Scotto brought the interview back to seriousland by pressing the candidate on what his future held. Kelly then joined the two at the green screen where things got a little heated after Weiner told Scotto he would win the election because he was not like the other candidates who were from, “the same muck of municipal government we’ve had for years.” Kelly quickly pointed out Weiner came from the city council and then Congress telling the candidate, “It’s not exactly Athens.”

Former KIRO Anchor To Lead Washington State Republican Party

Susan Hutchison, a former anchor for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, has been elected the Washington State Republican Party Chair.

“People are tremendously excited about the future with me leading the party,” Hutchison told Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ.  “They see a change, a dynamic change, and I hope that I can fulfill their hopes.” You can watch the interview after the jump.

Hutchison worked at KIRO as an anchor from 1981 until 2002. She sued KIRO in 2003 for age, race and gender discrimination after she said she was replaced by a younger Asian-American woman. The lawsuit was settled in 2005. Hutchison ran for King County Executive in 2009. Read more

Former WFTS Reporter to Run for Congress

Former WFTS reporter Alan Cohn will challenge Rep. Dennis Ross (R) to represent Florida’s 15th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cohn, who plans to officially announce his candidacy this week, was an investigative reporter at the Tampa-St. Petersburg ABC affiliate. He left the station in June 2012.

Cohn told Deggans that his run for office will likely prevent him from working as a reporter in the future. “You can’t do what I’m doing and go back to covering a beat,” Cohn said. “But I would like to do this more than any job I can think of.”

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