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Oregonian Reporter Accuses KATU of Lifting His Story ‘Without Attribution’

KATU NewsroomA reporter for The Oregonian says an investigative reporter for Portland ABC affiliate KATU lifted a story and reported it–both on air and online–without ever crediting the newspaper.

Rob Davis is an investigative reporter who covers the environment for The Oregonian, and Tuesday afternoon he published a story revealing that a special license plate designed to benefit the salmon in Oregon–by repairing culverts that can block salmon migration–was in reality funneling money elsewhere:

Since 2013, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board hasn’t spent a cent of salmon plate money on fixing road impacts.

Instead, drivers have paid the salary and office expenses of OWEB’s small grants administrator in Salem. Drivers are also set to pay for a $150,000 website improvement to make it possible to apply online for grants from OWEB, another project that won’t retrofit a single culvert.

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KOIN Reporter Licked During Liveshot

When you get assigned to cover a marijuana ballot initiative on Election Night, you know there’s a decent chance it won’t be a boring evening. It definitely wasn’t for Tim Becker, a reporter at Portland CBS affiliate KOIN.

Reporting from the “Yes on 91″ headquarters, Becker’s liveshot was interrupted by a woman who slipped behind him and appeared to lick the back of his neck. “Kinda got licked during a liveshot,” Becker tweeted later.

Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

Squirrel Leaves Oregon Station in the Dark

Yesterday’s Good Day Oregon show on Portland FOX affiliate KPTV was a bit moodier than usual thanks to a squirrel.

According to the station, Portland General Electric said the squirrel knocked out power to 9,500 customers in Washington County at about 6:30 a.m.

The utility said a squirrel came into contact with some electrical equipment, causing the outage.

KPTV said it used a backup generator to stay on the air. The power came back on by 9:45 a.m.

KPTV-KPDX Launching 9 p.m. Newscast

kptv logo Portland Fox affiliate KPTV is launching a 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KPDX in September.

“More than ever before, we live in an on-demand world,” KPTV-KPDX general manager Andy Delaporte said in a statement. “The 9 O’clock News is launching as a direct response to the needs of busy Oregon and southwest Washington viewers. In addition to our 24-7 livestream on KPTV.com, FOX 12 and PDX TV are here when viewers need us with the most options to access morning, early evening, primetime and late-night newscasts in the Portland market.”

No word yet on who will anchor the broadcast. KPDX has an 8 p.m. newscast anchored by Wayne Garcia and Amy Troy, who also anchor the 10 p.m. newscast on KPTV.

Meredith Promotes GM of Portland Station, Names Replacement

meredith logo_304x200Meredith Local Media Group has announced Patrick McCreery has been promoted to the newly created role of Local Media Group VP of News and Marketing.

“I look forward to improving the reach and quality of local news content for our station group,” said McCreery, who was promoted from VP and GM of Meredith’s FOX affiliate KPTV-KPDX in Portland, OR.

McCreery has been with KPTV-KPDX for more than 10 years and in that time has served as station manager, news director and assistant news director. He joined Meredith as special projects executive producer for KPHO in Phoenix in 2003.

Meredith also announced Andy Delaporte has been promoted from director of sales at KPTV-KPDX to VP and GM to replace McCreery. Read more

Adrienne Roark Named KOIN GM

roark cropped koinAdrienne Roark has been named president and general manager of Portland CBS affiliate KOIN.

“Adrienne is a highly strategic and driven leader that brings an impressive range of large market experience to this position,” said Jay Howell, VP of Television fro LIN Media. “She also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers. I am excited to welcome her to the team.”

Roark comes to KOIN from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, where she was the VP and news director. She has also worked as news director at WFOR in Miami, FL, and assistant news director at WESH in Orlando.

She starts June 23.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman out at KOIN

sussman iwanaga_croppedThe Oregonian is reporting KOIN chief meteorologist Bruce Sussman is no longer with the Portland CBS affiliate.

On his facebook page, Sussman thanked KOIN reporter Joel Iwanaga because he posted, “Bruce delivered his last weathercast tonight and will be leaving our tv station. Bittersweet for us in the newsroom because while he will be missed…We know he will be successful in his next move.”

Sussman came to KOIN from Portland’s NBC affiliate KGW. He has also worked at KAPP in Yakima, WA, and KHQ in Spokane.

Former Portland Anchor Loses Voice After Surgery


Retired KOIN anchor Mike Donahue is recovering from throat surgery that has left him struggling to speak.

His vocal chords were damaged during surgery and he’s not sure how long it will take to get his voice back.

“I’ll never take swallowing or speaking for granted again,” Donahue told the Portland CBS affiliate.

Donahue has been working for Providence Health since he retired from KOIN in May 2012.

Anthony Congi Moving from Buffalo to Oregon

Anthony Congi has announced he is heading across country to work at Portland FOX affiliate KPTV.

“Everyone, this will be my last week at WIVB and in Buffalo,” Congi wrote on his facebook page. “My wife and I are heading back west to be closer to our families. Thank you all for welcoming me into your community. WNY has been great, I will miss it and I hope you will continue follow me in my adventures.”

KPTV news director Corey Hanson told TVSpy Congi starts two weeks from Monday as a reporter for “Good Day Oregon.”

Before coming to WIVB in November 2010, Congi worked at KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID.

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