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KATU Crew Narrowly Escapes Downed Power Line Then Reports on Damage Live

While reporting on a heavy blanketing of snow in southwest Portland, a KATU news crew narrowly escaped danger after a falling tree limb pulled a power line to the ground feet away from their live truck.

“I was terrified,” KATU reporter Lincoln Graves said. “As soon as the sky lit up and I heard the ‘zapping’ sounds, I thought the worst. I put my hands over my head thinking our truck mast had somehow touched a power line.” Read more

Rick Jacobs Upped to News Director at KGW

Station veteran Rick Jacobs has been promoted to news director at KGW.

Jacobs has served as assistant news director at the Portland NBC-affiliate for over a decade.

KGW president and general manager DJ Wilson confirmed the promotion to TVSpy this week.  An official announcement is expected soon.

Jacobs succeeds Rod Gramer, who left KGW this summer after 13 years as the station’s news director to become vice president and general manager at Bay News 9 in Tampa.  Before joining KGW, Jacobs worked as a producer at Portland CBS-affiliate KOIN.  He has been KGW’s acting news director for the past few months.

VIDEO: KGW Cameras Catch Staffers Juggling On Live Newscast

Well, here’s one way to pass the time between newscasts: two KGW staffers were caught on a recent newscast juggling in the background of meteorologist Rod Hill‘s weather report (watch above).

“Hey, this is supposed to be my time, right?” Hill joked. “Just because I can’t juggle, nobody pays attention to me.”

KATU Camera Stolen at Occupy Demonstration

A KATU news crew had a camera stolen while covering an Occupy Portland demonstration this week.

On Monday, Occupy protestors gathered at the Port of Portland, shutting down three of its four terminals.  Amid the demonstration, police arrested a handful of unruly people, including one man who stole a pick-up truck from the scene of a car crash and used it to transport a group on their way to the port.

While details of the theft are scarce, KATU general manager John Tamerlano told TVSpy that the station is working with the Portland police department to recover the stolen equipment, which has been valued at around $25,000. Read more

Portland Stations Draw Big Numbers with Overnight Coverage of Occupy Clash

Portland stations provided wall-to-wall coverage of the clash between the city’s Occupy protestors and police early Sunday morning, after mayor Sam Adams warned demonstrators on Saturday that they would face eviction at midnight.  The stations’ commitment to covering the confrontation paid off as viewership spiked beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

“I think there was a definite interest across all television stations here in Portland,” KATU news director Don Pratt told The Oregonian, saying that viewership was “two to three times” higher than normal. Read more

VIDEO: KGW Crew Berated, Shoved At Occupy Portland

After a confrontation between an Occupy Portland protester and a KGW news crew was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube yesterday, the station will limit live shots from the protest to ensure employee safety.

In the above video (warning: expletives are unedited), a protester with a pink bandana over his mouth berates KGW reporter Art Edwards and repeatedly pushes the crew members protecting the reporter. Read more

KGW Airs Graphic Counting ‘Stinky People’ and ‘Angry People’ at Occupy Portland

KGW, the NBC-affiliate in Portland, is under fire after accidentally airing a graphic listing numbers of “stinky people” and “angry people” at Occupy Portland.

The graphic (pictured) aired briefly, for less than a second, in the middle of the opening graphics sequence on the noon newscast Wednesday. “Somebody punched the wrong button, basically,” KGW news director Rick Jacobs told Willamette Week.

While noon anchors Russ Lewis and Brenda Braxton did not acknowledge the graphic on the newscast, Jacobs said the error was “unacceptable.” Read more

KPTV Reporter to Occupy Protestors: ‘I’m One of You’

“I’m one of you!” KPTV reporter Jamie Wilson told a group of protestors while covering the Occupy Portland demonstrations.

“I have student loans. I can’t get out of debt,” Wilson said. “I had a ridiculously high-priced college education and my real world job has not given me the salary to pay it off” (video above).

A graduate of Linfield College, Wilson has been a reporter with KPTV since 2000.

Fisher Communications Adds Pulp to KATU Website

Fisher Communications is expanding Pulp, its local culture brand, to Portland.

Earlier this summer, Fisher launched Seattle Pulp as a complement to KOMO‘s web presence and now the company is doing the same for KATU, its Portland station.

“The content created by Portland Pulp writers will reflect how diverse and original this city is,” Pulp editor Shane Mehling said.  “Portlanders know they live in a truly unique place, and we plan to complement that by showing them hotspots and happenings they never knew existed that emphasize what makes Portland truly great.”

Fisher expects Portland Pulp to raise KATU’s profile among the 18-49 demographic.

Anchor Amy Troy Jumping from KGW to KOIN

In Portland, current KGW anchor Amy Troy is moving to crosstown rival KOIN.

“I start at KOIN in a few weeks,” Troy confirmed to TVSpy via email this week. She currently anchors KGW’s 5, 10, and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts and reports for the Belo-owned station during the week.

Troy is set to anchor KOIN’s 4 p.m. weekday newscast but will work as a writer at the station until her 6-month KGW non-compete expires.

“It’s a great professional opportunity and I’m honored to join KOIN’s news team,” Troy says. “Portland is home–so my family and I are thrilled.”

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