“We have made a solid commitment to providing our viewers with consistent and reliable news. Alexis’ solid and strong news background will enhance that commitment,” KCTV news director Blaise Labbe said in a statement. “She is very energetic and has a unique way of engaging viewers.” Read more
Donahue, who anchors the noon newscast, has spent his entire career at KOIN. In a letter announcing his retirement, he said he will use his retirement “to improve my health and enjoy more time with my family.”
“It’s the people, though, that I will miss most — the many colleagues I’ve worked with over the years who made this job fun — and the captivating people in the stories I’ve told with pictures, words and sounds,” Donahue wrote. “I’ll always be a story teller and a news junkie.”
KATU news director Don Pratt confirmed Brown’s departure to TVSpy but would not give any details about what led to her exit.
Brown has been covering the Portland sports scene since 2000. She was recently named Oregon Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
“Brent’s energy and aggressive attitude is a perfect formula for what we are trying to achieve in our morning show,” KOIN news director Brad Neuhoff told TVSpy in an email.
Weisberg has worked at KPTV since September 2008. His first day at KOIN will be March 15.
Kravarik has been the news director at KSN, the NBC-affiliate in Wichita, since 2009. He joined the station as a reporter in 2002.
“We always hate to lose someone as talented as Jason, but a move like this is a huge opportunity for him,” KSN general manager John Dawson said in a statement. “It’s a testament to his had work and the passion he brought to our newsteam.”
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
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.
“Hey, this is supposed to be my time, right?” Hill joked. “Just because I can’t juggle, nobody pays attention to me.”
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 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