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KOIN Anchor Alexis Del Cid Joining KCTV

Alexis Del Cid will join KCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Kansas City, in August.

Del Cid joins KCTV from KOIN in Portland,OR , where she has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the last eight years. She will co-anchor the KCTV newscast alongside Matt Stewart.

“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

Mike Donahue to Retire After 42 Years at KOIN

KOIN anchor Mike Donahue will retire in May after 42 years at the Portland CBS-affiliate.

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.”

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Mike Donahue announces retirement

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Updated: 3/22 2:02 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mike Donahue, one of the most familiar and beloved faces on KOIN LOCAL 6 (CBS), announced today that he plans to retire May 31, 2012.

The award-winning journalist and noon anchor for the CBS affiliate says the decision to retire was one of the most difficult of his life, but now “is the time to open the first chapter of a new book.”

Mr. Donahue has spent nearly 42 years at KOIN-TV.  He first appeared on the CBS affiliate in 1968 and spent his entire career at the same television station as a reporter and anchor, a feat rarely accomplished in the often volatile field of broadcast journalism.  Mr. Donahue will share the news with viewers during the KOIN LOCAL 6 News @ Noon broadcast today.

KOIN LOCAL 6 President and General Manager Tim Perry said Mr. Donahue’s contributions to the station are beyond words and he will be greatly missed by his KOIN family and viewers.

“It is difficult to imagine KOIN-TV without Mike Donahue,” said Mr. Perry.  “Mike’s contributions and career long devotion to KOIN and Portland will only be succeeded never replaced.  He is not only a role model journalist, but also a rare and wonderful person.  His departure from KOIN will be deeply felt by his admiring colleagues and our community.  We are happy that he is pursuing new chapters in an impressive life that continues to enrich us all.”

Mr. Donahue chose to share his decision to retire in a letter he wrote to colleagues and fans that is posted below.  The words are moving and befitting of the cherished journalist’s personal style, a trait that made him a local favorite on the air for over four decades in Portland.  He says he will miss the excitement and people, but looks forward to the change of pace.

KOIN LOCAL 6 plans to highlight the outstanding career of Mr. Donahue throughout the month of May.  Beginning April 24 (Mr. Donahue’s birthday) viewers can visit www.koinlocal6.com to relive the stories and share the joy of his incredible career at KOIN-TV.

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Dear KOIN LOCAL 6 fans and colleagues,

Ending a rewarding career after more than 40 years leaves me still wanting more. Like reaching the end of a good book or movie, you don’t want to close the cover or leave the theatre. But, I must. It’s time to retire.

When I reach my birthday in April, I will be full retirement age in the eyes of Social Security. I’m no longer the young reporter who joined KOIN-TV in 1968 at the age of 22. While the ever-changing demands of this profession make it exciting every day, they also ask more of a person. The amazing tools we now have that allow us to cover stories, live around the world and from outer space can, at times, be frustrating to use.

I’m not complaining. I’m very grateful. This long career – covering what many call the “golden years of TV news” – has been a thrilling ride. KOIN-TV has sent me to Europe, Asia and Africa in pursuit of stories. I helped expose the Rajneeshies, searched for D.B. Cooper and chased the New Carissa up the coast.  The eruption of Mt. St. Helens was the biggest local news story of my career. It was breathtaking! I’ll never forget following President Carter’s helicopter over the moonscape left behind by the enormous explosion. Every time I see the cascades I am awed and humbled.

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. I’ll always be a story teller and a news junkie. Even today, I can’t resist opening that urgent line at the top of my computer to read the latest news from somewhere.

Sports Director Katy Brown Departs KATU

Katy Brown has departed KATU after seven years as the station’s sports director.

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.

Weekend sports anchor Craig Birnbach, who has been with KATU since 2007, has replaced Brown on the station’s evening newscasts this week. Read more

Brent Weisberg Joining KOIN From Rival KPTV

After almost four years at Portland Fox-affiliate KPTV, reporter Brent Weisberg is joining rival KOIN.

Weisberg will be a reporter for the CBS-affiliate’s morning newscast, which is anchored by Chad Carter and Alexis Del Cid.

“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.

Jason Kravarik Tapped as Assistant News Director at KOIN in Portland

Jason Kravarik has been tapped for the assistant news director position at KOIN, the CBS-affiliate in Portland.

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.”

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

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