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Mike LaCrosse Named Weekend Anchor at WLNE

Mike LaCrosseMike LaCrosse has been promoted to the weekend anchor at Providence ABC affiliate WLNE. “Mike has strong investigative skills and a knack for compelling story telling. He’s an excellent addition to our weekend team,” said Nic Moye, WLNE’s news director.

LaCrosse joined the station in 2013 as a photojournalist, after working at WGGB in Springfield, MA:

“I am honored and excited to be joining Meteorologist Chelsea Priest and sports anchor Nick Coit on the ABC6 News weekend team. It’ll be a real privilege to bring the people of southern New England what they need to know to get through their hectic weekends,” said LaCrosse.

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Liz Tufts Moves to Weekdays for WLNE

tufts WLNEAfter moving Alexandra Cowley to 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., WLNE has announced another anchor move.

The station said today, Liz Tufts will join Mark Curtis on the Providence ABC affiliate’s 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscast starting August 20.

“She has done an outstanding job as Anchor/Producer of our Weekend Newscasts for the past 3 years,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “Her experience and local knowledge are a wonderful addition to the 5 and 5:30 team.”

Tufts started at WLNE in 2011 as an anchor and photojournalist. She has also worked at WSHM in Springfield, MA, and KLKN in Lincoln, NE.

WLNE Moves Alexandra Cowley to 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

cowley wlne croppedAlexandra Cowley will join John DeLuca on the WLNE 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news, starting August 20.

“We are excited to have Alexandra join John for our 6 and 11pm broadcasts,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “Her commitment to the community and exceptional storytelling skills make her the perfect complement to our evening news team.”

According to New England One, Cowley replaces Karen Meyers who left the Providence, RI, ABC affiliate in May after her contract was not renewed.

Cowley started at WLNE in 2011 as a photojournalist and worked her way to the 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. anchor desk. She previously worked at WCJB in Gainesville, FL as an anchor and reporter.

Karen Meyers Out at WLNE

meyers wlneKaren Meyers no longer works at Providence ABC affiliate WLNE.

WLNE GM Chris Tzianabos confirmed the news with TVSpy but wouldn’t comment on why she left.

Meyers came to WLNE in 2011 from NECN.

WJAR Anchor Calls Fire Truck ‘F*ck Truck’ While Reading Story


WJAR anchor Alison Bologna committed a Freudian slip while reading a story about an overturned fire truck in Charlotte, NC.

The Providence NBC affiliate anchor told viewers, “Four firefighters are hurt after a fuck truck…a fire truck overturns on the highway this morning.”

TVSpy is unsure just how to put a cap on that other than to say “Keep moving. Nothing more to see here, folks.”

Sportscaster Nick Coit Joins WLNE

nick coit wabiNick Coit has joined WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Coit signed off from WABI in Bangor three months ago to seek a job in a bigger market. From Bangor to Providence, Coit is jumping 103 markets.

“When I left WABI, this was exactly the type of step I was looking for,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I never expected to get a job this good. I was lucky enough to land it.

Jim Taricani to Retire After 32 Years at WJAR

jim taricaniLongtime WJAR investigative reporter Jim Taricani will retire in April after 32 years at the Providence NBC affiliate, the Providence Journal reports.

In 2004, a federal judge sentenced Taricani to four months in home confinement for refusing to name a source who had provided him with video of a mayoral aide taking a cash bribe. The tape was part of a widespread corruption investigation that ultimately ended with former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci being sent to jail. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for a federal shield law for journalists.

Taricani, 64, received a heart transplant in 1996. He said he plans to work part-time with former WJAR colleague Dyana Koelsch at her communications company.

Julie Tremmel Files Grievance Against WJAR

julie tremmel_wjarJulie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was let go last week, has filed a grievance against the Providence, RI, NBC affiliate, a spokesperson for IBEW Local 1228 has confirmed with TVSpy.

“I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station,” Tremmel told GoLocal Prov. “That is all I’m prepared to say at this time.”

Tremmel is best known for her report on “how to avoid a bear attack” which went viral and for doing a standup while walking on her hands.

There is a “Bring Julie Tremmel Back to NBC 10” petition online. Currently it has 146 signatures out of a goal of 1000.

TVSpy has asked Media General for comment. We will update when we hear back.

A Week After Handstand Standup, Julie Tremmel Out at WJAR


Julie Tremmel, the Providence, RI, reporter who brought us the dramatized “how to survive a bear attack” video and most recently did a standup while walking on her hands is no longer with WJAR.

A Media General spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Tremmel no longer works at the NBC affiliate.

 The Newport Buzz wrote on its facebook page, “Sad news for Rhode Island journalism. Julie Tremmel has been let go from WJAR NBC10.”

Reporter Who Acted out ‘Bear Safety Tips’ Attempts Reverse Standup


Julie Tremmel, reporter for Providence, RI, NBC affiliate WJAR has found another way to draw our attention.

Friday night, while reporting on local auditions for the NBC show America’s Got Talent, Tremmel attempted to walk on her hands in her stand up and ended up in a back bend.

In July Tremmel showed viewers what to do in case they came into contact with a bear.

GoLocalProv reported Tremmel’s colleague, investigative reporter Jim Taricani, said at the time the report was a “smudge” on the station’s reputation and added, “…some tv reporters like to draw attention to themselves…its an insult to most of us trying to be professional.”

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