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Veteran WPRI Reporter Sean Daly Retiring

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After 30 years in the Providence market, veteran reporter Sean Daly is retiring from CBS affiliate WPRI. His last day at the station is December 31.

Daly began his career at Rhode Island ABC affiliate WLNE, where he worked as a reporter from 1981 to 1999. After a brief foray to Chicago in 1993, he returned to the Ocean State and joined WPRI in 2002, where he’s worked ever since.

“Throughout his career, Sean has been dedicated to being accurate and memorable. He has an ability to tell a compelling story, with context and perspective,” WPRI news director Karen Rezendes said. “Both viewers and Sean’s co-workers will miss his wit, wisdom, and commitment to local journalism.”

Daly told the Providence Journal that his immediate plans are to “chill and decompress.“ After that, he would be open to jobs in government or academia.

“Whatever might bubble up,” Daly said.

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WJAR ‘Handstand’ Reporter Says She’s Settled with Station

tremmel_304Julie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was fired after doing a handstand in a report about “America’s Got Talent,” has settled her lawsuit with the Providence NBC affiliate.

The Providence Journal reports Tremmel posted the news on her Facebook page.

WJAR Vice President and General Manager Vic Vetters could not be reached for comment, but Tremmel posted an image of a Nov. 7 letter on WJAR stationery with what appeared to be his signature that said the station and Tremmel “have resolved all issues stemming from her employment at the station. Ms. Tremmel is free to seek employment without restriction.

“The station wishes Ms. Tremel (sic) the best of luck going forward,” it concluded. Read more

WJAR Sports Guy Moving to News

bagni croppedAdam Bagni is moving over to news for Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate WJAR.

Bagni was a sports anchor and reporter at WJAR. He will soon be a digital journalist for the station’s newly created Bay State Bureau.

He told TVSpy, “I can’t wait to get to get started and do what I do best – tell stories and report the news that serves Southern New England.”

Before coming to WJAR in December 2011, he was the sports director at WNCF in Montgomery, Ala.

Tatevik Aprikyan Joins WPRI as Reporter

Tatevik-Aprikyan2Tatevik Aprikyan has been named reporter at Providence CBS affiliate WPRI. She comes from CBS affiliate KIFI-KIDK  in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she was weekend anchor and reporter.

According to New England One, Aprikyan is a native of Yerevan, Armenia, and grew up in Seattle from the age of five. She speaks fluent Armenian, Russian, French and English.

Her first day on-air was October 17.

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.

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.

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