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Jonathan Carlson Joins WXYZ From WNCN

Jonathan CarlsonJonathan Carlson is joining Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an investigative reporter. Carlson comes from WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor.

Carlson has “deep experience covering everything from political scandals, school failures and government waste to natural disasters and breaking news,” WXYZ news director Dave Manney said in announcing the hire. “He’ll fit in nicely at Action News.”

Carlson begins at WXYZ in June.

Sean Maroney Named WNCN Evening Anchor

maroney_wncnRaleigh, NC, NBC affiliate WNCN has named Sean Maroney evening anchor.

Maroney will anchor alongside Melanie Sanders at 6:00 p.m., Pam Saulsby at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. and chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein at 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“Sean hit the ground running the moment he joined our team,” WNCN director of content Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “He is the embodiment of our brand — smart, creative, compassionate and hard-working.”

Before coming to WNCN in May 2013, Maroney worked for Voice of America.

Johnny Chappell Leaving News 14 Carolina

chapelle_biggerNews 14 Carolina anchor Johnny Chappell is leaving TV broadcasting for a job in real estate.

“I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 2006 and am leaving to focus on working with residential real estate clients and building new homes,” Chappell told TVSpy. “I’ll still be living here in Raleigh.  It was a tough decision but I’m excited for the new challenges and the change of pace.”

Before coming to the Time Warner Cable news outlet, Chappell worked at WLTX in Columbia, SC. He has also worked in radio at WVOC in Columbia and, according to his bio, has held on-air and management positions at two TV stations in Wilmington, NC.

His last day is tomorrow.

Raleigh Anchor Tells Viewers Santa ‘Made Up’

wtvd_santaParents of kids young enough to still believe in Santa Claus living in the Raleigh-Durham market were left scrambling to undo what WTVD anchor Anna Laurel did during the ABC owned station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast yesterday.

While tossing to meteorologist Chris Hohmann after a story about a school denying a black student the opportunity to be Santa, anchor Anna Laurel told viewers, “Hide your ears, but the Santa of today is made up.”

The station responded to comments on its facebook page by writing, “We obviously struck a raw nerve during our Santa story at 4 pm. We will be more mindful of our 4 pm audience in the future.”

Raleigh Anchor Announces He’s Leaving Station in Family Christmas Video

WNCN anchor Penn Holderness buried the lede in this year’s family pajama wearing rap Christmas video.

After all the signing and dancing about what the family did this year, Holderness’ wife announced in the video her anchor husband was leaving the Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate.

“Next month he’s stepping off the anchor desk,” rapped his wife in the video. “It’s the biggest decision of his life. He’s going to quit his job and come work with his wife. We’ll be making videos just like these for politicians and companies.”

Holderness started his career in Grand Junction, CO, before working in Orlando, FL. He also hosted shows for HGTV and CSTV. According to his station bio, he was also a video essayist for ESPN and ABC in New York.

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Kelcey Carlson Joins KMSP in Minneapolis

kelcey carlsonKelcey Carlson has been named anchor for the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts on KMSP, the Fox owned station in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Carlson comes from Raleigh-Durham, where she has been a reporter and anchor at WRAL for the past decade. Prior to that, she worked at WWMT in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“Kelcey comes to FOX 9 News with a passion for journalism and storytelling. This combined with her Midwest roots make her the ideal fit for this role,” KMSP vice president and general manager Carol Rueppel said in a statement.

Carlson replaces Heidi Collins, who signed off from KMSP in July. More from Fox after the jump. Read more

WRAL Partners With Fayetteville Observer

WRAL, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, is launching a news partnership with The Fayetteville Observer.

The station has relocated its Fayetteville bureau to the Observer‘s newsroom. The new bureau will debut on the air on the 5 p.m. newscast Friday.

“The Observer has a long tradition of outstanding local coverage, and we’re excited about growing a partnership with the newspaper that will benefit our viewers and their readers,” WRAL president and general manager Steven Hammel said in a statement.

WTVD Meteorologist Shaves His Head On Air After Successful Bone Marrow Donor Drive

WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker shaved his head on the air this week after the ABC O&O signed up hundreds of potential donors at a bone marrow donor drive (video above).

Schwenneker promised to shave his head if more than 250 people signed up to be potential donors. The ABC O&O called the cause “near and dear to the hearts of the ABC11 family,” noting that a station staffer recently lost his son to leukemia.

The drive was organized by WTVD and Be the Match, the organization “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts — who had a bone marrow transplant last year — champions.

WNCN Political Reporter Kim Gernardo to Join Governor McCrory’s Office

WNCN political reporter Kim Gernardo is leaving the Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate for a job as the director of communications for North Carolina governor Pat McCrory.

Gernardo has worked at WNCN for 14 years. She will begin in her new role on Wednesday.

“She has made a mark in this community by making it her business to know the Legislature inside and out,” news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “We wish Kim well in her new endeavor.”

Jim Romenesko points out that Gerado sat down with McCrory for a one-on-one interview two weeks ago.

Button Pops Off Greg Fishel’s Suit During WRAL Forecast

WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel was in the middle of his Friday evening weather forecast when a button popped off his suit jacket (video above).

Fishel was reporting on a high-pressure system, and standing underneath a graphic that said “PRESSURE,” when the button popped. “I just popped a button! I have never done that in 31 years of broadcasting, which means I’ve got a little too much here,” Fishel said, patting his stomach.

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