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Tom Llamas Leaving WNBC

TomLlamasTom Llamas, an investigative reporter and anchor at WNBC who also works for NBC News as a fill-in anchor and correspondent, is leaving the NBC flagship. His last day is this Friday.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him all these years,” news director Susan Sullivan writes in a note, obtained by TVSpy. “Please join me in thanking Tom for his many contributions and wishing him well in his new venture.” We hear he’s network-bound.

Llamas’ agent Rick Ramage says Llamas’ next move will be announced in the coming days.

Llamas had a fast rise through NBC, starting as an associate producer at NBC and then MSNBC, working as a campaign embed during the 2004 elections, joining NBC’s WTVJ in Miami as a reporter in 2005, then returning to WNBC in 2008 as a reporter. Three years ago he was part of the re-launch of the 5pm newscast as co-anchor.

TunedIn first reported Llamas’ departure from WNBC.

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Two Reporters to Join Austin FOX Station

spinetto_saabElizabeth Saab and Nick Spinetto will join Austin FOX owned station KTBC next Wednesday.

Saab comes to the station through the FOX ranks. She last worked for FOXNews.com.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with FOX at KTBC and am excited to move back to my home state,” Saab said in a statement.

Spinetto will work on Good Day Austin as a reporter. He last worked at WMUR in Manchester, NH.

“I look forward to joining the talented team of FOX 7 journalists,” Spinetto said. “Most of all, I’m counting the days until I can call Austin home – a fantastic place because of the culture, music, food and the people.”

Saab has also worked for Hermedia Group, LLC in New York, News Corp.’s The Daily, FiOS1 News in Rye Brook, NY, and NY1 News in New York. Spinetto started his career at KRHD in Bryan, TX. and has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, FL, and WSHM in Springfield, MA.

WOFL Adds Reporter and Meteorologist

WOFL130Brooks Tomlin and Ann Keil will join Orlando FOX owned station WOFL next Monday.

Tomlin will be the weekend evening and morning meteorologist, while Keil will report for the station.

Tomlin comes to the station from Perth, Australia where he worked for the Commercial Weather Services of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He’s also worked at local TV stations in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Huntsville and Jacksonville.

Keil comes from WXIN in Indianapolis where she has worked as a general assignment and an investigative reporter. She started her career at WATE in Knoxville, TN.

Fresno Reporter Taking Job with Children’s Hospital

otstot cropped kseeKSEE reporter Matt Otstot is leaving the Fresno, CA, NBC affiliate to work in PR at the Children’s Hospital Central California.

“Leaving is bittersweet, but it’s a combination of the right opportunity with the right time in my life,” Otstot told The Fresno Bee. “I just got married and it had become a little bit of a grind to wake up so early and wake my wife so early.”

This isn’t the first time Otstot has left local TV. He came to Fresno in the summer of 2001 to work at KSEE. He left his job as a reporter and weekend weather forecaster in early 2003 when he was hired as a public affairs officer for the city of Fresno. He returned to KSEE (Channel 24.1) in 2010 as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor. Read more

KABC Reporter on Maui as Iselle Approaches

Ever feel like work follows you wherever you go? KABC reporter Jovana Lara got caught up in the breaking news happening in the Hawaiian Islands while on vacation with her family.

Lara did a live hit with an iPad and the Dejero app for the Los Angeles ABC owned station last night as our 50th state prepares for its first hurricane in 22 years.

She’s been sending out updates on twitter. You can see her latest tweet after the jump. Read more

KOCO Reporter Earns Commission in Army National Guard

KOCO HughesRob Hughes, reporter for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, graduated from the Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School over the weekend.

KOCO reports, Hughes, who is now a second lieutenant, is one of 16 of 60 soldiers who started the program a year and a half ago.

“I’m going to try and go as long as I can in the military. I have a few idols in television broadcasting who’ve served 20-plus year careers in the reserves,” Hughes said. “There’s a long road ahead because this is just kind of like graduating, say, undergraduate in college.” Read more

Danielle Wagner out at KWWL

wagner kwwlDanielle Wagner, reporter and anchor at Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate KWWL, is no longer with the station.

KWWL news director Shane Moreland confirmed Wagner’s departure but wouldn’t comment on why she left or where she’s headed.

Saturday, she told viewers on her facebook page, “At this point in time, the station and I want different things. I’m very glad for the last seven years, but it’s time to move on.”

KOKI Reporter Deletes Crown-Wearing Selfie Taken After Burger King Robbery Story

Salley Crown Shot

KOKI reporter Farron Salley was covering a robbery at a local Burger King this morning. Afterwards, the reporter for the Tulsa FOX affiliate tweeted out a link to an instagram photo showing her wearing a Burger King crown with the caption “Robbery at Burger King… Employees wouldn’t talk on camera but they gave me a crown. #NotMyWay”

The tweet and photo have since been removed, but TVSpy got a screen shot of both. You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy it was a personnel matter and declined to comment. Read more

News12 Reporter Out After Comments About ‘Young Black Men Growing Up Without Fathers’

bergin news12_croppedSean Bergin, a freelance reporter for Cablevision’s News12 New Jersey, is out at the regional cable news network after telling viewers on-air what he thought was the root cause of what he called the “anti-cop mentality” among young black men in inner cities.

Bergin told TVSpy he was suspended with pay for two days because of his comments and that the station, “made me an offer I had to refuse.” Bergin said News12 said he could come back for $350 a week and a chance to do what he called his “goofy feature segment” but not report hard news. He added, “I told them I had no choice but to turn it down.”

The controversy started Sunday night when Bergin was wrapping up a story about the killing of a Jersey City police officer. As part of the story, Bergin had interviewed the wife of the man alleged to have shot and killed the officer.

Bergin told viewers the station was “besieged” with calls from police officers angry he had given time to “the life of a cop killer.” He then told viewers, News12 aired the interview because it wanted to “shine a light on the anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.” He went on to say, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers.”

A News12 spokesperson told TVSpy, “It is News 12′s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air.” Read more

WXYZ Reporter and Photographer Shot at By Home Invasion Victim


A few days ago, an 88-year-old Detroit man was the victim of home invasion. The robbers put a gun to his head, forced him upstairs, tied him up and ransacked his house.

Yesterday, WXYZ reporter Jonathan Carlson and a station photographer went to the man’s house looking for an interview.

The man came out onto his porch and took a shot at the crew. No one was injured.

WXYZ says the 88-year-old man was taken to a crisis center for evaluation.

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