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Noreen Jaramillo Leaving KTSM

picture-12058Morning anchor Noreen Jaramillo has decided to leave KTSM, the El Paso, Texas, NBC affiliate. Jaramillo announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing:

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be my last day on News Channel 9 Today – it has been a wonderful last three years waking up with you. I will remain here in El Paso with my husband and kids… so hopefully I will see you around! Again THANK YOU for your support throughout my TV career here in El Paso!

Jaramillo was famously the first-ever anchor at El Paso’s KFOX and spent the next 10 years there. She later left to work at FOX affiliate KTVU in San Francisco, only to return a few years later. Jaramillo eventually took a break from TV news to work as the public information officer at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, serving as spokesperson and media liaison.

There’s no word on what she will do next, but Jaramillo’s not worried: “I believe God has another plan for me and that one door may close but another will open.”

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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

KTVT Adds Reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul


KTVT, the CBS-owned station in Dallas, has added reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul to its news team.

Roxas spent the past two years at Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV. Jeff Paul’s last name is actually Skrzypek, but he’s changing it to Paul (something simpler and easier to pronounce) for his new job.

Paul spent the past three years as Jeff Skrzypek at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. KTVT director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed both new hires to Uncle Barky’s Bytes yesterday.

Roxas starts on December 8 and Paul starts on December 15.

KYW Adds Reporter from Charlotte

spunt kywDavid Spunt has joined Philadelphia CBS owned stations KYW-WPSG as a reporter.

Before starting at WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. in 2012, Spunt worked at WAFB in Baton Rouge, La. He’s also worked at WRBL in Columbus, Ga.

Early in his career, the Miami University graduate worked as a production assistant for The CBS Evening News.

‘Public Schools Suck!’ Says Reporter Who Won Emmy for Public School Report

WITI reporter Meghan Dwyer recently took home an Emmy for “Scared at School,” her report about Milwaukee public schools not taking bullying seriously.

Dwyer started her acceptance speech by saying, “This is for all the kids that are bullied. Seriously, public schools suck. They’re horrible. They need to be held accountable.”

John LaPorte, VP of news for the Milwaukee FOX affiliate, told TVSpy, “We are proud of the work Meghan has done at FOX 6. Her comments during an acceptance speech for one of two Emmy awards she won were unfortunate and misplaced.”

LaPorte went on to say, “We have spoken with Meghan at length and she has made it very clear that she misspoke as she was caught up in the excitement of the evening.”​

Before awkwardly walking off stage after the crowd began turning against her, she softened her stance a bit by saying, “I love public schools my kids will go there, but they need work.”

Reporter Sera Congi Joins WCVB


A few weeks ago, we reported that Boston CBS-owned station WBZ had let go of reporters Joe Shortsleeve, Sera Congi and Michael Rosenfield.

Well, we can now report on the future of one of the laid off journalists. According to New England One, Sera Congi has joined ABC affiliate WCVB as a reporter. She had been a general assignment reporter at WBZ since 2005. Prior to that, Congi spent 10 years as an anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WCAX in Burlington, VT.

WCVB anchor and reporter Liam Martin welcomed Congi to the station on Twitter yesterday:

Justin Finch Joins KYW-WPSG

Finch KYWPhiladelphia CBS owned station KYW and CW affiliate WPSG have added Justin Finch as a reporter.

Before coming to KYW-WPSG, Finch had worked at WTVJ in Miami, Fla. since 2011. He has also worked at Channel One News. In 2005, he started his career at News 12 The Bronx & Brooklyn in New York City.

Finch has completed the CNN Master’s Fellow program in Atlanta. He is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Sylvia Rincon Leaving KABB to Work at Local School District

Rincon_KABBKABB anchor and reporter Sylvia Rincon is leaving the San Antonio FOX affiliate.

Rincon told TVSpy she is leaving to work as director of communications at a local school district and added, “It’s  a great opportunity that I could not pass up.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rincon is the sixth anchor or reporter to leave the station since May.

In the last five months, five well-known news names have departed the local Fox affiliate. The biggest shocker was the sudden exit last month by chief anchorman Michael Valdes, who was a 20-year KABB veteran.

Now, No. 6 is on her way out the door, and I’m hearing rumblings of others who may follow suit.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe confirmed Rincon’s exit with TVSpy and told us the station has seen many staff leave because of “new job opportunities or personal reasons.”

Reporter Shakeup at WBZ

wbz logo copyWBZ reporters Joe Shortsleeve, Sera Congi and Michael Rosenfield have been let go from the Boston CBS owned station.

“Their contracts are not being renewed,” a station spokesperson told the Boston Herald. “We thank them for their contributions to the station and wish them well in the future.”

[Shortsleeve's] agent, Ken Fishkin, said the reporter “has been looking at other opportunities both in and out of TV for a while now.” However, he has not yet landed a new job.

Congi has been a general assignment reporter at WBZ since 2005. She was also informed yesterday that her contract was not being renewed. Rosenfield, a Jamaica Plain native who has been covering the race for Senate in New Hampshire where Scott Brown is challenging incumbent Jean Shaheen, was told a few weeks ago that he wasn’t being be reupped. He is expected to finish up at the station later this week.

Social Media Fail #493: Smile for Ebola!

KMSP reporter Bill Keller tweeted out a selfie with the morning anchors. It looks like he also wanted to promote his story, “the latest in the Ebola Outbreak.”

Someone noticed and commented.