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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.

Pew Study: Not Many TV Stations Have Reporters Dedicated to Covering State Politics

PJ-2014-07-10-statehouse-09The Pew Research Center just released a study looking at the coverage of state politics.

According to the study, of the 1,592 statehouse journalists in the US, less than half are full time and 38 percent are print journalists.

Just 14% of the nation’s local television stations with news programs assign a reporter to the statehouse. Overall, television reporters account for 17% of the total statehouse reporting pool, and just 12% of the full-time statehouse reporting corps.

Last September, ABC’s owned stations dissolved its political bureau covering California’s capital for stations in Los Angeles (KABC), San Francisco Bay Area (KGO) and Fresno (KFSN).

Stephen Miskin, spokesman for the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus and for the speaker and majority leader told researchers, “A lot of people still get their news from TV and they’re not here.”

‘Shame on Him,’ Detroit Reporter Ripped by Activist on National TV Over Water Bill Story

Detroit reporter Hank Winchester got on the wrong side of Maureen Taylor, the state chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, while the two were on MSNBC to talk about Detroit shutting off water to customers who are behind on their bills.

When the reporter for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV told host Craig Melvin some people simply can’t afford to pay for water while others, “and this is where it gets controversial, who simply don’t want to pay the water bill, who would rather spend money on cable.”

Before answering Melvin’s next question about health concerns, Taylor took some time to say what she thought about what Winchester said. “Before I answer that, let me say shame on Hank. Shame on him…for putting that lie and that misinformation out on the air.” Read more

Kimberly Bookman to Join WHDH

Kimberly Bookman has announced she is joining Boston NBC affiliate WHDH as a general assignment reporter.

According to New England One, Bookman comes to WHDH from WCVB in Boston where she was a freelance reporter. She has also worked at WMUR in Manchester, NH, WFXT and NECN in Boston, WMAR in Baltimore, WSPA in Spartanburg, SC and WETM in Elmira, NY.

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