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Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff Named GQ’s ‘Mad Man of the Year’

leduff_croppedCharlie LeDuff, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK has been named “Mad Man of the Year” by GQ magazine.

“Besides being the author of a best-selling book about how fucked Detroit is (Detroit: An American Autopsy, published earlier this year), Charlie got famous by basically reinventing local news reporting,” wrote GQ’s Devin Friedman in the current issue which is set to appear on shelves Monday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, GQ said it chose LeDuff based on his  WJBK stories, his book and his appearance on Anthony Bourdain‘s CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

Read the online version of the story by clicking here.

Viewers Question Reporter After She Asks If It’s OK for President to Watch Basketball Game

KATU reporter Anna Canzano stirred up some negative viewer reaction when she used social media to question whether it was appropriate for President Barack Obama to watch a college basketball game with his family.

The reporter for the Portland, OR, ABC affiliate wrote roughly the same question on both the KATU facebook page, her company facebook page and her company twitter feed,

A large majority of the responses were in the president’s favor and many wondered why Canzano was asking the question at all. One responder on twitter asked Canzano, “what is wrong with you?” Read more

Dallas Reporter Leaving TV for City Job

stoler_wfaaSteve Stoler is leaving Dallas ABC station WFAA.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports Stoler is leaving to be the director of media relations for the City of Plano, TX.

Stoler started at WFAA in 2002. He began his career in 1980 at WCWB (now WMGT) in Macon, GA. He has also worked in Kearney, NE, Asheville, NC, and El Paso, TX, before working for 17 years at Dallas FOX owned station KDFW.

Stoler’s last day is December 6.

Round Two: Alec Baldwin Goes After Another FOX NY Reporter

scmidt_baldwinHours after confronting FOX reporter Robert Moses, Alec Baldwin continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this time accusing WNYW reporter Linda Schmidt of hitting his wife in the face with a mic.

On the way to the couple’s SUV in front of their Manhattan apartment building, Baldwin’s wife Hilaria can be seen pointing in Schmidt’s direction and telling Baldwin “That’s the one that almost hit me” before the audio cuts out. But on camera she appeared to be pantomiming hitting herself in the mouth with a mic.

>RELATED: Anderson Cooper Calls Alec Baldwin’s Anti-Gay Slur Excuse ‘Ridiculous’

“You’re the one that almost hit my wife with a microphone in the face?” asked Baldwin approaching Schmidt. When Schmidt denied it was her Baldwin said, “You want to apologize to her on camera?” He then repeatedly asked Schmidt if she wanted to apologize before telling her to “Get the fuck out of here.”

After getting into his car, Baldwin came out onto the street again and was guided by police back into his vehicle, but not before telling them he wanted to press charges against the FOX reporter. You can watch video of the confrontation after the jump.

>UPDATE:TMZ reports, Baldwin hit the car parked in front of him on his way out after the run-in. On camera, he promised the owner he’ll pay for the damage.

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Alec Baldwin Confronts WNYW Reporter

baldwin_mosesRobert Moses, reporter for New York FOX owned station WNYW was confronted and threatened by Alec Baldwin this morning.

Moses approached Baldwin who was walking towards the door of his apartment building and asked if the actor/MSNBC show host had any reaction to the conviction of his stalker yesterday. “You’re in my way.” said Baldwin. When Moses asked again Baldwin said, “You’re in my way.”

Baldwin then turned around before entering his building and told Moses if he was still in front of Baldwin’s building when he came out with his wife and kid, “you’re going to have a big problem.”

He then turned around again to make sure Moses understood him. “If you’re here when my wife and my kid come out here you’re going to have a big problem you know that don’t you?”

When Baldwin went back inside the building he turned around and said, “You are as dumb as you look. You are with Fox, right?” You can watch the video of the confrontation after the jump. Read more

Monika Diaz Says Goodbye to WFAA

monika diaz wfaaMonika Diaz is signing off from Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Diaz, a general assignment reporter, has worked at WFAA since 2007. She plans to return home to Miami to help care for her stepfather, who suffers from a rare brain disorder. Her last day will be December 3.

“Right now, I don’t know what the future holds,” Diaz told Bark. “But I do know that I love what I do. I’m exploring other opportunities.”

KRON Reporter Doesn’t Report Crime, He Reports on ‘People Behaving Badly’

roberts_pbb_croppedStanley Roberts said he doesn’t report on crime. He told SF Weekly, “I do the quality-of-life issues that affect us all.”

SF Weekly recently did a profile on Roberts whose franchise on the San Francisco Bay Area’s independent station KRON is called “People Behaving Badly.”

Roberts travels the Bay Area looking for people doing things, well, badly. Do you ride your bike through stop signs? Did you forget to publicly post your restaurant’s most current health department report? If the answer is yes, chances are you’ll run into Roberts at some point.

A couple of years ago when Roberts recorded a man who was getting a ticket from the CHP for driving illegally in a carpool lane, he became the subject of a viral video. (watch the video after the jump)

He refers to the misbehavior he’s been seeking out for nearly eight years as “minutiae … there are always more important things.” But this, for his own reasons, is what he’s compelled to film. And, God help us, it’s what we’re compelled to watch. Footage of city workers dozing on the job or men hurling buckets of human filth onto one another on Seventh and Market are wildly popular, even in far-off lands where, perhaps, this may qualify as normal behavior.

Roberts’ inbox is constantly full. KRON established a hotline just for his segment. When he’s on BART, fellow riders monopolize his commute with People Behaving Badly pitches; his minor adventures have earned him celebrity status. In a moment of unintended irony, Roberts was asked, “So, is someone behaving badly here?” by a tone-deaf guest at a funeral both were attending. Read more

Cincinnati Reporter Asks Viewers to ‘Like’ Him So He Can Adopt Shelter Dog

gumm_dog_wkrcWKRC reporter John Gumm took to his facebook page to accept his wife’s challenge of trading ‘likes’ for a new dog.

The reporter for the Cincinnati CBS affiliate wrote on his page,  “We have a Bichon Frise at home who is 15. I want another. My wife isn’t convinced. She says if I can get 10,000 likes by the end of today I can adopt this friendly guy from my friends at SPCA Cincinnati. I’m in love. Help me out!”

Even though Gumm had 12, 367 likes as of this writing, this did not have a happy ending for Gumm. The dog was adopted before he could get to the SPCA.

“I am so happy for the family who adopted him and hope they give him lots of love and I hope he gives them as much love as we have received from our 15 year old Bichon Calvin (pictured here)!,” wrote Gumm on a later facebook post. “That said, we will be looking to add another shelter or rescue dog to our home.”

Reporter Attacked While Covering Fire on Reservation

adam_ladwig_wdazAdam Ladwig, a reporter for Grand Forks, ND, ABC affiliate WDAZ, was attacked while covering a garage fire on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

According to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, two women, who were later joined by two men, damaged Ladwig’s camera. A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer also forced Ladwig to delete the footage he shot.

WDAZ said it spoke to Devils Lake police chief Keith Schroeder who told the station the incident will be investigated by the FBI.

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