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Man Arrested for Beating WCHS Reporter with Tripod

aaron wchs tripod attackA Clay County, WV, man has been arrested for allegedly beating WCHS reporter Bob Aaron while Aaron was shooting a story about possible animal abuse.

According to the Charleston-Huntington ABC affiliate, Howard Lilly is being held on $25,000 bond after being charged with destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding for allegedly grabbing Aaron’s tripod and hitting him with it.

“He came up off of his property onto the roadway,” Aaron said. “And before we could have much of a conversation further about it he came at me grabbed the tripod and starting hitting me with it. He broke the camera lens and gave me a couple of pretty good shots before we left.”

Bob sustained injuries to his leg and finger. His tripod was taken by the attacker and his camera was destroyed. Bob went to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but his injuries did not appear to be serious. Read more

Mary Benton Leaving KPRC

benton kprcMary Benton is leaving Houston NBC affiliate KPRC after 20 years, reports Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

“It is certainly with mixed emotions at I am leaving,” Benton told McGuff. “I think what I will miss most is being a voice in the newsroom and represent those that did not have a voice in the media.”

Benton’s facebook page is filled with people wishing her well. One commenter wrote, “You have been a inspiration and provided a wonderful service to the communities you’ve served. May you be blessed Mary!!” Read more

WQAD Reporter Celebrates 25 Years with Station


WQAD reporter John David celebrated his 25th year with the Quad Cities area ABC affiliate.

The station put up a webpage celebrating the milestone telling David, “Congratulations on 25 years!”

Before coming to WQAD in 1989 as a reporter and weather anchor, he worked at KWQC in Davenport, IA.

In 2006, he won numerous awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “Where Did The Jobs Go?”

WXII Reporter Splits His Pants During Live Shot

lea splitsWXII traffic reporter Chris Lea lived an “everyone’s greatest fear” moment. He split his pants. As an added bonus he did it on live TV.

Lea was a guest on a segment called Lanie’s Backyard Barbecue during the Winston-Salem, NC, NBC affiliate’s 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news. He challenged a local high school cheerleader to a toe touch off. Each had to perform that jump in the air, do the splits and touch your toes move cheerleaders do.

Lea did the toe touch. But maybe lost some dignity in the process. Click here to view it. WXII’s site doesn’t allow embedding.

Motorcyclist Behaving Badly May Now Regret Confronting KRON Reporter

Stanley Roberts, the reporter known for his “People Behaving Badly” series on San Francisco Bay Area independent station KRON, may have taught a local motorcyclist an important lesson about just walking away.

Roberts recorded the guy missing his exit right before the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza and driving the wrong way down another exit.

The motorcyclist then approached Roberts and made it clear he didn’t appreciate the KRON reporter getting the traffic no-no on camera. While he was giving Roberts the “what for,” the folks at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District called the CHP who checked the tape and gave the guy a ticket. Oh yeah, he was driving on a suspended license without insurance so they also impounded his bike.

[Reddit]

Astrid Solorzano to Join Little Rock CBS Affiliate

solorzano kthv croppedLittle Rock CBS affiliate KTHV has announced Astrid Solorzano as a reporter.

“I was impressed from the first minute I met Astrid and convinced she will continue to build on the strong storytelling, community involvement and passion for great news we expect here at KTHV,” news director Dave Parker said in a statement.

Solorzano, who starts Monday, previously worked as an anchor/reporter/producer for Annenberg TV News.

Tim Ezell Leaving St. Louis FOX Affiliate

tim-ezellTim Ezell is leaving St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI to “dedicate his time fully to the ministry” on July 18.

The station said GM Spencer Koch told staffers Ezell will be “remembered for possessing that soul, that passion to relate to the viewers, make them feel part of the show and feel welcome.”

The St. Louis feature reporter is moving from part time Lead Pastor at a local church to full time pastor.

TVSpy feels the need to give a special shout out to our eagle eyed LA SuperTVfan who read TVSpy’s poop video story and tipped us off to Ezell’s move.

Green Bay Reporter Leaves Station for Government Job

chad-doranChad Doran, a reporter for WLUK, is leaving the Green Bay FOX affiliate to work for the mayor of Appleton, WI.

According to the Appleton Post-Crescent, Mayor Tim Hanna chose Doran to fill the newly created communications coordinator position to “increase transparency at City Hall and help with strategic internal and external communications.”

“I’ve been extremely blessed in the news business over the last 14 years and especially the last 2-1/2 years here at FOX 11,” Doran wrote on his facebook page. “But it’s time for a new adventure of sharing the great work being done by people working for and in the city of Appleton.”

Doran told the Post-Crescent. “With my journalism background I’m excited to tell the good stories of the people working for the city.”

Catherine Hawley to Join WMAR

hawley_wmar croppedWMAR has announced Catherine Hawley will join the Baltimore ABC affiliate as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are really excited to have Catherine join the ABC2 team” Kelly Groft, WMAR news director, said in a statement. “It’s been in the works for several weeks and we can’t wait for Baltimore viewers to get to know her!”

Before coming to WMAR Hawley worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, VA, and WTVH in Syracuse, NY. She starts Monday.

Reporter for Houston ABC Station Heads to Dallas ABC Affiliate

fernandez facebookDemond Fernadez is leaving Houston ABC owned station KTRK to work as a reporter at Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

“I’ve enjoyed three awesome years in Houston,” Fernandez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff who first reported the move. “I’d like to thank the ABC 13 viewers, neighbors and community members across the area who trusted me to help tell their stories. I’m very excited about this new journey in my career.”

Fernandez started at KTRK in May 2011. He has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, WEYI in Flint, MI, and WSYM in Lansing, MI.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy Fernandez will start June 23.

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