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Shannon Butler Out at WOFL

butler_woflShannon Butler is no longer with Orlando FOX owned station WOFL.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Butler left the station at the end of November.

Before coming to WOFL, Butler worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. She started her career at WCTV in Tallahassee.

WPTV Reporter Alex Sanz to Join the AP

alex sanzAfter two years at WPTV, Alex Sanz is leaving the West Palm Beach NBC affiliate to work for the Associated Press. He will be based in Atlanta and his stories will appear across all platforms, including broadcast, digital and mobile.

“This is a great opportunity for Alex and certainly a loss of us. Alex’s experience allowed him to bring necessary context to stories and meetings. His ability to navigate City Hall allowed us to get in front of some big stories,” WPTV news director Mike Garber wrote in a note to station staffers this week.

Before WPTV, Sanz worked at KHOU in Houston and WTHR in Indianapolis.

Lea Gabrielle Joins Fox News From KNSD

lea gabrielle_304x200After two years at KNSD, Lea Gabrielle is joining Fox News as a general assignment reporter for “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

During her time as a military reporter at the NBC owned station in San Diego, Gabrielle was known as Lea Sutton. She will begin at Fox News on December 16.

Before joining KNSD, Gabrielle worked as a Washington, D.C.-based digital journalist for NBC News. From 1997 to 2009, she was a fighter pilot and intelligence operations officer in the U.S. Navy.

Adrienne Broaddus Moving to KARE

broaddus_croppedAdrienne Broaddus is joining Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE as a general assignment reporter.

Broaddus told TVSpy she left Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH on December 1. She said she starts at KARE on January 6.

“This was a very difficult decision,” Broaddus wrote in her resignation letter to WISH news director Steve Bray obtained by TVSpy. “However, it’s time for me to accept an opportunity to continue growing and contributing to the work that we all do as journalists.”

Before coming to WISH in August 2010, Broadsus worked at WNEM in Saginaw and WSMH in Flint, MI. She started her career by working at WILX in Lansing, MI, while still in college.

Nashville Reporter’s Hat Gets Its Own Social Media Following

ferrier_hat_newA lot of us wear many hats at work, but none of our hats are as famous as the one worn by WSMV‘s Dennis Ferrier.

The fur hat with the upturned flaps worn by the reporter for the Nashville NBC affiliate is known as a Ushanka.

But Ferrier’s Ushanka is less of a hat and something closer to a head-borne comforter that has become a part of the Nashville television landscape complete with a Twitter and a facebook page all its own.

Ferrier told TVspy, “I bought it in 1989 in Milwaukee. I had been out on a fire and the spray coming off the house froze to my hair. I had an ice helmet. I said ‘That’s it. I don’t care how I look, I am going to be warm!’”

For Ferrier, the hat seems to be a great way to poke holes in the generic blow-dried reporter stereotype, “I think people like the hat because they appreciate a TV reporter who isn’t obsessed with their looks.”

After WSMV posted a picture of the hat on its facebook page and asked for a viewer vote, one commenter questioned Ferrier’s skill in wearing it, “One segment, it was on sideways and another it was on backwards. But his head is warm and he is awesome. So how ever it lands on his head is ok with me.” Another used it as a weather gauge. “This morning, the hat is soaking wet and misshapen. This means the sleet is transitioning to rain. The hat does not like rain.” Read more

Longtime Atlanta Reporter to Retire

yates_cropped_wagaLongtime WAGA reporter Paul Yates is retiring after 40 years with the Atlanta FOX owned station.

“We’re very proud of Paul’s service to our FOX 5 Atlanta viewers,” A WAGA spokesperson said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in retirement.

According to Rodney Ho, media reporter for Access Atlanta, Yates’ last day is Friday.

He started working for the station when it was affiliated with CBS in 1973. According to his bio, he has worked as a floor director, film and tape editor and producer while at the station. He began reporting in 1977.

Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne Joins KDVR From KIRO

chris halsneChris Halsne is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as an investigative reporter. Halsne comes from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked for 14 years.

“Chris is a talented storyteller, skilled at generating high-impact stories. He has won many regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism,” KDVR vice president of news Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staffers. “…Please welcome Chris when he arrives here Monday.”

Before KIRO, Halsne was the lead investigative reporter and special projects unit manager at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. He has also worked at stations in Topeka, Joplin, Ft. Myers and Grand Rapids.

Rachel Polansky Joins WSYR From WUTR

rachel polansky_304x200Rachel Polansky is joining WSYR, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, as a reporter. Polansky comes from Utica, N.Y., where she has been a reporter at WUTR for the past year and a half.

“You have all made me feel so welcome and I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful experience. While you may not see me everyday, I’ll still be reporting for CNY and I hope you will follow me as I begin my next journey on December 8th!” Polansky wrote on her WUTR Facebook page.

Polansky, a 2012 graduate of Penn State, will report on weekends and three days a week for WSYR.

Jason Davis Announces Retirement from KSTP


Jason Davis has announced he’s retiring from KSTP after nearly 40 years with the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC station.

“I’ve been here for 37 and a half years, and it’s just time,” Davis told the Pioneer Press. “It’s time to enter another phase in my life, which I want to do in good health. At my age, if I wait too much longer something’s going to happen. You don’t last forever. And you don’t want to end up spending your retirement visiting hospitals.”

Davis, who was born in London, England, spent the early part of his life as a British merchant seaman. After settling in Australia, he started his broadcasting career in 1968. He joined KSTP in 1976.

He told KSTP he has followed one simple rule throughout his career, “You’re only as good as your last story. That’s the one people remember.” Read more

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