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Bill Burr Joins WCIV in Charleston

bill burrBill Burr is joining WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., as a general assignment reporter. The Moultrie News reports he will appear on the 6 and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts.

“We are thrilled to have Bill join the ABC News 4 family,” WCIV general manager Suzanne Teagle said in a statement. “He’s a familiar face around Charleston. He knows the community, and he has a great work ethic. He’ll bring our viewers the stories that matter.”

Burr was the morning anchor at rival WCSC, the CBS affiliate, for seven years before signing off in 2012. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. and WBTW in Myrtle Beach.

Reporter Betty Yu Joins KPIX-KBCW

betty yu (2)Betty Yu begins today as a general assignment reporter at KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

Yu comes from WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami. She has been a reporter there since 2011. Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter for News 12 the Bronx and Brooklyn for four years, covering crime, politics, sports and weather.

Yu, a Bay Area native, is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

Milwaukee ABC Station Adds Reporter from Rockford

hutchison_wisnBen Hutchison is joining Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN on Monday.

Hutchison comes to WISN from WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, where he was weekday morning anchor.

He took a knock-knock joke to the chin during his goodbye on this morning’s news. “Knock-knock,” said a voice from off camera. “Who’s there?” answered Hutchison and chief meteorologist Candice King. “Ben,” said the voice. “Ben who?” asked Hutchison. “Ben wondering when you were going to leave,” said the voice later identified as the show’s director.

Hutchison was an intern with WGN for the Chicago White Sox and a freelancer for ESPN before joining WTVO-WQRF.

WISN added Thema Ponton last week as weekend morning anchor.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Cincinnati’s WXIX Hires Little Rock Reporter

hutson_croppedLisa Hutson will join Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX December 30.

Hutson is a multimedia journalist for Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate KTHV.

Arkansas TV News reports Hutson said, “It’s the home of the Bengals, the Reds, Jerry Springer and soon the newest reporter for WXIX Fox 19 Lisa Hutson. I’m happy to announce me & Wayne Cross (sic) will be moving to Cincinnati, OH this December to take on a new challenge.”

According to her bio, Hutson started her career at the age of 15. She was a production assistant shooting news and sports for local channel TV3.

After 36 Years, Norman Cox to Retire from WRTV

cox_wrtvWRTV has announced the retirement of reporter Norman Cox after 36 years at the Indianapolis ABC affiliate.

“Norman has been a great journalist for central Indiana for decades,” said WRTV news director Terri Cope-Walton in a statement. “His work is second to none, and we are proud to have had him on our staff. Not only will we miss his journalism, but we will also miss his humor, and the special brand of friendship he brought to the newsroom every day.”

“The people of Indiana have benefitted from Norman’s coverage, his thoroughness, his professionalism and his integrity,” said Indana Governor Mike Pence, the seventh Governor Cox has covered. “I respect the way he has done his job, always prepared, tough but fair, a truly objective journalist.”

Cox started at WRTV in 1976 as the Statehouse reporter. His last day will be Friday, November 1.

KING Reporter Joe Fryer Joins NBC News

joe fryer nbc newsJoe Fryer is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING to join NBC News. In his new role, Fyer will be a general assignment correspondent based in the network’s Burbank bureau.

Related, TVNewser: Joe Fryer Named NBC News Correspondent

Fryer, who has worked at KING since 2010, has been filling in as a part-time correspondent on NBC News. In a memo this afternoon, NBC SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi and Burbank bureau chief Polly Powell wrote, “His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time.”

Before working at KING, the four-time Murrow winner worked at KARE in Minneapolis, WTVF in Nashville, WBAY in Green Bay and WKYT in Lexington.

Rick Boone Joins Baltimore’s WBFF

boone_wbff_croppedRick Boone has joined Baltimore FOX affiliate WBFF as a reporter.

This morning, Boone was welcomed by anchors Patrice Sanders and Tom Rodgers before he got to his first story.

“I’m actually a Maryland kid who’s come back home,” said Boone. “I’ll give you a little something you probably didn’t know. I even kinda dreamed about being on FOX 45 one day and here I am! How’d this happen?”

Boone comes to WBFF from XETV in San Diego where was a fill-in reporter and anchor. He’s also worked in Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

‘It’s OK to Be You’: Reporter Comes Out on Facebook

matt hornCapitol News Service reporter Matt Horn celebrated “National Coming Out Day” on October 11 by coming out to his fans on facebook.

Horn told viewers on his facebook page, “So for those of you who don’t know today is “coming out day.” I have been comfortable with my sexual orientation for years. But, I’m officially making it public. Not to stir attention or anything like that; but, to let everyone know it’s okay to be you.”

Horn started at Capitol News Service in May as political reporter. In his role at Capitol News Service, he provides political reports to ten Florida stations including WTVJ in Miami, WFLA in Tampa and WEAR in Pensacola.

KMBC Adds Matt Evans as Reporter

matt_evans_kmbcMatt Evans has joined Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC as a reporter.

Evans posted the news to his facebook page, “I’m beyond thrilled to begin my career in my home market and less than 90 minutes away from my hometown. I look forward to learning from some of the same people I grew up watching and from some of the best reporters in Kansas City.”

Evans, who currently works at KOMU in Columbia, MO, told his facebook friends he starts as a nightside reporter until he graduates from the University of Missouri in December and moves to mornings.

Samara Sodos Returns to WTMJ

sodos_twitter_wtmjSamara Sodos has joined Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ as noon co-anchor and morning show reporter.

Sodos started her career at WTMJ as an associate producer. In June 2012, she left her job as a reporter for Tampa’s WFLA to work as the public information officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports at Sodos’ last press conference before taking the job as as spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told reporters, “Now she’s going to be an obstacle to all of you doing your jobs. She’s going to be on this side of the podium giving you all hell, denying your freedom of information requests and saying she has no comment whatsoever, (and) that David Gee is the greatest sheriff in the history. Sam, we love ya, it’s been a long time.”

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