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Scott Leamon Quitting WSLS for Police Department Job

WSLS reporter Scott Leamon starts his new role as a spokesman for the Roanoke Police Department Monday.

“You spend a lot of hours covering the news, so I got to a lot of tee ball games in time for the last inning,” Leamon told the Roanoke Times. “This new job allots more time for the family, but there is a lot of work involved, too. I’m ready to work.”

Leamon, whose last day at the Roanoke NBC affiliate is today, told viewers on his facebook page, “Thank you for allowing me into your homes and hearts. And any time you feel like you can’t do something, any time you feel like your back is against the wall, any time you feel like you just might be down for the count…Do what I tell the people who me well to do. Think: “Man. If that knucklehead Scott Leamon can do it, then I can too!”

Leamon has been a reporter at WSLS for ten years.

Kelly Zuber Named News Director at WDBJ

Kelly Zuber has been named news director at WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.

Zuber has worked at WDBJ for 31 years and held a variety of roles, including reporter, photojournalist, assignment editor, director of public affairs and director of promotion and marketing. For the past six years, she has been director of digital services.

“Kelly is a hard-nosed journalist and a futurist, a really good combination for someone who has to manage all of the content across all of the platforms that people use now to receive information and entertainment,” WDBJ general manager Jeffrey Marks said in a statement.

Zaber replaces Dan Dennison, who will remain with the station as a feature reporter. He will “be creating the model for the ultimate multimedia journalist, with all of the tools to cover stories, assemble them and transmit them from anywhere to WDBJ7′s broadcast and mobile platforms,” according to a WDBJ release.

WSET Gives News Director Special Send-Off

It took WSET staffers 1,000 balloons to say goodbye to outgoing news director Bill Foy.

On Foy’s last day at the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate, the newsroom filled his office with balloons. “We as a team worked harder on that than any about other project over the past three years,” said 6:00 p.m. anchor Len Stevens on the 5:00 p.m. news. “That’s not true!” objected anchor Danner Evans.

Foy left the station for a job with Virginia Tech while Stevens was named interim news director.

As well as doing a story about the deed again at 11:00 p.m., the station also posted a time-lapse of the seven hours of work they put in to its facebook page.

WSET Changes News Directors, Moves Anchors

WSET has announced Bill Foy is leaving the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate for a job at Virginia Tech and has named anchor Len Stevens as interim news director.

“Bill is the consummate professional,” WSET general manager Randy Smith said in a statement. “He and I have worked together since 1992 and he is one of the most experienced and highly regarded news professionals in the Commonwealth, if not the industry. Bill is one of a very small group of people in whom I have blind trust. I will miss him tremendously.”

Foy had been the news director at WSET since 2007. He’s also worked at WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, WBTV in Charlotte, NC, and WSLS in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, where he met current WSET GM Randy Smith. According to The Roanoke Times, Foy left television after working at WRIC in Richmond, VA. When Smith became the WSET GM, he persuaded Foy to join him as news director. Read more

Charges Reduced for Roanoke Meteorologist in February Car Crash

Jamey Singleton, meteorologist and web producer for the Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate WSET, was ordered by a judge to pay a $200 fine for causing a head-on collision in February.

Police said Singleton was eating breakfast while driving to work on February 19 when his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the center line and hit a delivery truck head-on. Singleton was seriously injured in the crash, while the two men in the delivery truck were treated at a local hospital and released that day.

The Roanoke Times said Singleton pleaded not-guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving. The charge was amended to driving on the wrong side of the road, an infraction.

The station reported on Singleton’s progress in April. At the time, he was able to walk with the help of a walker.

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Anchor John Carlin Returning to WSLS

WSLS has announced John Carlin will rejoin the Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate on July 8.

“The market wants a proven journalist and dedicated community leader, and that’s what we have in John Carlin,” said WSLS vice president and general manager Leesa Wilcher. “Our mission is to serve this community by presenting newscasts people can trust, and John is a person who meets that standard.”

Carlin will anchor alongside Karen McNew (pictured left) on the 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. news. The station said he will co-anchor the 11:00 p.m. news with Lindsey Ward during certain months of the year.

He was the lead male anchor at WSLS for 21 years before leaving the station in 2008 to pursue a career in public relations. The station posted a video announcing the move featuring an awkward high five moment. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Rachel Lucas Moving to WSLS

Rachel Lucas is joining Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate WSLS.

The move was announced by Bluefield, VA, NBC affiliate WVVA on its facebook page, “After more than two years with us here at WVVA, today is Rachel Lucas’ final day. Join us in wishing her the very best at her next stop, NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.”

Lucas joined WVVA in February 2011. Melissa Stacy, news director for WSLS, told TVSpy Lucas starts next Monday, June 3.

Meteorologist Jay Webb Set to Join WHSV From WDBJ

Meteorologist Jay Webb is signing off from WDBJ in Roanoke to join WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va., he announced on Facebook.

It is a return to Harrisonburg for Webb, who worked there for six years before joining WDBJ in 2006. He will be WHSV’s weather director and weekday morning and noon meteorologist after he signs off from WDBJ on May 22.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow in this industry that’s been so good to me, plus I get to do it in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, a place my wife Sarah and I called home from 2000-2006,” Webb wrote. “I will miss my WDBJ family. I have been exposed to a talented team of broadcasters and meteorologists … I look forward to what the future holds in JMU country, but I will always be rooted here.” [h/t The Roanoke Star]

Anchor Jay Warren Signing Off From WSLS

Jay Warren is leaving WSLS to “pursue other career opportunities,” the Roanoke NBC affiliate announced Monday. His last day will be April 19.

Warren began his WSLS career in 1998 as a reporter. Since 2008, he has anchored the station’s evening newscasts. He is also the senior political reporter at WSLS. He has covered every congressional, presidential and statewide election for WSLS since 1998.

“He has been a great mentor to reporters, and a great leader to those who have been in the television industry for many years,” the station said in a statement.

Frankie Jupiter Joins WDBJ From WCAV

Frankie Jupiter has joined WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.

Jupiter joined the station this month after two years at WCAV, the CBS affiliate in Charlottesville. He has previously worked as a production assistant at WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans.

Jupiter is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He won an Emmy in the student category for the 2008 presidential campaign.

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