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San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

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San Diego News Crew Finds Lost Toddler

A lost San Diego toddler was reunited with his mother after he was spotted by a KGTV news crew.

Reporter Marie Coronel said she and her photographer were setting up a live shot in the Barrio Logan neighborhood when they saw the toddler, put him in their live truck and called police. The cops found his parents after a door-to-door search.

KFMB Journalist Larry Himmel Dies of Cancer

Larry Himmel, feature reporter for San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB, has died of cancer. He was 68.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, Himmel was known as the “resident rascal” who made everyone feel good.

“A man with a great heart and a tiny ego … a rare combination in TV news,” KFMB sports director/anchor Kyle Kraska said on Twitter.

“Larry made everyone feel special. Everyone,” [Carlo] Cecchetto wrote, calling him “a gift to us all.” Read more

San Diego Anchor Has Cameo in ‘Nightcrawler,’ A Creepy Look at Local TV News

“Nighcrawler” is a new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal opening today.

Gyllenhaal plays a creepy overnight news stringer. Rene Russo is a news director who subscribes to the “if it bleeds it leads” philosophy.

Lisa Remillard, who anchors for San Diego independent station KUSI, is one of many local TV anchors with a cameo in the film. She told the San Diego Reader the film is interesting, but not all that accurate.

“It’s an interesting way of how others perceive it to be,” said Remillard. “When a stringer delivers video, we either use it or we don’t. It doesn’t make or break our newscast, and I have never worked in a shop where it does. Very rarely have I personally used a stringer video, particularly in the manner in which the film portrays it.”

Remillard told the Reader she wasn’t sure she’d make it in the film. “I thought for sure they would cut. Even though they were so nice, I had no hope that they were going to keep me in the movie.” Read more

Joel Davis Named KGTV Station Manager

JoelDavisSan Diego’s KGTV is giving Joel Davis a promotion. The former news director has now been named station manager of the ABC affiliate.

“Joel has been at my side for more than five years, working hand in hand, and 10News has seen some tremendous successes in that time,” KGTV general manager Jeff Block said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified for this position, and I look forward to Joel taking on day-to-day operations here at ABC10.”

“I am excited and humbled to be offered this new opportunity here at ABC10,” Davis said.  “I am so very proud of the great work our journalists and managers have done over the past five years, and the entire 10News team shares in my success!”

Prior to joining KGTV, Davis was managing editor at ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando.

His new position is effective Monday.

San Diego Station Adds Two Newscasts, Names Evening Anchor

Viewers of San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB saw two newscasts launched yesterday.

KSWB added FOX 5 News at One anchored by Erica Fox, Andrew Luria and weather anchor Jason Handman and FOX 5 News at Four with Luria and Handman joined by Jenn Karlman.

The station also moved weekend anchor Phil Blauer to weekday co-anchor of the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news alongside Kathleen Bade.

Blauer came to KSWB from cross town CBS affiliate KFMB earlier this year.

Timelapse Video Captures Construction of New KFMB Set

Those set-builders have been busy this week, haven’t they? KFMB, the CBS station in San Diego, debuted an updated news set, which the station described as “a major renovation”, with a new look and “more technology that will enable us to deliver the news in a more clear and concise manner.”

Newscast studio has a more technical take on the new set:

The station worked with Broadcast Design International for the update, which includes a 3×2 monitor array camera center that displays live video of the area.

After Producing in San Diego and Boston, Two Kids and Food Vouchers

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, former Hartford producer Darlena Cunha describes a career that took her quickly to jobs in San Diego and Boston and a comfortable life with her husband, complete with a $240,000 home and a Mercedes. And then, it all started slipping away. Her husband lost his job, and the market crashed.

“In just two months, we’d gone from making a combined $120,000 a year to making just $25,000 and leeching out funds to a mortgage we couldn’t afford. Our savings dwindled, then disappeared.

So I did what I had to do. I signed up for Medicaid and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”

Cunha’s essay, “Picking Up Food Stamps in My Mercedes,” has brought her back to television, appearing Tuesday night on CNN’s CNN Tonight in an interview with Don Lemon. In the interview, Cunha pointed out that the Post headline to her story was incorrect, in that she was not actually receiving “food stamps,” but vouchers through the WIC program, which is a program far easier to qualify for, and which allowed her family to keep that Mercedes: Read more

Unorthodox Meteorologist (See YouTube) Mark Mathis Joins KUSI

MarkMathisMark Mathis is returning to the weather beat. KUSI news director Steve Cohen confirms to TVSpy that Mathis is joining the San Diego station Monday, joining Leslie Lopez and David Scott on the weather team.

Mathis is known to regular TVSpy readers for his flamboyant on-air personality. These YouTube videos can attest to that.

He’s also known for several rocky tenures over the last 10 years. In 2011, he spent just a few months at KMAX in Sacramento. Before that he had two stints with WCCB in Charlotte. He’s also worked at KREX in Grand Junction, CO, WFAA in Dallas, and KTBC in Austin. This will be his second go ’round in San Diego having previously worked at KSWB.

Legendary meteorologist John Coleman retired from KUSI in April. Coleman had been in broadcasting for more than 60 years, the last 20 at KUSI.

KGTV Adds Creative Services Director

KGTV_10_logoStan Melton has been announced as the creative services director for San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV and Azteca San Diego.

“Stan brings to San Diego nearly 20 years of highly effective television marketing and creative branding experience,” Jeff Block, VP & GM of KGTV said in a statement. “An award-winning writer/producer/director in his own right, his track record leading creative teams to messaging and ratings successes is enviable, and we are pleased and proud to have Stan joining our executive team.”

Melton comes to KGTV on June 2 from Brown Bag Creative in the Washington, D.C. area. He has also worked at WJLA, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO in Washington, D.C., KENS in San Antonio, TX, WFAA and KXAS in Dallas and KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK.

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