“Carolyn is an excellent journalist whose passion for journalism is seen through her exceptional story-telling abilities,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “Carolyn grew up in Southern California and now she is returning home to join the most talented and respected journalists in the market at NBC4.”
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Dwyer is the weekend anchor for the NBC-owned station in San Francisco. KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell announced the news to staff in a note obtained by Lieberman.
“Diane will be a part of some special projects in the year to come, and while we won’t see her every weekend, she’ll still contribute on-air from time-to-time,” Mitchell wrote. “I’d like to thank Diane for her years of service to NBC Bay Area and our community. Diane is an excellent journalist and we’ll miss her on the weekends, but we’re excited about our future projects together.”
KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, is debuting a monthly newsmagazine called “The Mix” this week. Hosted by Janet Reilly, the show “will deliver an in-depth look at the Bay Area’s biggest stories and will feature interviews with a variety of California’s leading newsmakers.”
Reilly is the former president of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, as well as the co-founder and president of a volunteer-based medical clinic in San Francisco. She has run for public office twice, in 2006 and 2010.
“Janet’s passion for public service and motivation for social change are sure to catch the attention of our viewers as she covers the topics that matter most to them,” KNTV president and general manager Rich Cerussi said in a statement. “We are excited to be adding The Mix to our weekend lineup and to give our viewers access to these fascinating people and stories.”
The show debuts Saturday with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her daughter. It will air the third Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
A homeless San Jose man has been charged with arson and first degree burglary for allegedly starting the fire that destroyed the former home of San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV.
Stillman Pfeffer has been charged with using a liquid accelerant to start the fire.
The abandoned building has recently been used as an encampment by the city’s homeless. The San Jose Mercury News also reports possible human remains have been detected in the rubble.
Pfeffer was arraigned Wednesday and did not enter a plea. He is being held without bail while dogs trained to detect human remains are deployed by the San Jose Fire Department to examine the charred structure.
About 1:30 Wednesday, one of the dogs alerted handlers of a possible hit in the rubble. A short time later a second dog had a hit in the same location. The pile of debris was then partially excavated and the dogs were brought back again in the early evening. Again, they detected something, but officials said they would have to do a deeper excavation Thursday morning.
San Jose Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said that while they couldn’t confirm remains were under the debris, the dogs used are generally quite reliable. Read more
A man who was one of several homeless squatters occupying the former KNTV headquarters says his uncle may have died in the fire that gutted the building, the CBS-owned station in San Francisco reports:
One homeless man, who gave his name as Ace, told KCBS he believed that his uncle perished in the blaze. He said over two-dozen people were living in the former television station. “We all had rooms; we build our own rooms. It just kept us all off the streets. It kept us all in there as family,” he said.
The man said he thinks his uncle died in the fire because his apartment was barricaded. Firefighters are continuing their investigation and searching for possible victims but at around 7 a.m., they were still dousing the occasional hotspots.
The TV studio at 645 Park Avenue in San Jose is no more. The building that once housed San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV when it was an ABC affiliate, then an independent station, was gutted yesterday by a five alarm fire.
The building near downtown San Jose had been abandoned since 2004 and sat across the street from the San Jose Fire Department’s training facility. It opened its doors in 1955.
The fire started around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. According to the San Jose Mercury News, two people, “apparently homeless individuals” safely escaped the building when firefighters arrived.
Former employees took to facebook to post pictures of the fire and remember the building where many of them started their careers. David Lee, now news director for Tallahassee’s WTXL, was a sports anchor at the station in the 90s. He wrote, “Hate to see it go down like the Red Wings did the first time the Sharks made the playoffs!!! Lots of memories and friends.”
“This is the old KNTV studio .. On fire,” wrote current KNTV reporter Scott Budman who posted a picture of the fire on facebook. “Lots of good memories there. Hope everyone nearby is safe.”
In an email, KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff Johnson has, “accepted a new opportunity to be an anchor at a TV station outside of the San Francisco market.”
Johnson was a producer at KGO in the programming department before leaving for an on-air position at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. She returned to KGO in 1998.
There’s no word where Johnson is heading.
You can read the email after the jump. Read more
“I’m very happy to be here in the Bay Area where I’ve been working and living for a long time.” Wayne told Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman who first reported the news. “I’m happy. My wife’s happy too.”
Lieberman reports the contract keeps Wayne at KTVU through 2017.
Wayne has worked KTVU since 1992. He first worked in the Bay Area at then ABC affiliate KNTV.
“Veronica is the best kind of broadcast news anchor – a passionate journalist dedicated to reporting the news with insight, accuracy and balance. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team at KPIX 5” KPIX VP and news director Dan Rosenheim said in a statement.
De La Cruz, who will anchor alongside Ken Bastida, comes to KPIX from MSNBC where she was a host of First Look and NBC’s Early Today Show. She starts Monday, May 5.