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KTBS Anchor Arrested for DWI

lowery ktbsThe Inquisitor reports, KTBS anchor Jody Lowery was arrested by Louisiana State Police for DWI on July 31.

The arrest happened on July 31st in Red River Parish. State police booked Lowery under her full name: Jody Lowery Waldo.

>UPDATE: According to the arrest report, Lowery was booked on charges of DWI, operating a vehicle on a suspended license and open container. TVSpy added a partial screen grab of the report after the jump.

TVSpy has asked Lowery for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Lowery co-anchors the 10:00 p.m. news on Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate and the 9:00p.m. news on CW affiliate KPXJ. Read more

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Sherri Talley Returning to KTBS

talley ktbs_304Sherri Talley will be returning to Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gerry and Joe and the rest of the team, again,” Talley told KTBS. “KTBS is like a family to me. It’s good to be back home.”

Talley, who worked at KTBS from 1994 until April 2011, left to work in public relations and later start her own social media company.

The station said she will rejoin “old friend and colleague” Gerry May on the KTBS 6:00 p.m. news next Monday.

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Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

Stefanie Bryant Joins Shreveport NBC Station

Stefanie Bryant has joined Shreveport, LA, NBC affiliate KTAL as morning anchor.

Bryant’s co-anchor Dan Jovic, welcomed her on yesterday’s 5:00 a.m. news.

She also tweeted out, “First day on the desk. It was great!”

Bryant came to KTAL from Little Rock’s KTHV where she was an anchor and reporter. She has also worked in New Hampshire and Texas.

Leslie Draffin Joins KOKH in Oklahoma City

leslie draffinLeslie Draffin has joined KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City, as the morning anchor.

Draffin comes to Oklahoma City from Shreveport, La., where she was the morning anchor and military reporter for NBC affiliate KTAL since 2011. Draffin’s husband served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Draffin, who began her career in Beckley, W.V., will begin in hew new role on January 6.

Shreveport Station Adds Morning Anchor

Carly Flynn Morgan is joining Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS as a morning anchor.

In a promo introducing her to viewers, Morgan learns Louisiana has parishes instead of counties, few basements and humidity that’s worse than its heat.

Morgan comes to KTBS from WDSI in Chattanooga, TN, where she was an anchor and producer.

[Arkansas TV News]

Leslie Draffin Leaving Shreveport NBC Station

draffin_ktalLeslie Draffin is leaving Shreveport, LA, NBC affiliate KTAL, TVSpy has confirmed.

“This Wednesday is my last on NBC 6!” wrote Draffin on her facebook page. “It’s been a great two years but I’m excited to take on a new adventure! Thanks for the memories and stay tuned for more details.”

Draffin started at KTAL in 2011 as morning anchor and military reporter. She started her career in Beckley, WV.

[Arkansas TV News]

Anchor Leaving Shreveport Station for More Family Time

coile_ktbsKTBS morning anchor Chrissi Coile has announced she is leaving the Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate to spend more time with her family.

“Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know after nearly 10 years, my last day at KTBS 3 will be this Friday, December 13th,” Coile wrote on her facebook page.

She told TVSpy, “I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old and I want to make sure I’m able to spend as much time as possible with them while they’re growing up.”

On her station bio page, Coile said she grew up watching KTBS. She started her career at KLFY in Lafayette, LA.

[Arkansas TV News]

KTBS Reporter Eric James ‘Placed on Administrative Leave’ After Arrest

eric cox mugshot_304x200KTBS anchor-reporter Eric James, also known as Eric Cox, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with obscenity, which is a felony. The Shreveport ABC affiliate posted a brief report on its website about the arrest.

Rival station KSLA reports James “exposed himself and asked undercover agent to perform sexual favors.” Another man was also arrested in the incident.

“We have heard the report of his arrest. We are in the process of gathering more information and investigating the matter,” the station said in a statement. “In the meantime, Eric James has been placed on administrative leave.

Ed Walsh Leaving KTBS

Ed Walsh, anchor for Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS, has announced he is leaving the station.

Walsh, who has worked at KTBS for over ten years, told TVSpy he’s going to work for Caeser’s Entertainment. “I’ll be the new Public Relations, Advertising, Communications, and Entertainment Supervisor for their two properties in Bossier City, LA.”

He’s also worked in Monroe, LA, and New Orleans. His last day will be next Friday, June 14.

[Arkansas TV News]

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