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WBND Expands Morning Newscasts

WBND_LogoWBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend, is expanding its weekday and weekend morning newscasts this fall. The expansion will add more than 18 hours of news a week to WBND’s lineup.

On weekdays, the station will add newscasts from 4:30 to 5 a.m. on WBND and from 7 to 9 a.m. on sister station WCWW, the CW affiliate in South Bend. On weekends, the station will launch 6 to 8 a.m. newscasts on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

“When we launched ABC 57 News in April 2011, we began with 12 hours a week of local news,” general manager Jeff Guy said in a statement. “Since that time, we have more than doubled that number, currently delivering 27 hours a week. Now with the expansion in September, we will add 18.5 hours a week for a total of 45.5 hours a week of live news and weather coverage. No other television station in the market can compare – we will have the most live, local television news for viewers in Michiana.”

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Paul Emmick Leaves WSBT to Follow Dream of Doing Voiceovers


Paul Emmick, chief meteorologist for South Bend, IN, CBS affiliate WSBT, announced Friday he was leaving to start a career doing voiceovers.

“Since I left the Weather Channel years ago I always said, when I have the chance I’m going start my own business and do voiceovers for a living,” said Emmick who told viewers he wasn’t getting any younger.

Emmick came to WSBT in August 2013. He has worked at WRTV in Indianapolis, WDRB in Louisville, KY, and WEHT in Evansville, IN. He worked at the Weather Channel for seven years.

Kevin Lewis Joins WJLA From WNDU

After three years at WNDU in South Bend, Kevin Lewis is leaving for WJLA in Washington, D.C.

“For those familiar with Kevin’s work, and work ethic, it really is not that surprising.  The guy can do it all and do it superbly,” news director C.J. Beutien wrote in a memo to WNDU staffers. “…We will miss his competitive spirit and his constant strive for excellence.”

Lewis, who is an investigative reporter and weekend anchor at WNDU, will sign off on August 4. He will begin as WJLA’s Montgomery County bureau reporter on August 26.

Gunshot Interrupts WBND Reporter’s Live Shot About Drive-By Shooting

Multimedia journalist Eric Steltzer had a morning live shot for South Bend, IN, ABC affiliate WBND momentarily interrupted by what sounded like a gunshot.

Steltzer told TVSpy, he turned around and saw a car drive by with a window halfway rolled down after he heard the ‘pop,’ “In my head I was saying, ‘I think someone just tried to shoot me! But I’m still going to tag out of this story.’ I ended up doing one more live shot there before heading back to the station.”

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When the station asked a South Bend Police Captain if the sound was a gunshot, the cop said, “I wouldn’t doubt it.” Steltzer was at a local gas station reporting on an early morning drive-by shooting.

You can see video of the live shot in a story WBND did about the drive-by after the jump. Read more

WBND Adds Three Multimedia Journalists

WBND has hired three recent college graduates as multimedia journalists. Alexandra Koehn, Emily Evans and Amanda Starrantino have joined the ABC affiliate in South Bend, Ind.

Koehn recently graduated from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. Evans is a graduate of University of Ohio, and Starrantino graduated from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

Anchor Freaks Out Viewers by Leaving Ashes on His Forehead

WSBT anchor Rick Schutt left viewers of the South Bend CBS affiliate wondering what was wrong with him after leaving the traces of Ash Wednesday on his forehead.

Schutt took to his facebook page to assure viewers he was OK saying, “It’s Ash Wednesday and yes I went to Mass tonight. Some viewers were wondering what was on my forward. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent…”

During Ash Wednesday Mass, Catholics have ashes rubbed on their foreheads in the sign of a cross to remind them of their mortality. Some choose to wash the ashes off.  Some leave them on.

Schutt may have run into his phone’s auto-correct function by writing “forward” instead of “forehead.”

WBND Meteorologist Arrested for DWI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident

WBND chief meteorologist Jamie Martin was arrested just before 8:00 p.m. Saturday night for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Management for the South Bend, IN, ABC affiliate confirmed the news, but told TVSpy they would not comment further on personnel matters except to say meteorologist Tom Coomes will fill-in for Martin.

WSBT, the rival CBS affiliate, reported the news on air and on its website, saying St. Joseph County dispatchers confirmed the car Martin was driving flipped onto its roof less than a mile from the ABC station. Read more

Teenager Arrested While Being Interviewed by South Bend Reporter

WBND reporter Jessie McDonough watched her interview turn into a police investigation while her camera was rolling. (watch McDonough’s report above)

While McDonough, a reporter for the South Bend ABC affiliate, was interviewing an 18-year-old High School student about his car rear ending a school bus, South Bend police stepped in and arrested the man. “In Indiana it is illegal to have metabolites in your system while you are driving,” said Lt. Gene Eyster who approached the suspect during the interview.

Acting off a tip, police learned the man may have ditched drug paraphernalia in a nearby garbage can after the accident. “We are also going to take you down for a drug test,” said Lt. Eyster.  “Which is going to tell me exactly what is in your system and how strong.”

WBND Reporter Arrested on Two Counts of Sexual Battery

Ryan Klund, a reporter at WBND in South Bend, was arrested Thursday on two criminal sexual conduct charges.

According to documents filed Wednesday in St. Joseph Superior Court, Klund is charged with two counts of sexual battery, both felonies, against a woman at a party in South Bend on April 29. The woman reported the incident happened after she and Klund, along with a group of their acquaintances, had been drinking at a friend’s residence and at a local bar.

According to her account of the incident, she told friends she felt she may vomit and she went into the bathroom at the apartment. Klund came into the bathroom uninvited and began “rubbing the victim’s exposed genital area with his hand … and kissed the victim’s bare buttocks.” Klund left the bathroom after the woman yelled at him to stop. Read more

Kim Chappell Joins WBND as Evening Co-Anchor

Kim Chappell begins next month at WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. She will anchor the station’s evening newscasts alongside Brian Dorman.

Chappell comes to WBND from WTVF in Nashville, where she used her maiden name, Kim Gebbia. She has previously worked for WXII in Winston-Salem and WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

“Kim has spent her career digging up stories that impact the communities where people live,” news director Aaron Ramey said in a statement. “She has a passion for one-on-one interaction with the folks who are affected by the news. I think that shows in her compassionate approach to story-telling.”

Chappell replaces Krista Fogelsong, who left WBND for WBBH in May.

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