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Houston Police Arrest Man For Stalking KPRC Traffic Anchor Jennifer Reyna

Houston police have arrested a man accused of stalking KPRC traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Christopher Olson was arrested Wednesday in his apartment. His bail was set at $80,000. Olson, who has been trailing Reyna since September and has tried to approach her in the station parking lot, violated a 2007 court order that prohibited him from having contact with her.

In 2007, Olson drove his car through the front doors of the station twice, causing $5,000 worth of damage.

Houston Police Looking for Man Charged With Stalking KPRC’s Jennifer Reyna

Houston police are looking for a man charged with stalking KPRC traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna, the Houston Chronicle reports:

Investigators said Christopher Marcus Olson, 38, has been stalking KPRC-TV’s Jennifer Reyna since Sept. 14, disregarding a no-contact order issued by a judge in May 2007 after he twice drove his vehicle through the front door of the news station.

Since last September, police said, Olson has followed Reyna as she left work, parked by her vehicle in a parking lot next to the news station and called her at her job.

“Based on the documented incidents of the defendant following the complainant (Reyna) and waiting for the complainant outside of her place of employment, (she) is in fear of her life,” according to an arrest warrant filed on Thursday.

Olson has followed Reyna in his car on numerous occasions. In May 2007, he drove his vehicle through the front doors at KPRC, causing more than $5,000 in damage.

A Year of ‘Dance Party Fridays’ on WKRC

WKRC traffic reporter Bob Herzog continued his popular “Dance Party Friday” segments this year, bringing his moves to the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s morning newscast once a week. Herzog has compiled an end of year “Best Of” series of the segments.

Part one is above and part two is the jump. Read more

KPRC’s Jennifer Reyna Declares Traffic All Clear as SUV Accident Unfolds Behind Her

Traffic reporter Jennifer Reyna turned her back on a live traffic camera at just the wrong moment on a recent KPRC newscast (video above).

Reyna was discussing a highway accident that could be seen on the screen behind her. As she turned away to wrap up her report, a car swerved and crashed into an SUV, which in turn hit the fire truck that was on the scene for the first accident. “So, yeah, it looks like that one’s going to clear up,” Reyna said. Read more

LA Stations Pool Resources for Carmageddon II

Los Angeles is gearing up for another “Carmageddon,” a weekend closure of a 10-mile strech of the 405 Freeway. One of the major complaints during the last Carmageddon weekend was the helicopter noise from the media’s aerial coverage, so LA stations are pooling resources this time around to keep things quiet. Rick Terrell, executive director of the RTNA of Southern California, shares details on the “unprecedented” arrangement with the Los Angeles Times:

Rather than sending up a helicopter from each station for each news broadcast, Terrell said, pilots will fly in shifts. Only one helicopter from member stations — including KABC, KCBS/KCAL, KMEX, KNBC/KVEA, KTLA and KTTV –- will go up at a time. He said the pool plan calls for three flights per night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings prior to each major newscast at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. He said one helicopter will also be sent out about 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

VIDEO: ‘He Just Got Whacked!’: KYW Catches Accident Live


Bob Kelly‘s traffic report for Philadelphia’s CBS O&O, KYW, got a little too real yesterday morning when the station’s traffic cameras caught an accident live on air.

Kelly was just about to move on from a traffic shot of Interstate 76 showing a car stalled and facing the wrong way in the left lane of the highway when the car was nearly hit head on by another vehicle prompting Kelly to exclaim, “He just got whacked!” Read more

Traffic Anchor Kacie McDonnell Debuts on WTXF

Kacie McDonnell made her debut on WTXF in Philadelphia yesterday (video above).

McDonnell joins the Fox O&O as the morning traffic anchor. She dropped by in April after it was revealed that morning anchor Mike Jerrick was a fan of her commercials for Fiat. Video of her earlier appearance via Red Lasso inside… Read more

Traffic Reporter Tammy Dombeck Out at KXAS

Traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck said goodbye to KXAS on Friday after 12 years at the Dallas NBC O&O.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports Dombeck and KXAS could not come to an agreement on her new contract. She has a standard non-compete clause in her contract which will prevent her from working on-air in Dallas for the next six months, Bark says.

Beginning this week, Andi Parker will be handling the traffic reports for the morning newscast on an interim basis.

Tina Shaerban Says Goodbye to Toledo’s WTOL

Tina Shaerban is signing off today from WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade.

Shaerban, the morning traffic reporter at WTOL, has been with the station for two years. She has been anchoring the 9 a.m. newscast during Melissa Voetsch‘s medical leave. Shaerban is moving back to her hometown, Cleveland, with her family.

“She brings a natural joy with her to our newsroom every single day. It’s the kind of brightness and enthusiasm that’s not easy to find,” news director C.J. Hoyt said. Hoyt noted the station is searching for a replacement for an early August debut.

KITV Traffic Anchor Yasmin Dar Moves to KVAL

Yasmin Dar has been hired as the newest anchor at KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene, OR.

Dar is the traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC-affiliate in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, KVAL news director Sean Flanagan saw Dar on KITV while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

“We believe that Yasmin will bring a unique dynamic to our newscast that will resonate with our viewers,” he said in a memo to KVAL staff.

Dar’s last day at KITV will be August 17. She will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at KVAL starting August 30.

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