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Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

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Longtime KVOA Anchor Leaving TV After Contract Expires

mcnamara kvoa croppedTom McNamara has announced he is leaving Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA after his contract expires in December to go into real estate.

“Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now,” McNamara said in a statement. “KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months.  I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process.”

McNamara started at KVOA in July 1997. He’s worked either as a reporter or an anchor in Scranton, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

“We’ve been aware of Tom’s intentions for a couple of years now,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA president & GM. “He’s been upfront with us on his desire to expand his local business. We fully support him and wish him all the best.”

The station said McNamara’s replacement would be named later.

Nichole Szemerei Promoted to Anchor of KVOA’s ‘Tucson Today’

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Nichole Szemerei, formerly a traffic reporter for “Tucson Today” on NBC affiliate KVOA, has been promoted to anchor. Szemerei will join co-anchor John Overall weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Szemerei joined KVOA in December 2011. She previously worked at WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Champaign, Ill.

“Nichole is a natural to move into the anchor chair on Tucson Today,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “She’s been a dynamic member of our morning team and is an excellent communicator, a proven journalist and an Arizona native.”

Szemerei begins her new position next week.

KOLD Admits to ‘Egregious’ Error in Story About Killer’s Arrest

KOLDOn Sunday at 7:46 p.m., tucsonnewsnow.com (home to both CBS affiliate KOLD and FOX affiliate KMSB) posted a story which claimed that notorious Scottsdale family-killer Robert Fisher had been captured.

The story turned out to be incorrect. According to the Phoenix New Times, the article appeared to confuse the facts and went off a false tip which claimed that Fisher (who killed his wife and two children in 2001) was seen at a Colorado home. The tip led to the arrest of two different men over the weekend.

The inaccurate KOLD article stated that Fisher “is now behind bars.” It even claimed that investigators confirmed the arrest. In reality, Fisher was never at the home, much less arrested, and authorities never said that he was.

Writer Colton Shone‘s byline appears above the error-filled article, but KOLD news director Michelle Germano told The Phoenix New Times that he only posted the article online and didn’t write it. She declined to name the author.

Germano told the TimesRay Stern that she didn’t want to get into how the error happened. But she assured him “there have been consequences.” Germano added that the reporter should have corrected the facts instead of removing the article entirely from the website.

“All those involved have been talked with,” Germano told Stern. “We take these matters very seriously.”

The story was on the website for about 10 minutes before it was taken down. The false info was never broadcast on-air.

KGUN Announces Two New Hosts for ‘The Morning Blend’

Maria-Parmigiani-and-Tina-JABC affiliate KGUN has announced two new hosts for their Tucson-oriented lifestyle show, “The Morning Blend”: Maria Parmigiani and Tina Jennings

Jennings previously worked as an anchor and host at ABC affiliate WBKO in Bowling Green, KY. Parmigiani comes from CW affiliate WCWF in Green Bay, Wis, where she was a reporter and web content producer.

“We are thrilled to have such talented people hosting ‘The Morning Blend,’” KGUN vice president and general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement. “We think that their diverse experience and friendly personalities will add a wonderful dynamic to make the show an even greater success.”

“The Morning Blend” airs weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on KGUN and again at 1:00 p.m. on CW affiliate KWBA.

(Pictured: Maria Parmigiani and Tina Jennings)

Telemundo Arizona Adds Weekend Newscast

Telemundo_ArizonaKTAZ, the Telemundo owned station for Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, has added two hours of local weekend news to its lineup.

Starting Saturday, the station will air a live half hour of news at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be anchored by Daniel Aguirre with Ivan Valenzuela anchoring sports.

“The investment in local news, resources, personnel and cutting-edge technology demonstrates our commitment to inform and serve the local Spanish-speaking community, which has been traditionally underserved with local news,” Araceli De León, president and regional general manager, Telemundo Southwest said in a statement.

Telemundo also said the station is building a new set and hiring “a dozen additional staff members to deliver local team coverage from breaking news events and live reports from multiple locations.”

Tucson’s KWBA Launches Morning Newscast

kwba logoKWBA, the CW affiliate in Tucson, is launching a morning newscast on April 21. It will air from 7 to 8 a.m. as an extension of “Good Morning Tucson,” the morning newscast on sister station KGUN.

“I am excited that we will be able to provide our viewers with additional local news in the 7 a.m. hour,” KWBA vice president and general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement. “This is another opportunity for new viewers who already enjoy CW programs to get local news and weather they may not have seen before.”

The newscast will be anchored by Liz Kotalik with meteorologist April Madison and traffic reporter Allen Kath.

Marisa Mendelson to Join KVOA

mendelsonMarisa Mendelson has announced she is joining Tucson, AZ, NBC affiliate KVOA as an investigative reporter.

KVOA news director Cathie Batbie-Loucks confirmed with TVSpy Mendelson will start April 15.

“I’m heading to Tucson, Arizona!” Mendelson wrote on her facebook page. “I’m looking forward to joining their great team.”

Mendelson last worked as a reporter for WFTV in Orlando, FL. She came to WFTV from KOKH in Oklahoma City, OK, and has also worked at WFTX in Fort Myers, FL, WOI in Des Moines, IA, and WHBF in Rock Island, IL.

Kevin Jeanes Named Chief Meteorologist at KOLD-KMSB

KEVIN JEANESKevin Jeanes is joining KOLD-KMSB in Tucson as chief meteorologist on January 6. Jeanes comes from WWBT in Richmond, where he has been a meteorologist since 2010.

Jeanes replaces Chuck George, who left the station earlier this year. During his time at KOLD, George took several leaves of absence related to his severe depression. He is currently pursuing an academic career, according to the station.

“I am very excited to join such a respected team of meteorologists at KOLD/KMSB,” Jeanes said in a statement. “Tucson is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I can’t wait to make the move.”

Stella Inger Heading South to KGUN

Inger_croppedStella Inger, former anchor and reporter for Phoenix, AZ, Independent station KTVK is heading to Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

Inger left KTVK this week, telling facebook fans on Monday, “Enjoying my last 2 days at #3TV. It’s been a blast & I thank you all for welcoming me into your homes! Excited about what’s next. Will keep you posted!”

KGUN news director Tom Burke confirmed with TVSpy, Inger will join Guy Atchley on the weekday 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts beginning October 29.

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