“When Ryan first visited us he made an immediate connection with our newsroom, especially the morning team. WTAE is happy to see a home-grown storyteller come back to Pittsburgh in this role,” news director Justin Antoniotti said in a statement.
Newton joins KOLD from rival KVOA, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, where he has been national sales manager since 2011. Prior to that, he spent eight years in radio, working at Clear Channel Communications and Cumulus Media.
“Greg brings strong and diverse sales and sales management experience to the table along with deep local, regional and national relationships,” director of sales David Rash said in a statement. “We are lucky to have him on our team.”
George has taken at least two medical leaves of absence in the past two years. In May, he revealed that he suffers from severe depression. He has not appeared on KOLD since early June, according to a search of TVEyes.
KOLD vice president and general manager Debbie Bush did not return TVSpy’s request for comment.
It is a return Tucson for Shamrell, who worked at NBC affiliate KVOA until 2003. Since then, she has worked in infomercials and as an actress.
“We are very pleased to have Sally back in Tucson where she can utilize her great talents in the unique environment of The Morning Blend on KGUN9 and CW58,” KGUN general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement.
Shamrell will co-host the program with Amanda Guralski.
Guarino was arrested in early April on suspicion of DUI. At the time, KVOA general manager Bill Shaw told the Daily Star about Guarino, “He’s here and he’s going to be here going forward.” This time the Daily Star said Shaw wouldn’t comment.
Guarino came to KVOA in 2011 from KOAT in Albuquerque.
“I want to share this story for two reasons. One is that I really need to heal myself,” George said on Thursday’s evening newscast (video above). “It’s kind of a final process in what I’m going through. And another is that I want people to know that they’re not alone. I thought I was alone for a long time. And I know I’m not now.” Read more
KOLD general manager Debbie Bush confirmed with TVSpy George was taking the leave of absence, but gave no indication of why or how long he would be gone saying she could not comment on employee matters.
Sergio Urquidi is joining Univision Arizona as lead anchor for the evening and late-night newscasts in Phoenix and Tucson.
“We are pleased to welcome Sergio Urquidi to one of the best news teams in the country,” Univision Arizona VP-GM Roberto Yañez said in a statement. “Urquidi’s experience will be a wonderful addition to this team, which has shown their commitment to the community day after day by reporting on the issues that affect our state.”
Urquidi was most recently the lead anchor for “El Opiniario,” a news, features and onion show that airs on SOI TV. He worked at Univision from 1997-2009 as a weekend anchor for the national newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” as well as senior correspondent and substitute anchor for the late-night newscast, “Última Hora.”
Carr had been re-hired as news director in 2009. He served as news director at KGUN from 1997 until 2001.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Tucson stations of the Journal Broadcast Group,” Arnold said in a statement. “Many of the talented people here have been peers and friends for many years and I look forward to working with them and the entire team in serving our audiences and advertisers.”