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Sinclair Names New GMs in Washington, DC and Columbus Markets

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Dan Mellon GM of its Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA and local cable news network NewsChannel 8.

The station group also named Tony D’Angelo GM of Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX.

“I am excited to announce the promotions of Dan and Tony,” Steve Marks, Sinclair’s co-chief operating officer said in a statement. “They have been loyal employees of the Company with a history of success in leading our stations, especially in Columbus, one of our largest and most important markets.”

Since 2006, Mellon has been group manager of Sinclair’s stations. He was GM of WSYX from 2005 until 2006 and was also responsible for oversight into WTTE. D’Angelo had been director of sales at WSYX, WTTE and WWHO in Columbus since 2003.

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WUSA News Crew Robbed While Looking for ‘Sketchy Neighborhoods’

WUSA_08-08-2014_23.04.09WUSA was doing a story about an app that alerts people to sketchy neighborhoods.

Reporter Mola Lenghi, photographer James Hash and an intern were talking to residents of a northwest DC neighborhood when thieves broke into their vehicle and stole some gear.

Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

Bisciotti’s cell phone was in her purse, and that ended up being a lucky break for the crew. Using the “Find my iPhone’ application the crew was able to track the phone. After filing a police report the crew tracked the phone to dumpsters in another D.C. neighborhood.

The crew was able to recover some of the stolen items from the dumpsters. The entire crew returned to WUSA9′s broadcast house unharmed.

You can see the video after the jump. Read more

Marion Barry Berates D.C. Reporter: ‘You Don’t Know a Damn Thing About Washington’

A reporter for Fox owned Washington D.C. station WTTG got lectured by former mayor and current D.C. councilman Marion Barry, who told Emily Miller “you don’t know a damn thing about Washington” when she confronted Barry about unpaid parking tickets.

The Washington Free Beacon reports Barry was involved in a recent car accident that led reporters to look into the former mayor’s driving record and parking tickets:
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WJLA GM Out as Sinclair Takes Over Station

lord wjla croppedWJLA GM Bill Lord has announced he is leaving the now Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C.

According to FTVLive, who first reported the news, Lord sent staffers an email saying “I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.”

Lord confirmed the news with TVSpy. He’s worked at WJLA for 12 years.

Sinclair’s bid to buy WJLA’s former owner, Allbritton Communications, was approved by the FCC last week.

Cox Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Isn’t Familiar With the District of Columbia

Justin Gray DC licenseFile this under people who need a geography lesson: a TSA agent in Orlando recently stopped Justin Gray, a Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group, because he did not recognize his D.C. driver’s license as a valid form of identification.

Gray, who says his license is legal and up-to-date, says the agent said he did not recognize the license and asked him for his passport. Gray told the agent he did not have his passport and, after a brief conversation, realized the agent did not know what the District of Columbia is.

The agent eventually let him through. Gray filed a report on the incident yesterday: “The TSA says because of what happened to me, they’re now showing pictures of DC IDs to every TSA agent there in Orlando,” he said. Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Amanda Kost Leaving KMGH for Scripps Bureau in Washington

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KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced investigative reporter Amanda Kost will leave the Scripps-owned Denver ABC affiliate to join the Scripps National Bureau in Washington as an investigative reporter.

“The DC investigative team is building and Amanda is the perfect part to help gain momentum and impact,” Harris told staff in an email today. “Our Nation’s Capital has no idea what it’s in store for…but we do.”

Kost is a Peabody Award winner who joined KMGH four years ago.

Read Harris’ full memo after the jump. Read more

Scott Perkins Named VP, Creative Services Director at WTTG-WDCA

wttg logoFox has named Scott Perkins vice president and creative services director at WTTG-WDCA in Washington, D.C. Perkins will begin in his new role July 14.

“Scott’s background in design and art across a variety of sectors, gives him a unique perspective. A D.C. native with a wealth of creative experience, he was the ideal choice to lead this department,” WTTG-WDCA general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Perkins comes from Bowie State University, where he was an executive creative director and consultant.

Rick Boone Joining WTTG as Reporter

rick_boone_photoRick Boone is joining FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG.

He comes to WTTG from Baltimore’s WBFF where he has worked since last October. He starts next Tuesday as a reporter and anchor fill-in.

Boone posted on his facebook page, “Its been a fun ride Baltimore!!!”

He’s also worked in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

WJLA Anchor Knighted for Community Work


WJLA anchor Maureen Bunyan was decorated as a Knight of The Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch civic chivalric order, last week.

Bunyan is a native of Aruba which is still a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Washington Post reports the honor is bestowed upon “those who deserve recognition for exemplary contributions to society.” Bunyan was knighted at the home of Ambassador Rudolf Bekink of the Netherlands.

She doesn’t get a title, so the Washington, D.C, ABC affiliate’s news opens and lower thirds won’t need to be changed.

Erika Gonzalez Shifts to Consumer Reporting at WRC

erika gonzalezWRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., is shuffling reporters in the wake of consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw‘s retirement.

Beginning next week, Erika Gonzalez (pictured) will be the daily consumer reporter for WRC. Gonzalez, who has worked at the station since 2011. “Erika’s compassion, partnered with her reporting skills and interest in consumer issues will surely make her successful in this new role,” the station said in a statement.

Investigative reporter Tisha Thompson will also expand her role at WRC, contributing more consumer investigative stories to the station’s newscasts.

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