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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.

Soldier Shows WTTG Exclusive Photos of Search for Bowe Bergdahl

An Army vet who served in the same company as recently returned Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, added his voice to the debate over what to do with the soldier who was traded for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Bergdahl’s fellow soldier told WTTG what happened immediately after Bergdahl went missing and gave the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station an exclusive look behind the scenes of the search for Bergdahl.

“Everybody in that part of Afghanistan was doing the same thing,” said the soldier. “Members of Blackfoot Company and members of the Geronimo Battalion and every member of the United States Army that I can speak for – we always wanted to get him back.”

Jessica Doyle Leaving WUSA

jessica-doyleJessica Doyle has announced she is leaving Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA.

“Starting next month, I will take on the role of Director of Corporate Communications at Starwood Hotels & Resorts,” Doyle posted to her facebook page. “I will miss the dear friends I have made over the past 5 years at WUSA9. I move to the New York area in July.”

Doyle joined WUSA in February 2009. She has also freelanced for CNN Newsource, worked for 3WT Radio, washingtonpost.com and CNBC in Fort Lee, NJ.

WRC Says Goodbye to Morning Traffic Reporter

sealock WRC croppedWashington D.C. NBC owned station WRC said goodbye to morning traffic reporter Danella Sealock at the end of today’s 6:00 a.m. show.

“You’ve been a very bright spot on this team and for our show and for our whole show here for three years now,” said Aaron Gilchrist. “We appreciate everything that you’ve brought to this group.”

Before working at WRC Sealock hosted a radio show on 93.9 WKYS and later at WPGC in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for BET as an entertainment reporter.

Karen Gray Houston Retires From WTTG

After more than two decades at WTTG, Karen Gray Houston has retired from the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C.

“You have brought such light to this newsroom,” Laura Evans said on Houston’s final newscast yesterday. “Really, thank you.” Watch:

WRC Launches Series on Mental Health

wrc setWRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., is launching “Changing Minds,” a year-long series on mental health. The series will “consist of powerful and compelling elements including news stories, public service announcements, town halls, specials and partnerships,” according to the station.

“We have been seeing too many tragedies that might have been prevented if only someone got the right kind of help,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement. “By shining a light on a topic that unfortunately carries stigmas and doesn’t get all the attention it deserves, we hope to make a difference and save lives.”

The campaign launches tomorrow, the first day of National Mental Health month, with reports throughout the day on WRC newscasts and online. WRC will also have a daylong phone bank staffed with professionals from CrisisLink.

WTTG Morning Show Scores Ratings Win Against Networks

wttg_304WTTG‘s 7:00 a.m. hour has joined the growing trend of large local markets beating out network shows in the ratings race.

The Washington, DC, FOX owned station’s “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” took the top spot in April with a 1.89 rating in adults 25-54. Today on NBC owned WRC was second with a 1.76. Good Morning America on WJLA notched a 1.25 while CBS This Morning on WUSA had a .42.

For the same time period, “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” pulled in a 1.73 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating out Today on WRC with a 1.33. GMA on WJLA came in third with a .76 and CBS This Morning on WUSA trailed all with a .30.

WRC to Provide News, Weather to Washington D.C. Taxis

WRC taxisAs part of a partnership between the NBC Owned Stations and VeriFone Systems, WRC news and weather reports are now available in more than 1,400 taxis in Washington D.C.

“People in the Washington area already turn to NBC4 and our many platforms for the latest local news and weather,” Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of the NBC-owned station, said in a statement. “Now, they’ll have another option to get the most up-to-date information while they’re on the go.”

The taxis will also show clips of NBC primetime and late-night shows. Washington D.C. is the third market, following New York and Philadelphia, to launch local NBC news, weather and headlines in taxis.

WTTG Expands in the Morning, Adds Saturday Show

wttg logoWashington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG is expanding its morning shows by adding eight hours of local news a week.

Weekdays, Good Day D.C. will air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning June 16.

On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called FOX 5 News Morning airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.. FOX 5 News Morning Sunday will add an hour and also begin airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“The appetite for more local news has increased; we listened and decided to expand,” Patrick Paolini, WTTG VP and GM, said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for our industry, when local viewers demand relevant and accurate news with more immediacy than ever before, expecting us to report beyond the headlines everyone else is reporting.”

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