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Chris Lawrence Joins WRC From CNN

chris lawrenceChris Lawrence is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., as the weekend evening anchor.

Lawrence joins WRC from CNN, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as a Pentagon correspondent. During his 10 years at CNN, he has also worked in the network’s Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus.

“Chris has proven himself to be a first-class journalist. We believe his background and experience make him a perfect fit with the NBC4 team,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement.

Before CNN, Lawrence worked at WXYZ in Detroit, WTVH in Syracuse and WDBB in Tuscaloosa. More from WRC after the jump. Read more

For the Meteorologist Who Has Everything: Nike ‘Weatherman’ Shoes

wttg_weathermanshoes_cu holdingTucker Barnes, meteorologist for FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG, is sporting a new pair of kicks.

While this normally wouldn’t make TVSpy, it’s s a slow news week AND the Nike Air Foamposite 1 Premium “Weatherman” shoes have a weather pattern on the outside. Take a closer look after the jump.

“Short story,” said co-anchor Allison Seymour. “Tucker wanted this weatherman shoe when it first came out. It’s taken, like, a year. But Santa finally got them to you.”

He showed the shoes off on set at 5:00 a.m. and wore them at 8:00 a.m. and told viewers, “About the shoes, I don’t know how much about them other than they’re going to take my weather forecasting to the next level.”
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Someone Shot Santa During Christmas Eve Interview with WJLA


A WJLA camera was rolling when a man dressed as Santa Claus was shot by a pellet gun just before giving away presents in a Southeast Washington, D.C. neighborhood on Christmas Eve.

“Oh man this is awesome,” said Xavier Hawkins while talking to Mike Rudd, cameraman for the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate. “Oh yes, Merry…” said Hawkins, who was dressed as Santa as part of the annual toy giveaway, before looking around then doubling over in obvious pain and saying, “Someone just shot me.”

Hawkins was treated at a local hospital and released. He also took a minute to thank Rudd for taking care of his kids. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Former Baltimore Anchor Joining Sinclair as National Correspondent

jackson_wjzKai Jackson, the longtime anchor for Baltimore’s CBS owned station WJZ, told The Baltimore Sun he’s joining Sinclair Broadcast Group as national correspondent.

“I’m really excited,” said Jackson, who left WJZ earlier this month. “It’s a company at the forefront of the industry, and I appreciate that they think I have something to offer.”

“Kai will be a special correspondent covering stories in the nation’s capitol for all of the Sinclair news operations,” Scott Livingston, VP of news at Sinclair told The Sun. “He will develop stories that focus on our commitment to advocacy journalism. Our goal is to produce stories that give context to the hot button issues in Washington.”

Jackson told The Sun he will start his new job January 2.

Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

Viewers Stage Protest to Bring Suspended WUSA Anchor Back

JC-HAYWARDHolding flashlights and singing “We Shall Overcome,” about two dozen people showed up in support of WUSA anchor J.C. Hayward on a Northwest Washington, D.C. sidewalk.

The anchor for the local CBS affiliate has been off the air since early October after being suspended for her alleged role in a lawsuit accusing executives at a local charter school of siphoning off millions of dollars of the school’s money into two for-profit companies.

“The charges against J.C. do not match the J.C. that we know. J.C. has always given,” Norma Stewart, who said she has been a friend of Hayward for decades, told The Washington Post.

Friends and supporters who gathered outside WUSA’s offices Thursday prayed and sang, and said there’s no way Hayward — who has frequently volunteered for and donated to local charities — would have knowingly been involved in anything inappropriate. Read more

New Document Refutes Claim WUSA Anchor Didn’t Know About Alleged Scheme

JC-HAYWARDA recently filed court document may change things for WUSA anchor J.C. Hayward.

The Washington Post reports a document filed in D.C. Superior Court Monday said the anchor for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate was a paid consultant for one of the two companies involved in the alleged scheme to siphon millions of dollars from Options Charter School.

A civil complaint filed in October against former managers of the charter school included Hayward, who was the chair of the school’s board of trustees at the time. The complaint alleges the executives siphoned at least $3 million of the school’s money into two companies they ran.

Lawyers for Hayward looked to have the longtime D.C. anchor removed from the case.

The new accusation suggests that Hayward approved payments to the companies in her role as chairwoman while receiving money from one of those companies as a consultant. The court document — filed Monday, according to a spokesman for the attorney general’s office — does not say how much money Hayward allegedly received in payments, how long she consulted for the company or what the consulting entailed. Read more

Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:

Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.

Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?

[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.

“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”

Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.

DC FOX Reporter Scores Interview With CIA Twitter Eavesdropper Despite ‘No FOX’ Pledge


Tom Matzzie, the man otherwise known as the guy who tweeted what former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden was saying while giving off the record conversations on his train ride between Washington, DC and New York, publicly said he will not be doing any interviews with FOX News about the tweet up.

But Matzzie never said anything about local FOX stations. Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter for FOX owned WTTG in Washington, DC, appealed to Matzzie via twitter to do an interview with him.

Matzzie turned back to twitter, this time for answers. “oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.”

Apparently twitter said, “Yes.” Matzzie did a phone interview with Fitzgerald Friday night. Said Matzzie about eavesdropping on the former NSA and CIA chief, “He wasn’t [inaudible] like, having one private conversation. He was having multiple conversations about the same topic.”

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