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Danielle Wagner out at KWWL

wagner kwwlDanielle Wagner, reporter and anchor at Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate KWWL, is no longer with the station.

KWWL news director Shane Moreland confirmed Wagner’s departure but wouldn’t comment on why she left or where she’s headed.

Saturday, she told viewers on her facebook page, “At this point in time, the station and I want different things. I’m very glad for the last seven years, but it’s time to move on.”

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Jerry Gallagher to Join ‘Today in Iowa’

gallagher kwwlKWWL has announced Jerry Gallagher will join the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate as anchor for Today in Iowa.

“We look forward to Jerry’s arrival,” Jim McKernan, VP and GM of KWWL said in a statement. “Not only is he a skilled journalist, he’s an eastern Iowa native and has family here. He knows what is important to viewers, and complements the skills of Teal Jennings.”

Gallagher will work alongside Teal Jennings and Eileen Loan.

This is Gallagher’s second stint at KWWL. He interned at the station while he was at the University of Northern Iowa.

He comes to KWWL from sister station WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, where he was assistant news director and anchor. He has also worked in Sioux City, IA. His first day is June 26.

Shane Moreland Named KWWL News Director

kwwl logoShane Moreland has been named news director at KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City. He begins in his new role May 26.

“Shane’s track record of success leading local television news operations made him the right choice for KWWL,” general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “He is strategic and understands multi-platform news gathering in today’s competitive environment.”

Moreland was most recently the vice president and genreal manager of WVNS, the CBS affiliate in Lewisburg, W.Va. He has also worked as the news director of WCTI-WFXI in New Bern, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoake, Va.

The station’s current news director, Dan Schillinger, is moving within Quincy Newspapers to become news director of WQOW in Eau Claire, Wisc.

KWWL Names Bloomberg TV Reporter as Morning Anchor

jennings kwwl_croppedKWWL, the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate, has announced Teal Jennings as co-anchor for Today in Iowa.

“Teal is a great addition to KWWL,” news director Dan Schillinger said in a statement. “She’s a skilled journalist, has the right personality for morning and noon news. Being from the area gives her extra insight in to what our viewers want to see in the morning.”

Jennings comes to KWWL from Bloomberg Television in Chicago where she was an anchor and reporter. She has also worked for KGAN in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She will join Jason Carter and Eileen Loan on the morning show starting April 30 and will also anchor the station’s Noon news.

Ron Steele Celebrates 40 Years with KWWL

steele_kwwlKWWL news anchor Ron Steele marks his 40th year at the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate Tuesday.

Steele came to KWWL in April 1974 as sports director, then later made the switch to news.

According to the Waterloo – Cedar Falls Courier, Steele credits his longevity to his family and his loyalty to the station and a willingness to embrace change.

Steele also credits his co-anchors over the years. “I’ve been lucky. I’ve had five female co-anchors. All of them have been just great — Liz (Mathis, now an Iowa state senator) and Bobbi Earles, then Ann Kerian, then Tara (Thomas) and now Amanda (Goodman).
That makes it easier. We really need to get along, and we do. Those five, they’re all really talented, hard-working reporters.” Read more

Natasha Chughtai Out at KWWL

chughtai_cropped_kwwlKWWL Morning anchor Natasha Chughtai is no longer with the station.

News director Dan Schillinger wouldn’t comment on why she left the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate, but told TVSpy her last day was yesterday.

Chughtai came to KWWL in October 2011. She has also worked in Anchorage, AK, and Eugene, OR.

Jeff Kennedy Signs Off From KWWL

Longtime KWWL meteorologist Jeff Kennedy signed off the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate Tuesday night.

In November, Kennedy announced he was leaving the station. KWWL said Kennedy was eastern Iowa’s longest-serving meteorologist.

On Tuesday’s 10:00 p.m. show Kennedy said, “In a couple of minutes I’m walking out the door and I ain’t coming back.”

“Jeff Kennedy on behalf of your thousands of loyal viewers and everyone here at KWWL,” anchor Ron Steele said in a taped piece after showing a short highlight reel of Kennedy’s work through the years. “We say thank you for your loyalty and your professionalism and we wish you Jolene, Cameron and Charles all the very best.”

Meteorologist Jeff Kennedy Leaving KWWL After 32 Years

kennedy_kwwlLongtime KWWL meteorologist Jeff Kennedy has announced he is leaving the Waterloo, IA, NBC station.

“It’s been an amazing career, and I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of incredible people,” said Kennedy. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such an incredible team, but I’m looking forward to what is coming next, and happy to have my family by my side for it.”

Kennedy started his career at KWWL in 1981 making him the longest serving meteorologist in eastern Iowa.

“He’s been a part of numerous community events throughout the region,” KWWL vice president and general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “On top of that, his classroom visits make a connection with younger viewers, while educating them about something that affects each and every one of us – the weather.”

His last day will be December 31.

Justin Andrews Joins KWWL From KTVO

justin andrews ktvo_304x200After less than a year at KTVO in Kirksville, Mo., Justin Andrews is set to join KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa.

“I’ve had the opportunity to share stories of triumph and tragedy while here in the Heartland,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s bittersweet that I’ll be leaving KTVO in October … You’ve invited me into you homes every weekend giving you the latest on what’s going on in your neighborhood. I’ll miss sharing YOUR stories!”

Before joining KTVO in November 2012, Andrews worked as an associate producer and fill-in assignment editor at KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City.

KWWL Plans Renovations to Waterloo Building

KWWL has announced a two-phased, multimillion dollar “renovation and modernization” plan for its building in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.

According to a statement from the station, KWWL parent company Quincy Newspapers reviewed the facilities over the past year to determine whether to renovate or relocate the NBC affiliate to another site. The building was built in 1914 and is considered a historic landmark of Waterloo.

“KWWL covers a 21-county area encompassing several major metro areas along with many rural and agricultural communities,” VP-GM Jim McKernan said in a statement. “The fact that our home base is Waterloo, when the region’s other television stations are located somewhere else is an asset for our hometown.” [h/t TVNewsCheck]