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KABC Reporter on Maui as Iselle Approaches

Ever feel like work follows you wherever you go? KABC reporter Jovana Lara got caught up in the breaking news happening in the Hawaiian Islands while on vacation with her family.

Lara did a live hit with an iPad and the Dejero app for the Los Angeles ABC owned station last night as our 50th state prepares for its first hurricane in 22 years.

She’s been sending out updates on twitter. You can see her latest tweet after the jump. Read more

Natalie Stoll Says Goodbye to KXAN

natalie stollMeteorologist Natalie Stoll is signing off from KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. Stoll has worked for six years forecasting the weather and reporting environmental stories.

“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity with more family-friendly hours, working as a communication specialist for LCRA,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role.”

“I’m lucky to have spent years forecasting Central Texas weather as part of a fantastic team at KXAN. I’ll miss my coworkers and our viewers, but I’m also looking forward to this next career challenge,” Stoll said.

WATE Meteorologist Fires Back at Wardrobe Critic: ‘I Was a Straight A Student’

Julya Johnson, a veteran meteorologist at Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE, took to Facebook this morning to respond to an anonymous viewer who wrote her a letter criticizing her appearance.

WATE meteorologist letter

Noting she was choosing to respond publicly because the letter had no return address, Johnson wrote: “I will never, ever be able to please everyone with my appearance. It’s not possible.”

I have “changed my appearance” to try to please people before. It never works. So, I please myself. I like my dresses. I feel good about my appearance. I am always covered, dressed modestly and professionally. Yet, she mentions that I am a great meteorologist!  Read more

KNXV Bakes Cookies While Phoenix Swelters

cookies knxvKNXV chief meteorologist Amber Sullins has forecast a high of 114 for the airport, which would make it the hottest day of the year there.

Maybe we’re posting this because we’re hungry, but the Phoenix ABC affiliate is trying a sweeter, hopefully yummier take on the old hot weather gag of frying an egg to show what hot looks like.

Someone at the station put some cookie dough on a sheet and placed it in direct sunlight on the station’s patio. They want to see how long it takes for the cookies to bake. The baking started at 10:45 a.m. Phoenix time. You can even watch it happen live. Click here to watch on webcam.

KNXV promises to show off the cookies during tonight’s newscast. Maybe we’ll check in later to see how they taste. Regardless, take Ron Burgundy’s advice and don’t chase them down with milk. It’s a bad choice on a hot day.

Meteorologist Jon Slater Says He’s Leaving KOKH

slater croppedKOKH meteorologist Jon Slater has announced he is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate.

“I’ll be leaving FOX 25 at the end of this month,” Slater wrote on his facebook page. “I won’t forget the wonderful people I’ve met and the places I’ve been in 27 years as a broadcast meteorologist. Here’s to the future….”

Slater has been worked at KOKH since June 2008. Throughout his career he’s worked at KOKI, KTUL, and KJRH in Tulsa, KSHB in Kansas City, MO, and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

WKBN Wears Purple to Support Chief Meteorologist’s Cancer Battle

WKBN encouraged the community to wear purple yesterday in support of chief meteorologist Don Guthrie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Yesterday was Guthrie’s 44th anniversary at the Youngstown CBS affiliate. Watch WKBN’s report:

Marty Venticinque Says Goodbye to KRDO

marty venticinqueKRDO meteorologist Marty Venticinque is leaving the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate after 15 years. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports he is leaving the station to teach math and science at a middle school in the area.

“We wish him the very best as he begins a new chapter,” KRDO news director Jene Nelson told the Gazette.

Before KRDO, Venticinque worked at KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver. Watch the station’s tribute to the meteorologist here.

‘A Very Dark Place,’ Cincinnati Meteorologist Describes Former Station

Handley_wcpoLarry Handley, the WCPO meteorologist who left the station Friday, told fellow staffers in his goodbye email he was not happy at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate.

“Recently, Channel 9 has become a very dark place for me,” Handley wrote in the email. “Nearly every day was heavy and bleak and that is no way to spend so many hours week after week.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter who first posted the email, reports Handley left after his contract had not been renewed after 15 years at the station.

His exit, coupled with the departure of meteorologist Sarah Walters earlier this month, means Channel 9 has lost half of its weather staff during the July ratings “sweeps” while looking to replace main news co-anchor Clyde Gray, who retires in August.

Handley could not be reached for comment. General manager Jeff Brogan said Channel 9 doesn’t comment on personnel matters, and added: “We appreciate Larry’s time spent at WCPO and wish him the very best.”

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Larry Handley Reportedly Out at WCPO

Handley_wcpoJohn Kiesewetter, media writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Meteorologist Larry Handley is no longer with Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

Handley worked this morning’s show, but was replaced by Sherry Hughes at 7:25 a.m. for the cut-ins during Good Morning America. His bio has been removed from the station website and his twitter page has been taken down.

Handley has worked at WCPO since April 1999. He has also worked at three stations in Florida, WFTV in Orlando, WPTV in West Palm Beach and WCJB in Gainesville.

TVSpy hasn’t received confirmation yet from WCPO.

WXIA Ups Chris Holcomb to Chief Meteorologist

Chris Holcomb has been named chief meteorologist for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA.

“Chris’s passion and knowledge make him absolutely the best person on earth to lead our team!” said WXIA news director Ellen Crooke in a statement.

Holcomb has worked at WXIA since 1991.

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