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Archives: December 2012

‘We Have to Stop Hiding’: KSTP Meteorologist Looks to Erase Stigma of Mental Illness

Ken Barlow (pictured right), the KSTP meteorologist who revealed his struggle with bipolar disorder for the first time in October, has announced he’s starting a non-profit with David Wellstone (pictured left), the son of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.

In October, the meteorologist for the Minneapolis ABC affiliate appeared on “Almanac”, a show airing on the local PBS station KTCA, to talk about his struggles with mental illness.  “We have to stop hiding.  There is nothing to be ashamed of,” Barlow told the hosts.

Barlow said he met Wellstone during this year’s National Alliance on Mental Illness walk.  Wellstone suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression after the plane crash that killed his father Paul, mother Sheila and sister Marcia. Read more

South Florida Anchors Join in Holiday Fun

The South Florida Sun Sentinel recruited celebrities including local news anchors from around South Florida to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” in a video mash-up.

Included in on the holiday fun were Adam Kuperstein and Jackie Nespral from NBC owned WTVJ, Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens from Miami FOX affiliate WSVN along with John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes from CBS affiliate WPEC in West Palm Beach.

The video also featured players from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NBA’s Miami Heat and even fight promoter Don King. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

A Look Back at ‘Cubes’ TV News Tours

The week before the new year begins is a good time to review what you’ve learned over the last year and to plot your course for the next 365 days. For MediabistroTV, 2012 gave us an interesting look at the present and possible future of TV news.

Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Erika Hill showed us around the CBS Broadcast Center in New York before she went to NBC’s “Today Show.” While “ABC World News” anchor, David Muir was gracious enough to give us a look at ABC News.

“Cubes” CBS News Behind-the-Scenes

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KOKI Gives Driving Tips for Cold Season

From our graphic bloopers file, Tulsa, OK, FOX affiliate KOKI gave viewers some advice for safe driving during yesterday’s Noon newscast.  Unfortunately, the word “snow” was misspelled changing the meaning of the graphic entirely.

Although anyone who has been in freezing weather knows the graphic isn’t far off from describing what happens to one’s nose when the mercury drops.

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Jenni Hogan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO

Jenni Hogan, morning traffic anchor for KIRO in Seattle has announced she will be leaving the CBS affiliate on Friday.

Hogan posted the news to her blog, jennihogan.com under the heading, “2013 Let’s Make Dreams Happen!”

“It’s time for me to listen to my own advice,” Hogan said on her blog. “I’m going for it and it’s important to me that I share this news with all of you and bring you along for the ride. Friday, December 28th will be my last day on KIRO-TV and I’m excited about the future.” Read more

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Out at WOWT

Meteorologist Jim Flowers will not have his contract renewed when it expires next week.  WOWT, the NBC affiliate for Omaha, NE, announced the move on its facebook page saying,

“WOWT has informed Jim Flowers that it does not intend to enter into a new agreement for his services when his current agreement expires on December 31, 2012. WOWT appreciates Jim’s contributions to WOWT and thanks him for his many years of service.

Flowers’ whereabouts have been the subject of speculation around Omaha and as far South as Lincoln for the last few weeks. On Christmas Eve, the Omaha World-Herald joked,

“WOWT will be tracking Santa’s whereabouts. After WOWT finds Santa, perhaps it can find Jim Flowers.”

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Former Salt Lake City Anchor Battles Cancer for Third Time

Dick Nourse, retired news anchor for Salt Lake City’s KSL, has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer.

“(My family’s) support, including that shown by members of my extended “TV family,” was key to my recovery during my first battles with cancer, and it is a great source of strength for me now,” Nourse said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “My wife, Deb, and I are extremely grateful. We know we’ll get through this.”

This is the third battle with cancer for the retired anchor who left the NBC affiliate in 2007. He overcame non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the early 1980s and later survived a bout with prostate cancer.

You can view the station’s story about Nourse after the jump. Read more

Cleveland’s WKYC Names Brennan Donnellan News Director

WKYC has promoted Brennan Donnellan to news director from managing editor.

“While he’s only been at Channel 3 for 18 months,” said Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC Affiliate. “He’s been instrumental in launching our new anchor teams of Russ Mitchell and Kris Pickel, Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, and Lynna Lai and John Anderson. He’s a forward-thinking manager who expects the best from his team and fights for the resources to bring high-quality newscasts to viewers in Northeast Ohio.”

Donnellan has held news management positions in Atlanta and Boston.  He left his job as news director at Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT in 2009.

[TVNewsCheck]

Anchor Bill Leger Remembered by KFDM

Bill Leger, the KFDM news anchor who died in a traffic accident early Saturday, was remembered by the station with video tributes and updates on funeral arrangements and memorials for the man the station knew as the, ”ever present face of 6 news.”

KFDM’s managing editor, Tom Wright, looked back on Leger’s career with the Port Arthur/Beaumont, TX CBS affiliate in a video tribute.  Wright said of Leger, “For those of us who worked with him, he made difficult work fun.  For those of you who watched him, he made difficult news tolerable.” You can click here to view the video.

The station also posted updates on how viewers can help out the Leger family to its website saying,

We and many in the community remember Bill for much more than his television work. Bill was a caring, compassionate person who enjoyed helping people, touching their lives with his anchoring and reporting, and having a positive influence on the region. Read more

KFDM Anchor Bill Leger Killed in Car Crash

Bill Leger, an anchor with CBS affiliate KFDM in Port Arthur/Beaumont, TX was killed early this morning in a car accident in Louisiana.

According to Louisiana State Police, Leger was driving southbound on a highway near Scott, Louisiana, around 1 am when he failed to negotiate a curve, over-corrected, then rolled his vehicle until it came to a stop in the northbound lane. A driver heading north then hit Leger’s car. That driver has been arrested and booked for DWI.

Leger had been a reporter and anchor at KFDM for nearly 20 years. A Louisiana native and LSU grad, Leger leaves behind his wife Patricia and daughters Tatum and Tori.

The story on KFDM’s website is filling with condolences from viewers.

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