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Carlos Rausseo Promoted to Sports Anchor at KDEN

TelemundoKDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, has announced the promotion of Carlos Rausseo from multimedia journalist and back-up anchor to sports anchor.

Rausseo will join news anchor Guillermo Martínez and weather anchor Javier Castro for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Carlos will officially join our anchor team to help Telemundo Denver deliver the latest sports news and information to our Spanish-language viewers,” KDEN news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “His journalistic experience, which has earned him an Emmy award, will strengthen our local news operation and the commitment we have to better serve our Hispanic community here in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

Rausseo’s first day on-air is Monday, November 3.

Des Moines Reporter Pleads Guilty to OWI

heitshusen OWISonya Heitshusen, reporter and anchor for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, The Des Moines Register reports.

She originally entered a plea of not-guilty to the charge. Heitshusen was arrested in June. That same weekend, another reporter for the NBC affiliate, Erik Wheater, was also arrested for OWI.

Heitshusen, 47, of Des Moines, was pulled over near downtown Des Moines’ entertainment district around 1 a.m. driving the wrong way down a street, authorities said. Police said she at first refused to exit her vehicle, then had trouble balancing and refused any field sobriety or breath tests. Read more

Andrea Clenney Named WLTZ News Director

wltz logoAndrea Clenney has been named news director of Columbus, Georgia NBC affiliate WLTZ.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WLTZ GM Drew Rhodes told staffers, “We are looking to continue to grow our local shows and our news product as well as ratings. We know that Andrea will help us do that, and we are excited to have her join the hardest working news team in the market!”

Clenney started her career at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. working in production, engineering and then news. She comes to WLTZ from WCJB in Gainesville, Fla. where she was news director. Before WCJB, she was senior executive producer at KMGH in Denver, Colo. She has also worked in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and Augusta, Ga.

Her first day is Tuesday, December 2. Read more

Reporter Syan Rhodes Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KPRC

SyanRhodesReporter Syan Rhodes has been promoted to weekend anchor at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC. The anchor seat next to Phillip Mena has been empty since Irika Sargent left for Miami CBS-owned WFOR back in May.

KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland confirmed the promotion to media blogger Mike McGuff.

Rhodes previously worked at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an anchor.

Kansas City Station Crowns Royals World Series Champs After Game Five

Yes, we know the the Kansas City Royals had their sporting way with the San Francisco Giants in game six of the World Series last night. But Monday, the morning after game five, Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF put it out there that they know who’s going to be crowned 2014 World Series champs. Either that, or someone ran the wrong spot.

The station ran a Dick’s Sporting Goods ad congratulating the Royals on winning the Fall Classic during its morning news. “Congratulations!” the spot said. “Your Royals are the 2014 World Series Champions!”

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Cubes: VIP Tour of New York Magazine

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Recently, the folks at New York Magazine let MediabistroTV take a tour of the offices at the intersection of Varick and Canal Street in New York City.

Nestled next to the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, the writers, artists, photographers and digital types inhabiting the sunlit space sit surrounded by the vigilant ghosts of covers past. The whole scene gives the impression Bernie Madoff in Joker makeup, Alex Rodriguez staring straight ahead and a suspicious looking Joaquin Phoenix are there to remind everyone to do something memorable, like watch this episode of Cubes.

Kelly Ogle Returns to KWTV After Cycling Accident

Kelly Ogle, evening news anchor and commentator for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, has been off the air for the past few weeks, recovering from a bicycle accident that broke his collarbone and a rib. He talks about what caused the accident in the video above.

Last night marked his triumphant return to KWTV:

Afterwards, his Facebook page was flooded with congratulatory comments. It looks like it went well.

Anchor Kimberly Gill Leaves Pittsburgh for Detroit

static.squarespaceAnchor Kimberly Gill has decided to leave Pittsburgh CBS-owned station KDKA. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gill is headed to NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit, where she will be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

“While this is no doubt a nice opportunity for Kimberly, we will most certainly miss her,” KDKA news director Anne Linaberger said in a statement.

Gill joined KDKA three years ago. She previously worked at ABC affiliate WEWS in Cleveland as a morning news anchor and multimedia journalist.

Gill will anchor her last Pittsburgh newscast November 7.

ABC Renews Affiliation Agreement with Gannett Broadcasting

gannett_logoGannett and ABC have announced a long-term affiliation agreement for all Gannett’s ABC stations.

Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement, “This agreement is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of both companies and positions both of us for the near and long term on multiple forms of distribution.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our agreements with the Gannett-owned ABC Stations,” said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for the ABC Television Network. “Gannett is a strong and important partner of the ABC Television Network, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them.”

WCTI Meteorologist Skip Waters Dies

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 8.28.06 AMSkip Waters, chief meteorologist at Greenville ABC affiliate WCTI, has died. He was 61.

The veteran broadcaster is believed to have died of natural causes at his home. WCTI general manager Lyle Schulze said
“he called me [Monday] night at 7 o’clock and said he was feeling much better and he was looking forward to coming in to work [Tuesday].”

The news of Waters’ death led the station’s late newscast. WCTI shared tributes from some of the many colleagues Waters worked with over the years:

Skip returned to North Carolina in June 1982 to work at NewsChannel 12. He has tracked numerous hurricanes that impacted Eastern Carolina, including Bertha and Fran in 1996, Dennis and Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003, Ophelia in 2005, Irene in 2011, Sandy in 2012, and Arthur this year.

Skip is also known for his involvement in the community. He made hundreds of school visits each year.

“He never seemed to forget a face. He never seemed to forget a name,” said anchor Jaime McCutcheon. “You’d work events with him and anyone who came up to him, he’d remembered exactly where the last time he was that he saw them. And he would even remember something special about each and every person. He learned something about every person. We’d never forget that.”

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