“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”
Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.
Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”
Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.
WNCT has added two meteorologists to its weather team.
“We are excited to have Gina return to full time work once again on WEEK,” said Mark DeSantis, president and GM of WEEK-WHOI-WAOE. “She never really left as she has been producing our Buddy Check Reports for WEEK all along. But I am truly happy to have Gina back where she belongs!”
Morss left WEEK in 2011 to be the Komen Memorial Peoria Affiliate’s Director of Development.
Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”
In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”
>UPDATE: KECN reported at 3:20 p.m. police have taken a “person of interest in the shooting” into custody. We’ll have more updates as the story develops.
>UPDATE: KCEN reports at 5:11 p.m. Crawford is out of surgery and in stable condition. The station also reports, “The suspect hasn’t been located, but they took a suspect in custody and police say he’s not likely tied at all to the shooting.”
KCEN reports the Department of Public Safety said the shooting suspect exchanged words with Crawford before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and firing.
The employee, Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.
Police are still searching for the suspect, described as a white male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and dark jeans. Wilson also said he has a receding hairline.
Crawford was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning, [DPS Trooper D.L.] Wilson said.
Crawford has worked at KCEN since September 2012.
López was executive producer of Noticias Telemundo 40.
“We are excited for Miguelángel to take on this new role,” said KTLM president and GM Jose Flores. “Miguelángel’s vast broadcast and production experience, particularly in Spanish-language news, makes him a perfect fit to lead our local news team.”
Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN reports “multiple police agencies” are looking for a suspect in a shooting near the station that happened this morning.
— KCEN News (@KCENNews) December 17, 2014
The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.
Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.
DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.
Employees have been told not to leave the building, but are now free to move around inside.
While the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station didn’t say anything about the suicide reference in the over-the-shoulder graphic, viewers have taken to twitter to express their outrage.
.@ABC7Chicago Fire Giangreco. Suicide is no joke
— Coach T. (@hankandlucysdad) December 17, 2014
TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.
ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians:
The reporters searched through records, spoke with family members and confronted some of the guardians with clear evidence of their misdeeds. As a result, this summer a new guardianship reform bill led to legislative changes to help protect others.