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WLS Sports Anchor on Bears QB ‘Cut Him or Cut Your Wrists’

WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco made it pretty obvious last night, he wants to see changes with the hometown NFL team after what will be a losing season.

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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.

TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

[Deadspin via @WilcoMeThat]

Two Tampa Stations Among Four Local TV Investigations Honored With duPont Awards

4038v2239Columbia 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.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers:” Read more

Meteorologist Justin Stapleton Joining KPRC

JustinStapleton1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has announced the addition of meteorologist Justin Stapleton to its weather team. Stapleton comes from ABC affiliate KEZI in Eugene, Ore., where he was chief meteorologist.

“I’ve always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms,” Stapleton told media blogger Mike McGuff. “That’s one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits…”

Prior to KEZI, Stapleton worked at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., as a morning meteorologist.

He begins his new position at KPRC early next year.

Longtime Anchor/Reporter Mary Robb Jackson Retiring from KDKA

MaryRobbJackson1Veteran journalist Mary Robb Jackson has announced her retirement from TV news.

Jackson has worked at Pittsburgh CBS owned station KDKA for 34 years, first as a general assignment reporter and later as a weekend anchor, field reporter and host of “Evening Magazine.” Jackson began her career in the 1970s as part of the WIIC (now WPXI) studio crew. She later transitioned to on-camera work as host of a 6:30 a.m. talk show.

Jackson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she has a long list of things she’d like to accomplish upon her retirement. “I would love to mentor kids, working with them to fall in love with reading. … I’d also like to play the ukulele and I would love to learn to speak Italian,” she said.

“But I will miss everyone,” she added. “This has been the best ride of my life.”

Jackson’s last day at KDKA is December 31.

San Diego News Crew Finds Lost Toddler

A lost San Diego toddler was reunited with his mother after he was spotted by a KGTV news crew.

Reporter Marie Coronel said she and her photographer were setting up a live shot in the Barrio Logan neighborhood when they saw the toddler, put him in their live truck and called police. The cops found his parents after a door-to-door search.

On the Move, 12/17/14

Dhominique Ricks moves to WEWS in Cleveland as co-host of the 4:00 p.m. news. She was a weekend anchor at WSET in Lynchburg, Va.

Kerry Kavanaugh has been named an Investigative Reporter at WFXT in Boston. Kerry will be staying in the Cox Media Group as she moves from sister station WSB in Atlanta.

Brian Heap jumps nearly 50-markets to weekend anchor/reporter at KCRA in Sacramento, Calif. He was morning anchor at KWCH in Wichita, Kan.

Larry Collins moves to WBFF in Baltimore as a reporter. Collins was an anchor/reporter at WCBD in Charleston, S.C.

Dave Zawilinski joins WOWT in Omaha, Neb. as morning anchor. He was sports director at WOI in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more

WTIC GM Leaves After Less Than a Year

chris geigerChris Geiger is out as GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy Geiger “has decided to leave the station.”

Geiger was named GM in April. He came from Sinclair Broadcasting’s stations in Syracuse WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. He replaced Rich Graziano, who became GM of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX.

At WISN, Holiday Sweaters and a Tearful Farewell for Marianne Lyles

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Morning anchor Marianne Lyles made her final appearance on Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, and her sendoff was quite festive, with Lyles and fellow anchors wearing some pretty amazing holiday sweaters.

Lyles will be joining Indianapolis station WTTV, which picks up CBS affiliation in January. Lyles will be a morning and midday anchor for the station.

Donald Trump Tells WTTG Cosby ‘Probably Guilty’

Donald Trump was on FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG last night.

That sentence by itself automatically comes wrapped with the subtext, “and he gave his opinion on things.” Last night, after he told the Economic Club he was “very strongly” considering running for president in 2016, he told WTTG reporter Emily Miller what he thought about Bill Cosby, and his possible opponents in the upcoming election.

On Cosby, Trump said “Look I think he’s probably guilty…I don’t know…I think his defense has been horrible if he’s not…because he keeps going– nothing, I’m not going to talk. When a person doesn’t talk, that usually doesn’t mean good things.”

Weighing in on his presidential campaign, Trump said “I’ve always succeeded at what I’ve wanted to do, and what I really want to do now, more than anything else, is make this country great again.”

Chris Wragge Posts Eye Surgery Recovery Pic

wragge eye injuryIf you’ve been wondering where WCBS morning anchor Chris Wragge has been, he showed and told everyone where’s he’s been on social media.

“Injury update! As you can see, no filter can make this look any better than it is,” wrote Wragge on both facebook and instagram. “Surgery was a complete success, the recovery is taking a little longer than DR’s expected. Be back @cbs2newsthismorning as soon as I can.”

In an earlier post, the anchor for the New York CBS owned station said he had surgery on his right eye muscle. Through a spokesperson, he told TVSpy he had the surgery because he was “experiencing double vision, eye fatigue and general discomfort.” He added, his recovery is taking longer than expected, but he feels good.

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