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Sarah Brodhead Leaving WXMI

Sarah-Brodhead1MLive.com reports that after seven years at FOX affiliate WXMISarah Brodhead has decided to leave the Grand Rapids station. The morning anchor announced the news on her Facebook page.

“It’s just time for a change,” Brodhead said. “You won’t see me on TV anymore, but I hope I see you around because I’m staying in Grand Rapids.”

Brodhead joined the station in February 2008. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

Her last day is September 19.

Mireya Garcia Joins KOKH

garcia kokhMireya Garcia has joined Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH as an investigative reporter.

Garcia worked KRDO in Colorado Springs as an anchor and reporter from 2009 until 2013. Most recently, she was working as a freelance travel reporter.

She told TVSpy she started at KOKH last Monday.

Meteorologist Changes at WDSU in New Orleans

wdsu weatherWDSU viewers will notice a couple of changes to the station’s weekday morning and afternoon shows today.

Jonathan Shelley, news director for the New Orleans NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, morning meteorologist Jay Galle is moving to a day shift and will anchor the 4:00 p.m. news. He will also come in early or stay late when team coverage is needed, produce web content and handle weather updates from mid-morning through early afternoon.

Weekend morning meteorologist Damon Singleton will replace Galle on the weekday morning show.

Shelley said the station hasn’t made any announcements regarding the weekend morning meteorologist.

GLAAD Calls Out WJBK for ‘Disturbing’ Report on Hate Crimes

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 1.32.52 PMA report aired on Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit has been described as “especially disturbing” by GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group. According to a post by GLAAD’s Dani Heffernan, several Detroit reporters used language that is considered discriminatory in their stories about a series of shootings being investigated as hate crimes. The victims were transgender women.

WXYZ’s story includes a banner describing the victims as “transgender men”, while the web story describes the victims as “transgender women.”

GLAAD said WJBK’s story was the most troubling:

The coverage from WJBK Detroit, a local Fox News affiliate, was especially disturbing. While the written story does not misgender the victims, the broadcast segment does, and it promotes the stereotype that transgender women are not who they say they are. Even worse, rather than hearing from friends and family of the victims, the report includes commentary from complete strangers who did not know the victims, but who nevertheless make gross speculations about the victims’ lives.

GLAAD has reached out to WJBK repeatedly about this problematic coverage, but the station has not responded.

In the WJBK story, the victims are described simply as “men who dressed like women”, and notes the neighborhood has “long been associated with gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles.” Reporter Ron Savage has no interviews with police or others, but includes an MOS interview with a cab driver who suggests the victims may have been drug users or prostitutes, though this is not backed with information from police or any other source.
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Justin Wilfon to Join KSHB in Kansas City

wilfon kjrhKJRH morning anchor Justin Wilfon is joining Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB as host of its 4:00 p.m. news, the Now KC.

This is a move within parent company E.W. Scripps for Wilfon who is leaving Scripps Tulsa station KJRH this week.

“I’ll miss my 2 Works for You family, but I’m happy to be staying in The E.W. Scripps Company,” Wilfon said in a statement. ”I’m very much looking forward to this incredible opportunity, and this big adventure in KC.”

Scripps also said the Now, the interactive and social media focused show it launched in Denver and Kansas City in July, will expand to six more markets: WXYZ in Detroit, KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati, WEWS in Cleveland, WFTS in Tampa, FL, and WPTV in West Palm Beach.

‘New Lease on Life’: WCVB Anchor Phil Lipof Leaves Hospital After 8 Days

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Phil Lipof, news anchor at Boston ABC station WCVB, has left Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after an eight day stay. “I can’t thank BIDMC health enough,” Lipof said on Twitter. “The best doctors and nurses and staff… Thank you thank you thank you!”

Lipof’s Facebook page has been bombarded with well-wishes from viewers after the anchor explained his absence from the air:

I’ve been in the hospital for 8 days… And I wanted to tell you why. It all happened so fast. I was taking an antibiotic for an infection. My body had what has been described as a severe, rare and toxic reaction to that antibiotic. My fever spiked to 104 and could not be controlled. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low. After all of that was under control… There was minor damage to my kidneys. They my liver showed signs of injury. So we began to watch those levels and they would not come down… Just kept going up! It was very scary for about 48 hours. Sort of changes your perspective on EVERYTHING! I had a lot of time to think about what’s important in life.

Lipof joined WCVB last year from New York’s WABC.

San Francisco Stations Break in Early Sunday After Earthquake

sf bay equake stationsResidents in the San Francisco Bay Area are cleaning up and assessing the damage today after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region just south of Napa at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It was the largest shaker since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989.

The local stations broke in early, starting continuing coverage by getting viewers up to date on what happened. Most of the stations started with quick phoners with local residents and reporters living nearest the epicenter. Later in the morning, live shots and video started coming in showing the mess caused by the quake.

First with anchors on the air was ABC owned KGO which started running a crawl at 4:00 a.m. over infomercials, until Matt Keller broke in at 4:22 a.m. He was later joined by Kristen Sze and Cheryl Jennnings.

NBC owned station KNTV came on next at 4:33 a.m. Sam Brock tossed to a phoner with meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talking about the quake and expected damage.

CBS owned KPIX was first with a crawl, starting it about 15 minutes after the quake reportedly hit. At 4:40 a.m., anchor Anne Makovec could be seen on air, but not heard. The station came back a few minutes later with the problem fixed. At 5:00 a.m. the station took the network’s coverage anchored by Don Dahler, but broke back in with local coverage a little more than a minute later. Makovec was later joined on set by meteorologist Paul Deanno.

Newly owned FOX station KTVU, had an early start to its Mornings on 2 show. The station broke in at 5:00 a.m. with Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach in the studio. They were joined by meteorologist Mark Tamayo.

KDKA Sports Anchor’s ‘Batman’ Wedding Photos Go Viral Years After Big Day

KDKA WeddingThey say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day. The same may be true for having your wedding ceremony coincide with the filming of a Batman movie. KDKA sports anchor Rich Walsh and his wife Michele had that happen when they were married back in 2011–but the photos resurfaced Thursday, and by Friday, the pictures were the most popular story on Vulture.

KDKA wrote about the anchor’s viral fame in a post Friday afternoon:

Rich and his wife Michele were married at St. Paul Cathedral — on the same day crews were filming fight scenes for “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Although filming created a bit of a parking issue for the wedding guests, Richie says it made for a great wedding  memory.

“It did, it definitely did,” he says. “It was something different, something unique.”

New Spending, New Hires for El Paso’s KFOX, KDBC

kdbc_logoEl Paso’s oldest television station, CBS affiliate KDBC, will soon get a massive infusion of money and manpower, in the form of a new facility and dozens of new staffers. Robert Gray writes in El Paso Inc.:

Sinclair has also invested $11 million to turn the former Currey Adkins building at 200 S. Alto Mesa into a high-tech home for KDBC as well as KFOX, which has been located near the intersection of North Mesa Street and Shadow Mountain Drive on the Westside for almost 20 years.

According to Hayes, the cameras will roll at the new location by the end of next month.

“For the first time in years, CBS is going to have their own set, their own control room, their own reporters, their own team,” Hayes said.

On the Move, 8/25/14

Stephen Nelson joins Bleacher Report as a host in New York. He previously worked at KEZI in Eugene, OR.

Tasmin Mahfuz joins KXTV in Salt Lake City as a reporter. She was a reporter for EBRU news.

Wale Aliyu joins WKYC in Cleveland as a reporter. He previously worked as a reporter in Dayton, OH.

Howard Monroe joins WISH in Indianapolis as a reporter. He came from WMBC in New Jersey.

Sara Jane Harris is the new Digital Host at Sporting News. She worked at WOLO in Columbia, SC

The Journalists in this post are represented by Mark Carmony, Matt Kramer, Traci Wilkes Smith and Kim Garner of CSE.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

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