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Former KHOU Reporter Brad Woodard Dies

Former KHOU reporter Brad Woodard was found dead in his Houston home last week.

According to KHOU, authorities found his body Wednesday morning. He hadn’t returned several phone calls from relatives prompting them to ask police to check on him. No foul play was suspected.

He worked at Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE from 1990 until 2006, before leaving for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. Both stations remembered Woodard for being an “old school” journalist and award-winning writer.

We’ll forever remember Brad as a kind man with a soft heart.  He had two great passions—storytelling and animals.  Frequently, Brad turned a light on those who abused or neglected innocent creatures and his work on animal abuse—and many other topics—won him multiple local, regional and national honors.   One standout series was his investigative look exposing cruelty to animals used in research to produce pharmaceuticals.   He won a highly-coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for his feature on the death of the family farm.  And he received the National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award for his work providing an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a teenage boy living with epilepsy. Read more

WIS Responds to Viewer Outcry Over Anchor’s Departure

WIS has responded to viewer backlash after anchor Ben Hoover revealed he was leaving the Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate because his contract wasn’t renewed.

Thursday night, Hoover told viewers on facebook the station’s decision not to renew his contract caught him by surprise.

According to Columbia paper The State, Hoover was absent from Friday’s broadcast.

Reaction to the news flowed quickly in comments to his posting with praise of his work and condemnation of management’s decision. By Friday evening a protest to coincide with the station’s 10:30 broadcast had been organized.

The station posted a response both on its website and its facebook page Sunday night thanking viewers for their concern but saying,  “During the last several days much has been posted on social media about Ben Hoover’s departure from WIS news, much of it erroneous,” read the statement. “However, we simply cannot engage in a public conversation regarding details of Ben’s departure from WIS TV. It is a private personnel matter.” You can read the entire statement after the jump. Read more

WLNY Launches Weekend Evening Newscast

wlny-logo2WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 p.m. newscast. Beginning July 12, the hourlong newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” David Friend, the senior vice president of news for CBS Television Stations and the news director for WCBS-WLNY, said in a statement.

Hsu currently anchors the weekend evening newscasts on sister station WCBS, where she has worked since 1993.

Mike Garber Named News Director at Dallas Station

ktvt logo_304x200Mike Garber has been named VP and news director for Dallas-Fort Worth CBS owned stations KTVT and KTXA.

“I am pleased to be joining the smart and experienced team at CBS 11 and TXA 21,” Garber said in a statement. “My new colleagues have long done a terrific job of putting the community first, and I look forward to making sure that we keep that focus and provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the highest quality local news coverage in the market.”

Garber was rumored to have left WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, last week. He had been news director there since 2012. He has also worked as news director at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, and WLTX in Columbia, SC.

Amy Hudak Moves to Weeknights at WHAG

Amy-Hudak-Web-Photo_April-2014Amy Hudak has been named co-anchor for the WHAG evening news.

Hudak had been anchoring mornings for the Hagerstown, MD, NBC affiliate since July 2013.

“It’s a bittersweet day for me as I anchor my last morning show at WHAG,” she wrote on her facebook page. “The good news is that I am not going anywhere! I am staying with WHAG, just transitioning to the evenings.”

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Seriously Injured in Fireworks Accident

dave rexrothDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident over 4th of July weekend. The station reports the accident caused Rexroth to lose sight in his left eye:

He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Phoenix Reporter Caught in Middle of Dust Storm During Live Report


Jaime Cerreta gave viewers an up close and personal look at what it’s like to stand in the middle of a dust storm Thursday.

The reporter for Phoenix independent station KTVK was interviewing two storm chasers in Chandler, AZ, when the dust storm overtook both her and her photographer.

“This is an Arizona monsoon folks!” said Cerreta.

The storm stuck around for a few hours, knocking out power to thousands.

Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

David Chandley Leaving WSB After 25 Years, Welcomes Fifth Meteorologist

chandleyDavid Chandley, meteorologist for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, has announced he is leaving the station.

“After 25+ years at WSB-TV, I have decided to not renew my contract,” Chandley wrote on his facebook page. “My career goal has always been to be a chief meteorologist and when my current contract expires on July 11th, that pursuit will begin.”

Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who first reported the story wrote, “If he leaves July 11, he has a 180-day non-compete clause that will prevent him from immediately joining any other Atlanta TV station until January, 2015.”

A WSB spokesperson told TVSpy, “The station wants David to stay and continues to hope he will change his mind.” Read more

TV Jobs: WBNS, WJLA, WDCW

This week, WBNS is hiring a weekend evening anchor, as well as a reporter and anchor/reporter. Meanwhile, WDCW is seeking a senior producer/editor, and WJLA is on the hunt for topical promotion writer/producer/editors. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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