Taylor comes to Orlando from Hearst’s KHBS in Fort Smith, Ark.
— Angela Taylor (@4029Angela) December 17, 2014
In an I-Team report by former reporter Joe Conger, the station reported Jon Christian “Chris” Amberson had stolen land and mineral rights from a local couple. Amberson sued the station for defamation over the reports and was looking for “at least $1 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages.”
“The statements we reported about Mr. Amberson’s potential improper handling of the Harms’ case have not proven to be true,” KENS anchor Sarah Lucero said in an apology the station aired during the Monday 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. “We apologize to Mr. Amberson for the inaccurate and incomplete presentation the I-Team reports represented about him.”
It’s been three months since anchor Dave Benton told viewers of Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate WCIA that brain cancer had returned, and the diagnosis was grim–he had only a matter of months. In an interview Wednesday with WUIS radio, Benton said treatment has been exhausting, but his doctors believe it has added a few months:
“I’ve been fortunate not to have a lot of side effects so far,” he said. “I sleep a lot the week of treatment (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays every other week.) By that Thursday or Friday, I’m exhausted. I sleep all weekend long, and I kind of bounce back. What I appreciate is that I see a lot of people getting treatment when I’m getting my treatment, and some of them are facing challenges I can’t imagine.”
Benton said he plans to keep working as long as he can, because that’s just what feels right for him–and the people who’ve been in touch to say he’s encouraged them to talk about their own battles with cancer:
“I’ve (heard from) some people that it’s helped them tell their side, and the situation that they’re facing,” he said. “It has helped them to be more positive and to look forward and be grateful for the good things we have at this moment.”
Veteran reporter Jim “Conrad” Blankenbecler passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was 63 years old. Conrad first gained fame as the afternoon DJ on WETB, where he was known as “Cosmic Conrad.” He later joined Bristol Va, NBC affiliate WCYB in 1988 as a reporter, where he was best known for his folksy feature stories.
“He was a wonderful storyteller. I think his strongest attribute was listening,” WCYB vice president and general manager Jack Dempsey told TriCities.com. “You can’t tell a story if you’re not a good listener. He was very fair. Most of his stories were just nice, colorful stories about people in the region that deserve to be heralded.”
WCYB news director John Soares only worked with Conrad for eight months, but he left a lasting impression on him, “He was a professional, a great colleague, a great friend, and truly a great man with a lot of layers,” Soares said. “I will truly miss him.”
Conrad is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Meteorologist Patrick Crawford of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN is reportedly stable and resting after surgery at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Crawford was shot while sitting in his car (pictured) outside the KCEN studios Wednesday in an incident that has yet to be explained, and no arrests have been made. “We didn’t think it was gunshots,” said KCEN executive assistant Charlotte Kinsey. But moments later, a sheriff’s deputy who’d arrived at the station to investigate asked if there was a “Patrick” who worked there:
“It just, it was like a flash,” Kinsey said. “It just happened so suddenly, and I knew who it was. I knew it was our Patrick.”
“My heart just fell to the bottom of my chest,” said Crystal Pratt, our 5 p.m. newscast producer. “I didn’t even know what to think.”
“When I heard them say Patrick’s name,” she said, “my heart completely broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was just numb.”
“You could feel the air suck right out of the room,” said assistant news director Matt Gebhard.
Pamela Gardner moves to WBZ in Boston as meteorologist. She comes from WISH in Indianapolis
Dana Rebik joins WGN in Chicago as a reporter, from KCPQ in Seattle.
Chris Papst moves to WJLA in Washington, DC, as an Investigative Reporter. He previously worked at WHP in Harrisburg, Pa.
Marissa Hollowed joins KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri, as primary anchor, from WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.
Tatevik Aprikyan jumps 109 markets to join WPRI-WNAC in Providence, R.I. as a reporter/MMJ, from KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Lauren Conley joins KNWA in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as weekend anchor/reporter, from KHAS in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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“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.