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Former Atlanta Anchor Found Not Guilty of DUI

amanda davis wagaFormer WAGA anchor Amanda Davis has been found not guilty of two of three charges against her after a wrong way crash.

Davis was arrested in November 2012 and charged with DUI, failure to maintain a lane and reckless driving after driving northbound in a southbound lane of an Atlanta street.

According to Atlanta ABC station WSB, Davis was found not-guilty of DUI and reckless driving. She was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $200 fine after being found guilty of not maintaining her lane. “Davis told the judge she would have no problem with community service because she already does it.”

Davis retired from the Atlanta FOX owned station in April.

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Cynnè Simpson Named WAGA Evening Anchor

Cynnè Simpson is joining WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Simpson was most recently the morning and noon anchor for WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. At WAGA, she replaces Amanda Davis, who retired in April after an extended leave of absence following a DUI arrest.

“We’re very happy to welcome Cynnè back to Georgia. We think she’ll be a great addition to our strong team of journalists here at FOX 5 Atlanta,” vice president and news director Mike McClain said in a statement.

Simpson will co-anchor at 5 p.m. alongside Tom Haynes and at 10 p.m. alongside Russ Spencer. Lisa Rayam, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, will shift to the 6 p.m. anchor desk alongside Spencer. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast solo.

WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Announces Retirement

Amanda Davis, anchor for Atlanta’s WAGA, announced her retirement on-air last night. Davis has been on a leave of absence from the FOX owned station since November after an arrest for DUI.

“Atlanta has been home for me for thirty years, a couple while I was in college and 28 in television news,” said Davis in a 14 minute segment the station carved out of its 10:00 p.m. newscast. “There have been awards, honors and accolades.  There have also been challenges, disappointments and stumbles.”  She went on to say, “So it’s with a heavy heart that I announce now that I am officially retiring from FOX 5 as I look ahead to a new chapter in my life.”

The station had been promising viewers a “special message” from Davis this week.  It turns out it was a farewell tour of sorts. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

DUI Case Against WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Moves Toward Trial

The DUI case involving WAGA anchor Amanda Davis is moving to Fulton County State Court for trial.

Davis, a longtime anchor at the Atlanta Fox O&O, was arrested after being involved in a wrong-way crash in November. She was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

Davis has been on a leave of absence from the station since the incident. Watch a report from the courthouse from rival WSB, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, after the jump. Read more

Amanda Davis Takes Leave of Absence from WAGA After DUI Arrest

WAGA anchor Amanda Davis is taking a leave of absence from the Atlanta Fox O&O after her DUI arrest.

“Amanda Davis is currently away from the television station handling personal matters,” WAGA vice president of news Mike McClain said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Davis had her first court hearing yesterday. She did not appear in the courtroom. Her attorney, William Head, asked that the hearing be reset, according to the station.

Davis was arrested November 11 after she was involved in a wrong-way car accident in the middle of the night. She has not appeared on the station since then.

WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Arrested for DUI

WAGA anchor Amanda Davis was arrested for DUI over the weekend after she was involved in a wrong-way car accident, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Davis, who anchors WAGA’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta when the crash occurred just after midnight Sunday. Davis was taken to the Atlanta jail on charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, posted a brief article about the arrest on its website. “We are aware of the situation and we are currently investigating,” WAGA vice president of news Mike McClain said in a statement to rival WSB, the ABC affiliate.

Watch WSB’s report on the incident after the jump. Read more

President Spends Valentine’s Day with Local Stations

President Obama spent his afternoon Tuesday sitting down for interviews with a handful of local stations–an activity that has become a regular part of the President’s schedule.

Those asking questions on Tuesday included WAGA‘s Amanda Davis, KLAS‘s Paula Francis, WFLA‘s Keith Cate, and WBTV‘s Paul Cameron.

President Obama’s interview with Cameron had special significance since the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte later this year. Read more