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Erika Tarantal Joins WCVB From WNBC

Erika Tarantal WCVBErika Tarantal is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She joins the station after six years at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.

“Erika is an exceptional journalist and we are excited that she is making Boston and WCVB her home,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “Her professionalism and ability to connect to her audience will make her a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team for years to come.”

Tarantal will take over as the station’s noon anchor after Susan Wornick retires at the end of February. She will also play “a significant role” on the morning newscast, according to WCVB.

Before joining WNBC, Tarantal was a reporter at WVIT in Hartford. She has previously worked as  a production assistant at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

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Olessa Stepanova Joins WCVB From WFSB

olessa stepanovaOlessa Stepanova is joining Boston ABC affiliate WCVB as a traffic reporter for the morning newscast. Stepnova will make her WCVB debut January 13.

“Olessa has a distinctive quality about her. She is very bright, energetic and knowledgeable about the New England area,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “She comes with great experience, having covered several major metropolitan areas. We are excited to welcome her here in Boston and at Channel 5.”

Stepanova comes to Boston from Hartford, where she has been the morning traffic reporter at CBS affiliate WFSB since 2011. She was also a fill-in anchor and co-host for “Better Connecticut,” a local lifestyle show.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

Longtime Boston Anchor Susan Wornick Announces Retirement From WCVB

Susan Wornick, a veteran anchor and reporter at WCVB, has announced plans to retire from the Boston ABC affiliate next year.

Wornick joined the station in 1981 and has anchored the noon newscast since 1989. In a statement announcing her retirement, WCVB said she has “several media projects in development and plans to pursue other ventures that utilize her breadth of knowledge and experience.”

“I’ve had a remarkable career in broadcasting but there is still a lot I want to do and accomplish,” Wornick said. “I have worked with some of the finest people in the history of television …  I am truly one of very few people who can say that they got up every day to go to work and loved their job, but I’ve decided that it’s time to reinvent myself.”

Wornick will officially sign off from WCVB in March 2014. She announced her retirement on Monday’s noon newscast (watch the video here).

“She’s a leader in our newsroom and our community — Susan Wornick is simply a treasure,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “It’s difficult to imagine her not being in our newsroom. Fortunately, Susan is part of the NewsCenter 5 DNA and will always be part of our family. I will miss her counsel, knowledge, skill and friendship.”

Antoinette Antonio Named Weekend Co-Anchor at WCVB

Antoinette Antonio has been named weekend co-anchor at WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston. She will anchor alongside Jim Lokay and meteorologist Danielle Vollmar beginning June 22.

“She brings the perfect combination of skill, energy and enthusiasm to Channel 5,”  WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement.

Antonio comes from KOB, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, where she was the morning and noon anchor.

Meteorologist David Brown Leaving Boston’s WCVB

After 17 years at WCVB, meteorologist David Brown is leaving the Boston ABC affiliate to be the chief advancement officer for the Forysth Institute.

“During his time here at WCVB, David has become an indispensable member of the team. David’s skill and unflappable style during major weather events has made him highly valued by viewers,” news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “David’s talents—across many aspects of our business—will be sorely missed.”

Brown joined the station in 1995. During his tenure at WCVB, he has also served as a news reporter and anchor.

“For more than 17 years, I’ve been challenged and at times humbled by New England’s weather,” Brown said.  “I’m leaving WCVB with mixed emotions.  It has been my honor to have worked alongside the finest in broadcasting at the nation’s top station.”

B&C Names Top Local TV Executives of The Year

Broadcasting & Cable is out with its annual “Local TV Executives of the Year” list (subscription required). B&C contends that 2011 was a remarkable year for the local landscape — with tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, with Hurricane Irene, and with the ever-present problem of how to make it all work on a shoestring budget:

From floods to wildfires, and even that once-in-a-century earthquake that rocked the East Coast, local stations were at times forced to report under the most trying circumstances. Because that is what their FCC license mandates, and that is what their DNA tells them to do.

After the jump, read the full list of B&C winners. Read more

Crime Journalist Michele McPhee Joins WCVB

Well-known Boston crime journalist Michele McPhee is joining WCVB as a general assignment reporter, the Hearst-owned station announced this week. Her first day is set for September 6th.

“McPhee is an aggressive and well-connected journalist with some of the best sources in Boston and the proven ability to break stories,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said. “We have been interested in McPhee’s work for sometime. Her track record speaks for itself.”

McPhee’s career includes stints with the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and WRKO. She’s also an established crime author, having published such books as “A Date With Death,” which was recently adapted into a Lifetime movie, about the infamous “Craigslist killer.”

McPhee has recently appeared on Boston TV as a contributor for Fox O&O WFXT. Read more

Shots Fired at WCVB News Van Following Gunfight

A WCVB news van was shot at outside of Boston on Friday as reporter Kimberly Bookman and a photographer were finishing up a story about a gunfight that had happened earlier.

As the two packed up their gear following a report for the ABC-affiliate’s late newscast, they heard shots fired and two bullets hit the station’s van, according to the Boston Herald. Luckily, neither of them were hurt and they are not believed to have been the targets of the gunfire. Read more

WCVB Helicopter Makes ‘Precautionary Landing’ in Middle of Boston Park


A WCVB helicopter had to make what the station is calling a “precautionary landing” in the middle of a Boston park on Tuesday evening. Photographer Karen Lippert filmed the landing while on-board (video here).

“Warning lights and an alarm came on in the helicopter. Our pilot, Michael Young, did exactly what he was trained to do and made a precautionary landing,” said Andrew Vrees, WCVB’s news director.

Lippert and Young were taking the new helicopter, a Bell LongRanger, out for a test run.

“It was one of the softest landings we’re ever had,” Lippert said.

The ABC-affiliate covered the landing during its evening newscast with Rhondella Richardson reporting from the scene in Boston Common.