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Michelle Rupp Joins KARK-KLRT

rupp croppedMichelle Rupp has joined Little Rock, Ark. NBC and FOX affiliate KARK-KLRT.

News director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy, Rupp started last week. Arkansas Online reports Rupp will be a morning reporter and weekend forecaster.

Rupp worked at Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV for four years as a producer and nine years as a reporter before leaving for WCAV in Charlottesville, Va. in 2011.

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KARK Names Aaron Nolan Morning Anchor

nolan karkLittle Rock, AR, NBC affiliate KARK has announced Aaron Nolan as the new co-anchor of its morning show, KARK 4 Today.

According to the station, Nolan will also do feature reports for the evening news highlighting “local news that matters.”

“I’m really excited to join such a strong morning team with Mallory and Greg Dee,” Nolan said in a statement. “I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy working with them each day at noon. I look forward to spending even more time with them each morning.”

“Aaron has the type of personality and energy that should be a hit with morning viewers,” said KARK-TV News Director Austin Kellerman. “He’s an outside-the-box thinker who will bring new ideas to the table each morning.”

Nolan starts the morning shift on Monday, September 1, replacing Matt Mosler who recently announced he is leaving KARK on August 29 to work at a church.

[Arkansas TV News]

Hilary Hunt Joins Little Rock FOX Affiliate

hunt klrt croppedHilary Hunt has joined Little Rock, AR, FOX affiliate KLRT as a general assignment reporter.

KLRT news director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy Hunt joined the station Tuesday.

Hunt comes to KLRT from KNOE in Monroe, LA.

[Arkansas TV News]

Not All Little Rock Stations Agree on Drone Use for News

drone_AP_304Arkansas Business reports about the emerging use of drones in the Little Rock market.

Local drone pilot Tim Trieschmann told AB he owns three remote helicopters and uses them to shoot video for NBC affiliate KARK, CBS affiliate KTHV, and FOX affiliate KLRT. Trieschmann said he sees it as a cheaper alternative to using a helicopter.

In our TVNewser Show on April 29th, we will be discussing the increasing use of drones in journalism.

Austin Kellerman, news director for KARK-KLRT, said he agreed with Trieschmann. “sometimes the quality of video and perspective isn’t all that great. It can be almost distracting; depending on the setup, the camera might shake and the video would not necessarily be that clean.”

ABC affiliate KATV told AB it uses a drone owned by a station photographer to shoot stories. But not all stations agree on using the unmanned vehicles for news purposes.

“We’re not utilizing drones,” said Michael Caplan, general manager of KTHV.

Trieschmann’s work for that station has been for promotional videos only, not for news coverage.

Caplan said one reason the station isn’t using Trieschmann or other drone operators for breaking news is because of uncertain regulation surrounding the tech. Read more

KARK Adds Husband and Wife Anchor Duo

KARK, the Nexstar owned NBC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has announced the addition of two anchors who are also married to each other.

Starting in September, Ashley Ketz will join Bob Clausen on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast. Ketz replaces Jessica Dean who was recently named anchor at KYW in Philadelphia. Also joining the station in September is Ketz’s husband, Aaron Nolan, who returns to KARK as co-anchor of “Arkansas Today,” the station’s noon newscast. He will anchor alongside Mallory Hardin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ashley home to Arkansas,” said KARK news director Austin Kellerman.  “Ashley has done a standout job since joining Nexstar Broadcasting’s station in Springfield.  It’s a natural transition for her to return home and help lead our team in Little Rock.” Read more

Little Rock Stations Grapple with Covering Local Oil Spill

As Central Arkansas news stations continue to report on an oil spill in Mayflower, just north of Little Rock, there are concerns ExxonMobil, which owns the burst Pegasus pipeline, is controlling the storyline.

Mother Jones reports on the difficulties some reporters are facing — including threats of arrest — while covering the spill. On March 29, a 20-inch buried pipeline burst in the town, releasing oil into local backyards and streets and, as one local station discovered, a nearby lake.

TVSpy checked in with several Little Rock stations to find out how they’re covering the story. We reached out to FOX and NBC affiliates KLRT and KARK, ABC affiliate KATV and CBS affiliate KTHV.

KATV news director Nick Genty says none of his reporters have been threatened with arrest, but says reporting the story has been a challenge. “Some of the issues that we have run into are that Exxon is running the show at the site.  When we try to get information from local law enforcement, they direct us to the PR from Exxon.”

“We have found other ways to obtain video,” Genty says, “mostly from viewers that have sent in cell phone video from inside the neighborhood.” Read more

KARK Adds Pat Walker as Weekend Meteorologist

Pat Walker has joined Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK as weekend meteorologist.

KARK news director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy, “Pat is a native of the area with quite a bit of experience.  He’ll help us serve out our mission of being ‘Your Weather Authority.’”

Walker previously worked at WCBI in Columbus, MS, KSAN in San Angelo, TX, KSWO in Lawton, TX, KLJB in Davenport, IA, and KPTM in Omaha, NE.

[Arkansas TV News]

Three Newsroom Managers Depart Little Rock’s KARK

Three newsroom managers have left Little Rock’s KARK this month. News director Rob Heverling, assistant news director Jeff Whatley and executive producer Stephanie Jackson all ended their employment with the NBC-affiliate on March 2, according to ArkansasBusiness.com.

KARK general manager Mike Vaughn confirmed the three are no longer employed at the station, but did not address the circumstances behind their departures.

“It’s our company policy that we can’t comment on personnel issues,” he said, noting that the positions were not eliminated and that the station is searching for replacements. Read more

KARK Names Austin Kellerman News Director

Austin Kellerman has been named news director at KARK, the Little Rock NBC-affiliate announced this week.

Kellerman comes to KARK after serving as news director at KTAB-KRBC in Abilene, TX.  Before Abilene, Kellerman worked as the morning show executive producer at CBS O&O KTVT in Dallas and, before that, as an executive producer at KTAL in Shreveport.

The move represents a promotion within Nexstar Broadcasting.  KARK and KTAB-KRBC, as well as KTAL, are owned by Nexstar.

“Austin has done a tremendous job in the company and has proven himself as both a leader and an innovator,” KARK vice president and general manager Mike Vaughn said in a statement.  “Austin’s enthusiasm and passion are a great fit for the KARK team.” Read more