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Mississippi ABC Station Hires Two

bradley_ortega_waptJackson, MS, ABC affiliate WAPT has added a nightside reporter and morning anchor.

Tiffaney Bradley (pictured left) has joined WAPT as a morning anchor and reporter. Bradley comes from WGXA in Macon, GA. She has also worked at WDSU in New Orleans.

WAPT has also hired Jennifer Ortega (pictured right) as nightside reporter. She was an anchor and reporter at WCBI in Columbus, MS, and has also reported for the Spanish language station Hola TV in West Palm Beach, FL.

“Bringing in talented journalists is key,” said WAPT news director Ben Hart. “We are building a news team in Jackson that should rival any team in the country. Tiffaney and Jennifer are just the latest proof that WAPT news is the one to watch.”

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Bruce Barkley Named News Director at WYFF, Ben Hart to Replace Him at WAPT

WAPT news director Bruce Barkley (pictured) is moving from Jackson, Miss. to Greenville, S.C., where he will take over as news director of WYFF.

It is a move within Hearst for Barkley, who has served as WAPT’s news director since 2000. He will step into the role vacated by Justin Antoniotti, who is leaving WYFF to serve as news director for another Hearst station, WATE in Pittsburgh.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome someone of Bruce’s experience and knowledge,” WYFF general manager John Soapes said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of creating outstanding local television news programming, all while providing superior leadership and building great teams.”

Ben Hart, who has been assistant news director of WAPT since 2010, will step into the news director role at the Jackson ABC affiliate. Hart is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Read more