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Longtime KVOA Anchor Leaving TV After Contract Expires

mcnamara kvoa croppedTom McNamara has announced he is leaving Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA after his contract expires in December to go into real estate.

“Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now,” McNamara said in a statement. “KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months.  I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process.”

McNamara started at KVOA in July 1997. He’s worked either as a reporter or an anchor in Scranton, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

“We’ve been aware of Tom’s intentions for a couple of years now,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA president & GM. “He’s been upfront with us on his desire to expand his local business. We fully support him and wish him all the best.”

The station said McNamara’s replacement would be named later.

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Rob Guarino Out at KVOA

Rob Guarino, chief meteorologist for Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA, is no longer with the station, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Guarino was arrested in early April on suspicion of DUI. At the time, KVOA general manager Bill Shaw told the Daily Star about Guarino, “He’s here and he’s going to be here going forward.” This time the Daily Star said Shaw wouldn’t comment.

Guarino came to KVOA in 2011 from KOAT in Albuquerque.

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Tucson’s KVOA Promotes Newsroom Veteran Cathie Batbie-Loucks to News Director

Tucson’s KVOA has promoted Cathie Batbie-Loucks to news director.  Batbie-Loucks has been with the NBC-affiliate for 11 years, previously serving as assistant news director and, most recently, as “content management center director.”

“Cathie has tremendous institutional knowledge when it comes to the Tucson marketplace,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA’s president and general manager, in announcing the promotion. “Her strong work ethic and leadership skills will allow KVOA to continue to provide news excellence going forward.”

Batbie-Loucks succeeds Kathleen Choal, who was promoted to president and general manager of KSBY, another Cordillera Communications-owned station.

“Over the course of my professional career, KVOA has afforded me many amazing opportunities,” said Batbie-Loucks. “I am humbled — day in and day out — by the commitment of the talented journalists I work with at News 4 Tucson, and now I have the honor of leading this exceptional team as we open a new chapter in KVOA’s legacy.”

KVOA Chief Meteorologist Jimmy Stewart Announces Retirement

KVOA’s chief meteorologist Jimmy Stewart announced on Monday that he will retire later this year.

Stewart, 69, has been with KVOA since 1990.  He joined the Tucson NBC-affiliate after nine years with crosstown rival KOLD.

“Even though forecasting the weather might have been more challenging in some other part of the country, I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend my entire television career in Tucson,” Stewart said, in making the announcement.

Stewart’s final day will be May 25th.

“Jimmy has been an invaluable member of our team and will be sorely missed by those of us who have had the pleasure to work with him,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA’s president and general manager.

KVOA plans to continue its relationship with Stewart after his retirement.  The station said that it will soon announce what Stewart’s future role will be. Read more

Tucson’s KVOA Admits to Erroneously Reporting Death of Gabrielle Giffords

Bill Shaw, the president and general manager of Tucson NBC-affiliate KVOA, has admitted that his station erroneously reported the death of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the moments following the shooting on January 8.

“When we reported it, NPR, FOX News and CNN had already reported it,” Shaw told the Arizona Daily Star.

He said that KVOA, realizing their error, retracted the report within 10 minutes.

It appears that the reports of Giffords’ death stem from NPR, which had based its report on two unidentified sources.

An NPR spokesperson told the Arizona Daily Star that NPR Capitol Hill correspondent Audie Cornish heard it from a congressional source and Mark Moran, news director of Phoenix public radio station KJZZ, heard it from a source in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.