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WBBM Adds Reporters Marissa Bailey, Brad Edwards

There will be a pair of new reporters at WBBM next week. Marissa Bailey (pictured) and Brad Edwards are joining the CBS O&O, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bailey joins the station after five years as a reporter and anchor at WGRZ. She left the Buffalo NBC-affiliate in January to move to Chicago with her boyfriend.

Edwards is an investigative reporter who was cut loose at WISH, the CBS-affiliate in Indianapolis, in December. He was halfway through his three-year contract at the time, and was reportedly dismissed due to budget constraints at the station.

Bailey and Edwards will both start at WBBM on Monday.

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Morning Anchor Joy Dumandan Out at WISH?

Just three weeks after denying reports that Joy Dumandan‘s contract at WISH had not been renewed, station management is now refusing to comment on the status of the morning anchor’s employment.

After investigative reporter Brad Edwards was fired from the Indianapolis CBS-affiliate, it was reported that Dumandan, who anchored the 5 to 8 a.m. newscast, had also been cut loose. WISH general manager Jeff White denied those reports, saying the morning anchor was just on vacation. Dumandan reported for the station after White’s denial, but has not been on the air at WISH since January 6.

Dumandan’s absence has been a topic of conversation on the station’s Facebook page, with several viewers inquiring about the morning anchor’s whereabouts. WISH has responded to each of the posts with a one-sentence statement that reads, “I understand you have questions, however it is our policy not to comment on personnel matters.” Read more

WISH GM Jeff White: Brad Edwards Was Not Fired For Financial Reasons

Jeff White, the general manager at WISH in Indianapolis, says reporter Brad Edwards was not fired because his salary was too high.

“I can confirm that Brad was let go, but it wasn’t done for financial reasons,” White told the Indianapolis Business Journal. “We are actively looking to replace Brad and are looking forward to adding to our staff.”

Edwards was dismissed from the Indianapolis CBS-affiliate last week with more than a year left on his contract. He told TVSpy that his dismissal was “as mundane as money.”

White, who would not elaborate on the conditions behind Edwards’ departure, said the station has already begun a search for two reporters who will replace Edwards. He also said Joy Dumandan, another WISH anchor who was rumored to have been fired, is still with the station. She was on vacation last week. Read more

Former WISH Reporter Brad Edwards: ‘My Dismissal Is As Mundane As Money’

Brad Edwards is speaking out on his recent dismissal from Indianapolis CBS-affiliate WISH, saying he was “fired up to serve elsewhere.”

Edwards, who told TVSpy there are many details he won’t reveal “because there are many at an ever-leaner WISH TV I hold dear,” was fired halfway through his three-year contract because his high salary put “too much pressure” on the station’s budget, WISH insiders say.

“My dismissal is as mundane as money,” Edwards said.

Edwards, an award-winning investigative reporter at WISH, was aware of the risk his high salary posed and asked station management if he could interview elsewhere, WISH sources say. He was told he was “safe.”

Edwards told TVSpy that news director Patti McGettigan, who he called “my good friend,” fired him Wednesday morning as “tears clogged her throat.” Read more

Reporter Brad Edwards Cut Loose At WISH

TVSpy hears Brad Edwards, an investigative reporter at WISH in Indianapolis, was fired yesterday after only a year at the station.

NewsBlues reports Edwards was escorted from the building. He last appeared on the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday, reporting on fraud in the fund for the victims of Indianapolis’ State Fair tragedy earlier this year.

Edwards’ bio is no longer up on the WISH website. An email from TVSpy to his WISH email address immediately bounced back with a delivery status failure notification.

WISH news director Patti McGettigan did not respond to a request for comment.

Video: WJBK’s Final Interview with Jack Kevorkian

WJBK has one of the last interviews shot with Jack Kevorkian, who died today in a Detroit-area hospital (video above).

Reporter Brad Edwards, who is now with Indianapolis’s WISH, spoke with Kevorkian in April of last year about life, death, and the HBO movie based on his life.