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‘Shame on Him,’ Detroit Reporter Ripped by Activist on National TV Over Water Bill Story

Detroit reporter Hank Winchester got on the wrong side of Maureen Taylor, the state chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, while the two were on MSNBC to talk about Detroit shutting off water to customers who are behind on their bills.

When the reporter for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV told host Craig Melvin some people simply can’t afford to pay for water while others, “and this is where it gets controversial, who simply don’t want to pay the water bill, who would rather spend money on cable.”

Before answering Melvin’s next question about health concerns, Taylor took some time to say what she thought about what Winchester said. “Before I answer that, let me say shame on Hank. Shame on him…for putting that lie and that misinformation out on the air.” Read more

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An On-Air Meeting Has a Storybook Ending for Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin

ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak met her future husband while she was on the air at WRC — literally. When Craig Melvin, who was then an anchor at the NBC O&O, introduced her sports segment, the two had never talked. “I’ve never met you before,” she recalls saying during the newscast in the Washington Post. “Good to meet you!”

Melvin and Czarniak were married this weekend in Washington, DC, with former WRC colleagues Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, Wendy Rieger and Dan Hellie in attendance. The Post reports that the pair’s respective career moves were perfectly timed:

Both knew when they got engaged that their contracts with NBC4 would be up in a few months. Each loved the station and felt like part of a family there, but they decided to move on to grow in their careers. In May, Czarniak got an offer to become an anchor for ESPN; a few weeks later, Melvin was hired by MSNBC. Read more

WRC’s Craig Melvin Joins MNSBC As Dayside Anchor

WRC anchor Craig Melvin is joining MSNBC as a daytime anchor. Melvin joins the cable network after three years at the NBC O&O in Washington, DC, where he anchored the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend broadcasts.

Melvin will also contribute to NBC News as a reporter across all platforms. “I’m most excited about the prospect of anchoring breaking news, live events, and interviewing news makers on a daily basis,” Melvin told TVSpy in an email. “Additionally, I’ll be able to get from behind the desk from time to time and cover big stories from the front lines. I’m thrilled about the new opportunity.”

Melvin, who will be on the air at MSNBC as early as next week, said that relocating to New York City was an important part of the career move for him — his fiancee, former WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak, recently joined ESPN in Bristol, which is about two hours north of New York City.

“Making the move to be near my new wife was paramount,” Melvin said. “We decided living in different cities wasn’t the best way to start a marriage. We’re both pleased things worked out the way they have for us.”

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WRC Anchor Craig Melvin Makes a Cameo in ‘Transformers’ As a TV Reporter

WRC’s Craig Melvin is putting his anchoring skills to good use. The Washington, DC-based anchor has a cameo as a TV reporter in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which opens today.

“It’s a scene in DC and there’s a lot of activity going on behind me,” Melvin tells Otis Taylor, Jr of The State. “I’m just supposed to be describing the activity.”

Melvin, who did four or five takes of his scene while the movie was filming in 2008, has also played a television anchor on recently-canceled NBC drama “The Event.” He spoke out about his role in “Transformers” last fall on the WRC website, but due to contractual obligations with the movie, the station was forced to remove the post.

WRC’s Lindsay Czarniak Heading to ESPN

WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak is heading to the big leagues.

The D.C. NBC O&O announced this week that Czarniak, who has been with the station since 2005, will be leaving to join ESPN in mid-July.

“Lindsay has been an important part of our station for the last six years,” said Camille Edwards, WRC’s vice president of news. “We would have loved for her to continue to be part of our team. She will always have a lot of friends at NBC4, and we truly wish her all the best.”

Czarniak, 33, was hired by legendary WRC sports anchor George Michael, who took her under his wing and eventually handed her the reins when he departed the station in 2007. He once called her “the best hire I’ve ever made.”

In April, Czarniak got engaged to WRC weekend anchor Craig Melvin.

WWBT Reporter Defends Former VA Senator in Racial Controversy Sparked by WRC’s Craig Melvin

A tweet sent out this week by WRC reporter Craig Melvin (above) has landed onetime Virginia senator George Allen in the middle of yet another racial quagmire as he tries to regain his old senate seat in the 2012 election.

Melvin, who is black, tweeted that Allen, whose political career crumbled a few years back after he used a racial slur during a campaign speech, had asked him for the second time in five months, “What position did you play?”

“I did not a play a sport,” Melvin tweeted, pointedly. The intimation being of course that Allen kept asking Melvin about his sports history because he is black. Read more