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Three Weeks After Losing ND Job, Dan Dennison Leaves WDBJ

After being replaced as news director at WDBJ last month and moving to the role of features reporter, Dan Dennison has called it quits at the Roanoke, VA, CBS affiliate.

WDBJ president and general manager Jeff Marks told The Roanoke Times, “Dan changed his mind about the reporting role and has elected to move on. We are all grateful to him for the work he did to elevate the production and content of our newscasts.”

Dennison, who was replaced as news director by Kelly Zuber on July 31, didn’t reveal why he left the station when he told The Times, “I’m proud of the accomplishments made by the WDBJ7 team during my tenure at the station. This includes many product improvements, as evidenced by consistent ratings growth, and recently in recognition from broadcast industry peers, in the form of three regional Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for overall news excellence.”

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Kelly Zuber Named News Director at WDBJ

Kelly Zuber has been named news director at WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.

Zuber has worked at WDBJ for 31 years and held a variety of roles, including reporter, photojournalist, assignment editor, director of public affairs and director of promotion and marketing. For the past six years, she has been director of digital services.

“Kelly is a hard-nosed journalist and a futurist, a really good combination for someone who has to manage all of the content across all of the platforms that people use now to receive information and entertainment,” WDBJ general manager Jeffrey Marks said in a statement.

Zaber replaces Dan Dennison, who will remain with the station as a feature reporter. He will “be creating the model for the ultimate multimedia journalist, with all of the tools to cover stories, assemble them and transmit them from anywhere to WDBJ7′s broadcast and mobile platforms,” according to a WDBJ release.

WDBJ Urges Viewers to Look Up Porn Online

For a story about a former porn star who is now volunteering as a local EMT, Roanoke CBS-affiliate WDBJ urged viewers to check out her adult films online.

“The Cave Spring Rescue Squad has been around for more than 60 years. In that time, it’s probably never had a volunteer like Harmony Rose,” WDBJ reporter Justin McLeod told viewers on Thursday. “She’s a former porn star.   Just Google her name and you’ll find hundreds of pornographic videos of hers.” Read more

WDBJ Adds Two Veteran Reporters

WDBJ is welcoming two new reporters to its news team.

The Roanoke CBS-affiliate this week announced the additions of Bryce Williams (far left) and Orlando Salinas (near left).

Williams joins WDBJ as a multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter. He has worked as a reporter at a number of stations throughout the South, including WNCT in Greenville, NC, WTWC in Tallahassee, and WTOC in Savannah.

Salinas will work as a reporter at WDBJ’s New River Valley newsroom, based in Blacksburg, VA. Most recently, Salinas served as a national news correspondent for Fox News, based in Miami, where he covered domestic and international stories for over 12 years. Read more

Seth Kovar Joining WDBJ Anchor Desk as Station ‘Beefs Up’ Morning Newscast

Seth Kovar will debut as WDBJ‘s new morning anchor on Monday, as the Roanoke-Lynchburg CBS-affiliate adds more resources to its a.m. newscast.

Kovar comes to WDBJ from KXXV in Waco, where he also worked as a morning anchor.  He’s been working behind-the-scenes at WDBJ since last week.

“Many stations have now recognized the critical importance of the morning block as the newscast that really kicks off the coverage tone for the entire day and, like us, have or are beefing up resources,” WDBJ news director Dan Dennison told The Roanoke Times recently. Read more

WDBJ Names Dan Dennison News Director

Dan Dennison has been named news director of Roanoke’s WDBJ. Dennison, who has previously lead the newsrooms of KSBY in San Luis Obispo and KHNL-KFVE in Honolulu, has recently been working in a media relations job in Honolulu since being laid off by KHNL-KFVE in late 2008.

“I got ‘riffed,’” he told The Roanoke Times recently about losing his job at KHNL-KFVE, using a term for “reduction in force.” “I had to downsize the staff, and right after that, I got downsized.”

Dennison’s first day with WDBJ is set for June 20th. He is succeeding Amy Morris, who was cut loose by the station in March following the CBS-affiliate’s less than stellar performance during February sweeps.

In leading WDBJ’s news department, Dennison says that he will look “to find new and better ways of providing news to viewers, especially on multiple platforms offered by ever-expanding digital programs.”