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WFAA Adds Jobin Panicker as Reporter

Jobin Panicker will join Dallas ABC affiliate, WFAA, as a reporter.  Panicker comes from Fresno, CA NBC affiliate KSEE.

Dave Muscari, WFAA’s vice president of product development told TVSpy, Panicker is, “a bright journalist and a strong writer who has earned several regional Emmy awards and 4 regional Murrow awards during his time in Fresno.”

Panicker, whose first day at WFAA will be December 4, started his reporting career at WBOC in Salisbury, MD.

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Reporter Cynthia Vega Leaves WFAA After 12 Years

Longtime reporter Cynthia Vega has left WFAA, the ABC-affiliate in Dallas, media blogger Ed Bark is reporting:

Several sources confirmed Vega’s departure Thursday, and her “News Team” bio already has been removed from WFAA8′s website. WFAA8 spokesman Dave Muscari so far has not returned an email asking about Vega.

Vega, who reported primarily for the morning newscast, joined the station in 2000. She was last on the air on August 17.

Ty Treadway Out at WFAA After Just 2 Months

Ty Treadway has left WFAA after just two months as co-host of “Good Morning Texas,” the ABC-affiliate’s morning talk show.

“Ty started with us in early January and worked for a couple months on ‘GMT,’” executive producer Dave Muscari told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “His last day at WFAA was Thursday, March 1. We appreciate all of his work and wish him well.”

Treadway is a former actor who has appeared on the daytime soap opera “One Life to Live.” Before joining WFAA earlier this year, he served as a host of shows such as “American Idol Extra” and “SoapTalk.”

Muscari did not comment on whether the station is seeking a new co-host for Amy Vanderoef.

Reporter Chris Hawes Leaves WFAA in Dallas

WFAA reporter Chris Hawes has left the Dallas ABC-affiliate for a communications manager position for a local hospital, Uncle Barky’s Bytes reports.

“As a reporter, some of the stories that have touched me most have been those of doctors, nurses, and patients fighting together against incredible odds, and winning,” Hawes wrote on Facebook. “It will be an honor to join that world, and ensure their stories continue to be told.”

Hawes joined WFAA in 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Station spokesman Dave Muscari told Uncle Barky’s Bytes that Hawes is leaving on very good terms, calling the move a “simple lifestyle choice.” Read more

Stephen Colbert Calls Out WFAA Over Super PAC Ad

WFAA is the latest station to be taken to task by Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert for not airing an ad for his Super PAC.

In the above segment from last night’s “Colbert Report,” Colbert charges WFAA with an “elaborate, nefarious conspiracy” to quiet his Super PAC, saying he bought advertising time on the station’s noon newscast last week to air his latest ad, which calls for an immediate end to the NBA lockout. The ad never aired. Read more