Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.
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“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”
Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.
Voet has worked her way up the ranks of WDIV’s newsroom for the past 14 years. After working as a news producer, executive producer, and senior executive producer, Voet was appointed assistant news director of the NBC-affiliate at the end of 2009.
“Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the move. “She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community.”
Deborah Collura has been promoted to vice president-managing director of news for Post Newsweek stations. Collura has been working as VP of news for the station group and now her duties have been expanded.
“She is an experienced news leader that brings all the tangible and intangible elements to her role here at KPRC,” said Jerry Martin, KPRC’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the promotion.
With the advent of HD broadcasting and the increasing popularity of widescreen TVs, the TV news industry has had to make adjustments. Stations have erected new, HD-optimized studios, photographers have had to learn new equipment, and anchors have had to change their makeup.
One seemingly unforeseen change associated with the wider aspect ratio, though, is that morning anchors can no longer secretly flip the bird during a newscast.
KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti found this out on Monday morning when his passing middle finger salute was captured within the wider frame. Around 9:20 a.m., as Conflenti welcomed viewers back from a commercial break, he nonchalantly raised his middle finger in the direction of someone off-camera. He continued on as if nothing had happened and for those watching the news update on a 4:3 screen, nothing appeared to have happened.
Several blogs picked up the incriminating 16:9 video and some have speculated that Conflenti had been suspended by the Houston NBC-affiliate. Fortifying the suspension rumor was the fact that Conflenti was missing from Tuesday’s morning newscast. Read more