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WUSA Adds Jan Jeffcoat as Anchor

WUSA has announced Jan Jeffcoat will join the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate as co-anchor for the evening news.

“I’m excited to be coming home to family and the place where my husband grew up,” Jeffcoat said in a statement. “I’m also honored to join WUSA 9, one of the premier local television stations in the country!”

Jeffcoat left Chicago’s WFLD last year to co-host the Scripps nationally syndicated talk/news show “The List.”

She will co-anchor the station’s 5:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. news alongside Derek McGinty. Her first day on air will be Sunday, September 22, the night the station airs the Emmy Awards.

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Reporter Debra Alfarone Joins WUSA From WPIX

Debra Alfarone is joining WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

Alfarone joins the station from WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 2010. At WUSA, she will be the lead reporter for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast, which is anchored by Anita Brikman and Derek McGinty.

Before joining WPIX, Alfarone spent two years at WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, as a reporter for the morning newscast. She has also worked at News 12 Connecticut as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Alfarone also serves as a Mediabistro instructor.

WUSA’s Andrea McCarren Stops Fronting Underage Drinking Reports After Viewer Threats

WUSA reporter Andrea McCarren has removed herself from an ongoing series of reports about underage drinking after an angry viewer backlash included threatening comments to her and her children, the Washington Post reports.

McCarren filed two reports on the subject earlier this month — one about a liquor store selling to minors, and the other about a party in Bethesda where more than 30 teenagers were cited for underage drinking.

In the immediate aftermath of the reports, WUSA was flooded with angry comments, according to the Post. One viewer suggested that McCarren was “the MOST hated woman in the D.C. area” and said she had “ruined weekends for all kids underage.” Read more