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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Bark’

Lisa Villegas Named KTVT Morning Meteorologist

villegasLisa Villegas has been named morning meteorologist for KTVT.

Villegas comes to the CBS owned station from Rio Grande Valley ABC affiliate KRGV.

She wrote on her facebook page, “You are looking at the newest MORNING METEOROLOGIST for KTVT – CBS Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth!!!!!! I’ll be a part of a NEW weekend morning show and will add as a second morning meteorologist during the work week.”

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark, who first reported the move said “Villegas’ arrival means that CBS11 no longer will be the only D-FW station without a woman on their weather team. NBC5 has three while Fox4 and Gannett8 each have two.”

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Monica Hernandez to Join WFAA

hernandez wwlMonica Hernandez is leaving Gannett’s New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL to work for sister station WFAA in Dallas.

Carolyn Mungo, news director for the Dallas ABC affiliate, told TVSpy, Hernandez starts as a reporter October 20.

Hernandez started working at WWL in 2010. Before that, she was an anchor and general assignment reporter at WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

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After Arrest, Brendan Higgins Out at KTVT

HigginsThe Dallas Morning News reports KTVT anchor Brendan Higgins has left the CBS O&O in Dallas:

Lori Conrad, spokesperson for CBS11, tells Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that “Brendan Higgins is no longer with the station.”

Higgins was arrested after an incident in Aspen, Colorado, that involved a fistfight and allegations the news anchor threatened police officers. In his first public comments, Higgins posted a message to Facebook:

If my email inbox is any indication, many of you are wondering about a recent incident in Aspen, Colo., that resulted in my arrest. Sorry it took so long to issue a post as I’ve been dealing with the related matters. First, I need to apologize for the negative attention this incident has brought to my wife and our family, our friends and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m also sorry to the authorities in Aspen, who do a great job every day. I simply put myself and others in a bad situation, which will not happen again. My plan is to answer the legal charges against me. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support.

Dallas Reporter to Leave KTVT for PR

SolisSusy Solis, a reporter at CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas, will leave reporting to join a public relations firm, according to Ed Bark:

CBS11’s Susy Solis, who joined the station in January 2011 after a four-year stay with NBC5, has now opted to join Real News PR, which is run by former Fox4 reporter Jeff Crilley. Her last day at CBS11 will be on Aug. 29th, Solis and the station’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, confirmed Friday.

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon Jumps to KTVT

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon is making the jump from San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI to Dallas CBS O&O KTVT.

Villarreal-Gideon, who has been hired at KTVT as an investigative reporter, has been a member of WOAI’s “Trouble Shooters” investigative team since 2008.

She began her on-air career for NBC affiliate KGNS in Laredo, TX as a sports anchor/reporter.  Before working for WOAI, she was a general assignment reporter at ABC affiliate KRGV in Welasco, TX.

A KTVT spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, Villarreal-Gideon’s first day at the station will be January 2.

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David Watkins In, Rontina McCann Out at KXAS

Sports reporter David Watkins is joining KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Watkins replaces Rontina McCann, who has parted ways the station after a year.

“He is filling a position left open when Rontina left the station,” KXAS vice president of programming Brian Hocker told Bark in an email.

Watkins joins KXAS from KARE, the NBC-affiliate in Minneapolis.

Photographer Threatens to Sue Blogger Over Pole Dancing Photo of KXAS Reporter Kim Fischer

A photographer threatened to sue Dallas media blogger Ed Bark last week after he posted a photo of KXAS‘s Kim Fischer simulating a pole dance, an image that the reporter had apparently begun using as her Facebook profile picture.

Bark spotted the suggestive photo after it had popped up on his own Facebook stream. “Tis a new world out there in TV News Land,” Bark wrote in a brief post about the photo, “as Kim Fischer’s Facebook photos keep reminding us.”

Shortly after Bark posted the photo, as well as another that shows Fischer passed out, he was contacted by photographer Bob Manzano (who goes by “Bob Manzano the Lion” on Facebook) who said that he owned the photos and threatened to sue unless they were taken down. Read more