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Posts Tagged ‘Fred D’Ambrosi’

WUSA News Director Resigns

dambrosiWUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi has resigned from the Gannett owned Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate.

WUSA GM Mark Burdett confirmed with TVSpy, D’Ambrosi’s last day will be October 24.

According to his LinkedIn profile, D’Ambrosi came to WUSA as news director in 2009 from KFMB in San Diego. He has also worked as news director at WISN in Milwaukee.

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WUSA to Host Final Mayoral Debate in D.C. Democratic Primary Race

bruce johnsonCBS affiliate WUSA will host the final debate in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary race tonight. The race’s top four candidates — incumbent Vince Gray, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells and Jack Evans — will square off at 7 p.m. live from WUSA’s studios.

The debate will be moderated by Bruce Johnson (pictured), who has been covering D.C. politics for WUSA for more than 30 years.

“The political management of the District is hugely important here in D.C. in its own right, and obviously D.C. voters deserve a final opportunity to hear from the top candidates,” WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi said in a statement. “The fact that DC’s premiere political reporter Bruce Johnson is so passionate about local politics makes producing and carrying the debate an easy call.”

Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:

Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.

Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?

[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more

After Soliciting Viewer Feedback on Twitter, WUSA News Director Bans Lindsay Lohan Story

After the news of another Lindsay Lohan arrest this morning, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi decided he wasn’t interested in covering another story about the troubled starlet.

The station retweeted D’Ambrosi’s tweet, asking for feedback, and after a positive response D’Ambrosi decided to go through with it.

D’Ambrosi said the ban is just for today, saying you “never know what (Lohan) will do next!”

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