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KLAS Publicly Shames Producer Police Say Lied to Speak to Slain Officer’s Family

KLAS is calling out a freelance TV news producer whose actions Las Vegas police are calling “an underhanded act of subterfuge.”

According to police, Shelley Osterloh, a former Salt Lake City anchor and current freelance producer for NBC News, gained entry into the home of one of the two officers slain in Sunday’s Walmart shooting by saying she was a friend of the family and by offering flowers.

The Las Vegas CBS affiliate ran a commentary last night at 6:00 p.m. with George Knapp telling viewers, “When we heard Tuesday night that a TV producer had used a phony cover story and maybe outright lies to weasel her way into the home of one of the slain officers, our initial thought was, ‘There must be a mistake. No journalist could possibly be so heartless, so creepy. But we were wrong. It happened.’”

>UPDATE: An NBC News spokesperson responded to the story by saying, “The report is inaccurate. Our freelance producer, who has done excellent work for NBC News for many years, clearly identified herself as a journalist to the family. She was subsequently invited into their home and they helped facilitate an interview with the siblings and colleague of the fallen officer, which appeared on the Today show this morning. A police officer was present during our interview, and as far as we know, the family has had no objections to our dealings with them. At no time did she misrepresent herself; there was unfortunately some confusion during an earlier conversation she had with a police officer, when she was asked for her name but not her affiliation.”

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Investigative Reporter Glen Meek Joins KLAS

KLAS-304Glen Meek has joined KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, as an investigative reporter.

Meek has previously worked at an investigative reporter at several local stations, including the ABC and NBC affiliates in Las Vegas. Most recently, he was a criminal defense investigator for the federal public defender in Las Vegas.

“We know what a great investigative reporter Glen is because we competed against him for stories for many years. He is a serious journalist who knows our town, doesn’t back down, and is going to be a formidable addition to our I-Team,” chief investigative reporter George Knapp said in a statement.

Former Las Vegas Meteorologist John Fredericks Dies at 57

John Fredericks, a former meteorologist at KSNV in Las Vegas, died Friday after a short stay in hospice care. He was 57.

Fredericks was diagnosed cirrhosis in June, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He battled alcoholism and depression during much of his career, leaving KSNV (then KVBC) four years ago because the station barred him from going on the air with his beloved dog, Jordan, after an alleged biting incident.

“He led a tortured life,” Fredericks’ former KSNV co-worker Dana Wagner told the Review-Journal.

In 2010, Fredericks filed a lawsuit against CBS affiliate KLAS and investigative reporter George Knapp, seeking to prevent the station from reporting any stories related to him. Fredericks had been briefly involved with a woman who had gone to Knapp with the details of their bad breakup, which included a temporary restraining order against Fredericks.

KSNV reported his death Friday, saying “a member of the News 3 family has passed away.” Watch the report after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: Teleprompter Catches Fire During KLAS Newscast

This is something you don’t see everyday: a teleprompter caught fire during KLAS‘s 5 p.m. newscast on Thursday (video above).

Smoke could be seen rising into the frame of a studio camera as reporter George Knapp attempted to close out his story towards the beginning of the CBS-affiliate’s newscast.  Anchor Paula Francis later explained that a small fire had broken out, before she launched into a story about two local wildfires.

Peabody Awards 2012: KING, KPHO, KLAS, WEWS, KLRU Among Winners

Five local stations have won 2012 Peabody Awards: KING in Seattle, KPHO in Phoenix, KLAS in Las Vegas, WEWS in Cleveland and KLRU in Austin.

KLRU, a PBS station, won an Institutional Peabody Award for “Austin City Limits.” The show is in its 37th season, making it the world’s longest running live music television program. KLAS won for “Desert Underwater,” a series of reports on the housing crisis in Las Vegas. In one installment, investigative reporter George Knapp discovered he was a victim of the mortgage fraud he was reporting on.

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While Reporting on Mortgage Fraud For KLAS, George Knapp Discovers He Was A Victim

KLAS chief investigative reporter George Knapp made a disturbing discovery while reporting on Nevada mortgage fraud for “Desert Underwater,” the station’s series for sweeps: he was a victim of the very mortgage fraud he investigated.

As part of his reporting, Knapp interviewed a foreclosure attorney who told him that many people who purchase homes out of foreclosure have fraudulent paperwork associated with their chain of title. Read more