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Former Reporter Glenn Zimmerman Says His Time with WNBC Was “a Crazy Ride”

Veteran reporter Glenn Zimmerman departed WNBC when his contract expired at the end of 2010.  Now he’s describing his time with the NBC flagship as “a crazy ride.”

“I got there and everything went boom… WNBC had a way of doing things and it did the same thing for a number of years, and it worked very well for a number of years,” Zimmerman told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY. “In the period just before I arrived, it started not working for whatever reason.”

Zimmerman, who had previously worked for six years as a reporter for Detroit’s WXYZ, came to WNBC just as the station was beginning a massive overhaul of its operations.

“I watched as everything was literally ripped apart—both physically and figuratively—and then reassembled… in a different format… with a purpose,” Zimmerman tells FishbowlNY.

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Revolving Door Spins at WNBC; Minton Out and Glorioso In

The revolving door continues to spin at New York’s WNBC.  Following the departure of reporter Glenn Zimmerman, veteran investigative reporter Tim Minton has left the NBC flagship.

Minton (left), who has won 18 Emmys, had been with the station since 1998.  TVSpy’s sister site FishbowlNY first reported Minton’s departure yesterday. His final day was last Friday.

While Zimmerman and Minton are now part of a long list of recent WNBC departures, the station has recently added talent.  Chris Glorioso, who local viewers will recognize from his time with CW-affiliate WPIX, began reporting for the station last week.

Glorioso is a two-time Emmy winner.  One of his first reports for WNBC was on New York’s burgeoning black market for the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

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Veteran Reporter Glenn Zimmerman Departs WNBC

Veteran reporter Glenn Zimmerman has exited WNBC after three years.  NBC’s flagship station decided not to renew his contract, which expired at the end of the year.

Zimmerman came to WNBC from WXYZ in Detroit, where he worked as a general assignment reporter for six years.  He became known in New York for his in-depth reporting, especially during Eliot Spitzer’s fall from the Governor’s office.

TVSpy has obtained the goodbye letter Zimmerman sent out to WNBC staffers upon his departure.  Here’s an excerpt in which he describes the beginning of his tenure with the station…

Little did I know that within 3 months, the news director and general manager would be gone, and WNBC would embark on a journey to reinvent the way local news is distributed, marketed, and delivered.

Since then, I have watched the systematic deconstruction and then rebuilding of one of the most powerful local television brands in this country.  People were fired, some ceremoniously, others not so much.  Fellow employees cried out in anger, fear, or perhaps just out of the sadness that comes with sudden change.

Zimmerman will now focus his time on Mad Bear Productions, an independent production company that he began building two years ago. “As for journalism, I am not leaving you,” he wrote at the close of his letter to staff.