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On the Move, 12/4/13

Zev Shalev joins WPIX as executive producer of the morning newscast.

Guy Rawlings joins KTVT in Dallas as a sports anchor and reporter. Previously, Rawlings worked at WGCL in Atlanta.

Lori Wilson has been promoted to main anchor at WISH in Indianapolis. She joined the station in June as the 5 p.m. anchor.

Stefanie Cruz has been named anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast at KTXL in Sacramento. She will continue to anchor the 5:30, 6 and 1o p.m. newscasts.

Weathercaster Mary Lee joins KING in Seattle from KPRC in Houston.  Read more

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Bob Sellers, Jennifer Waddell to Co-Anchor WZTV Morning Newscast

sellers and waddell Bob Sellers and Jennifer Waddell debuted today as the new morning co-anchors at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville. News director Bryan McGruder talks to The Tennessean about the revamped newscast, which has been developed since he took over at WZTV in February:

Bryan McGruder, news director at Fox 17 since February, pioneered the new show. He said that it would be more personality-driven, but with hard news, weather and traffic, plus an extra piece of news that the staff feels will prompt workplace conversation. He said “extra” could mean anything from a report of Bono’s impersonation of Bill Clinton to a story about how a dog saved a boy’s life.

“I don’t know if viewers have had much of a choice,” McGruder said. “If you watch (channels) 2, 4 and 5, it’s cookie-cutter, and when you watch us, you’ll get something extra and you’ll get it quickly.” Read more

On the Move, 9/16/13

Ross Shimabuku joins Al Jazeera America in New York City as a sports anchor. Previously, Shimabuku worked at KSWB in San Diego.

Maria Quiban becomes the meteorologist for the Fox Sports 1 College Football Saturday pregame show. She will continue in her role as weekday morning meteorologist at KTTV, the Fox owned station in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Martin joins Al Jazeera America as a Nashville-based correspondent. He previously worked as a reporter and anchor at WSMV in Nashville.

Chris Murphy joins WTXF in Philadelphia as anchor of “Good Day Philadelphia.” He comes from KGTV in San Diego.

Roop Raj, formerly the weekend morning anchor at WJBK in Detroit, has been promoted to anchor of the weekday 4:30 a.m. newscast. Read more

Jennifer Waddell Says Goodbye to KGUN

After eight years at KGUN, Jennifer Waddell has signed off from the Tucson ABC affiliate. She is moving to Nashville, where she will be the morning anchor at WZTV.

Waddell said an emotional goodbye to the station on the 10 p.m. newscast Friday, with many station staffers wishing her well on a video tribute to her time at KGUN (watch it after the jump).

“Tucson has been great to us,” Waddell told the Arizona Daily Star. “We’ve had our children here and come to really care a whole lot about this community and felt really connected. Leaving is bittersweet, having to say goodbye to a lot of our very dear friends, but we’re excited for the new chapter.

Waddell will begin at Fox affiliate WZTV on September 23. [h/t NewsBlues] Read more

Cured of Valley Fever, Meteorologist Erin Christiansen Returns to KGUN

KGUN chief meteorologist Erin Christiansen is back on the air after an extended bout of Valley Fever forced her to take a leave of absence from the station.

Christiansen was welcomed back on Monday evening’s newscasts by co-anchors Jennifer Waddell and Guy Atchley, who introduced Christiansen as someone who has “had a rough time of her own” lately.

“Rough is kind of an understatement!” Christiansen laughed. “I tell you what, it feels so good to be back.”

Christiansen will work on a partial schedule for now, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to KGUN.

KGUN Speaks with First Deputy to Arrive at the Scene of Tucson Shooting


“I’ve already started to try and put this behind me,”  Pima County deputy Thomas Audetat told Tucson ABC-affiliate KGUN.

Audetat, the first deputy to arrive at the scene of January 8′s massacre in Tucson, spoke with KGUN anchor-reporter Jennifer Waddell (video above).

“I responded as quickly as I could and it only took me two and a half minutes to get here,” he said as the two stood in the Safeway parking lot where the shooting took place.

Audetat happened to be about a mile away when the dispatcher called for officers to report to the parking lot.  Jared Loughner had been restrained by bystanders and Audetat hurried over and handcuffed him.

Waddell asked Audetat, a four-year veteran of the force, whether the tragic incident has made him re-think his choice of careers. “Absolutely not,” he said. “I love my job.”