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WKMG Switching Up Morning Talent

Julie-BroughtonSince the departure of traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez last week, Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG has been forced to use existing talent to pick up the slack. First up, meteorologist and reporter Julie Broughton can now add traffic anchor to her resume.

“Julie Broughton is our new Monday-through-Friday traffic anchor,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker. ”We will still use her to forecast the weather from time to time.”

Meanwhile, reporter Kristin Giannas will help fill any weather gaps left by Broughton.

“Reporter Kristin Giannas studied climatology and meteorology in college, and she has been continuing her weather education. For now, Kristin will be handling some of our weather shifts.”

(Pictured: Julie Broughton)

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Jessica Sanchez Leaving Orlando Station to Recover from Cancer

Jessica-Sanchez-jpgJessica Sanchez says she’s leaving WKMG to “concentrate on her recovery.”

Sanchez returned to the Orlando CBS affiliate in January after undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

“I have struggled with this decision for months because I love what I do, and I love the people at Local 6,” Sanchez said in a statement. “But after my long battle with cancer, my doctors are telling me to scale back on work and concentrate on my recovery, so I’m going to take time off to heal my body.”

WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said “We have been working closely with Jessica throughout all of her decisions. While we respect Jessica’s decision, of course we will all miss our friend. As her friends, we know and understand that her health is always paramount.”

Sanchez announced Julie Broughton will take over as traffic reporter. Sanchez’ last day is Friday.

Jessica Sanchez Returns to WKMG After Cancer Treatment

jessica sanchezWKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez is returning to the Orlando CBS affiliate nearly a year after she was diagnosed with cancer, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“I am pleased to announce that Jessica Sanchez continues to get positive news from her doctors,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “Jessica tells us her oncologist reports recent tests are negative, and after a year-long battle, her cancer is gone.”

Sanchez told the Boedeker that she will return to the station behind the scenes and work on a part-time basis temporarily.

“I’ll see how I feel, getting caught up, relearning the traffic equipment, reprogramming my body to wake up at 2 a.m.,” Sanchez said. “They want to see how I do with all of that. I want to go back and go back for good. I think it’s the best way to go back in part time and get used to everything.”

‘It Melted Like Butter!’ WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Has Good News in Her Cancer Battle

Jessica Sanchez, the traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in March, gave fans some good news in her battle against a tumor discovered in her right lung.

“I have so much happy news to report! First, the lymphoma tumor is gone!!!” Sanchez wrote on her Let’s Be Honest Blog. “It melted like butter! And second… I am finished with chemotherapy!! Can you believe it’s been only a little more than four months since I was diagnosed??”

“I’m anxious to return to work, but I want to do so when I have the strength to do it right,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “One thing I can say is the outpouring of well-wishes, thoughts and prayers brighten up my heart and heal my soul. Family, friends and viewers have been wonderful in keeping me in positive spirits, and it has contributed greatly to my own positive outlook. It feels amazing to have so much support.”

Jessica Sanchez Shows Off Shaved Head During Visit to WKMG

Jessica Sanchez, the WKMG traffic reporter who was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma briefly returned to the Orlando CBS affiliate’s morning show where she showed off her newly shaved head.

“I bawled my eyes out that night,” Sanchez said of the night she had her head shaved. “And I woke up the next morning with these swollen eyes and this bald head and I looked like Sloth from ‘The Goonies.’”

Before her live visit to the set, the station did a short package showing Sanchez getting her head shaved due to the effects of chemotherapy treatment she’s undergoing. She said on her blog she will undergo six chemo treatments in all. Read more

WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Jessica Sanchez, traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

On her blog “Let’s Be Honest,” Sanchez told viewers, “What I thought was a bad case of pneumonia turned out to be a mass on my right lung. It was filling my lung and the area around my heart with fluid, leaving me breathless and sending me into coughing fits that caused people to turn away in disgust. I don’t blame them. Even I was grossing myself out!”

Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told the Orlando Sentinel, “WKMG’s  thoughts and prayers are focused on Jessica’s health and recovery. Read more

WKMG Responds to the Jessica Sanchez ‘STD’ Viral Video

After the video of WKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez deflecting a video bomber with questions about STDs went viral, TVSpy was curious how the management at the Orlando CBS affiliate viewed the way the situation was handled on-air.

“One of the challenges of live television is that the unexpected can and does happen,” Skip Valet vice president and general manager of WKMG told TVSpy. “We are continually assessing how to best balance our reporting when confronted with these types of interruptions.”

The situation begs the question is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed when dealing with intrusions during live reports? It’s quite a leap from possibly being drunk to being identified as having an STD, on live television. You can see the video of the interaction after the jump and judge for yourself.

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WKMG Reporter Turns the Tables on Live Shot Crasher: ‘How Long Have You Had an STD?’

A word to the wise: do not mess with WKMG reporter Jessica Sanchez when she’s on the air.

Sanchez was reporting live from Bourbon Street in New Orleans ahead of the Super Bowl when a woman interrupted her, walking into her shot and yelling at the camera. Sanchez quickly turned the tables on the crasher: “We were just talking about the STD rate that’s going on here. So how long have you had an STD?” Sanchez asked her (video above).

“I don’t have an STD,” the woman answered. “Oh, then why did you want to do an interview?” Sanchez asked.

The woman retreated fairly quickly and Sanchez returned to her report.

“Anyway, so I’ve been taking care of that in my own little way,” Sanchez said. “You can see what I’ve been having to deal with out here.”