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Jerry Gallagher to Join ‘Today in Iowa’

gallagher kwwlKWWL has announced Jerry Gallagher will join the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate as anchor for Today in Iowa.

“We look forward to Jerry’s arrival,” Jim McKernan, VP and GM of KWWL said in a statement. “Not only is he a skilled journalist, he’s an eastern Iowa native and has family here. He knows what is important to viewers, and complements the skills of Teal Jennings.”

Gallagher will work alongside Teal Jennings and Eileen Loan.

This is Gallagher’s second stint at KWWL. He interned at the station while he was at the University of Northern Iowa.

He comes to KWWL from sister station WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, where he was assistant news director and anchor. He has also worked in Sioux City, IA. His first day is June 26.

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Shane Moreland Named KWWL News Director

kwwl logoShane Moreland has been named news director at KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City. He begins in his new role May 26.

“Shane’s track record of success leading local television news operations made him the right choice for KWWL,” general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “He is strategic and understands multi-platform news gathering in today’s competitive environment.”

Moreland was most recently the vice president and genreal manager of WVNS, the CBS affiliate in Lewisburg, W.Va. He has also worked as the news director of WCTI-WFXI in New Bern, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoake, Va.

The station’s current news director, Dan Schillinger, is moving within Quincy Newspapers to become news director of WQOW in Eau Claire, Wisc.

Dan Schillinger Named WQOW News Director

schillinger_kwwlDan Schillinger is joining WQOW as news director, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

He has been news director for the Quincy Newspapers’ NBC affiliate KWWL since 2011. The move to the Eau Claire ABC affiliate keeps Schillinger within Quincy Newspapers.

“He brought a lot of experience to our newsroom which is helpful to some of our younger reporters,” Jim McKernan, KWWL station vice president and general manager told the Courier. “We’re grateful for Dan’s leadership.”

Schillinger came to KWWL from WJBF in Augusta, GA where he was director of news operations. He starts at WQOW in June.

Meteorologist Jeff Kennedy Leaving KWWL After 32 Years

kennedy_kwwlLongtime KWWL meteorologist Jeff Kennedy has announced he is leaving the Waterloo, IA, NBC station.

“It’s been an amazing career, and I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of incredible people,” said Kennedy. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such an incredible team, but I’m looking forward to what is coming next, and happy to have my family by my side for it.”

Kennedy started his career at KWWL in 1981 making him the longest serving meteorologist in eastern Iowa.

“He’s been a part of numerous community events throughout the region,” KWWL vice president and general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “On top of that, his classroom visits make a connection with younger viewers, while educating them about something that affects each and every one of us – the weather.”

His last day will be December 31.

KWWL Plans Renovations to Waterloo Building

KWWL has announced a two-phased, multimillion dollar “renovation and modernization” plan for its building in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.

According to a statement from the station, KWWL parent company Quincy Newspapers reviewed the facilities over the past year to determine whether to renovate or relocate the NBC affiliate to another site. The building was built in 1914 and is considered a historic landmark of Waterloo.

“KWWL covers a 21-county area encompassing several major metro areas along with many rural and agricultural communities,” VP-GM Jim McKernan said in a statement. “The fact that our home base is Waterloo, when the region’s other television stations are located somewhere else is an asset for our hometown.” [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Tara Thomas Leaving KWWL for Local School District Job

Tara Thomas, evening anchor for Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate KWWL, will be leaving the station to take a job with a local school district.

According the station’s website, Thomas is expected to leave KWWL later this year to become the director of community and school relations for the Waterloo Community School District. Her appointment is subject to approval by the school board at a meeting March 11.

Jim McKernan, KWWL vice president and general manager, said Thomas has been “a tremendous asset to KWWL” and will be missed. Read more

Jim McKernan Named KWWL General Manager

Jim McKernan has been named vice president and general manager of KWWL, the NBC-affiliate in Cedar Rapids. His first day will be February 27.

McKernan joins the station from Bonten Media Group, where he was a senior vice president, overseeing WCYB-WEMT in the Tri-Cities (Tennessee and Virginia) and WCTI in Greenville, NC.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, McKernan signed off from his post in an email, writing that he wishes “the fine people of Bonten Media Group much success going forward.”

WCYB Searches for Replacement for ‘Old School’ News Director

WCYB is currently searching for a replacement for longtime news director and anchor Steve Hawkins, who one veteran of the market recently described as “the Cronkite of the Tri-Cities.”

Hawkins, who had served as news director for the NBC-affiliate since 1985, left this month after more than three decades with the station.

WCYB has appointed assistant news director Terry Radnoczi, who has been the station since 1981, to interim news director as the station actively searches for Hawkins’s replacement.

Jim McKernan, WCYB’s senior vice president and general manager, told TVSpy that he could not discuss specific details of Hawkins’s departure. Discussions with several people who have worked at WCYB, though, offer clues to why the station is moving in a new direction. Read more