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Pittsburgh Stations Cover School Stabbing Spree

Stations in Pittsburgh broke in to network morning shows today with news of multiple stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

ABC affiliate WTAE was the first station to report the news, breaking in to “Good Morning America” at 7:44 a.m. Kelly Frey and Michelle Wright anchored, with Amber Nicotra reporting from the scene.

CBS-owned KDKA and NBC affiliate WPXI both reported the news at 7:56 a.m. Jennifer Antkowiak and Rick Dayton anchored coverage for KDKA, with Trina Orlando reporting from the scene. On WPXI, Joe Arena and Katherine Amenta anchored and Joe Holden reported from Franklin Regional High School.

Fox affiliate WPGH, which does not have a morning newscast, did not have coverage of the stabbings. WPGH’s primetime newscasts are produced by WPXI.

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WPXI Expands Noon News

Starting Monday, WPXI Noon news will be a half hour longer, ending at 1:00 p.m.

Mike Oliveira, news director for the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, “I’m excited for our team to get going on it and be the first in this time slot.”

The expanded show will still be anchored by Peggy Finnegan, Joe Arena and meteorologist Kevin Benson.

“The Doctors” which aired at 12:30 p.m. moves to 1:00 p.m., the fourth hour of “Today” now airs at 2:00 p.m. while “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” goes away.

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Katherine Amenta to Join WPXI as Morning Anchor

WPXI has announced Katherine Amenta will co-anchor the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate’s morning news alongside current anchor Joe Arena starting in August.

“Katherine is going to be a fantastic addition to the morning team,” said WPXI news director Mike Oliveira in a statement. “In addition to being a strong anchor and journalist, she’s the type of person who will have a positive effect on our newsroom and our community.”

Amenta comes from WJLA in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for WMDT in Salisbury, MD.

“I am joining an amazing team,” said Amenta. “I’m very lucky to have so many family and friends nearby. I already have Pirates fever and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds!”

Jordan Williams Joining WIVB as Morning Anchor, Investigative Reporter

Jordan Williams is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as morning anchor and investigative reporter, according to Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament.

Williams will join the station after four years at KRGV in Rio Grande Valley, Tx., where he also anchors the morning show. He will begin in Buffalo in January.

Williams replaces Joe Arena, who departed for Pittsburgh in October. Ed Drantch, who is currently filling in on the morning newscast, will return to his reporting duties, according to Pergament.

Arena to Replace McDermott at Pittsburgh’s WPXI

Joe Arena will replace the departing Todd McDermott on WPXI‘s morning news.

“We’re excited to welcome Joe to the Channel 11 News team,” said vice president and general manager Ray Carter in a statement provided to TVSpy. “Replacing someone as talented as Todd McDermott isn’t easy, but I think viewers will find Joe to be warm and engaging and a good fit with co-anchor Jennifer Abney.”

Arena’s first day for WPXI will be Monday October 22.  He will anchor both the morning and noon news.  McDermott, who will be leaving the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate Friday to be closer to his daughter, will take on his new role as evening anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach.

McDermott may be best known for reporting a spoof story posted on BroCouncil.com saying Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward had been traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

Arena comes from Buffalo’s WVIB.  Previously he worked in Shreveport, LA, Washington, D.C., and Bluefield, WV.

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CW-Affiliate WNLO Set to Debut New Morning Show

Buffalo CW-affiliate WNLO is set to launch a new weekday morning show called “Winging It! Buffalo Style” (promo video above).

The 8 a.m. show is essentially a renovation of the timeslot for LIN duopoly WNLO and WIVB, a CBS-affiliate. “Winging It!” will be hosted by Joe Arena and Victoria Hong, who currently anchor the morning newscast of WIVB-WNLO, along with Allie Hartwick. In 2009, WIVB expanded its morning newscast with Arena and Hong from two hours to four, with the program switching from WIVB to WNLO at 7 a.m. to make way for the “The Early Show.”

“It’s definitely not your average morning news show,” Arena told The Buffalo News recently, saying that the new show would focus on lifestyle topics such as parenting, health, beauty, and fitness. Read more