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With Don Griffin Set to Retire, Jason Stoogenke Named WSOC Consumer Reporter

After more than 30 years at WSOC, Don Griffin (left) is set to retire in September. Jason Stoogenke (right) will take his place as the Charlotte ABC affiliate’s consumer reporter.

“Viewers will miss his sincere, no nonsense approach to his reporting.  When people needed help, they knew they could turn to Don to resolve their consumer problems,” WSOC vice president and general manager Joe Pomilla said in a statement. “It has been my pleasure to work with Don and I admire him for his personal dedication to our community.”

Stoogenke, who has been reporting on civic and government issues for WSOC since 2006, will step into his new role in early September.

“Jason is passionate about helping people solve their problems, so when the opportunity to lead our Action 9 efforts became available, Jason was eager to get involved,” news director Julie Szulczewski said in a statement.

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Few Details In Death Of WSOC, WFTS Reporter Ken Ward

A cause of death has not yet been determined for reporter Ken Ward, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office.

Ward died this morning, less than a week after his last day at Charlotte ABC-affiliate WSOC. He was set to join Tampa ABC-affiliate WFTS as a reporter next week.

WSOC general manager Joe Pomilla says the station has no information on the cause of Ward’s death. “All I know is that the ME stated the cause of death was unknown at this time,” he tells TVSpy in an email.

Bill Fish, an investigator at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office, confirms Ward’s cause and manner of death are “pending.”

WFTS news director Doug Culver confirms Ward was scheduled to start at the station on Monday. He says the reporter had planned to stop by the newsroom later this week to say hello. Read more

Julie Szulczewski Returns to WSOC as News Director

Julie Szulczewski is returning to Charlotte as news director of WSOC-WAXN.

WSOC, an ABC-affiliate, announced today that Szulczewski, who served as a managing editor for the station before leaving a year ago, had been tapped to lead its newsroom.

“Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV,” said Joe Pomilla, vice president and general manager of the Cox-owned duopoly, in announcing the move.

Szulczewski’s “fresh perspective” comes from her time with Albuquerque’s KOB, where she served as news director after leaving WSOC in early 2010.

“I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity in such a terrific newsroom,” Szulczewski said about her return to WSOC.

Charlotte’s WSOC Evacuated After Woman Enters Building with a Gun

WSOC in Charlotte, NC went dark shortly after the beginning of the station’s 5:00 newscast as a woman armed with a gun entered the WSOC building (at left, a screen grab from WSOC at 5:05 p.m.).  At least one shot was fired and Charlotte police as well as the area’s SWAT team moved quickly to apprehend the woman.

Thankfully staffers were able to evacuate quickly and safely. Anchor-reporter Blair Miller has been tweeting regular updates.

Shortly after evacuating the building, Miller tweeted, “Not on air. Distraught woman with gun in lobby. Police have building surrounded. Employees evacuated.”

WSOC has posted the following message on its website: “Channel 9 has to be off the air because of a police situation in our building.” WSOC went dark at 5:17 p.m following a commercial break.

>Update: According to Charlotte’s WBTV, the woman was taken into custody at around 5:40 p.m. The station went back on the air at 6:08 p.m.

Here’s raw aerial video from WBTV of the WSOC building as police moved in…

>Update: WSOC went back on the air at 6:08 p.m. and anchors Natalie Pasquarella and Blair Miller spoke with the station’s general manager Joe Pomilla, who offered an update for viewers. Pomilla emphasized that the woman was not angry with station…

Well, the best of my knowledge, this woman, mid to late 40s, came to the facility, wanted entrance into the facility but we have a secure lobby area. our security guard will then go out and talk to her. when he did speak to her, to find out what she needed, she pulled a gun and put it to her head. from that, she gained entrance to the lobby. But again the lobby is secured from the rest of the facility. So fortunately, the security guard was able too get out of there. Police were immediately called they came in and then they basically locked down the building. All of our employees were sent out of the building and that is one of the reasons we were off the air. We had no one here to man anything. from that, the police ascertained afterwards that she was distraught over some situation that happened in her life and wanted someone to talk to. So i guess she felt comfortable coming to the tv station to try to get a voice. She was not angry with the station in any way, but this was a vehicle for her to speak her mind.