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WNYW Reporter Asks ‘Does Local TV News Annoy You?’

New York FOX owned station WNYW took a look back at itself and the industry as a whole during its 10:00 p.m. news last night when it aired a story chronicling the annoying things TV news does.

Reporter Joel Waldman asked CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis about it. Jarvis told Waldman the story was a little navel gazing “But shows you’re willing to ask the tough questions about what’s annoying about TV news.”

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New York Stations Cover One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

hurricane sandyWith the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy around the corner, local stations in New York are producing special coverage looking back at the storm and its aftermath.

NY1 has been covering the upcoming anniversary throughout the week with a series of special reports. The channel will air hourlong specials on both Saturday and Sunday at 8pmET. “One on One with Budd Mishkin” will also focus on the storm and its aftermath on Monday.

CW affiliate WPIX has slated three specials on Hurricane Sandy. “The First 36 Hours,” a behind-the-scenes look at a WPIX news crew trapped in rising floodwaters in Queens, airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, WPIX will air “Hell and High Water: One Year Later,” a 30 minute special hosted by Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal. And on Tuesday, the storm’s anniversary, WPIX’s morning newscast will air “Still Standing: After Sandy,” with the entire morning newscast on location from the storm’s worst affected areas.

NBC owned WNBC launched a series of reports on the storm that have aired throughout the week on the 5 p.m. newscast. Michael Gargiulo, whose parents own a home in the hard-hit Breezy Point, Queens, will anchor a half-hour special at 7pmET on Saturday.

ABC owned WABC will produce an hourlong special at 4pmET on Tuesday, October 29. The program will look at what work has been completed and what is still ahead in the recovery process.

Fox owned WNYW will have special reports from throughout the region on Tuesday: Robert Moses from Seaside, N.J., Joel Waldman from Long Beach, Long Island, Stacey Delikat from Breezy Point and Kerry Drew from Staten Island.

WCBS has been airing a series of vignettes on the storm featuring the memories and reflections of its anchors and reporters throughout the week. The CBS O&O has extensive coverage planned from locations around the region Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

WNYW News Director Reflects on Hurricane Coverage: ‘You just saw the resourcefulness and the capabilities of some of these people’

For WNYW-WWOR in New York City, Hurricane Sandy coverage has been a “total team effort.”

“It’s been all hands on deck,” vice president and news director Dianne Doctor told TVSpy Thursday morning. “I’m really proud of our people and I think we’ve done a great job.”

Staffers at the Fox duopoly (like reporter Kerry Drew, pictured) have been working in 12 hour shifts since Sunday, the day before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. Crews who have been out in the field for four days are now facing a new challenge: gas lines in the Tri-state area that stretch for miles, snarling traffic on the Jersey Turnpike. Doctor said the station has contracted out private suppliers of fuel to keep their satellite trucks running.

“We’re having difficulty as well but we’re pretty resourceful. Our crews know their areas pretty well. They’ve been able to keep gas supplies coming,” Doctor said. “But it is a challenge.” Read more

WNYW Hires Joel Waldman as Full-Time Reporter

Joel Waldman, who has been freelancing for Fox owned-and-operated WNYW in New York City since June, has been hired as a full-time investigative reporter at the station, according to the New York Daily News.

Prior to joining WNYW, Waldman was a reporter for KGUN, the ABC-affiliate in Tucson, where he notably covered the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He has also been a general assignment reporter at WFOR in Miami and WPBF in West Palm Beach.

The New Jersey native started his career in television in 1996 as a producer for MSNBC, transitioning to an on-camera role in 2005.

Tucson’s KGUN Runs Home Video of a Young Jared Lee Loughner

Tucson ABC-affiliate KGUN has obtained home video of Jared Lee Loughner while he was an aspiring musician in 8th and 9th grades.

The home video shows a fuzzy-haired Loughner playing saxophone in his school’s jazz band. KGUN ran the footage during its 10 p.m. newscast on Wednesday.

KGUN reporter Joel Waldman spoke to the owner of the footage, local photographer Robert Blanco.  Blanco’s daughter played alongside Loughner in the band.  The two described him as a “soft-spoken” kid who was a “great musician.”

Loughner’s High School Girlfriend Tells Tucson’s KGUN ‘I Don’t Think He’s Mentally Ill’

“He was a very nice kid. He was very, very intelligent,” Ashley Figueroa, a former girlfriend of Jared Lee Loughner told KGUN‘s Joel Waldman.

Figueroa discussed Loughner’s mental state, which has been popularly illustrated by a creepy mug shot, with Waldman and said that she believes her former boyfriend is purposely acting crazy because “he’s trying to get sent to a psych ward.”

“I don’t think he’s mentally ill at all. I think he’s honestly, I think he’s faking everything. I think he’s planned it, planned for sometime,” she said.

Figueroa, who dated Loughner while the two attended Mountain View High School, is convinced that the accused Tucson shooter expected to be killed after he opened fire in a parking lot on Saturday.

“He didn’t die like he wanted to,” she told Waldman. Video inside… Read more