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Janelle Hall Moves From Weekends to Weekdays at Pittsburgh’s WTAE

Janelle Hall has been added to the WTAE morning newscast as a traffic and breaking news anchor.

Hall, who has worked at the Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate since 2004, has been the weekend morning anchor for five years. Her replacement was not immediately known, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

She will join anchors Kelley Frey and Michelle Wright, along with meteorologist Demetrius Ivy and sports anchor John Meyer, on the weekday morning newscast.

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Gas From Overturned WTAJ News Van Could Have Set State College Ablaze

Last night’s riot at Penn State could have erupted into a massive bonfire after demonstrators overturned a WTAJ news van.

According to WTAE sports anchor John Meyer, who covered the riot last night, a stream of gasoline leaked from the overturned van into the streets of State College, where thousands of students had gathered.

“This unsafe situation could have been a whole lot worse,” Meyer told viewers this morning, referring to the riot, “as gasoline started to spill from that live truck and go all the way down the street for about half a block.  If anyone had struck a match all of a sudden, you know what would’ve happened after that.  So thankfully that did not happen.”

Media Quickly Became Target of Penn State Rioters

As thousands of students crowded the streets around the Penn State campus on Wednesday night, protesting the University’s decision to fire beloved football coach Joe Paterno, the mob quickly chose a common enemy: the media.

Nearly 100 members of the media were at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel covering the board of trustees’ announcement when word quickly spread of a student demonstration developing nearby.

Following the press conference, local reporters as well as news crews in from Pittsburgh and elsewhere rushed to downtown State College, where a growing mob of students had gathered.  And things quickly turned ugly. Read more

WTAE Anchors (Sort Of) Wear Purple After Losing Steelers-Ravens Bet to WBAL

When Hearst-owned stations WTAE in Pittsburgh and WBAL in Baltimore bet on who would win Sunday night’s Steelers vs. Ravens NFL matchup, the two stations probably didn’t assume many aspects of the wager would be open to interpretation.

The Ravens won in the last seconds of the game, and on Monday, the WTAE morning team was decked out in the Ravens team colors, with Michelle Wright in purple, Kelly Frey in black and sports anchor John Meyer in what he said were “somewhat purple pinstripes.” (The stations’ video players do not allow embedding, so watch the video here.) Read more