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On the Move, 3/10/14

Anaridis Rodriguez joins The Weather Channel’s new morning show, “America’s Morning Headquarters,” as news anchor. Rodriguez comes from WWLP in Springfield, Mass.

Will Ripley has joined CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent. Previously, Ripley worked as an anchor and reporter at KUSA in Denver.

Lisa Kerney joins ESPN from WCBS in New York City, where she was a sports anchor and reporter.

Simone Boyce joins WNYW in New York City as an entertainment reporter. Boyce previously worked as a film correspondent for Epix. Read more

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Washington, D.C. Stations Break In to Cover Shootings at Navy Yard

After shots were reported around 8:20 a.m. ET this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., local stations broke into to regular programming with coverage at around 8:30 a.m.  After brief updates, most of the stations went back to the network morning shows then returned for wall-to-wall coverage near the top of the hour.

First on-air with the news was FOX owned station WTTG. Anchor Tony Perkins was already on-air with the “FOX 5 Morning News” when he tossed to Allison Seymour at 8:35 a.m. Seymour gave viewers a quick update before returning to the regular morning show.

Next up was NBC owned station WRC which broke in to NBC’s “Today” show at 8:39 a.m. Anchors Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist updated viewers from the studio on the developing situation.

CBS affiliate WUSA broke in to a commercial break at 8:47 a.m. during “CBS This Morning.” Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck anchored from the studio. WUSA also told viewers they could get updates on the breaking news from the station’s facebook and twitter feeds.

At 8:50 a.m., ABC affiliate WJLA broke in to “Good Morning America” with Jummy Olabanji anchoring from the studio. She quickly tossed to reporter Sam Ford who was live at the scene by phone. Ford said he lived close-by the scene and came over when he heard “all sorts of racket.” WJLA stayed on-air the rest of the morning.

One development worth watching was the use of social media by the stations. One example was WTTG @myfoxdc which kept viewers updated via twitter. See one of their tweets after the jump. Read more

WJLA Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Jacqui Jeras, meteorologist for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA announced she’s taking time off from work to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

Jeras’ co-anchors Jummy Olabanji and Scott Thuman wished her well at the end of this morning’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. “We’re all going to be thinking about you and we wish you the best,” said Thuman. “And we know everything’s going to be just fine.”

She told viewers on her facebook page,

“Dear facebook family, as you may have heard, I am taking some time off for my health after today’s show. I am having surgery next week. My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy. I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my Aunts and my Grandmother lost the battle. We don’t have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven’t figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month and will post here when I can about my progress. Thanks for your support and prayers. Please remember to do your monthly self exams and mammograms and remind your loved ones to do the same.

Jeras has been at WJLA since last September. She came to WJLA from CNN where she had worked for 13 years.

On the Move, 3/17/11

Jummy Olabanji joins WJLA-TV in Washington DC as a reporter from WTKR-TV in Norfolk.

Mike Barz expands his morning anchor duties from two hours (5-7am) to four hours (5-9am) at WAWS-TV and WTEV-TV in Jacksonville.

Bridget Blythe joins NECN in Boston as a Monday through Friday AM anchor/reporter from morning anchor at WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

Kathryn Brown is promoted to staff reporter from freelance reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City. Read more