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KAAL Adds AM News Anchor

rachel-wickRachel Wick is joining Rochester, Minn. ABC affiliate KAAL as a morning news anchor.

Wick was an anchor at Rochester NBC affiliate KTTC until 2011 when she stopped working in local TV after the birth of her first son.

“My career began as a morning news producer, so I’m used to the hours,” Wick said in a statement. “And if I have those days where the early hours catch up with me, at least I’ve developed a strong friendship with coffee!”

KAAL said Wick starts next Monday.

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Ericka Miller Joins KEYE From WXII

ericka miller_304x200Ericka Miller has joined Austin CBS affiliate KEYE as the weekend anchor, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Miller most recently worked at WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, as a weekend news and sports anchor. She left in May after two years with the station.

Before WXII, Miller worked at KAAL in Rochester, Minn. She replaces Katherine Stolp, who left the television business earlier this year.

Anchor Thanks Viewers for Support After Husband’s Motorcycle Accident

Laura Lee, (pictured right) anchor for Rochester, MN, ABC affiliate KAAL, gave viewers a heartfelt “thank you” after returning to air following her husband’s motorcycle accident.

“These last three weeks have been the longest three weeks of my life,” Lee told viewers with her voice choked with emotion. “It’s just unbelievable how your life can change in an instant, and we’re just so blessed that we’re given a second chance to rebuild it.”

Lee took time off after her husband was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in May. She told viewers he is doing much better and is currently in rehab in St. Paul, MN. She also told viewers, “We just can’t wait to bring him home.” You can watch the video on the station’s website by clicking here.

After the accident, the station set up a fund for the anchor and her family. Click here for more info. Lee ended by saying, “We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s support and love. Again from the bottom of our hearts, Thank you so much.”

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KGAN Reports on Former News Director’s Continued Investigation into Disappearance of Local Anchor

Cedar Rapids CBS-affiliate KGAN recently reported on some renewed interest in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, who began her broadcasting career with the station.

Huisentruit disappeared in 1995, a short time before she was expected to arrive for work as a morning anchor for KIMT in Mason City.

“Investigators believe she was kidnapped, but they’ve never named a suspect, or found her body,” KGAN reporter Alice Barr told viewers on Thursday.  “Now some renewed interest in the case has her family and friends more dedicated than ever to finding justice for Jodi.” Read more

Meteorologist Steve Sosna Says Goodbye to KAAL, Hello to WNBC

Meteorologist Steve Sosna said goodbye to KAAL today after three years with the Rochester, MN ABC-affiliate.  According to the station, he has accepted a position with WNBC.

“Well this is it my friends, it’s time to hang up my hat here at ABC 6 News,” Sosna wrote on his Facebook page this morning. “It’s been nothing short of a pleasure delivering you the weather each morning.”

Before joining KAAL, Sosna worked as a weather producer for WNBC.  No word yet on what his role will be with the NBC flagship.

Meteorologist Chris Kuball is replacing Sosna on KAAL’s morning newscast.  You can watch Sosna’s farewell to KAAL here.

>Update: Sosna will work as a weather producer on WNBC’s morning newscast.

Former KAAL Anchor Beth Bednar Writes Book about Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

Longtime KAAL anchor Beth Bednar has written a new book about a former colleague of her’s, KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit, who disappeared in 1995.

“This case still haunts the entire TV industry as well as her family and friends,” Bednar told the Mason City Globe Gazette.

In discussing her motivation for writing the book, titled  “Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit,” Bednar said that she felt an affinity for Huisentruit since the two worked in the same market and she also experienced the fear of traveling to and from work alone late at night or in the early morning.

Huisentruit disappeared while on her way to work for KIMT’s morning newscast.  “I’ve walked in her shoes,” Bednar said.

The book is being released at the end of April.