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Atlanta Stations Cover CNN After Car Drives into Network’s Lobby

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CNN was the center of breaking news after a Mercedes crashed into the lobby of the network’s building in downtown Atlanta shortly after 4:00 a.m this morning.

All the local stations converged on the scene during their 5:00 a.m. newscasts showing the car with Florida plates already out of the lobby and ready to be pulled onto a flatbed. The only thing left by that time was to figure out the how and the why. Here’s how the stations reacted initially:

WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate, claimed to be first on the scene. Anchors Michelle Burdo and Frank Wiley teased the story off the top of the 5:00 a.m. news and went live to Rebecca Schramm at 5:03. She told viewers she heard from the security guards at the scene unconfirmed reports that the driver may have been drunk.

WSB, the ABC affiliate, did something interesting by teasing the story off the top the 5:00 a.m. show with video taken from instagram showing the car in the lobby. A couple of minutes later, the station went live to Liz Artz showing pretty much the same video everyone else was showing: the car on a side street being towed.

Artz said she had spoken to a taxi driver who told her he saw the whole thing. He said the car had driven up onto the sidewalk at the Omni Hotel next door, driven down the sidewalk and straight into the CNN building. She told viewers the taxi driver said he saw police taking the driver away.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate, used traffic reporter Crash Clark at 5:11 a.m. in studio to toss to video of the car still in the lobby. He promised more details to come.

WAGA, the FOX owned station, went at 5:32 a.m.. Good Day anchor Karen Graham tossed to Carolyn Ryan at the scene. Ryan reported a man and a woman had been in the car. She said the man was missing, but the woman, who they showed on camera, was still on scene. Ryan said the woman refused to speak to the station.

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‘Good Day Atlanta’ Anchor Out for a Month

Karen Graham, morning anchor for Atlanta FOX owned WAGA, has announced she is going off the air.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she is taking a medical leave of absence for a month.

The “Good Day Atlanta” anchor posted the news to her facebook page, “Hey guys…I’m going off the grid — and off the air — for a little while. Gotta take care of…me. But I’ll be back — hopefully stronger and better. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Peace and love :-)

Graham, who started as the weekend sports anchor, has worked at WAGA for 12 years. Prior to WAGA, she worked at WSOC in Charlotte, NC and WTVT in Tampa, FL.

Former Atlanta Braves Player Ron Gant Joins WAGA as Morning Co-Anchor

Ron Gant, a former Atlanta Braves all-star, has been named morning co-anchor at WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta. Gant will join Gurvir Dhindsa, Karen Graham and Buck Lanford on the WAGA morning newscast beginning in October.

Gant comes from Fox Sports South, where he has been a Braves analyst for the past four years. Earlier in his career, he was a studio analyst for the MLB Network and a Braves commentator for TBS.

“Ron’s star power and talent as #5 on the Braves led him to be one of the most beloved athletes and well-known television personalities in Atlanta,” WAGA VP-GM Bill Schneider said in a statement. “He is a good communicator, with an engaging personality and will be a refreshing addition to morning news.”

WAGA Shuffles Morning Anchors to Free Up Mark Hayes for More Reporting

WAGA will rotate in some new faces on its weekday morning show, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at least through the summer. The station will break up the hours of its morning broadcast with different anchors to free up Mark Hayes, who currently does the bulk of the anchor duties on “Good Day Atlanta,” for more reporting.

Hayes (pictured at left), who has been with the Atlanta Fox O&O since 2002, is currently on the air from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. WAGA will cut his on-air time back by more than two hours, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

With the line-up changes, Hayes will anchor “Good Day Atlanta” from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Co-anchor Guvir Dhindsa will not see her hours change — she will anchor the first two hours of the morning broadcast with Hayes, then the second two hours, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with Hayes’ replacement, Buck Lanford.

Karen Graham, who currently helms the 9 a.m. hour, will also take over the 4:30 a.m. half-hour for Hayes.