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WXIA Hires Anchor from HLN

politan hlnVinnie Politan is leaving HLN to join Gannett’s Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA as morning anchor.

“It is a great pleasure to announce that Vinnie Politan will be the new morning anchor for 11Alive news!” WXIA said in a memo sent to staffers. “Vinnie will be joining the team of Karyn Greer, Chesley McNeil and Jaye Watson the first week of August.”

“Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years,” HLN told Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who first reported the news. “We thank him and wish him only the best.”

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WXIA Unveils Sleek New Set

Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA debuted a sleek new set Tuesday to go along with the new Gannett graphics package.

At one point in yesterday’s Noon newscast, the open concept design of the set was evident.

During the tail end of an on-set interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a two-shot with Reed became a three-shot when anchor Karyn Greer tossed to reporter Rebecca Lindstrom who could be seen standing in the background.

Lindstrom was stationed in the reporter area which features a plexiglas stairway to nowhere and flat screen monitors. You can see a photo after the jump. Read more

Video: WXIA Anchor Falls Out of Chair During Morning Newscast

When anchor Karyn Greer tumbled to the floor in the middle of a recent morning newscast on WXIA, her fall went unseen by Atlanta viewers since the camera was not on the anchor desk at the time.

Greer’s co-anchor Ted Hall changed that, however, when he introduced footage of the gaffe–to Greer’s surprise/horror–during the morning show the following week (video above). Read more

To the Surprise of Atlanta’s WXIA, Anchor Jill Becker Announces Retirement

Anchor Jill Becker announced on Tuesday that she will bid farewell to Atlanta’s WXIA after over two decades with the NBC-affiliate.  In a station-wide meeting, she told staff that she would retire when her contract is up in August.

“After more than two decades, I am leaving a news team and a news show that I truly love,” Becker announced. “I am however, looking forward to volunteering and to catching up on 30 years of sleep!”

Becker anchors WXIA’s morning and daytime newscasts. Before joining WXIA, Becker was an anchor for Atlanta ABC-affiliate WSB, where she also worked the early shift.

“It was a surprise to the staff,” Ellen Crooke, WXIA’s news director, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She’s the heart of our morning news team. She will be very hard to replace.” Read more

In Snowy Atlanta, Affiliates Stick with Local News Instead of Network Morning Shows

Stations in Atlanta ran extended news coverage Monday morning as an overnight snowstorm and below-freezing temperatures led to school closings and dangerous driving conditions. The market’s NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliates stayed with local news coverage through the morning, preempting the network morning shows.

NBC-affiliate WXIA operated a telethon-like hotline to which local viewers could call in with questions related to the storm, from driving conditions to employment laws regarding taking a day off due to severe weather. Jill Becker and Karyn Greer anchored the extended newscast with meteorologist Chesley McNeil providing regular weather updates. Keith Whitney reported from Carroll County, east of Atlanta, which was one of the first areas to see snow in the early morning. Whitney used an icy bottle of water to show the below-freezing temperatures.

At ABC-affiliate WSB, morning meteorologist Karen Minton reported on the mix of snow and sleet hitting Atlanta while Mark Arum provided updates on the messy road conditions for morning commuters. Minton was also aided by meteorologist David Chandley, who would continue to track the storm throughout the day. Anchor Fred Blankenship provided regular storm-related news updates, including canceled flights to and from Atlanta. At one point, reporter Richard Belcher compiled a slideshow of photos sent in by viewers showing the area’s snow cover.

Tracye Hutchins and Brandon Rudat anchored CBS-affiliate WGCL‘s extended coverage. Weekend meteorologist Justin Lock was out on the street, reporting on weather conditions and speaking with those brave enough to venture out of their homes. Jennifer Valdez, WGCL’s morning meteorologist, updated viewers on the morning forecast as well as travel conditions. Rebekka Schramm reported via Skype from inside a WGCL news truck, which had gotten stuck in the snow.