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KATU Crew Narrowly Escapes Downed Power Line Then Reports on Damage Live

While reporting on a heavy blanketing of snow in southwest Portland, a KATU news crew narrowly escaped danger after a falling tree limb pulled a power line to the ground feet away from their live truck.

“I was terrified,” KATU reporter Lincoln Graves said. “As soon as the sky lit up and I heard the ‘zapping’ sounds, I thought the worst. I put my hands over my head thinking our truck mast had somehow touched a power line.” Read more

KATU Camera Stolen at Occupy Demonstration

A KATU news crew had a camera stolen while covering an Occupy Portland demonstration this week.

On Monday, Occupy protestors gathered at the Port of Portland, shutting down three of its four terminals.  Amid the demonstration, police arrested a handful of unruly people, including one man who stole a pick-up truck from the scene of a car crash and used it to transport a group on their way to the port.

While details of the theft are scarce, KATU general manager John Tamerlano told TVSpy that the station is working with the Portland police department to recover the stolen equipment, which has been valued at around $25,000. Read more

Portland Stations Draw Big Numbers with Overnight Coverage of Occupy Clash

Portland stations provided wall-to-wall coverage of the clash between the city’s Occupy protestors and police early Sunday morning, after mayor Sam Adams warned demonstrators on Saturday that they would face eviction at midnight.  The stations’ commitment to covering the confrontation paid off as viewership spiked beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

“I think there was a definite interest across all television stations here in Portland,” KATU news director Don Pratt told The Oregonian, saying that viewership was “two to three times” higher than normal. Read more

Fisher Communications Adds Pulp to KATU Website

Fisher Communications is expanding Pulp, its local culture brand, to Portland.

Earlier this summer, Fisher launched Seattle Pulp as a complement to KOMO‘s web presence and now the company is doing the same for KATU, its Portland station.

“The content created by Portland Pulp writers will reflect how diverse and original this city is,” Pulp editor Shane Mehling said.  “Portlanders know they live in a truly unique place, and we plan to complement that by showing them hotspots and happenings they never knew existed that emphasize what makes Portland truly great.”

Fisher expects Portland Pulp to raise KATU’s profile among the 18-49 demographic.

Fisher Debuts Local Culture Site with KOMO

Fisher Communications, an early investor in the promise of hyperlocal news, this week announced the launch of a new local lifestyle website catering to the 18-49 demographic.

Seattle Pulp will work alongside the website of KOMO, Fisher’s Seattle ABC-affiliate, to provide news and reviews on local culture, technology, and entertainment with a regular “Best Of” the city feature.

“With a more urban, witty and fun voice, Seattle Pulp is aimed at enhancing and complementing the current KOMOnews.com user experience,” Fisher explained in a press release.

Seattle Pulp has assembled a diverse team of local contributors, many of whom have a certain cult status in the area, including Phoenix Jones, an amateur superhero who became an internet celebrity earlier this year. Read more

In Portland, KATU Offers Exclusive Coverage of Controversial Bowel Movement

“We won’t show you the one of what he left behind,” KATU reporter Margy Lynch said about the incriminating photo–a solitary show of restraint in the Portland ABC-affiliate’s coverage of a local postal worker leaving an unwanted package outside of someone’s house (video above).

While Lynch did a thorough amount of reporting, even taking a tour of the neighborhood to count nearby public restrooms, it’s safe to say that the story won’t end up on her reel.

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