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KCEN AM Meteorologist Shot Multiple Times in Morning Shooting

crawford KCEN croppedPatrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist for Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN was shot multiple times in this morning’s parking lot shooting at the station.

>UPDATE: KECN reported at 3:20 p.m. police have taken a “person of interest in the shooting” into custody. We’ll have more updates as the story develops.

>UPDATE: KCEN reports at 5:11 p.m. Crawford is out of surgery and in stable condition. The station also reports, “The suspect hasn’t been located, but they took a suspect in custody and police say he’s not likely tied at all to the shooting.”

KCEN reports the Department of Public Safety said the shooting suspect exchanged words with Crawford before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and firing.

The employee, Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as a white male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and dark jeans. Wilson also said he has a receding hairline.

Crawford was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning, [DPS Trooper D.L.] Wilson said.

Crawford has worked at KCEN since September 2012.

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Shooting Reported Near Texas Station

Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN reports “multiple police agencies” are looking for a suspect in a shooting near the station that happened this morning.

From the KCEN website:

The Department of Public Safety, Bruceville-Eddy police, and the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, among others, blocked off our parking lot with crime scene tape and patrolled the area with assault rifles.

Several officers walked through the building with a K-9, and cleared the station.

DPS troopers asked employees to gather in the front office as police investigated the area. That restriction was lifted around 10:15 a.m.

Employees have been told not to leave the building, but are now free to move around inside.

Gannett to Acquire Six London Broadcasting Stations For $215M

gannett logoGannett Co. will purchase six stations in Texas from London Broadcasting for $215 million. The stations are KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX in Tyler-Longview, KIII in Corpus Christi, KBMT and digital subchannel KJAC in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA in Abilene-Sweetwater and KIDY in San Angelo.

The acquisition is the latest expansion of Gannett, which nearly doubled its broadcast portfolio with the acquisition of Belo in December. “The addition of these stations will expand Gannett’s reach into some of the fastest growing markets in the nation and furthers our successful transformation into a diversified multi-media company,” Gannett president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

The transaction is expected to close this summer. After the closing, London Broadcasting Company COO Phil Hurley will continue to lead the stations.

The release is after the jump. Read more

Jim Hice Named News Director at KCEN

kcen logoJim Hice has been named news director at KCEN, the NBC affiliate in Waco, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

“We’re extremely lucky to have a news director of Jim’s caliber to continue KCEN-HD’s mission: the pursuit of reporting excellence with a tradition of community involvement,” KCEN VP-GM Gayle Kiger said.

Hice comes from WHAS, the ABC affiliate in Louisville, where he has been the assistant news director for four years. He succeeds Jim Holland, who has been the KCEN news director for five years.

Tania Ortega Joins KTBC From KCEN

Tania Ortega is joining KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast.

Ortega was most recently a reporter and producer for KCEN in Waco. She has also worked as a reporter, anchor and sales representative at KXXV in Waco. Her television career began as an intern for KNSD in San Diego.

“Tania’s energy combined with her extensive knowledge of Texas is great for our expanding reporter team on ‘Good Day Austin,’” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Mileka Lincoln, Hunter Ellis Replace Fred Cantu on KEYE Morning Newscast

With the arrival of anchor Mileka Lincoln, Austin’s KEYE is shaking up the morning newscast.

Lincoln was hired from KABB in San Antonio to be the morning anchor. She is paired with Hunter Ellis, who was promoted to the anchor desk from his previous job as a reporter for the KEYE 4 p.m. newscast.

Popular Austin anchor Fred Cantu, who has been filling in as the morning anchor since last year, will become a feature reporter for KEYE, according to the Austin American-Statesman. He will revive his weekly “Gadget Guy” reports that focus on technology trends. Read more

Teresa Woodard Leaving St. Louis for Dallas

KTVI anchor-reporter Teresa Woodard is leaving St. Louis for a job with WFAA in Dallas, her hometown, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Woodard has been with Fox-affiliate KTVI since October 2005.  She currently co-anchors the station’s weekend morning newscasts and reports during the week.

KTVI general manager Spencer Koch announced Woodard’s departure this week, saying, “Teresa has been a great team player… she will be missed.”

A graduate of Texas A&M who got her start at KCEN in Waco, Woodard is expected to begin her new job as a WFAA reporter after the February sweeps period.

Dan Schillinger Joins KWWL As News Director

Dan Schillinger has joined KWWL, the NBC-affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA, as news director.

Schillinger comes from Augusta ABC-affiliate WJBF, where he was news operations manager and executive producer. Prior to that, he was the news director at KCEN, the NBC-affiliate in Waco, TX, and KEVN, the Fox-affiliate in Rapid City, SD.

“The station has a long history of news leadership in Iowa but it’s not resting on past accomplishments,” Schillinger said in a statement. “I look forward to helping the staff grow and adapt to this changing media environment.” Read more

Veteran Texas Anchor John Gilbert Returns to Roots at KBTX

Veteran anchor John Gilbert has landed at KBTX in the Bryan-College Station, TX. For the past eight years, Gilbert has worked as a reporter and anchor for nearby KCEN. He left the Waco NBC-affiliate just over two weeks ago.

“KBTX is honored to welcome a journalist like John who brings invaluable experience and leadership qualities to our news operation,” said Mike Wright, KBTX Media vice president and general manager.

Gilbert has worked in local TV news for nearly three decades. After stints in Las Vegas, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Gilbert landed at Waco’s KCEN, where he anchored the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. The move to KBTX is a homecoming of sorts for Gilbert. He’s a graduate of Texas A&M–located in College Station–and started his TV career at the the on-campus station KAMU.
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