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Adam Carros Promoted to News Director at KCRG

Adam Carros has been promoted to news director of KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA.

“I’m excited for the chance to take the lead for such a well respected news organization,” Carros told TVSpy. “KCRG already has a great team in place.  I expect to build on that reputation with strong journalism and good story-telling.”

Carros started at the Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate as a producer in 2009.  He was content manager at the station before being named news director.

Carros previously worked at KWWL in Waterloo, IA, as a producer. Before working for KWWL, he was a reporter and producer at KOMU in Columbia, MO.

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Jonathan Gregg Joining WGBA in Green Bay

Jonathan Gregg is joining WGBA, the NBC-affiliate in Green Bay, according to the Oskaloosa News.

Gregg has been an executive producer and anchor for the weekly newscast of William Penn University’s Communication Research Institute since 2009. This will be his last week in that role.

“I’m going to a place where there’s going to be larger communities, but then also, towns just the same size as Oskaloosa in the coverage area,” Gregg said. Read more

Hearst Television Senior VP Philip Stolz to Retire

Philip Stolz, who has been senior vice president of Hearst Television since 1998, will retire next year, the company announced today.

The retirement caps more than 40 years in the television industry. Stolz began his career as an account executive and sales manager at WXOW in La Crosse, WI, and eventually went on to serve as general manager for WBAL in Baltimore, WDTN in Dayton, WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, and KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA.

“Phil’s insightful understanding of television news, programming, sales and community engagement, coupled with his sound business judgment, has contributed enormously to the success and positive reputation of our company,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement.  Read more

Obama Does a Round of Local Interviews: WCMH, KCRG, KMOV, KOLO Head to the White House

President Obama did another round of local interviews yesterday, speaking to reporters from stations in Columbus, Cedar Rapids, St. Louis and Reno.

The interviews, which lasted about nine minutes each, were held in the Diplomatic Room at the White House. Topics ranged from the Buffett Plan to Hilary Rosen‘s comments on Ann Romney (“It was the wrong thing to say,” Obama told WCMH).

The President was interviewed by Colleen Marshall of WCMH in Columbus, Bruce Aune of KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Larry Connors of KMOV in St. Louis and Pat Hambright of KOLO in Reno. Video of the interviews inside… Read more

10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were given to a small-market and large-market station in five categories — breaking news coverage, documentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting and public service in television journalism.

Large market winners were WISH in Indianapolis, KLAS in Las Vegas, News 12 Westchester, KPHO in Phoenix and WIVB in Buffalo. Small market station winners were WGXA in Macon, GA, KOMU in Columbia, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, WVUE in New Orleans and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

A full list of local news winners is after the jump. Read more

KCRG Debuts HD Set, Showcasing Largest Touch Screen in the Country

KCRG is now broadcasting the news in HD. The Cedar Rapids ABC-affiliate debuted its new, high-definition look–which includes a new set and new graphics–over the weekend.

The centerpiece of the new set is a 113-inch interactive touch screen, which KCRG describes as the largest touch screen of its kind in the country.

“This is an exciting time,” anchor Bruce Aune said. “We made this investment to deliver stories that matter to our viewers.” Read more

Longtime KCRG Anchor Wins Iowa Senate Seat

Liz Mathis, who is well-known in Eastern Iowa for her time as an anchor with KCRG in Cedar Rapids and KWWL in Waterloo, won her race for an Iowa state senate on Tuesday.

Since leaving KCRG in 2007, Mathis has worked as a community relations executive with a family service and child welfare organization.  She announced her bid for the vacant senate seat in September.

Running as a Democrat, Mathis, 53, gained roughly 56% of the vote in a race in which she raised significantly more money than her competitors.

Mathis spent over 25 years working in TV news.  She was an anchor at ABC-affiliate KCRG from 1998 to 2007 and, before that, worked as an executive producer and anchor at NBC-affiliate KWWL for 16 years.

Former KCRG Anchor Running for Iowa Senate Seat

Liz Mathis, a former anchor with KCRG in Cedar Rapids and KWWL in Waterloo, is joining the race to fill a vacant seat in the Iowa senate.

“People all over are trying to get back on their feet from this lingering national recession,” Mathis said. “They need jobs and they need stability for their families, and all we’re getting from our government is gridlock. It must change.”

Mathis is running as a Democrat and is so far the only representative of her party vying for the seat vacated by Democrat Swati Dandekar, who resigned to accept a job on the state’s utilities board. Read more

In Cedar Rapids, KCRG Expands Morning Newscast to 4:30 a.m.

KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA is the latest station to expand its morning news to a 4:30 a.m. start time. The ABC-affiliate is planning to debut its new early morning newscast on January 3rd.

The expanded newscast will feature KCRG’s current morning team of anchors Ashley Hinson and Nicole Agee with meteorologist Kaj O’Mara.

“More and more people are starting their days earlier,” says KCRG’s news director Kara Kelly. “We realize that they need to have important local information at the start of their day and it’s our duty to make sure our viewers can receive that news and weather from a trusted source.”

On Tuesday, KCRG posted a promo video for the expanded newscast on its Facebook page.  In the video, Hinson, Agee, and O’Mara playfully discuss what the newscast should be named.  After listing options like “The Get the Day’s Forecast and Know How to Dress the Kids for School News,” the morning news team settles on “KCRG-TV9 First News.”