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Houston’s KRIV Presents U.S. Senate Debate

Houston FOX O&O KRIV is hosting a debate tonight between the two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Texas, David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz.

KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding will moderate, with reporter Sally MacDonald also participating. Spaulding and MacDonald will ask questions submitted by viewers via Facebook and KRIV’s website.

The hourlong debate will air tonight at 6pmCT on KRIV, as well as the other Fox O&Os in Texas — KTBC in Austin and KDFW in Dallas.  It will also be streamed live on KRIV‘s website.

Meteorologist Jennifer Myers Joins KDFW

Jennifer Myers is joining KDFW in Dallas as the weekend meteorologist, the Fox O&O announced today.

Myers begins on July 24 as the meteorologist on the Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts. She comes from KVIA in El Paso, where she has been a meteorologist, reporter, fill-in anchor and web producer since 2010.

“I’m very excited about joining the FOX4 team,” Myers said in a statement. “Severe weather has always been my passion, so being in a place where I can do what I love is really something I’m looking forward to.”

Former Birmingham Newscaster Wendell Harris Dies

Wendell Harris, a longtime Birmingham anchor and news director, died this morning after a long hospital stay, according to the Birmingham News. He was 78.

Harris was hired at the Birmingham NBC-affiliate, which was then known as WAPI, in 1960. In his 21 years at the station, he worked as a reporter, assignment editor, news anchor and news director. In 1981, Harris left Birmingham for Austin, where he became general manager of KTBC. After three years, he took over as vice president and news director of KDFW in Dallas. He retired from television in 1996, according to the Birmingham News.

WBMA meteorologist James Spann remembered Harris in a post on his blog this morning. Read more

Fox O&Os Launch Partnership with AccuWeather

Broadcasting & Cable reports on a new partnership between Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather that will launch this summer:

Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.

“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. Read more

Reporter Calvert Collins Joins KDFW From KLAS

Calvert Collins is joining KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas, as a general assignment reporter. Her first day on the air will be June 18.

Collins, a Dallas native, returns to Texas from Las Vegas, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS-affiliate KLAS. Prior to that, she served in the same role at KPTM in Omaha.

“It is a dream come true for me to return to Dallas-Fort Worth to work for KDFW,” Collins said in a statement. “I am a seventh-generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas, who rarely missed a FOX4 9 o’clock newscast growing up. I am thrilled to begin the next chapter of my life in my hometown.”

VIDEO: Twiggy the Squirrel Jumps on Photographer During KDFW Live Shot

A water-skiing squirrel named Twiggy wreaked havoc on the KDFW newscast this morning.

Reporter Fiona Gorostiza was holding Twiggy while reporting from Dallas’ Mayfest when the squirrel jumped out of her hands and onto her photographer.

“The water skiing squirrel was a fiasco,” co-anchor Tim Ryan said later in the newscast. “It was a bust.”

“It was pretty funny, though,” Lauren Przybyl responded. Watch the video after the jump… Read more

Local Stations Provide Severe Weather Coverage as Tornadoes Touch Down in Dallas

A severe tornado threat in the Dallas-Fort Worth area sent the market’s local stations into continuing weather coverage this afternoon.

After offering short cut-in updates throughout their morning programming, KTVT, KDFW, KXAS and WFAA all began continuing coverage of the tornadoes shortly after 12:45 pmCT. Although each stations had multiple anchors and reporters contribute, the chief meteorologists led the coverage: Larry Mowry on KTVT, Dan Henry on KDFW, David Finfrock on KXAS and Pete Delkus on WFAA.

WFAA’s news chopper captured some dramatic video that was used heavily on the national cable networks in their tornado coverage. Watch inside… Read more

Did Dallas Police Stage an Arrest for KDFW?

Did Dallas police officers stage an arrest for KDFW? That’s the question at the heart of an internal investigation now being conducted by the Dallas Police Department.

A Dallas firefighter was arrested at his home on Thursday, following an incident last week in which he fired a gun in a firehouse. Fox O&O KDFW was the only local station to get footage of the arrest and now the Dallas Police Department is investigating whether the arresting officers operated outside of protocol in serving up the handcuffed firefighter for the KDFW news crew. Read more

Oops! KUSA’s Drew Soicher Says On Twitter He’s Going to KDFW, Then Takes It Back

A series of tweets over the last week has left KUSA sports anchor Drew Soicher with some explaining to do.

Soicher, who is described in his KUSA bio as the “unconventional, unpredictable sports anchor,” said on Twitter last week that he had been offered the sports director position at KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas. He included a link to a YouTube video of a KDFW newscast and wrote, “here’s my new News Team!”

One problem: Soicher now says he was joking.

“I joked last week that I’ve been offered job in Dallas bc my style fits with this fun news team. Now it’s being REPORTED,” Soicher wrote in a follow-up tweet nearly a week later. Several media outlets picked up the story, prompting Soicher to say he owes the actual KDFW sports director, Mike Doocy, a phone call. Read more

Robin Whitmeyer Named Vice President and News Director of KDFW

Robin Whitmeyer has been named vice president and news director of KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas. She will start on January 9.

Whitmeyer joins KDFW from WSOC, the ABC-affiliate in Charlotte, NC, where she has been the news director for the past eight years.

“Robin brings an extensive news and management background to the FOX 4 newsroom and the Dallas-Fort Worth market,” KDFW general manager Kathy Saunders said in a statement. “We are thrilled that she will be joining KDFW.”

Whitmeyer replaces Maria Barrs, who left KDFW to be president and general manager of KXTV in August.

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