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Longtime Anchor/Reporter Mary Robb Jackson Retiring from KDKA

MaryRobbJackson1Veteran journalist Mary Robb Jackson has announced her retirement from TV news.

Jackson has worked at Pittsburgh CBS owned station KDKA for 34 years, first as a general assignment reporter and later as a weekend anchor, field reporter and host of “Evening Magazine.” Jackson began her career in the 1970s as part of the WIIC (now WPXI) studio crew. She later transitioned to on-camera work as host of a 6:30 a.m. talk show.

Jackson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she has a long list of things she’d like to accomplish upon her retirement. “I would love to mentor kids, working with them to fall in love with reading. … I’d also like to play the ukulele and I would love to learn to speak Italian,” she said.

“But I will miss everyone,” she added. “This has been the best ride of my life.”

Jackson’s last day at KDKA is December 31.

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Anchor Kimberly Gill Leaves Pittsburgh for Detroit

static.squarespaceAnchor Kimberly Gill has decided to leave Pittsburgh CBS-owned station KDKA. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gill is headed to NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit, where she will be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

“While this is no doubt a nice opportunity for Kimberly, we will most certainly miss her,” KDKA news director Anne Linaberger said in a statement.

Gill joined KDKA three years ago. She previously worked at ABC affiliate WEWS in Cleveland as a morning news anchor and multimedia journalist.

Gill will anchor her last Pittsburgh newscast November 7.

Rich Walsh Joins KDKA in Pittsburgh

Sports anchor Rich Walsh will join Pittsburgh CBS owned station KDKA tomorrow.

Walsh last worked at WPXI. He left the Pittsburgh NBC station in 2013.

Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing

christa lamendolaChrista Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist.

Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. While she was in college, she reported for WOUB, the PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio.  She was also a consumer reporting intern at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, and an intern at WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pittsburgh Stations Cover School Stabbing Spree

Stations in Pittsburgh broke in to network morning shows today with news of multiple stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

ABC affiliate WTAE was the first station to report the news, breaking in to “Good Morning America” at 7:44 a.m. Kelly Frey and Michelle Wright anchored, with Amber Nicotra reporting from the scene.

CBS-owned KDKA and NBC affiliate WPXI both reported the news at 7:56 a.m. Jennifer Antkowiak and Rick Dayton anchored coverage for KDKA, with Trina Orlando reporting from the scene. On WPXI, Joe Arena and Katherine Amenta anchored and Joe Holden reported from Franklin Regional High School.

Fox affiliate WPGH, which does not have a morning newscast, did not have coverage of the stabbings. WPGH’s primetime newscasts are produced by WPXI.

Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy Joins WDSU

Kweilyn Murphy is joining WDSU. Murphy will be the weekend meteorologist at the New Orleans NBC affiliate.

Murphy moves to New Orleans from Greenville, N.C., where she is the weekend meteorologist at WNCT. Prior to that, Murphy was a freelance meteorologist at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She has also worked at WQED multimedia.

Murphy begins at WDSU next month.

John Mecham Returns to TV News as WTAJ ND

WTAJ, the CBS-affiliate in the Johnstown-Altoona-State College, PA market, has hired John Mecham as its new news director. His first day is set for July 2nd.

After stints as executive producer/managing editor at KDKA in Pittsburgh and as content management center supervisor at KVOA in Tucson, Mecham has spent the past year working in public relations.

“News is my first love,” Mecham wrote on his LinkedIn page, announcing the move. “Most of us got into this business to make a difference. I’d like to think that is still vital to what we do as journalists. I look forward to working with the staff at WTAJ.” Read more

Anchors, Meteorologists From CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’ Next Week

Local news personalities from five CBS O&Os are guest-hosting “The Talk” for one day each next week, filling in for Julie Chen, who is on vacation.

The five guest hosts are: John Elliot, a weathercaster at WCBS in New York, on Monday; Susan Koeppen, an anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh, on Tuesday; Amelia Santaniello, an anchor at WCCO in Minneapolis, on Wednesday; Kate Bilo, a meteorologist at KYW in Philadelphia, on Thursday; and Paul Magers, an anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, on Friday.

Chen returns to the CBS talk show on Monday, July 9. No word yet on who will guest host for the second week of her vacation.

>Update: “The Talk” will be in repeats the week of July 2, so there will be no guest hosts, a spokesperson for the show tells TVSpy.

Susan Koeppen Returns to KDKA Anchor Desk: ‘I’ve Got to Go Back to Life, and Living’

On Susan Koeppen‘s first day back at the KDKA anchor desk, the Pittsburgh CBS O&O aired a long segment documenting her recovery from heart surgery.

“I’ll never forget the past, I’ll never forget what happened,” she said in the interview. “But I’ve got to go back to life, and living. I can’t worry about it.”

Koeppen’s life expectancy has returned to normal, according to KDKA. She expects to be back anchoring both the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts by the end of the month. Video of the segment inside… Read more

Two Months After Heart Surgery, Susan Koeppen Plans Return to KDKA Anchor Desk

Susan Koeppen will return to the KDKA anchor desk next week, two months after undergoing surgery to repair a faulty heart valve.

Koppen, who anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the Pittsburgh CBS O&O, suffered cardiac arrest in November. The surgery in March was the last part of repair work for her congenital heart problem, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Beginning next Monday, Koeppen will return to the anchor desk at 6 p.m. She plans to to return to anchoring both the 6 and the 11 p.m. newscasts on May 28.

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