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Meteorologist Crystal Egger Joins KNBC

Crystal Egger is joining KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, as the meteorologist for the morning newscast.

“Crystal’s skills and in-depth knowledge will be a great addition to our team, and will deliver to our viewers the weather information they need to start their days,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement.

Egger joins KNBC from The Weather Channel, where she was a meteorologist for the network’s primetime programming. She has previously worked at KDVR in Denver, KIFI in Idaho Falls and Cable News 16 in San Diego.

More from KNBC after the jump. Read more

KUSA: KDVR Report on Italian Gun Executive ‘Came Apart Almost Instantly’

Denver NBC affiliate KUSA gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the station discovered a report on rival KDVR was a hoax (video above).

KUSA anchor Kyle Clark said KDVR’s report, which was about an Italian gun executive being detained after he was mistaken for a terrorist, “came apart almost instantly.” Clark began to investigate the claims after the station received several tips asking why the story hadn’t been covered on KUSA.

“There wasn’t anyone out there saying that the story happened as it was described elsewhere. So this wasn’t some great feat of investigative journalism on our part,” Clark said. “This was just the standard due diligence that we would do on any story.”

Fox affiliate KDVR admitted last week that the report was based on “an elaborate but false” story.

KDVR Admits Report on Italian Gun Executive Was ‘An Elaborate But False Story’

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has admitted that a report broadcast Saturday about an Italian gun executive who was detained by local law enforcement was incorrect.

The station says Karina Aguirre, who claimed to be the man’s U.S. attorney, “concocted an elaborate but false story” about a man who was detained after a taxi driver mistook him for “a terrorist.” KDVR says they were referred to Aguirre by David Kopel, an attorney for the Independence Institute in Denver, and Steve Schreiner, a Colorado board member of the National Rifle Association.

“More steps should have been taken to corroborate Aguirre’s story and verify information provided by Kopel and Schreiner,” news director Ed Kosowski said in a statement. “KDVR is committed to fair, accurate and balanced reporting and we are reviewing policies and procedures to ensure our content meets those standards.”

Neither Kosowski’s statement or the post on KDVR’s website address the fact that the station failed to reach out to law enforcement or the gun company to corroborate Aguirre’s story before the report aired. In a strongly-worded statement Wednesday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said KDVR “dropped the ball.”

“The Sheriff’s Office feels that it is unfortunate for Fox 31 Denver to have released a report that claimed the Adams County Sheriff’s Office involvement in an event without verifying it first. It is also unfortunate and disturbing for Fox 31 Denver to have released such a bold report before doing their due diligence by thoroughly investigating the tips prior to broadcasting,” the statement reads.

The Sheriff’s office also praised KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, for uncovering the hoax.

KDVR Takes Down Story On Man Mistaken For Terrorist After Rival KUSA Discovers It’s a Hoax

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has taken down a report about an Italian man who was detained for questioning after rival KUSA uncovered details that indicate the story was a hoax.

“We believe we were intentionally misled by someone who misrepresented herself not only to the news media but to two of our sources on the story, an NRA board member from Colorado and a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney, both of whom as recently as yesterday were standing by the story,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy in a statement. “These sources now tell us they believe they were misled by the woman. We are working on a follow-up story that will thoroughly explain what happened.”

The KDVR report, which aired Saturday, claims Daniele Perazzi, the grandson of a “prominent Italian gunmaker,” was questioned by law enforcement after “a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist.” Hendrik Sybrandy sources the man’s U.S. attorney, who was not identified by name. KDVR reported the attorney said “that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws.”

KUSA said they received “numerous emails inquiring as to why the story wasn’t being broadly covered.” During the NBC affiliate’s investigation of the story, the gun company, the Adams County Sheriff’s office and the taxi company denied the incident happened, KUSA reported Tuesday night.

“The company says there’s no grandson named Daniele and they didn’t have a representative in Denver last week, either,” Kyle Clark said in the KUSA report.

KUSA also identified KDVR’s source as a Colorado woman named Korrine Aguirre. “There was a comment that I had made the other day that I probably shouldn’t have made,” Aguirre told KUSA. “Apparently that blew up a lot bigger than it was supposed to.”

The original story was removed from KDVR’s website Wednesday afternoon. TVSpy hears that KDVR staffers met Wednesday morning to review the report.

Watch both the KDVR report and the KUSA report after the jump.  Read more

KDVR Announces Anchor Changes, Hires New Morning Team

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has hired a new morning anchor team that includes former KCNC anchor Brooke Wagner. Wagner’s new co-anchor will be Kirk Yuhnke who joins KDVR from Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

“We believe Brooke and Kirk, along with meteorologist Jennifer Broome and traffic anchor Ken Clark, will make a dynamic team,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy. “They have the experience, passion and personality to make “Good Day Colorado” a unique morning newscast in this highly-competitive market.”

Both Wagner and Yuhnke, who go on-air two weeks from today on April 22, broke the news via social media.  Wagner chose twitter to announce, saying, “Friends, I’m thrilled and proud to announce I have a new TV home @KDVR ! I will start on #GoodDayColorado soon! Honored to join the team!” Read more

Anchor Changes at KDVR: Hubbard to Replace Retiring Zappolo

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has announced a change to its evening anchor line up. After more than 35 years on-air in the Denver market, anchor Ron Zappolo (pictured left) will sign off this Friday, April 5.

To replace the longtime anchor, KDVR has announced Jeremy Hubbard (pictured right) will join Deborah Takahara to form the new anchor team at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. beginning Monday April 8.

“I’ve had a really fortunate run,” Zappolo told the Denver Post. “I’ve been able to see the world, provoke a little thought, have fun and get paid for it. How many people can say they got to do exactly what they wanted to do?” Read more

Libby Weaver Signs Off KDVR For Last Time

Libby Weaver, co-anchor of the longest tenured anchor team in Denver, signed off KDVR for the last time.

Weaver told the Denver Post she is not retiring, just seeking a change.  Ed Kosowski, news director for the Denver Fox affiliate told the Post, “It was her decision. She made it clear that while she loved her job, this was a personal choice. She wanted to be a full-time mom.”

During last night’s 9 p.m.news, the station ran several tributes to Weaver from co-workers wishing her well. Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser gave her a plastic snow dome of Denver saying, “This is an heirloom.  Its made of the finest plastic you can find on the globe. So be very gentle with it,” to which Weaver replied. “I will treasure it.”

After the jump, you can watch a video montage of Weaver’s greatest moments that aired at the end of the newscast. Read more

Denver Stations Get High Marks for De-Bunking Political Ads

With a heated election and a lot of undecided voters, local TV stations stand to see big profits from campaigns looking to tip the scales in their favor by airing political ads.  According to an opinion piece in the Denver Post by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-founder of FactCheck.org, the TV stations in Denver are doing a particularly good job helping voters see through the increasing spin.

Denver broadcasters deserve praise not only for reality testing political claims, but for also doing it well.  Our research shows that when stations reduce the size of the ad on the screen, clearly identify it as political content and stamp the corrections onto the boxed ad, voters remember the reporters’ analysis better than they do when the critiqued ad is played full screen.

You can watch what two Denver stations are doing to fact check political ads after the jump.

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VIDEO: Dan Daru Makes a Baby Cry Live on KDVR

KDVR reporter Dan Daru made a young child cry on live television last week while reporting from a local farm (video above).

Daru was crouched down next to “Drew the Farm Kid,” talking in a playful Einstein-like voice, when Drew began to cry and moved to get out of his stroller. “That’s terrible. That’s terrible,” Daru whispered, moving away from the crying child. “I love that kid.” Read more

KDVR Reporter, Photojournalist Alert Police After a Body is Found Near Live Shot Location

A KDVR crew reporting on a woman’s disappearance found a body in the bushes next to the missing woman’s home while preparing for a live shot over the weekend (video above).

KDVR reporter Deborah Takahara was preparing for her report on the 5 p.m. newscast when neighbors approached her and said they wanted to show her a person who may have been sleeping in the bushes near the home of the missing woman, according to the station. Read more

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