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Former KDVR Contributor Sues Station, Says He Was Fired Because of Bankruptcy

cd22martinoFormer KDVR contributor Tom Martino is suing the Denver FOX affiliate because he says the station let him go when he filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Martino, known as “The Troubleshooter,” appeared in regular segments on KDVR as well as a Denver AM radio station.

His lawsuit alleges the station let him go after it learned he was filing for bankruptcy. Martino claims the move violated federal protections.

Martino is no stranger to the headlines lately. He was arrested in December for allegedly punching his wife in the face while the two were waiting a a stoplight.

 The Denver Post reports KDVR said it didn’t renew his contract because ‘it wanted a host with “less personality.’ That Martino filed for bankruptcy had nothing to do with it, according to the case filed in U.S. District Court in Denver.” Read more

Denver Stations Break In to Regular Programming for School Shooting

denver_shooting_mixDenver TV stations broke into afternoon programming to cover the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO.

CBS owned station KCNC broke in first. At 12:54 p.m. Alan Gionet told viewers about the shooting and reported police were in the area with emergency vehicles on their way. Gionet said Grayson Robinson, Araphaoe County Sheriff, told the station there were two possible victims and an active shooting situation at the time. Gionet promised further updates before returning to regular programming.

NBC affiliate KUSA broke in to “Extra” at 12:55 with Cheryl Preheim in the newsroom. ABC affiliate KMGH interrupted “General Hospital” at 1:16 with John Ferrugia reporting the station had spoken to students at the scene who said they heard three shots fired. FOX affiliate KDVR was last on at 1:30 p.m. with a combination of studio anchor and live helicopter shot showing the scene at the high school.

The shooting happened just a few miles from the scene of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.

Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne Joins KDVR From KIRO

chris halsneChris Halsne is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as an investigative reporter. Halsne comes from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked for 14 years.

“Chris is a talented storyteller, skilled at generating high-impact stories. He has won many regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism,” KDVR vice president of news Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staffers. “…Please welcome Chris when he arrives here Monday.”

Before KIRO, Halsne was the lead investigative reporter and special projects unit manager at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. He has also worked at stations in Topeka, Joplin, Ft. Myers and Grand Rapids.

KDVR Promotes Eli Stokols, Adds Heather Mills

eli stokolsDenver Fox affiliate KDVR has promoted Eli Stokols (pictured) and added Heather Mills, the Denver Post reports.

Stokols joined KDVR in 2009 as a political reporter. He has been named the official anchor of the 5, 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday newscasts, which he has been filling in on since April.

Mills joins KDVR from KOB in Albuquerque, where she was a weekend anchor and reporter. Prior to working at KOB, Mills worked at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Changes at Chicago’s WFLD as Veteran Anchor Robin Robinson Shifts Into New Role

 

WFLD evening anchor Robin Robinson is shifting into a new role at the Chicago Fox O&O, setting off a domino effect of changes to the station’s morning and evening newscasts.

Robinson, who has anchored WFLD’s evening newscast since the station launched local news in 1987, will be the host and principal correspondent for the recently-launched “Chicago at the Tipping Point” series of reports. WFLD’s Mike Flannery will serve as the co-host of the series.

“I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives.”

News of Robinson’s new role comes after days of speculation about her future at the station. Her departure from the anchor desk was first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Replacing Robinson on the evening anchor desk will be Dawn Hasbrouck, who currently anchors the morning newscasts at WFLD alongside Corey McPherrin. Hasbrouck’s first day on the evening newscast will be November 28.

Hasbrouck and McPherrin will be replaced on “Good Day Chicago” by Melody Mendez and Jon Kelly, who are joining the station from Denver and San Francisco, respectively. Mendez comes from KDVR, where she is an anchor and reporter, and Kelly comes from KNTV, where he is co-anchor of the morning newscast. The pair will anchor alongside Natalie Bomke, who joined WFLD last month. Read more

Kim Posey Named KWGN Morning News Anchor

Kim Posey has been named co-anchor of Denver CW affiliate KWGN’s morning show “Daybreak.”

“Kim has done a wonderful job on “Daybreak” since Natalie Tysdal left at the end of May,” said KDVR-KWGN vice president of news Ed Kosowski. “She and Tom Green, Chris Tomer and Jacki Jing already have a terrific rapport that will only get better in the months come.”

She has been with KDVR since its news launched in 2000 and had been anchoring weekend evenings on the FOX affiliate since February 2012. She will continue to report for the station.

Before coming to Denver, Posey worked at KSAZ in Phoenix, AZ, KRDO in Colorado Springs, CO, and KAAL in Austin, MN.

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

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