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Catherine Hawley to Join WMAR

hawley_wmar croppedWMAR has announced Catherine Hawley will join the Baltimore ABC affiliate as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are really excited to have Catherine join the ABC2 team” Kelly Groft, WMAR news director, said in a statement. “It’s been in the works for several weeks and we can’t wait for Baltimore viewers to get to know her!”

Before coming to WMAR Hawley worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, VA, and WTVH in Syracuse, NY. She starts Monday.

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WMAR ND ‘Screamed For Everyone in the Newsroom to Get Out’ After Truck Rammed Lobby

wmar building_304x200WMAR news director Kelly Groft talks to the Associated Press about her reaction after a truck slammed into the lobby of the Baltimore ABC affiliate this afternoon:

WMAR-TV News Director Kelly Groft told The Associated Press in a phone interview that the station believes everyone inside evacuated safely. She said that when the truck began ramming the lobby around noon Tuesday, she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to get out.

Baltimore County police said 55 people evacuated but that they couldn’t be sure everyone was out. Police said there may be an armed person inside, but there had not been any reports of shots fired. Police also said they knew of no motive. “As far as I know everyone is safe,” Baltimore County Police Department Cpl. Brian Kelly, standing near the scene, said.

Groft also talked to Luke Russert, who is on the scene for NBC News: “Local ABC wmar news director tells me it’s the biggest story in Bmore but they can’t put anyone on air because their bldg is evacuated,” Russert tweeted.

The man driving the vehicle is reportedly barricaded in the WMAR building.

Adrienne Green Joins WMAR as Meteorologist

METEOROLOGIST ADRIENNE GREEN JOINS WMAR ABC2Adrienne Green has joined Scripps owned Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR as meteorologist.

“We are very excited to add Adrienne to the ABC2 weather team!” WMAR news director Kelly Groft said in a statement. “Adrienne knows the area well and will round out our team, bringing us added team weather coverage on sunny days and severe weather days.”

Green comes to WMAR from AccuWeather where she worked as an on-air meteorologist for about three years.

WMAR Launches ‘Unique and Innovative’ Investigative Newscast

wmar in focusBaltimore ABC affiliate WMAR will debut a revamped 6 p.m. newscast that concentrates on in-depth and original reporting, “ABC2 In Focus,” tonight.

“We’ve noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories,” WMAR news director Kelly Groft said in a statement. “We’ll always cover the news of the day, it’s just now, at 6pm, we’ll slow down a bit, dig deeper, and ask more questions.”

WMAR says the “unique and innovative” program will be led by a “crack team of investigative journalists and producers,” but did not specifically name them. The newscast will also feature additional original content online.

WMAR Responds to Mythical Hashtag War Declared by YouTube Stars

WMAR has responded to the hashtag war declared by former cable TV stars and current YouTube personalities Rhett and Link over the use of the twitter hashtag #GMM.

The two were using the hashtag for their show Good Mythical Morning until they discovered it was also being used by Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ and Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR for their shows Good Morning Memphis and Good Morning Maryland.

In the declaration of their two front hashtag war against WHBQ and WMAR, they offered their terms of surrender: Relinquish the use of #GMM via verbal declaration and Rhett and Link would give them a custom jingle for their shows.

While WHBQ simply changed its hashtag to #FOX13GMM, WMAR sent TVSpy a link to its video response. The station is letting it be known it will not surrender so easily. They, too, have demands. You can see Rhett and Link’s declaration and WMAR’s demands after the jump. Read more

WMAR Adds Two Reporter/Multimedia Journalists

Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR has upped its on-air staff by two.

WMAR news director Kelly Groft confirmed with TVSpy Amy Aubert (pictured right) has joined the station as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are very excited to have Amy join our team,” said Groft in a statement. “She has covered many stories as a reporter, in different markets, and I look forward to her telling the stories of people living in the Baltimore area.”

Groft also said Katrina Bush (pictured left) will join the station at the end of the month as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

Bush is an anchor and reporter for TV3 Winchester, the digital sister station to WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA. Before working at WHSV, she was a production assistant at WHDH in Boston. Aubert comes to WMAR from WRIC in Richmond, VA, where she was a fill-in anchor and video journalist. She has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, GA.

Meteorologist Justin Berk Out at Baltimore’s WMAR

Morning meteorologist Justin Berk has been let go from Baltimore ABC-affiliate WMAR.

“Friday, January 13th was Justin Berk’s last day as a meteorologist on ABC2,” news director Kelly Groft confirmed to TVSpy.

Berk, who has been with WMAR since 2003, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TVSpy.

On Friday, Berk made a bet with Gene Norman, the chief meteorologist at KHOU in Houston, on the outcome of the Baltimore Ravens-Houston Texans playoff game. Terms of the bet dictated the loser had to wear the opposing team’s jersey on the air. Read more

WMAR Becomes First Station in Baltimore to Start Mornings at 4:30

ABC-affiliate WMAR became the first station in Baltimore to begin its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. today. Following a national trend, WMAR debuted its expanded newscast this morning.

“People are waking up earlier to get to work and to get their families going,” news director Kelly Groft pointed out, “and we’ll be there first thing in the morning to help them start their day off right.”

The expanded newscast features WMAR’s established morning team of anchors Megan Pringle and Charley Crowson, and meteorologist Justin Berk (promo video above). Read more