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Oklahoma City Stations Praised For Coverage of Devastating Tornado

Oklahoma City stations have been live around the clock in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating tornado. The stations have been praised for their “thoughtful, professional, experienced” reporting during and after the twister.

All four stations were live during the storm, with meteorologists and anchors issuing repeated warnings for people in the storm’s path to take shelter.

“You folks in Moore, grab whatever it is you need to grab and you need to go underground. Bottom line: grab your kids, grab your loved ones, grab your friends,” KFOR chief meteorologist Mike Morgan said shortly before the tornado hit. “And just get out of the way.”

In her press conference Monday night, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin thanked the local media for early warnings of the tornado threat.

“The media’s done a superb job over the last few days of keeping people informed about the conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground, driving, following and tracking the storm itself,” Fallin said.

The local stations’ coverage was available online via live stream. Stations were praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, which noted stations provided “life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward.” Read more

KFOR’s Lance West: Tornado ‘One of the Most Heartbreaking Events I’ve Ever Had to Cover’

KFOR reporter-anchor Lance West was one of the first to arrive at Plaza Towers Elementary School after a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma Monday. West, who has worked at the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate since 1995, broke down on the air Monday while describing the scene at the school.

“It was one of the most heartbreaking events I’ve ever had to cover,” West said on NBC’s
“Today” show Tuesday. “…Sometimes we’re more human than reporter, and that happens. Images I will never forget.”

West’s “Today” show appearance is below and his KFOR report is after the jump.

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Massive Tornado Sweeps Through Oklahoma City

A massive, mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma City shortly after 3pmCT Monday, leaving a path of destruction in the southern part of the city. Local stations in Oklahoma City began following the threat closely during the 2 p.m. hour.

All four stations gave regular updates throughout normal morning programming. CBS affiliate KWTV was the first station to go to wall-to-wall with the tornado threat at 2:01 p.m., with meteorologist Michael Armstrong leading coverage.

NBC affiliate KFOR and ABC affiliate KOCO both broke in with continuing coverage at 2:12 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan was on the air for KFOR and chief meteorologist Damon Lane led coverage for KOCO. “We’re going to stay on the air here for awhile because storms are developing quite rapidly,” Morgan said.

KOKH chief meteorologist Jeff George took over wall-to-wall coverage on the Fox affiliate at 2:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

Local Channels Cover Midwest Tornadoes for Cable Networks

When multiple tornadoes tore through central Oklahoma and Wichita, KS, Sunday, MSNBC, CNN and FOX News went with the local stations in the area to show viewers what was happening.

Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR provided views for both CNN and MSNBC. KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan was in the studio coordinating between the KFOR helicopter and crews on the ground to warn viewers of approaching twisters.

Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO was also used as a resource by CNN. The cable network switched between shots of meteorologist Brad Sowder at the weather map and the KFOR feed to flesh out the developing story. At one point early on, CNN went to Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH for an update on the tornado warnings in effect in the Wichita area.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City CBS affiliates KOTV-KWTV were used by FOX News in their reporting.  FOX stuck with anchor Gregg Jarrett in the studio with meteorologist Janice Dean while taking live phone interviews with witnesses on scene.

KFOR Hires Reporter from Sioux Falls

Ashley Kringen is joining Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR as a reporter.

Kringen, who comes to KFOR from KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD, posted the news on her facebook page,”For those of you who are loyal viewers & constantly interact with me on this page, I want you to know I have accepted a position in Oklahoma City. Thank you for all the support.”

Before working at KDLT, Kringen started her broadcasting career at KVVU in Las Vegas where she was an assignment editor.

KFOR’s recently hired news director, Carlton Houston, begins working at KFOR in two weeks.

KFOR Hires News Director From Tulsa

Carlton Houston has been named news director of Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. Houston comes from Tulsa ABC affiliate KTUL.

“I am excited about leading a talented staff at KFOR,” Houston told TVSpy. “However, I will miss the spirit of teamwork at KTUL.  This station’s commitment to the community has made it a great place to work.”

Houston replaces Mary Ann Eckstein who left after 33 years at KFOR. He is currently the Region Six director for RTDNA.

Since 2007, Houston has been the news director at KTUL. He got his start as a reporter with KMBC in Kansas City, MO, and has also worked in Norfolk, VA, Jackson, MS, and Tampa, FL.

Houston starts at KFOR on May 28.

KFOR Reporter Reveals Struggle with Crohn’s Disease

Chellie Mills, morning anchor and reporter for Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR, has revealed her fight with Crohn’s disease in the hopes of helping others.

“I feel like not a lot of people talk about this,” said Mills in a report on KFOR. “It’s kind of disease that people are afraid to talk about or they’re ashamed to talk about or mostly embarrassed to talk about.” You can watch the report after the jump.

Crohn’s disease is an auto-immune disease that usually affects the intestines.

“It is a big deal, especially for people who have it,” said Dr. David Stokesberry, a digestive disease specialist and Chellie’s doctor. “It causes great disruption in their life often at a time when their life is just getting started.” Read more

KGO’s Dan Ashley to Interview President Obama [Updated]

KGO reporter Dan Ashley is traveling from San Francisco to Washington this week to interview President Obama, according to the ABC O&O.

The interview comes in the middle of rising tensions between the White House and the White House Correspondents Association over the level of access the press has to the President. Ashley’s reports will begin airing on KGO Wednesday evening.

The President has no interviews on his public schedule Tuesday, although he often does a handful of local interviews at once. Know of any other stations with the White House granted interviews to? Let us know: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

>Update: At least four more local interviews for the President tomorrow. Obama will be sitting down with Debi Chard of WCSC in Charleston, S.C., Kevin Ogle of KFOR in Oklahoma City, Yunji de Nies of KITV in Honolulu, Hawaii and Liz Brunner of WCVB in Boston.

Emily Sutton Joins KFOR Morning News

KFOR meteorologist Emily Sutton will be moving to mornings for the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate.

“This will be a lifestyle change because I will be getting up a lot earlier, but I can do this,” Sutton said in a statement. “Being a marathon runner will no doubt help.”

Sutton, who joined KFOR three years ago, will join Ali Meyer, Kent Ogle and Britnee Bryles on KFOR from 4:00 to 7:00 a.m. and Lance West and Britnee Bryles from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on KFOR’s independent sister station KAUT.

She replaces David Payne who left for rival station KWTV, Oklahoma City’s CBS affiliate, in December. Read more

After Just Four Months As News Director, John Soares Leaving KWCH

Just four months after joining KWCH, news director John Soares is leaving the Wichita CBS affiliate.

“I met with my newsroom staff on Monday to let them know that I am remaining with the station through Friday to facilitate the transition to an interim news director,” Soares told TVSpy in an email.

Tipsters tell TVSpy the interim news director is Tom Lindner, a former news director at KARE in Minneapolis.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Soares told TVSpy he is not headed to Oklahoma City to replace Mary Ann Eckstein at KFOR.

“There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor of me heading to KFOR in Oklahoma City,” he said.

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