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Nancy Osborne Retires From KFSN After Injury

Nancy Osborne, anchor for KFSN’s 5 p.m. newscast, has retired after more than three decades at the Fresno ABC affiliate.

Osborne planned to step down on her own terms after 35 years on the anchor desk, but a fall in the station’s hallway forced the issue when she suffered a shoulder injury and a concussion.  She will undergo surgery to fix the shoulder soon, but the brain injury is more of a wild card.

“They tell me with an injury like this some people get a lot better and some don’t get any better,” Osborne told the Fresno Bee.  “I know I will never be the same as I was before I fell. That’s why I decided it wasn’t fair to the station or me to try to go back to work.”

She told the Bee that the injury forced her to re-evaluate her retirement plans.

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Obama Talks Rural Economic Plan with Local Stations

President Obama discussed the details of his rural economic plan, which he unveiled yesterday, in interviews with eight local stations on Monday morning.

Obama was interviewed by Tom Wills of WJXT, Matt Breen of WTIV, Matt Smith of WBAY, Warren Armstrong of KFSN, Hollani Davis of WDBJ, Don Ward of KKTV, Kristen Remington of KTVN (pictured) and Michael Cogdill of WYFF.

Obama also discussed healthcare reform, the Wisconsin recall election and the health of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who is taking a medical leave of absence after reportedly suffering a seizure over the weekend. Read more

Another Round of Local Press for President Obama

With the election drawing closer, President Obama is doing another round of local press today.

The stations at the White House today are WDBJ in Roanoke, KKTV in Colorado Springs, KTVN in Reno, WJXT in Jacksonville, KTIV in Sioux City, WBAY in Green Bay, WYFF in Greenville, SC and KFSN in Fresno, CA.

In addition to a five-minute sitdown with the President, the reporters will also take a tour of the White House and the kitchen garden, and conduct interviews with administration officials from each respective market, according to CNN.

Fresno ABC Station Accidentally Gives Away Winner of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

The entire season of “Dancing with the Stars” came down to this: two couples remained and host Tom Bergeron promised to announce the winner live after just one more commercial break.

Viewers in Fresno were on the edge of their seats, but then KFSN went and ruined everything.

Seconds after viewers saw finalist Donald Driver nervously awaiting the results, the ABC O&O aired footage of him triumphantly raising the mirror ball trophy during its 11 p.m. newscast tease. Read more

Michael Carr Promoted to News Director at KFSN

Michael Carr has been promoted to news director at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno.

Carr, an executive producer at the station, has served as acting news director since Tracey Watkowski left KFSN for KGO last month. He joined KFSN in 1999 as a weekend assignment editor.

In a statement announcing the promotion, KFSN noted Carr has overseen both the launch of a new newscast and a strong February ratings period.

“Michael Carr’s excellent credentials as a newsroom manager, his integrity and proven track record as a journalist at ABC30 make him the best choice for taking over the helm at ABC30 Action News,” KFSN president and general manager Dan Adams said in a statement.

KFSN Uncovers Real Life ’21 Jump Street’

In a story that’s sure to gain national attention, Fresno ABC-affiliate KFSN basically uncovered the real life “21 Jump Street.”

As FishbowlLA reports, KFSN’s Jessica Peres recently sat down with 22-year-old Alex Salinas, a police officer who went undercover at a local high school to help take down a drug ring.

Perhaps the funniest part of the story is how Salinas, a C-student when he was in high school, had to scale back on his homework when he started getting A’s. Video inside… Read more

KGO Names Tracey Watkowski VP of News

Tracey Watkowski is climbing the ranks at ABC.

The ABC Owned Television Stations Group announced this week that Watkowski, the news director at KFSN in Fresno, has been promoted to vice president of news at KGO in San Francisco.  Watkowski served as assistant news director at KGO earlier in her career.

“Watkowski’s superb credentials as a journalist and news executive for more than two decades–and, in particular, her proven track record in San Francisco and latest accomplishments in Fresno–made her the natural choice for this senior post at KGO,” station president and general manager William Burton said, announcing the promotion.  “All of us here at ABC 7 are proud to welcome Tracey back to the Bay Area.” Read more

KTXL Story on Anti- ‘Bless You’ Teacher Has Everyone Talking

A story from Sacramento Fox-affiliate KTXL about a local teacher’s controversial decision to ban the use of “bless you” following a sneeze has gained national attention this week, fueling debate on morning shows and online.

Earlier this week, KTXL reporter Rowena Shaddox interviewed Steve Cuckovich, a health teacher at a Bay Area public high school who had received complaints from parents about his practice of punishing students for saying “bless you” in his classroom, and he defended his policy (video above). Read more

Here’s What ABC O&Os Currently Run in Katie Couric’s Future Spot

ABC has cleared the 3 p.m. time slot for Katie Couric‘s new talk show, which is set to debut in September 2012. Here’s a rundown of what ABC O&Os currently have at 3:00, as well as 4 p.m.:

3:00 4:00
WABC “General Hospital” Local News
KABC “Dr. Oz”* Local News
WLS “Inside Edition”/”Jeopardy!” Local News
WPVI “General Hospital” Local News
KGO “7Live” (KGO-produced lifestyle show) Local News
KTRK “Millionaire?”/ “Inside Edition” Local News
WTVD “General Hospital” Local News
KFSN “Rachael Ray” Local News*

*Debuting in the fall after summer of “Oprah” repeats.

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