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Sadie Hughes Says She’s Heading to Michigan

hughes kganSadie Hughes has announced she’s leaving Sinclair owned KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work for Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich., WEYI.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity, and can’t wait to make Michigan my home,” Hughes wrote on her facebook page. “However, as I begin my final Saturday anchor shift, I just want to say, “THANK YOU IOWA!”

Hughes joined KGAN in 2011. According to her station bio, she started her career at KOA radio in Denver and worked as a producer at KCNC in Denver.

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Jason Vincent No Longer with KGAN-KFXA

vincent_kganJason Vincent, morning anchor for Cedar Rapids, IA, CBS and FOX affiliate KGAN-KFXA is no longer with the station.

“Today is my last day at CBS2/FOX28. Thank you for allowing me into your homes each morning!” wrote Vincent on his facebook page Thursday.

On that morning’s show, the anchor team said goodbye to Vincent on-air. “He is headed home in Minnesota to be with his friends and his family,” said co-anchor Joy Howe.

Vincent came to KGAN in August 2012. He has worked in Fargo, Duluth and Mankato, MN.

Glen Callanan Named GM of Cedar Rapids Sinclair Station

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcasting Group has named Glen Callanan general manager of its Cedar Rapids, IA, CBS affiliate KGAN. Sinclair also said Callanan will oversee sales and other non-programming related services at FOX affiliate KFXA pursuant to an outsourcing agreement.

“I am excited to be leading the team at KGAN and KFXA,” said Callanan in a statement “I hope to work with the station employees to make our stations, news product and digital presence more relevant and important to the Cedar Rapids market.”

Before coming to Sinclair, Callanan was the director of interactive and retail sales at WGN in Chicago. From 1999 until 2003, he was the national sales manager at WGN. In between stints at the Tribune-owned Chicago station, he was the general sales manager for KPLR in St. Louis, MO. He has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, TeleRep and other stations in St. Louis.

Kelsey Minor Leaving KGAN

KGAN reporter Kelsey Minor has confirmed with TVSpy he will be leaving the Cedar Rapids CBS affiliate.

Minor announced the move on his facebook page where he wrote in part,

TO ALL OF YOU: I write this open letter to the many of you who have allowed me to deliver the news to you here in Eastern Iowa…After much consideration, I have decided that the next two weeks will be my last with CBS 2 and FOX 28 News and I will deliver my last report on January 18th…Thank you all so much for your support and watching me do this job I really love to do. With that said, make it a great day everyone.

Before joining KGAN in October 2010, Minor worked in Jackson, MS and Boise, ID.

KGAN anchor Jason Vincent commented on Minor’s facebook posting by writing, “You will be greatly missed Kelsey Minor Kgan!”

Sinclair Executive Defends Election Special: ‘it was hard-hitting, but it was fair’

Scott Livingston, Sinclair Broadcasting’s vice president of news, is defending the company’s election special against criticism that it presented an anti-Obama agenda. The special — which aired on six stations in battleground states on Monday night — was  a “continuation of the engagement of the audience and the process of educating them about the topics,” Livingston tells TVNewsCheck:

“No doubt it was hard-hitting, but it was fair,” said VP of News Scott Livingston, who oversees the local news operations of 42 Sinclair stations. “No one is disputing the facts of the stories that aired in the special.”

Livingston said no partisan agenda was at play in producing the show — nor in choosing the markets in which it was played. Read more

News Director Who Resigned Over Facebook Controversy Set to Join KGAN as Morning Anchor

Jason Vincent, the news director who resigned from KQDS earlier this month after posting a disparaging comment about Native Americans on his Facebook page, is joining KGAN, the Duluth News-Tribune reports.

Vincent will be the morning anchor at KGAN, the CBS-affiliate in Cedar Rapids.

Vincent was the news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth. In early August, he posted a status update to his Facebook page that read: “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.” Read more

‘Head Advisory’ in KGAN Forecast

During a recent weather update from meteorologist Justin Roberts, KGAN alerted viewers about a “Head Advisory” in the Cedar Rapids area (image above). [Via NewscastStudio]

Les Sachs to Retire After 35 Years at WGEM

Anchor Les Sachs is set to retire later this spring, after 35 years with WGEM.

Sachs first joined WGEM–an NBC-affiliate that covers the tri-states area of western Illinois, northeastern Missouri, and southeastern Iowa–in 1973.  After rising through the ranks at WGEM, Sachs left the station in 1989. He returned in ’93 and has been there ever since.

“Les has always been there, in good times and challenging times, for so many people.  He’s been that trusted resource,” WGEM news director Chad Mahoney said.  “Les genuinely cares about the community and people sense that.  That’s why he has been so successful for so many years.” Read more

KGAN Reports on Former News Director’s Continued Investigation into Disappearance of Local Anchor

Cedar Rapids CBS-affiliate KGAN recently reported on some renewed interest in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, who began her broadcasting career with the station.

Huisentruit disappeared in 1995, a short time before she was expected to arrive for work as a morning anchor for KIMT in Mason City.

“Investigators believe she was kidnapped, but they’ve never named a suspect, or found her body,” KGAN reporter Alice Barr told viewers on Thursday.  “Now some renewed interest in the case has her family and friends more dedicated than ever to finding justice for Jodi.” Read more

‘We Will Show Dead Babies on Every Television Station in the State of Iowa’

A man who claims to be running for President has promised to buy airtime on stations across Iowa to run graphic anti-abortion ads that display images of aborted fetuses, often in bizarre poses.

“We will show dead babies on every television station in the state of Iowa,” Randall Terry, a Democrat, declared recently.

Targeting pro-lifers who may have voted for Obama in the last presidential election, Terry has so far attempted to buy spots on stations in Cedar Rapids. KGAN, the market’s CBS-affiliate, has refused to run the ads–not necessarily because of their graphic nature but because Terry hasn’t established himself enough as a legitimate presidential candidate. Read more

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