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Colorado Anchors Fire Back at Bloomberg: ‘We Have Plenty of Paved Roads Here’

Colorado Springs, for the record, has paved roads. You wouldn’t think that would be worthy of mention–especially on a newscast in Colorado’s second-largest market. But CBS affiliate KKTV anchors Dianne Derby and Don Ward took time out to clarify that yes, Colorado Springs, a city with a metropolitan population of nearly 700,000–and home to the Air Force Academy–is hardly an unsettled wilderness. “We have plenty of paved roads,” said Ward.

The comments came in response to an interview former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to Rolling Stone, where he discussed gun legislation:

In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced.

No roads, you say? That led Derby to educate Hizzoner. “Well, the mayor may not realize the recalls happened in Colorado Springs and in Pueblo. The Springs is the second-largest city in the state, while Pueblo is the seventh.”

(h/t FreeBeacon.com)

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Katie Killen Joins KKTV in Colorado Springs

Katie Killen has joined KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, as the morning co-anchor. Killen’s first day on the air was March 14.

Killen joins KKTV from WCNC in Charlotte, where she has been a reporter on the morning and midday newscasts since 2012. Before WCNC, she worked at WLOS in Asheville, N.C. and TV3 in Winchester, Va.

 

John Harding Leaving KKTV for Real Estate Business

harding_kktvJohn Harding, co-anchor of the KKTV morning news, is leaving the Colorado Springs CBS affiliate to concentrate on his real estate business.

This is the second time Harding has left the station. He worked at the station from 1997 until 1999 before leaving to work as an anchor/reporter at KTHV in Little Rock, AR, and then WTSP in Tampa, FL. He returned as a morning anchor in 2007 and currently co-anchors with Stacia Naquin.

KKTV general manager Nick Matesi told The Gazette the station won’t rush to hire  a replacement, “We’re going to take our time to make sure we get the right person to fit in with Stacia, meteorologist Branden Borremans, traffic reporter James Brown and the rest of the crew.”

Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

KKTV Gets a New Home in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs CBS-affiliate KKTV is plotting a move early next year, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The station purchased an 8,000-square foot building in downtown Colorado Springs, and plans to outfit the new space with all new equipment, rather than shuttling the old equipment to the new newsroom.

“Technologically, we’re really going to go state of the art with it,” VP-GM Nick Matesi told the Gazette. “We’re trying to build the TV station for tomorrow, and not just a TV station but a media outlet — so much is about digital now and incorporating that into the workflow.” Read more

As Wildfire Rages, Colorado Springs Station Delivers Days of Nonstop Breaking News

As a massive wildfire extended its reach in Colorado Springs over the weekend, KKTV, the market’s CBS-affiliate, began providing nonstop coverage of the natural disaster.  And the station hasn’t stopped.

So far, as of this posting, KKTV, which is owned by Gray Television, has provided nearly 100 hours of continuous breaking news coverage and, with the fire doubling in size Tuesday night, there doesn’t appear to be a break in sight.

“When we first broke in just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, we had no plan as to how long we’d stay on,” KKTV news director Liz Haltiwanger told TVSpy today via email.  “We just knew our viewers needed clear information, live images, and weather forecasts right away.” Read more

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.

Dianne Derby Joins KKTV From WSPA

Dianne Derby is joining the main anchor team at KKTV, the CBS-affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Derby joins KKTV from WSPA, the CBS-affiliate in Greenville, SC, where she has been a weekend anchor five years. She was also the station’s “Problem Solver” reporter.

“Dianne’s experience as a consumer investigator and evening anchor will bring tremendous value to our content and on-air presentation,” news director Liz Haltiwanger said in a statement. Read more

Longtime Toledo Meteorologist Stan Stachak Retiring, WTVG Announces His Successor

WTVG chief meteorologist Stan Stachak announced his retirement this week, and the Toledo ABC-affiliate has tapped morning meteorologist Jay Berschback as his successor.

“The goal is to continue to build on the proud tradition of coverage that Stan has built at the station,” WTVG executive news director Brian Trauring said.  “We are thrilled to have such an experienced and personable meteorologist already on staff that is able to succeed Stan.  These are big shoes to fill but Jay is the perfect person to lead our weather coverage.”

WTVG also announced that current weekend weathercaster “Blizzard” Bill Spencer would replace Berschback on the station’s weekday morning newscasts. Read more

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