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Michelle Rupp Joins KARK-KLRT

rupp croppedMichelle Rupp has joined Little Rock, Ark. NBC and FOX affiliate KARK-KLRT.

News director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy, Rupp started last week. Arkansas Online reports Rupp will be a morning reporter and weekend forecaster.

Rupp worked at Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV for four years as a producer and nine years as a reporter before leaving for WCAV in Charlottesville, Va. in 2011.

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KARK Adds Husband and Wife Anchor Duo

KARK, the Nexstar owned NBC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has announced the addition of two anchors who are also married to each other.

Starting in September, Ashley Ketz will join Bob Clausen on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast. Ketz replaces Jessica Dean who was recently named anchor at KYW in Philadelphia. Also joining the station in September is Ketz’s husband, Aaron Nolan, who returns to KARK as co-anchor of “Arkansas Today,” the station’s noon newscast. He will anchor alongside Mallory Hardin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ashley home to Arkansas,” said KARK news director Austin Kellerman.  “Ashley has done a standout job since joining Nexstar Broadcasting’s station in Springfield.  It’s a natural transition for her to return home and help lead our team in Little Rock.” Read more

Little Rock Stations Grapple with Covering Local Oil Spill

As Central Arkansas news stations continue to report on an oil spill in Mayflower, just north of Little Rock, there are concerns ExxonMobil, which owns the burst Pegasus pipeline, is controlling the storyline.

Mother Jones reports on the difficulties some reporters are facing — including threats of arrest — while covering the spill. On March 29, a 20-inch buried pipeline burst in the town, releasing oil into local backyards and streets and, as one local station discovered, a nearby lake.

TVSpy checked in with several Little Rock stations to find out how they’re covering the story. We reached out to FOX and NBC affiliates KLRT and KARK, ABC affiliate KATV and CBS affiliate KTHV.

KATV news director Nick Genty says none of his reporters have been threatened with arrest, but says reporting the story has been a challenge. “Some of the issues that we have run into are that Exxon is running the show at the site.  When we try to get information from local law enforcement, they direct us to the PR from Exxon.”

“We have found other ways to obtain video,” Genty says, “mostly from viewers that have sent in cell phone video from inside the neighborhood.” Read more