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San Diego Fireworks Fail Rattles KNSD Newsroom

The massive Fourth of July fireworks fail in San Diego, in which a 15-minute show’s worth of pyrotechnics went off in 20 seconds, was so big it rattled the newsroom of local NBC station KNSD.

KNSD is located just across San Diego Bay from the site of the fireworks display and reporter Diana Guevara told viewers Wednesday night that the blast was felt through the station’s newsroom (video above). Read more

KNBC Keeps Ann Curry News a Secret During Morning Show

Los Angeles NBC O&O KNBC kept the news of Ann Curry‘s departure from the “Today” show a secret during its morning newscast Thursday.

Unlike its NBC sister stations on the West Coast, KNTV and KNSD, who both reported on Curry’s departure, KNBC decided not to mention the news before the start of “Today.”

Curry’s teary announcement came around 8:50 a.m. ET so NBC stations on the West Coast had to decide whether or not they were going to break the news on their shows. Read more

Phyllis Schwartz Replaces Carol Fowler As Vice President and News Director At WFLD

Phyllis Schwartz, a former news director at Chicago ABC O&O WLS, has been named vice president and news director at WFLD, the Chicago Fox O&O. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Schwartz replaces Carol Fowler, who is “leaving the station to pursue other opportunities,” a Fox statement reads. Although Fowler’s departure was rumored last spring, WFLD general manager Mike Renda told TVSpy in June, “Carol and I are here for the long haul.”

“FOX Chicago appreciates all of Carol’s hard work and dedication during her time with the station,” a Fox spokesperson told TVSpy.

Schwartz spent 13 years at WLS, including five as the station’s news director. She has a long history in local television, with stints as vice president of news and creative services at Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ and as president and general manager at San Diego NBC O&O KNSD. Her last job in television was as executive vice president of news, promotion and original content for the NBC Universal local stations, a position she held from 2007 to 2009. Read more

NBC Stations Partnering with Non-Profit News Outlets

NBC owned stations are partnering up with local, non-profit news organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia “to create new and innovative cooperative news gathering and reporting arrangements,” the company announced today.

KNBC and WCAU are teaming up with local public radio stations–KPCC in LA and WHYY in Philadelphia–while WMAQ will partner with The Chicago Reporter, an investigative monthly magazine and news site.  The New York-based independent news organization ProPublica, which has partnered with CNN, ABC News, and “60 Minutes,” will collaborate with all ten NBC stations.

In May, NBC began looking for non-profit news partners for its stations based on the successful relationship between KNSD and voiceofsandiego.org. Read more

Catherine Garcia Named Primary Anchor at KNSD

Catherine Garcia is the new primary evening anchor at KNSD.  The NBC O&O announced today that Garcia, who has been with the station since 2003 and currently anchors the 4 o’clock hour, will begin anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“Catherine is a strong journalist, a terrific writer and a wonderful person, with a passion for her job and her role in the San Diego community,” said KNSD president and general manager Richard Kelley, announcing the promotion.  “We are fortunate that Catherine is already on our team and are excited she agreed to take on this important role.”

A California native and graduate of USC, Garcia replaces Susan Taylor, who recently announced she is stepping down from the anchor desk.  Her first day as marquee anchor will be Monday, December 5th.

George Severson Named News Director at KMIR

Journal Broadcasting Group has named George Severson news director at KMIR, the NBC-affiliate serving the Coachella Valley in California.

Severson joins KMIR from KOIN, the CBS-affiliate in Portland, where he was an executive producer. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an executive producer at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City.

“I look forward to leading our dedicated news team in producing engaging and relevant newscasts and quality local programming,” Severson said in a statement.

Severson replaces Kate Glover, who left for KNSD in August. She is an executive producer on the morning show there.

Weathercaster Dagmar Midcap Joins KNSD

Dagmar Midcap is joining NBC owned-and-operated KNSD in San Diego as the evening weathercaster. She will handle the forecast on the station’s 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Midcap was most recently a weathercaster for Atlanta CBS-affiliate WGCL. She resigned in 2010 after the death of her boyfriend.

“Dagmar was extremely popular in Atlanta and we’re sure she will make an immediate and positive impact here in San Diego,” KNSD vice president for news Greg Dawson said in a statement.

The station also announced that Greg Bledsoe, who is a reporter and photographer at KNSD, will take over as meteorologist for the weekend broadcasts.

Read the full release from NBC after the jump. Read more

San Diego’s KNSD Hires 4 New Reporters

KNSD, the NBC owned-and-operated station in San Diego, has added four new reporters to the news team: Lea Sutton (pictured), Chris Chan, Dina Guevara and Nicole Gonzales.

Sutton, a former Navy fighter pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be a reporter devoted solely to military issues. She joins KNSD from the NBC News Washington bureau, where she was a multimedia journalist.

Chan, who began his television career as a producer at CNBC Asia, will focus on business and the economy. He joins KNSD as a general assignment reporter.

Guevara previously hosted “Shades of San Diego,” a multi-cultural public affairs program on San Diego’s Cox Channel 4. She will be a reporter with a special concentration on the border and issues affecting San Diego’s hispanic community at KNSD. Read more

WMAQ President Larry Wert Named EVP of Station Initiatives for NBC O&Os

Larry Wert, who has been president and general manager of NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago since 1998, has taken on an additional title: executive vice president of station initiatives for NBC-owned stations.

“My priority role will remain here at NBC5 in Chicago, and with our new company commitment to local and winning, I am more enthused than ever to work with you to meet our new goals,” Wert told staffers in a memo obtained by TimeOut Chicago. “I am looking forward to maximizing this current opportunity to achieve new highs with all of you.”

Wert has been president of the Central and Western region for NBC-owned stations since April 2008, a position which has given him oversight of KNBC in Los Angeles, KNTV in San Francisco, KNSD in San Diego and KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth. With his new responsibilities, he will give up this role.

NBC-Owned Stations Launch New Development Programs Focused on Diversity

NBC has launched two new development programs, designed to recruit an ethnically-diverse range of on and off air journalists, at its 10 owned-and-operated local stations.

KNBC, NBC’s O&O in Los Angeles, came under fire last month after several demotions among the station’s on-air Hispanic talent. A KNBC spokesperson attributed the moves to the evolving nature of talent and assignments, which are constantly changing.

“While our stations are among the best in the industry at reflecting the diversity of the markets we serve, we can always do better,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC owned television stations, said in a statement. “One way to do that is to make sure we have a full pipeline of news talent ready for both on and off the air positions.” Read more

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