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Verdict Reached in Jodi Arias Trial

A verdict has been reached in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander in Arizona.

In Phoenix, ABC affiliate KNXV was the first to report the news at 11:32 a.m. with Connie Colla and Dan Spindle anchoring. “This is one of those cases where we’ve been waiting, monitoring Twitter, we’ve got reporters and crews that have been down there staking out their spot at the courthouse,” Spindle said. “And we do know right now they announced and went through this chain of events to let everybody know.”

Fox O&O KSAZ was next at 11:34 a.m. with Ron Hoon and Rick D’Amico at the anchor desk. CBS affiliate KPHO and independent station KTVK both reported the news at 11:36 a.m. Nicole Crites and Pat McReynolds anchored on KPHO and Kaley O’Kelly and Javier Soto anchored on KTVK.

NBC affiliate KPNX reported the news at 11:38 a.m. with Scott Light and Tram Mai anchoring.

The verdict will be read at 4:30pmET/1:30pmMT.

>Update: The jury has found Arias guilty of first-degree murder.

Bob Slovak Named Weekend Sports Anchor at KTRK

Bob Slovak is the new weekend sports anchor at KTRK in Houston, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Slovak has worked at the ABC O&O since 1998. Tim Melton, who has been off the air since 2011 recovering from a stroke, was previously the weekend sports anchor. Melton announced his exit from KTRK last month.

Before joining KTRK, Slovak worked at KTEN in Ada, KFDM in Beaumont, KOTV in Tulsa and KNXV in Phoenix.

KTLA Hires Five, Including Courtney Friel and Jillian Barberie

KTLA news director Jason Ball has announced five new hires, our sister site FishbowlLA reports. Courtney Friel (pictured), Jillian Barberie, Steve Kuzj, Kimberly Cheng and Olsen Ebright are all joining the Los Angeles CW affiliate.

Friel and Barberie both most recently worked at rival KTTV, the Fox O&O in Los Angeles. Friel, an entertainment reporter, signed off in February after her contract was not renewed. Barberie, a co-anchor of “Good Day LA,” left KTTV in September.

FishbowlLA reports that Barberie will host an entertainment news program, “The Hollywood Mix,” which will debut in June. Friel will contribute as an anchor and reporter.

Kuzj and Cheng both come from KNXV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Ebright comes from rival KNBC, where he has been the social media lead and content producer since 2007.

KNXV Loses Two Reporters to Los Angeles

KNXV, the Phoenix ABC affiliate, is two reporters short after the departures of both Steve Kuzj and Kimberly Cheng on consecutive days.

“It’s really tough losing two fine reporters at the same time,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy. “That said, I’m happy for them and the fact that we’ve been able to provide them growth opportunities that have taken them to the nation’s second market. Our search is on to find their replacements. Tough shoes to fill, clearly.”

Kuzj, who left KNXV on Monday, announced in early April he was leaving for KTLA. There’s no word where Cheng is headed other than what she wrote on her facebook page, “Yes it is true. I am going, going back to Cali. #HollywoodBound.” Her last day is today. Read more

Dan Spindle Joins KNXV From Rival KSAZ

After three years at KSAZ in Phoenix, Dan Spindle has joined rival KNXV.

Spindle joins ABC affiliate KNXV as co-anchor of the morning newscast alongside Connie Colla. He will also anchor the 11 a.m. newscast.

“It’s exciting to add someone of Dan Spindle’s caliber to the ABC15 Mornings family,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told Arizona Range News. “He has experience covering everything from border issues and drug cartel violence to Gabby Giffords’ campaigns for congress.”

At Fox O&O KSAZ, Spindle was a weekend anchor and reporter. He has also worked at KGUN in Tucson.

KNXV, WTHR, KMGH and WVIT Win Peabody Awards

Four local stations –Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR, Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Hartford NBC O&O WVIT –  have won George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media in 2012.

KNXV’s award-winning report, “Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect,” was a five-month investigation that revealed an acceleration problem with the vehicle, sparking a federal inquiry and the recall of 700,000 SUVs.

WTHR won a Peabody Award for “Investigating the IRS,” a “stunning investigation” that exposed how illegal immigrants were defrauding the IRS of billions of dollars in tax refunds.

“Investigating the Fire,” KMGH’s award-winning report, examined the mistakes and miscommunication that led to a deadly fire caused by the Colorado State Forest Service’s controlled burn. The report resulted in legislative changes in Colorado.

WVIT won for “Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” The station was the first television news outlet to report on the Sandy Hook shooting, providing “comprehensive coverage that informed not only its own audience, but viewers around the country.”

Sara Goldenberg Headed to KNXV

Sara Goldenberg has announced she will be joining the Scripps owned Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

Goldenberg currently works at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC affiliate in Tulsa, as a multi media journalist.  She said last day there will be this Friday.

She said goodbye to KJRH viewers on her facebook page saying, “Tulsa friends, this is my last week at KJRH. I’m moving on to report at our Scripps sister station, ABC15 in Phoenix. Thank you so much for the kind welcome you gave to me here in Oklahoma! I’ll be taking a lot of great memories with me.”

Before coming to KJRH, Goldenberg was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KJCT in Grand Junction, CO.

[Tulsa News Stations]

Phoenix Meteorologist Wins 47K for Charity

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, correctly guessed what America was thinking and won $47,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Sullins won big by facing off against four fellow meteorologists on the game show, “Let’s Ask America.”  Competing against Sullins were Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB. All were playing for charity.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show where four contestants compete over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures. Read more

‘When’s the Rain Going to Stop?’: Charles Barkley Takes Over the KNXV 10 PM News

Basketball Hall-of-Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley dropped by the studios of Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV for Sunday night’s 10 p.m. newscast and quickly made it the “Sir Charles Show.”

Barkley, who was at the station to be a guest of the “Sports Sunday” show airing after the news, quickly steered the broadcast and all conversation towards himself, holding forth on such subjects as his weight, his schedule for manicures and pedicures and his fond childhood memories of his grandmother’s vast supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

He interrupted Randy Collins‘ weather cast by asking when the rain was going to stop and then proceeded to inquire about the weather where he lives (Scottsdale) and what the weather would be like for one of his favorite sports (golf). Read more

Local Meteorologists to Guess What America Thinks for Charity

Four meteorologists from local TV stations around the country will get the chance to raise up to $50,000 for charity by guessing what America thinks.

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB will duke it out on TV game show “Let’s Ask America” next Thursday, January 31.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show with four contestants playing over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures and airs as a replacement for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in some markets. Read more

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