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KOKH Anchor Wendy Suares Diagnosed With Skin Cancer

KOKH anchor Wendy Suares has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a non-deadly form of skin cancer, she announced this week on the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate’s morning newscast (video above).

“As journalists, we’re taught not to make ourselves the story, but I wanted to share my experience to bring awareness, taking you from diagnosis to treatment,” she said. Suares, who anchors the morning newscast, is undergoing surgery today.

KOKH Viewers Miss Part of All-Star Game After Station Knocked Off-Air

Some viewers of Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH missed nearly an hour of last night’s MLB All-Star Game broadcast because of a power outage brought on by a thunderstorm.

The station posted the news to its facebook page, “Right now it appears we are transmitting but we have no power here at the station. We are sorry if this has interrupted your viewing of the All-Star Game. We are told some are seeing it and other are not. We are working on the power issue so if you are missing the game, we apologize.”

According to broadcast monitoring site TVEyes, the station was knocked off the air shortly after 9:09 pm right after the end of the sixth inning. KOKH was without a signal until 10:15 pm when the station re-joined the All-Star Game in the ninth inning after a few stops and starts.

On the newscast following the All-Star Game, KOKH anchor Jaime Ceretta told viewers thousands of Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers were left without power after a storm hit the area. KOKH said at one point 15,000 homes were without power.

TVSpy has contacted the station for more details but hasn’t heard back. We will update when we do.

Jaime Cerreta Leaving Oklahoma City for Phoenix

KOKH anchor Jaime Cerreta is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate for Phoenix independent station KTVK.

She announced the news on facebook, “Hi friends! I always said the only reason I’d leave OKC is to go home… I have accepted a weekend anchor job at KTVK 3TV in my hometown of Phoenix.”

Cerreta told TVSpy, “After almost seven incredible years in OKC, I’m excited to return to my family in Phoenix as weekend evening anchor at KTVK.”

Cerreta came to KOKH from KBMT in Beaumont, TX, she’s also worked in Joplin and Springfield, MO. Cerreta’s last day will be August 2.

Another Tornado Threat For Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City stations went on the air with news of a tornado watch in the area shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KFOR was the first to go into wall-to-wall tornado coverage at 3:30 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan (pictured) helmed coverage. CBS affiliate KWTV was next at 3:34 p.m., with Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor anchoring and meteorologists Gary England and Michael Armstrong contributing.

ABC affiliate KOCO went into continuing coverage with meteorologist Damon Lane at 4:00 p.m. “I know a lot of you are going to be wanting to watch ‘Ellen,’” Lane said. “However, the situation that we have going across the state this afternoon is a significant situation, a very dangerous situation.”

Fox affiliate KOKH stayed with regularly scheduled programming through the 4 p.m. hour.

Oklahoma City Stations Praised For Coverage of Devastating Tornado

Oklahoma City stations have been live around the clock in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating tornado. The stations have been praised for their “thoughtful, professional, experienced” reporting during and after the twister.

All four stations were live during the storm, with meteorologists and anchors issuing repeated warnings for people in the storm’s path to take shelter.

“You folks in Moore, grab whatever it is you need to grab and you need to go underground. Bottom line: grab your kids, grab your loved ones, grab your friends,” KFOR chief meteorologist Mike Morgan said shortly before the tornado hit. “And just get out of the way.”

In her press conference Monday night, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin thanked the local media for early warnings of the tornado threat.

“The media’s done a superb job over the last few days of keeping people informed about the conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground, driving, following and tracking the storm itself,” Fallin said.

The local stations’ coverage was available online via live stream. Stations were praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, which noted stations provided “life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward.” Read more

Massive Tornado Sweeps Through Oklahoma City

A massive, mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma City shortly after 3pmCT Monday, leaving a path of destruction in the southern part of the city. Local stations in Oklahoma City began following the threat closely during the 2 p.m. hour.

All four stations gave regular updates throughout normal morning programming. CBS affiliate KWTV was the first station to go to wall-to-wall with the tornado threat at 2:01 p.m., with meteorologist Michael Armstrong leading coverage.

NBC affiliate KFOR and ABC affiliate KOCO both broke in with continuing coverage at 2:12 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan was on the air for KFOR and chief meteorologist Damon Lane led coverage for KOCO. “We’re going to stay on the air here for awhile because storms are developing quite rapidly,” Morgan said.

KOKH chief meteorologist Jeff George took over wall-to-wall coverage on the Fox affiliate at 2:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

Wendy Suares Joins KOKH as Morning Anchor

KOKH has been busy adding to its on-air roster. We reported earlier today the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate is bringing on two new reporters in the next couple of weeks. The station has also confirmed Wendy Suares will be the new morning co-anchor.

“We’re thrilled to have Wendy join the Fox 25 Morning News team,” KOKH news director Adam Pursch told TVSpy. “She’s a tremendous talent, and she understands what our viewers expect us to provide every morning.”

Suares will replace Liz Dueweke who left the station for KOMO in Seattle. Suares was a victim of the layoffs that hit Little Rock’s KARK and sister station KLRT after KARK’s owner, Nexstar, took over management of KLRT in December. Read more

KOKH Announces Addition of Two Reporters

KOKH, the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate, has announced the hiring of Rebecca Schleicher and Christine VanTimmeren.

The station posted the news to its facebook page saying, “FOX 25 is excited to announce some new faces to our already outstanding reporting team. Please join us in welcoming them to Oklahoma City!”

On her facebook page, VanTimmeren said, “I have a big announcement to make, my husband and I are moving to Oklahoma City!  I am very excited about the opportunities this will bring me in my career!” Read more

A New Meteorologist and a Retirement at Boston’s WCVB

WCVB is adding a meteorologist and losing a veteran reporter to retirement, the Boston ABC affiliate announced Thursday.

Amalia Barreda (left) who has worked for the station for 21 years, will retire at the end of June.

“These 21 years have been a great ride, covering unforgettable stories with thoughtful, hard-working and talented people,” Barreda said in a statement. “This was a huge and hard decision to make, and it is bittersweet to leave so many of you who I consider family to spend more time with family.”

Barreda’s announcement comes on the same day that Danielle Vollmar (right) begins as the station’s weekend morning meteorologist.

“Danielle is a talented and passionate meteorologist, a strong compliment to StormTeam 5,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

Vollmar comes from KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas. She has also worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City, WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WENY in Elmira, N.Y.

Morning Anchor Peggy Bunker Leaving KOMO

Peggy Bunker is leaving Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, according to a staff memo obtained by NewsBlues.

“Peggy has decided to spend some quality time with the twins and see where [her husband's] career takes their family before deciding on her next career move,” news director Holly Gauntt wrote. “Peggy has done what many of us have, she’s traveled the country getting experience and building her career. Her husband has been at her side, making the trek to bigger markets as her career took off. Now it’s Peggy’s turn to be at his side.”

Bunker is a former anchor of ABC’s “World News Now.” She joined KOMO in 2011.

NewsBlues reports that Bunker will be replaced by Liz Dueweke, the morning anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City, beginning in April.

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