“It was a tough decision but like any good journalist I did my research and all the stay at home moms and dads I talked to said it was the best decision they ever made,” Koppelman told Bottom Line. “So I’m looking forward to this new adventure, and then see what the next one will be.”
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“This is a very very big decision for me,” Flowers told viewers alongside her replacement Abby Turpin on today’s Noon news. “As most of you know, I have paralysis on my right vocal chord which it more than likely is going to require surgery.”
Flowers has been off air since the beginning of the year after being diagnosed with the condition. She had been working behind the scenes, but told viewers she thought it was best to go ahead and get the surgery and focus on her health.
She started at KOLN-KGIN in November 2010. She has also worked in Birmingham, AL, Wichita, KS, and Evansville, IN, and as a field producer for MSNBC.
Jensen will anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Bridget Fargen. He replaces Dave Roberts, who left the station earlier this year. “We’re stuck with you and we’re happy to have you,” Fargen joked while making the announcement.
Jensen joined the station in 2011 as a videojournalist and weekend anchor. He has been filling in for Roberts since his June departure.
Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.
Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.
At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more
KOLN-KGIN anchor Vanessa Flowers has been off the air for several months with a paralyzed right vocal cord. The noon and 5 p.m. anchor tells the Lincoln Journal Star about her problems with her voice, which began in January with no warning:
“I was going on the 5 o’clock news, and my voice … I didn’t feel bad,” she remembered. “There was nothing leading up to to it. There were no signs or symptoms. I wasn’t coughing or sneezing — no signs of any problems.
“But about five minutes before we hit the air, I started practicing a little and wondered ‘What’s going on?’” The weather guys, she said, had a bet as to whether or not she would make it through the newscast.
“I was, like, I’m going to get this,” she recalled. “Sure enough, by the end of the newscast my voice was gone, and the next day you couldn’t understand a word I said. I couldn’t talk at all.”
Flowers, who is being treated at University of Nebraska Medical Center, is hopeful that her voice will return. In the meantime, she has been producing and writing at the Lincoln duopoly. Read more
TVSpy has reached out to KOLN for comment. We will update when we hear back.
Tallan announced in October that she was signing off from KOLN-KGIN after four years at the Lincoln duopoly. She joined the stations as a producer and reporter in 2008 and was promoted to morning anchor in 2010.
“I will pursue opportunities better for family in Columbus, OH,” Hedman wrote on Twitter.
Hedman, the weekend sports anchor, joined KOLN-KGIN in 2007. Before moving to Lincoln, he spent two years as a sports reporter at WILX in Lansing, MI.
The station has not yet announced a replacement for Hedman.