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KOMO Congratulates Wrong Player

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Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.

FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.

Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more

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Washington State Supreme Court Sides With KOMO on Dashcam Video Access

komo dashcam videoThe Washington State Supreme Court has sided with Seattle’s KOMO in a lengthy legal battle between the ABC affiliate and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos.

In the opinion, which was filed today, the court concludes that two out of three of reporter Tracy Vedder‘s public records requests should have been granted.

KOMO sued for access to the dashcam videos in 2011, the same year the Department of Justice was investigating the Seattle Police Department for use of excessive force. The investigation concluded the SPD “engaged in a pattern of excessive force in violation of the Constitution and federal law.”

In a statement to TVSpy, KOMO news director Holly Gauntt said the station is pleased with the outcome of the court battle:

We’re ecstatic about this win, not just for KOMO but for all media across Washington and quite frankly for the citizens of our state. … It was blatantly unfair and unethical for the police department to try and keep potentially incriminating videos out of the public’s view.  It was even more damming when you consider that the department consistently uses dashcam videos in its court cases against citizens and yet doesn’t allow citizens to access the videos when they feel they’ve been unjustly treated by police.

Honestly, it’s our obligation to hold public officials and entities accountable and to advocate for our viewers. I believe we’ve really succeeded in doing that and it feels great.

KOMO Commentator Ken Schram Dies


Ken Schram, former KOMO reporter and commentator has died.

According to the Seattle ABC affiliate, Schram had been fighting an internal infection.

Schram was known at the station for being “brash and opinionated.” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told The Seattle Times, “Ken was a journalist cut from the old-school, hard-as-nails cloth, but he had a heart of gold.”

He worked at both KOMO TV and radio for 35 years until his retirement 2 years ago. He was 66 years old.

KOMO News Director: Sinclair Management ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’

sinclair logoKOMO news director Holly Gauntt talks to TVNewsCheck about how Sinclair Broadcast Group, which acquired the ABC affiliate last year, has made an investments in the news division with the goal of dethroning ratings leader KING:

Gauntt, who’s been at KOMO for seven years, says staffers were wary of Sinclair, which has a bad rep in newsrooms for cutting staffs and airing right-wing slanted news. And Sinclair did layoff a reported 18 KOMO staffers including editors, satellite-truck operators, writers and producers, a move that got them slammed in the local press.

But Gauntt says many of those cuts were long in coming, due largely to Fisher being heavy on unnecessary personnel. “You don’t want to lose people, but at the same time this station had never made changes that came with technology,” she says.

At the same time, Gauntt says, Sinclair asked her what she needed “to be the No. 1 station in the market.” They responded, building the station’s first new set in 15 years and buying loads of equipment including three cellular bonded units, a satellite truck, new computers and five cars. Read more

KOMO Says Goodbye to Dan Lewis with Video Retrospective

Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO said an extended goodbye to anchor Dan Lewis who is leaving the station after 27 years.

While Lewis was known as a newsroom leader who never took a sick day during his long career, he was also known and respected for his luxurious head of hair.

Reporter Eric Johnson may have stolen Lewis’ thunder when he penned the soon to be immortal description of the retiring anchor’s mane, “In the early days it fit like a helmet made out of groovy. Women want to run their fingers through it. Men want to putt on it.”

KCPQ Welcomes Liz Dueweke From Rival KOMO

Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ is welcoming a new morning anchor, Liz Dueweke, this week. The station has debuted a series of funny promos welcoming Dueweke, who joins the station from rival KOMO:

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Dan Lewis Leaving KOMO After 27 Years


Longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis has announced he is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“Coming to Seattle 27 years ago was the best move I ever made,” Lewis told newsroom staffers Wednesday. “KOMO has been a wonderful place to work and this community is just amazing. It’s a difficult decision that has been two years in the making.”

Lewis started working at KOMO in 1987. One year after arriving, he was paired with Kathi Goertzen. The two worked together for nearly 25 years until Goertzen’s death from brain tumors.

During his four decades in TV news, Lewis covered some of the biggest stories of our time. From the Pang Warehouse fire to the Nisqually earthquake and recently the crash of the KOMO 4 helicopter. Viewers across Washington have come to rely on Lewis for their news.

“Television news,” he told the staff Wednesday, “has been my passion for four decades. To this day I love my job but I just feel like I need a break from the news.” Read more

Man Burned in KOMO Crash on Mend, Doesn’t Remember Accident

komo chopper crashThe man injured when the KOMO helicopter crashed into his car is recovering from burns he suffered in the accident and his partner says he doesn’t remember what happened.

Richard Newman suffered second and third degree burns in the March 18 crash. The accident killed Seattle ABC affiliate photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Fitzner.

“We’re thankful that he doesn’t remember. Maybe it will come back over time,” Daniel Jung told MyNorthwest.com.

Newman underwent a second surgery Monday, where doctors added skin grafts to his torso and arms. He continues to recover slowly, but will remain hospitalized for an indeterminate amount of time. Read more

KOMO News Director and GM Issue Statement on Helicopter Crash

140318_helicopter_memorial_660Holly Gauntt, news director for Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, and station GM Janene Drafs jointly issued a statement about Tuesday’s helicopter crash.

The two remembered Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner, the men who were killed in the crash. “Our hearts are heavy today. We miss them. We cry for our loss and their families.  We thank everyone who has reached out to us and offered to help in any way they can.” The statement added, “The flowers, the cards, the emails… they help more than you’ll ever know. How lucky we are to be surrounded and supported by such compassionate viewers and listeners. You’ve helped us in hard times before. Thank you for doing it again.”

You can read the entire text of the statement after the jump. Read more

KOMO Anchor Dan Lewis: ‘This is a Television Station That’s in a State of Shock’

komo chopper crashThe Seattle Times talks to KOMO staffers about what it was like to cover the deadly helicopter crash that killed two contract employees at the Seattle ABC affiliate Tuesday. A third man was severely injured in the crash, which happened as the chopper was taking off from the station’s roof:

Station employees were working at their desks at Fisher Plaza at about 7:40 a.m. when they heard tree branches snapping, then car horns sounding, said longtime anchor Dan Lewis. They rushed to their office windows and watched in horror as a helicopter carrying two of their colleagues burned after crashing seconds before. Reporter Kelly Koopmans reported on air that explosions from the helicopter continued 20 minutes after the crash.

… Lewis said he was about to board a plane for Washington, D.C., where he had a date to interview President Obama. He rushed back to the KOMO newsroom, where he and co-anchor Eric Johnson continued to report live on the tragedy. Read more

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