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Woman Found Dead After Husband Calls KOMO And Says He Killed Her

An overnight phone call to the KOMO assignment desk set off an extensive police search for a woman after her husband called the station and said he had killed her.

Sara Barrett, 42, was found dead at 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Seattle ABC affiliate. Police were alerted to her disappearance on Wednesday night after her husband, Tony James Barrett, called the KOMO assignment desk Wednesday night.

According to the station, Barrett said: “I just killed my wife … I want you to put it on your Facebook.” He went on to say that authorities would find her “by tonight or tomorrow” and disconnected when the station asked if they could contact the police.

The station immediately notified the authorities, who launched a search for Sara Barrett. Tacoma police located her husband early Thursday morning and pursued him across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at high speeds. The chase came to an end when police placed spike strips in the path of his vehicle.

Barrett was charged for attacking his wife in 2007, when he held a pillow over her face until she nearly suffocated. He served one day in jail and two years under the Department of Corrections supervision.

Watch KOMO’s report after the jump. Read more

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.

Chelsea Kopta Signs Off From Spokane’s KHQ

Chelsea Kopta, a reporter and digital journalist at KHQ, signs off from the Spokane NBC affiliate Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions — excitement and a heavy heart — that I announce my departure from KHQ,” Kopta wrote on Facebook recently. “After two incredible years in Spokane, I am heading to the Big Apple to continue my career as a reporter in New York City!”

Before joining KHQ, Kopta also worked at KOMO in Seattle and KEPR in Pasco, Wash.

Russ Bowen Joining Seattle’s KOMO

Russ Bowen has announced he is joining Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO as weekend co-anchor.

Bowen announced the news on his facebook page saying,

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some exciting news! I’m heading to Seattle. I’ll be the new weekend co-anchor for KOMO-TV. My last day at WLOS is Feb 8th and I leave for Seattle Feb 10th! I can’t thank you all enough for being such wonderful friends and viewers. Western North Carolina and everyone who lives here will always have a special place in my heart….

Bowen co-anchors the 10 pm. news for MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA and reports daily for WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Asheville, NC.  He started working at the station in 2000 as bureau chief of the Western Carolina News Center. Before coming to WLOS, Bowen worked for WCTI in New Bern, NC.

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KOMO Cuts Commentator Ken Schram

KOMO commentator Ken Schram has been let go at the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“My position here at KOMO 4 News has been eliminated,” Schram wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “I’d be less than candid if I didn’t acknowledge how disappointed I am to have my 35+ year career at KOMO end this way. Still, it’s been a great run.”

Schram’s last “Schrammie” presentation will be Wednesday night, and his last daily commentary will be Monday. He also hosts a daily radio program every afternoon on KOMO Newsradio.

Bryan Johnson Says Goodbye to KOMO After 53 Years

Bryan Johnson, a senior correspondent at KOMO, is saying goodbye to the Seattle ABC affiliate. Johnson retires Friday after 53 years at KOMO (video above).

“In the course of a career that can only be described as epic, his brains helped make him good, but his zest for this business and joy for telling stories made him great,” KOMO wrote on the station website.

KOMO News Director on Joel Connable’s Death: ‘Honestly, we’re numb’

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt says the station is “incredibly sad” after the death of weekend anchor Joel Connable.

“Honestly, we’re numb,” Gauntt told TVSpy in an email. “Joel hadn’t been here long but he fit in fantastically. He was already bonding with the weekend team.”

Connable died unexpectedly Monday. He joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week after a three-year break from the television business.

“He was excited about getting back in the business and couldn’t wait to get going. He turned in his first story on a day he was supposed to train,” Gauntt said. “He just wanted to get into the field.” Read more

One Week After Joining KOMO, Weekend Anchor Joel Connable Dies at 39

KOMO weekend anchor Joel Connable died Monday from complications of diabetes. He was 39.

Connable joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week. The station announced his death on Wednesday evening’s 6 p.m. newscast.

“He suffered from diabetes and we’re told likely died from a seizure,” anchor Dan Lewis said. “Joel had an impressive career in broadcasting at stations all over the country. We regret that our KOMO viewers will not get the chance to get to know Joel Connable.”

Connable was just getting back to the television business after a three-year break. He was fired from WTVJ in Miami in 2009 for allegedly violating the NBC O&O’s policy on accepting free gifts. At the time of his death, Connable had a lawsuit pending against the station. Read more

Michael Goldrick Named VP of News at WRC

Michael Goldrick is joining WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC as vice president of news.

Since 2009, Goldrick has been news director at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. At WRC, he steps into the role that has been vacant since Camille Edwards left for WABC in July.

“Mike is a proven news leader who knows how to be competitive,” WRC general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “I am very excited that our newsroom and our viewers will benefit from his experience, his creativity and his strategic thinking.”

Before joining WPXI, Goldrick held leadership roles at WHEC in Rochester, KOMO in Seattle, WSOC in Charlotte and KPRC in Houston. He will begin at WRC on November 26.

Seattle’s KOMO Hires Joel Connable as Weekend Anchor

Joel Connable, former anchor for WTVJ, will be joining Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO as weekend anchor and weekday reporter, according to sfltv.com.

Connable has been out of TV news since being let go by the Miami NBC owned station in  2009 for allegedly violating the company’s policy on free gifts.  Connable filed a lawsuit over the dismissal that is still ongoing.

The former Miami anchor comes to KOMO from Travel TV News, the company he formed after leaving WTVJ.

Last week TVSpy reported former WTVJ investigative reporter Jeff Burnside also landed a job at the Seattle ABC affiliate.

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