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Randy Reeves Named KOMU News Director

Reeves, RandyRandy Reeves has been promoted to news director at Columbia, MO, NBC affiliate KOMU.

Reeves will replace Stacey Woelfel, who was named director of the Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism last week. Reeves takes over September 1.

“Randy’s years of experience working in KOMU’s unique environment, along with his excellent sense of news and interpersonal communication skills, make him the natural choice for the position,” said Dean Mills, dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, in a statement. “I am confident he will continue Stacey’s good work, not only in teaching the hundreds of students that pass through the doors of KOMU, but in providing top-notch news coverage for Mid-Missourians as well.”

Reeves, who is currently an executive producer, has worked at KOMU since 2003.

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KOMU News Director Stacey Woelfel to Lead MU Documentary Journalism Program

MUJournalismAfter 24 years as the news director of KOMU, Stacey Woelfel is taking on a new role as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

KOMU, which is owned by the university, is the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Woelfel, who is also an alumnus of the Missouri School of Journalism, will step down as news director on September 1, 2014.

Related, TVNewser: Top TV Journalism School Adds Documentary Program

“I’m delighted that Stacey, who has already done so much for the School of Journalism with his superb leadership of KOMU-TV’s unique news operation, has agreed to take on this new challenge,” Dean Mills, the dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, said in a statement. “He’s a superb teacher and manager, and he has a deep commitment to documentary journalism.”

The Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center was created with a $6.7 million gift from Jonathan Murray, a documentary journalist and reality television producer.

Reporter Cara Kumari Says Goodbye to WSMV

After six years at WSMV, reporter Cara Kumari is saying goodbye to the Nashville NBC affiliate.

“Cara has been part of our family for six years. And family… is the big reason for the change. Cara expressed to me her love of Channel 4 and of reporting, but also her need to shift her priorities as a new mom,” news director Matthew Hilk wrote in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “We will miss her energy, passion, persistence, and political expertise.”

Kumari is WSMV’s state Capitol reporter. She has previously worked at KAKE in Wichita, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KOMU in Columbia, Mo.

KOMU Studios Evacuated During Snowstorm

KOMU, the NBC affiliate for Columbia, MO, was evacuated Sunday because of fears the broadcast tower might fall during the latest storm to hit the area.

Engineers, concerned by high winds along with a build-up of heavy snow on the tower, ordered the evacuation of the station just before 10:00 a.m.

Shortly after Noon, the station tweeted the all-clear saying, “We are happy to report KOMU has been given the all-clear and we are all safely back in the building.” Viewers saw no interruption on-air. The station was airing network programming during the evacuation. Read more

Brittany Pieper Joins KOMU From KSLA

Brittany Pieper is the new evening co-anchor at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Beginning March 4, Pieper will co-anchor with Angie Bailey for the 5 p.m. newscast and with Jim Riek for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She and Riek will also anchor the 9 p.m. newscast on KOMU’s CW-affiliated digital subchannel.

Pieper comes from Shreveport, La., where she is an anchor and reporter covering education at KSLA. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her career as a student reporter and anchor at KOMU.

“We knew Brittany to be a terrific journalist when she worked with us before. So when the opportunity came to bring her back to work with us again, I jumped at the chance,” news director Stacey Woelfel said in a statement. “She has all the skills Mid-Missouri wants in a news anchor –intelligence, a passion for news and the ability to communicate in a way people will love.”

Buffalo’s WGRZ Adds Jeff Preval, Jonah Javad

There are two new additions at Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ, the Buffalo News reports. Jeff Preval has joined the station as a general assignment reporter and Jonah Javad (pictured) has joined as a sports reporter and anchor.

Preval joins WGRZ from WTAJ in Altoona, Pa., where he was a reporter and multimedia journalist until August. He worked at WTAJ’s State College bureau during the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

Javad has previously worked as a production assistant for ESPN and as a sports reporter and anchor for KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Javad began at WGRZ in August.

Weathercasters Dave Schmidt and Rosie Newberry Get New Roles at KOMU

Weathercasters Rosie Newberry and Dave Schmidt are getting new jobs at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Schmidt, who currently handles weather reports at noon and 5 p.m., will slide to the evening newscasts, replacing Michelle Bogowith, who recently left KOMU for WDAF in Kansas City. News director Stacey Woelfel tells TVSpy Schmidt will appear at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at noon, 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday.

Rosie Newberry has joined the station full-time, replacing Schmidt as the noon and 5 p.m. weathercaster Monday through Thursday. Newberry will also appear on Sundays at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.  [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Nine Months After Don Harman’s Death, WDAF Names New Morning Meteorologist

Nine months after WDAF meteorologist Don Harman‘s death, the Kansas City Fox-affiliate has named a replacement for him on the morning newscast.

Bottom Line Communications reports Karli Ritter, who has worked at WDAF since 2007 and has been filling in on the morning newscast, has been named the permanent replacement. Harman, a popular Kansas City figure, committed suicide in November.

As Ritter moves into her new role from 4:30 to 9 a.m. on weekdays, she will be replaced on the 9 a.m. and noon newscasts by Michelle Bogowith, who joins WDAF next month from KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. Bogowith has worked at KOMU since 2007.

Michelle Davidson, Michael Mackie to Join KSHB

Michelle Davidson and Michael Mackie will join KSHB in Kansas City as the co-hosts of a new daytime show launching this summer.

Davidson has previously worked at two Missouri stations: KOMU in Columbia and KYTV in Springfield. She anchored and reported at both stations. Mackie was most recently a senior writer and director at a Kansas City advertising and PR firm.

“We’re really excited about bringing this new show to our viewers,” KSHB VP-GM Mike Vrabac said in a statement. “41 Action News is continuing to develop local programming that is relevant to our community, and we’re thrilled that we were able to recruit the talents of Michelle and Michael.” [via Bottom Line Communications]

Morning Anchor David Earl Makes His WMAZ Debut

David Earl has joined WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, as morning and midday anchor.

Earl is a Chicago-area native who has spent the last two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. He began today as anchor of the morning and noon newscasts, and he will also serve as a multimedia journalist for WMAZ.

“Everyone has been really, really nice, very friendly. I’m not used to people asking questions about me. We’re kind of brisk up in Chicago,” Earl joked during his introduction on Friday’s evening newscast. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Read more

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