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KPRC Meteorologist Mary Lee Leaving Houston For the West Coast

KPRC meteorologist Mary Lee is leaving the Houston NBC affiliate to be closer to her family on the West Coast.

“Before I head back home, I want to thank you. Over these last three years, I have come to love Houston and all of you,” Lee wrote on Facebook. “Ever since I first started at KPRC, you have welcomed me and embraced me.”

Lee joined KPRC as a weekend meteorologist in 2010. She has also worked at KXAN in Austin, KHSL in Chico, Calif. and KOVR in Sacramento. [h/t Mike McGuff]

Tom Bell Named News Director at KOVR

Tom Bell has been named news director at KOVR, the CBS O&O in Sacramento.

Bell moves to California from Texas, where he has been news director at WOAI in San Antonio since 2009. He is a former news director at KTVX in Salt Lake City and KPHO in Phoenix.

“Tom Bell is a veteran of more than 20 years in the local news industry and has an outstanding reputation as a leader who does an outstanding job of inspiring his colleagues to produce quality newscasts,” KOVR-KMAX VP-GM Kevin Walsh said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Northern California and confident that he will do a terrific job of leading our news team to exciting new heights.”

Bell replaces Cameryn Beck, who recently left KOVR for KTVK in Phoenix.

Audrey Asistio Joins KOVR as Morning Anchor

Audrey Asistio is the new morning anchor at KOVR, the CBS O&O in Sacramento.

Asistio, a Bay Area native, joins KOVR from KSEE in Fresno, where she has been a reporter and anchor for two years. She has previously worked at KHSL-KNVN in Chico as well as KIMA in Yakima.

“We’re happy to have a California native with Audrey’s experience join our morning team.  She will bring a great deal of energy to our morning news,” KOVR news director Cameryn Beck said in a statement. “Combined with meteorologist Laura Skirde, I believe we will give viewers a fresh new reason to wake up with CBS13.”

Asistio replaces Lisa Gonzales, who left KOVR for rival KCRA in December.

KOVR News Crew Helps Nab Shoplifting Suspect in Station Parking Lot

An alert Mike Dello Stritto, assistant news director for Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR, along with a station photographer successfully corralled a suspected shoplifter trying to elude police.

West Sacramento Police told KOVR the suspect attempted to leave Walmart, which is across the street from KOVR, with a cartload of goods and punched a security guard who tried to stop him. Unfortunately for the suspect, his escape route included an area filled with cameras and lots of people not used to minding their own business.

“Hey! You’re on our property,” Dello Stritto told the suspect who appeared to be hurt. “We’ve got a camera and the camera’s going to stay here,”

Police quickly showed up and took the suspected thief off of KOVR’s hands.  After the jump you can view video of the roundup. Read more

For WNBC’s Checky Beckford, a Memorable Debut

WNBC‘s newest general assignment reporter, Checky Beckford, is having a memorable first day at the New York City NBC O&O.

Beckford made her debut this morning, reporting live on Hurricane Sandy from Long Beach. Morning anchor Michael Gargiulo introduced her during the 7amET hour, saying, “What a debut you’re making, Checky.”

“Not the most flattering appearance, guys,” Beckford said. “The wind slapping me in my face, the rain coming down hard. It’s extremely hard to stand here now as each hour goes by.”

Beckford comes from KOVR in Sacramento, where it is 61 degrees and sunny today.

Lisa Gonzales Moves to KCRA

Lisa GonzalesMorning anchor Lisa Gonzales is making the cross-town move from Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR to NBC affiliate KCRA.

“I am honored and humbled to work at the station I grew up watching,” said Gonzales.  “I can’t wait to get started!”

Her first day will be next Tuesday, September 4.

Gonzales anchored the morning and noon newscasts at KOVR for seven years.  She previously worked at KFSN, Fresno, CA and KRCR in Redding, CA.

VIDEO: Driver, Allegedly Drunk, Runs Red Light During Live KOVR Report on Crosswalk Safety

A recent KOVR report on crosswalk safety nearly took a dangerous turn when a driver, allegedly intoxicated, ran a red light on live television.

Doug Brauner, a reporter for the Sacramento CBS O&O, was standing in a Sacramento intersection during the morning newscast on Thursday when a black pick-up truck blew through the crosswalk Brauner was standing in (video inside).

“Really? Really!” Brauner said. The California Highway Patrol Officer that was giving Brauner tips on crosswalk etiquette for the segment turned his patrol car lights on and took off after the driver. Read more

Kris Pickel Joins WKYC as Evening Co-Anchor

Kris Pickel has been named co-anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at Cleveland’s WKYC, general manager Brooke Spectorsky announced today.

Pickel joins the NBC-affiliate from KOVR in Sacramento, where she is the weekend evening anchor. Beginning in April, she will co-anchor with Russ Mitchell, who joined WKYC from CBS News in January.

In a statement, news director Rita Anderson said it was “imperative” to give Mitchell a co-anchor with strong reporting skills.

“Kris is a skilled and tenacious journalist who is as strong in the field as she is on the anchor desk,” Anderson said.

Shannon Brinias Leaving Colorado Springs for Anchor Job in Sacramento

Shannon Brinias is leaving Colorado Springs CBS-affiliate KKTV for a job at CBS O&O KOVR in Sacramento.

“Change is inevitable,” Brinias told viewers in a video posted on her Facebook page, announcing her departure. “When you get tapped on the shoulder for a new opportunity, sometimes you have to take it.”

Brinias joined KKTV in 2006 and co-anchored the station’s 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will be a main anchor at KOVR.

“It’s a great opportunity for her,” KKTV general manager Nick Matesi told The Gazette recently. “It’s not very often you get a main anchor position in a top 20 market, so I don’t blame her one bit for taking the opportunity.”

KTXL Hires Alisa Becerra As Morning Anchor, And Adds Evening Newscast

KTXL has announced some programming changes going in to the new year: the Sacramento Fox-affiliate will add a 6 p.m. newscast, and has hired Alisa Becerra (pictured) to be the new morning anchor.

Becerra joins KTXL on December 5 from KSBW, the NBC-affiliate in Salinas. She replaces Ama Daetz, who left the station last month.

In January, KTXL is set to launch a 6 p.m. newscast anchored by Eric Harryman, the Sacramento Business-Journal reports. The station will compete in the early-evening timeslot with NBC-affiliate KCRA, CBS O&O KOVR and ABC-affiliate KXTV.

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