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KPRC’s Meteorologist Anthony Yanez Writes a Children’s Book

Weather-bookAnthony Yanez, a meteorologist at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, has written a children’s book about the weather: A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure. 

Yanez told the Houston Chronicle‘s columnist Ken Hoffman that the inspiration for the book came to him seven years ago when he was speaking to kindergartners about his job:

“I couldn’t use my power point presentation, so I had to improvise. I got a boy and girl to join me in the front of the classroom and told the kids, ‘Here are two drops of water.’ I told the story of the water cycle with these two kids acting out the parts and a book was born.”

Yanez explained that the lack of children’s books about the weather inspired him to write one of his own:

“I get asked to read to pre-school and elementary school students quite often, and there aren’t many children’s books about weather that kids enjoy. I hope this book changes that,” Yanez said. “Who better to write a children’s weather book than a meteorologist?”

A Wild Ride will be the first in a series of weather books, which will include topics like tornadoes, hurricanes and clouds. A Wild Ride will be available online and in stores later this month.

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KPRC Names Rhonda Errer LaVelle News Director

kprc lavelleKPRC has named Rhonda Errer LaVelle as news director.

LaVelle had been acting news director at the Houston NBC affiliate since Deborah Collura was named GM of WCNC in Charlotte.

Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.

[Mike McGuff]

Mary Benton Leaving KPRC

benton kprcMary Benton is leaving Houston NBC affiliate KPRC after 20 years, reports Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

“It is certainly with mixed emotions at I am leaving,” Benton told McGuff. “I think what I will miss most is being a voice in the newsroom and represent those that did not have a voice in the media.”

Benton’s facebook page is filled with people wishing her well. One commenter wrote, “You have been a inspiration and provided a wonderful service to the communities you’ve served. May you be blessed Mary!!” Read more

Syan Rhodes to Join KPRC in Houston

Syan Rhodes is leaving WESH in Orlando for Houston NBC affiliate KPRC.

Rhodes told Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker, “There was never a dull moment during my six and a half years here! It’s been an honor to cover the news here as part of the WESH team. Central Floridians really embraced me from the moment I got here, and I’m forever grateful for their love and support.”

She started at WESH in November 2007. She also worked at WMC in Memphis, TN, WBIR in Knoxville, TN and KETK in Tyler, TX.

KPRC confirmed she starts July 7 as a general assignment reporter.

Meteorologist Britta Merwin Joins KPRC

britta merwinMeteorologist Britta Merwin is joining KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Merwin most recently worked at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Before that, she worked at NBC Weather Plus, CNBC, KNSD in San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

At KPRC, Merwin replaces Idolina Peralez, who is “taking her career in a different direction,” according to McGuff.

Deborah Collura Named GM of WCNC

wcnc setDeborah Collura has been named general manager of WCNC, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte. She will begin in her new role on June 2.

“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”

Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.

WCNC’s previous general manager, Tim Morrisey, left after the station was acquired by Gannett.

Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

kathleen keefeKathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year.

“Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.  “…Her systems and good judgment in inventory and pricing disciplines and unmatched knowledge of political advertising, have made all of our sales managers better and have helped cultivate the company’s next generation of Hearst Television’s management.”

Before joining Hearst Television in 2001, Keefe was the vice president of sales and marketing for Post-Newsweek Stations. During her 14 years with that station group, she served as general manager of WKMG in Orlando and general sales manager of WFSB in Hartford and KPRC in Houston.

“I couldn’t be prouder or more appreciative of the tremendous sales management and account executive teams at our stations.  I know they will continue to provide industry-leading results,” Keefe said.

How Houston Stations Covered the KTRK Shooting

Houston stations covered breaking news about a rival newsroom this morning as a woman was arrested for firing several shots at KTRK‘s studio and parking lot around 9 a.m.

KPRC broke into the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show with a brief report of the news anchored by Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill. “We want to tell you first and foremost that everyone is okay from when we called over there to our friends at KTRK to check on what’s going on,” McNeill said. The station had Ryan Korsgard reporting from the scene for the 11 a.m. newscast.

Fox owned KRIV reported the news during the station’s regular 9 a.m. newscast, anchored by Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson. “Gunfire at our colleague station just down the street along Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway, KTRK,” Zizka reported. KRIV had Hilary Whittier reporting from the scene for the station’s noon newscast.

CBS affiliate KHOU led its noon newscast with Andrew Horansky at the scene. “We are happy to report that none of our friends or colleagues here at Channel 13 were injured this morning,” Horansky said. “Police are telling us they do not expect to be making any more arrests in this case.”

KPRC Reporter Mary Benton Takes Medical Leave of Absence

mary bentonMary Benton is taking a leave of absence from KPRC as she prepares to undergo surgery, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

The veteran reporter will be off the air for four to six weeks after her upcoming surgery to treat anemia, she tells McGuff.

“This means I will miss February ratings and, as I mark my 20th anniversary with Channel 2 this year, I hate to be away from our viewers and important stories in our community,” Benton said. “I look forward to getting back on my feet and back to reporting for Channel 2.”

Investigative Reporter Jace Larson Joins KPRC

Larson_croppedJace Larson has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as an investigative reporter.

While Larson told fans about his new job on facebook, he also addressed rumors about why he left Denver’s KUSA, “Someone started a rumor at the federal agency I investigated Friday. The rumor is that I got fired for doing the story about a taxpayer funded trip to Vegas. I thought you would enjoy knowing that.”

Before working at KUSA, Larson had worked at Tulsa, OK, and Quincy, IL.

[Mike McGuff]

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