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Meteorologist Justin Stapleton Joining KPRC

JustinStapleton1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has announced the addition of meteorologist Justin Stapleton to its weather team. Stapleton comes from ABC affiliate KEZI in Eugene, Ore., where he was chief meteorologist.

“I’ve always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms,” Stapleton told media blogger Mike McGuff. “That’s one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits…”

Prior to KEZI, Stapleton worked at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., as a morning meteorologist.

He begins his new position at KPRC early next year.

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Anchor Courtney Zavala Leaving KPRC

Courtney_Zavala1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC is saying goodbye to one of its longtime weekend morning anchors: Courtney Zavala. Zavala told media blogger Mike McGuff that her contract was up and the station offered her another, but she declined.

“It’s time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it’s time to leave,” Zavala told McGuff. “It was not an easy decision, it was several months in the making.”

Zavala said she’s looking forward to spending time with her husband and sons and has no immediate career plans ahead of her.

“I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I’m just ready to be present,” Zavala told McGuff.

Zavala has worked at KPRC since 2003. Prior to that, she was a fill-in anchor/reporter at KSTU, the FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City.

Reporter Syan Rhodes Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KPRC

SyanRhodesReporter Syan Rhodes has been promoted to weekend anchor at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC. The anchor seat next to Phillip Mena has been empty since Irika Sargent left for Miami CBS-owned WFOR back in May.

KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland confirmed the promotion to media blogger Mike McGuff.

Rhodes previously worked at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an anchor.

Anoushah Rasta Named Reporter at KPRC

Anoushah3Anoushah Rasta has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter.

KPRC news director Rhonda Errer LaVelle confirmed the move to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. Rasta previously worked at NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso, Texas, where she was weekend anchor and reporter.

Before that, Rasta was a news assistant, apprentice and freelance traffic producer at Los Angeles ABC-owned station KABC.

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.

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.

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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.

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