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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]

Ruben Galvan Joins KPRC From XETV

Ruben Galvan is joining KPRC, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. He begins Monday as a feature reporter for the Houston NBC affiliate.

“I’m so THRILLED to be joining KPRC and reporting back in my hometown of Houston,” Galvan told McGuff. “This town has a whole lot to offer and I can’t wait to feature some of the most amazing people and attractions … so get ready for take off!”

Galvan joins KPRC from XETV, the CW affiliate in San Diego, where he was an entertainment and feature reporter for the morning newscast.

Camille Williams Hepola Signs Off From KPRC

Camille Williams Hepola is leaving Houston NBC affiliate KPRC for a job in the Harris County DA’s office, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Hepola will handle public relations and outreach for the department. She joins former KHOU reporter Jeff McShan, who will work as public information officer for the DA’s office.

Before joining KPRC as a general assignment reporter, Hepola worked at KTBC in Austin, WETM in Elmira, N.Y. and WJHG in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to McGuff. [h/t NewsBlues]

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]

Jeff Jeandheur Joins KPIX as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Jeff Jeandheur has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering for KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and  digital broadcast operations.  He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets.  We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.

Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.

KPRC Tweets Rival Station’s Photos of Truck Accident

After a tanker truck overturned on a Houston highway Tuesday, NBC affiliate KPRC tweeted photos showing a rival station’s coverage of the accident. Houston media blogger Mike McGuff spotted the social media slip-up.

KPRC tweeted the screengrabs, which clearly show ABC O&O KTRK‘s graphics and a chyron displaying the name of KTRK’s morning chopper reporter, on Tuesday. The tweets have since been deleted.

In response, KTRK produced a promo video (watch it here).

“When you really need video of breaking news, who are you going to watch? Well, Channel 2 knows who to turn to,” the promo says. “They used SkyEye13 shots of a flipped tanker on on 610, tweeting it to their viewers! You’re welcome, Channel 2.”

Weather Channel Producer Talks to KWTV, KVUE About Surviving Oklahoma City Tornado

Weather Channel producer and camera operator Austin Anderson, who was injured in the Oklahoma City tornado, talked about being caught in the storm in an interview with KWTV.

Anderson suffered a cracked sternum, five broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a cracked vertebrae in his neck, according to KWTV. “I could remember it tumbling through the air and my head getting jerked back and forth,” Anderson told the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate. “… ”Tornados are an amazing act of nature and it’s always amazing for me to see it. I just don’t think I should be as close as I was to this one.”

Anderson, who lives in Texas, used to work at KPRC in Houston. He also did an interview via Skype with KVUE, the ABC affiliate in his hometown of Austin. Watch it after the jump. Read more

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