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‘Kapooyah! Kapooyah!’ Houston Woman Energetically Describes Hailstorm to KPRC

KPRC found a local woman well-versed in onomatopoeia to talk about the size and sound of the hail that fell during a storm that recently hit the Houston area.

“Man! Those jokers were big,” Brookshire resident Michelle Clark told the Houston NBC affiliate. “Size of a quarter, doggone.”

She then described the sound of the hail to reporter Mary Lee by exclaiming, “It said, ‘Kapooyah! Kapooyah!’” Clark then told Lee she ran to the restroom before calling her mother to see if she was all right.

[FTVLive]

Iain Page Joins WTXF in Philadelphia

After two years at KPRC in Houston, Iain Page is joining WTXF in Philadelphia.

Beginning February 18, Page will join the Fox O&O as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. He will also contribute to the 10 p.m. newscast as a reporter.

“Iain’s unique background, having worked in various broadcasting roles and as an attorney, will serve our viewers well. This, along with his strong reporting experience and ability to tell a compelling story, will bring a valuable perspective to our newscasts,” WTXF VP-GM Dennis Bianchi said in a statement.

Page takes over for Thomas Drayton at the 5 p.m. anchor desk. Drayton will continue to co-anchor WTXF’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts with Barrett.

After Three Decades with ABC, Chris Bury Shifts Focus to Local News

After more than thirty years with ABC News – much of it based out of Chicago for Nightline and World News — correspondent Chris Bury is looking to the future. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports that after leaving the network last year, Bury has been “waiting out” his contract, finally making him an official free agent today.

First up is hosting a weekly public affairs show, In the Loop, for City Colleges of Chicago public station WYCC.  Interestingly, he’ll rotate anchor duties with another former ABC’er, reporter Barbara Pinto.

Also on the horizon: producing content via the newly-lunched Burcat Media Group, established with his wife Catherine Catalane, an anchor at Chicago’s WBBM-AM.

Another possibility is anchoring for a Windy City station. “That would be great,” Bury says. “Chicago is a great city where people still care about news. Most of the stations here are at least trying to do a solid job. It’s not the crap you see in Los Angeles or New York.”

Bury is a South Side native who worked in local news at KPRC in Houston, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and at St. Louis’ KTVI.

At Least 2 Shot at Lone Star College in Houston

At least two people were shot at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas shortly around 12:30pmCT Tuesday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KPRC and CBS affiliate KHOU both reported the news at 12:36 p.m. KPRC interrupted “The Ricki Lake Show” and KHOU broke into “The Bold and the Beautiful.” ABC O&O KTRK reported the news at at 12:39 p.m., interrupting “The Chew,” and Fox O&O KRIV was next, breaking into “Dish Nation” at 12:46 p.m.

KPRC is an affiliate of both NBC and CNN, which led to their coverage being used — sometimes simultaneously — on both MSNBC and CNN (screengrabs from 2:29pmET):

Houston Police Arrest Man For Stalking KPRC Traffic Anchor Jennifer Reyna

Houston police have arrested a man accused of stalking KPRC traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Christopher Olson was arrested Wednesday in his apartment. His bail was set at $80,000. Olson, who has been trailing Reyna since September and has tried to approach her in the station parking lot, violated a 2007 court order that prohibited him from having contact with her.

In 2007, Olson drove his car through the front doors of the station twice, causing $5,000 worth of damage.

Houston Police Looking for Man Charged With Stalking KPRC’s Jennifer Reyna

Houston police are looking for a man charged with stalking KPRC traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna, the Houston Chronicle reports:

Investigators said Christopher Marcus Olson, 38, has been stalking KPRC-TV’s Jennifer Reyna since Sept. 14, disregarding a no-contact order issued by a judge in May 2007 after he twice drove his vehicle through the front door of the news station.

Since last September, police said, Olson has followed Reyna as she left work, parked by her vehicle in a parking lot next to the news station and called her at her job.

“Based on the documented incidents of the defendant following the complainant (Reyna) and waiting for the complainant outside of her place of employment, (she) is in fear of her life,” according to an arrest warrant filed on Thursday.

Olson has followed Reyna in his car on numerous occasions. In May 2007, he drove his vehicle through the front doors at KPRC, causing more than $5,000 in damage.

Nefertiti Jáquez to Join WCAU From KPRC

After almost three years at KPRC in Houston, Nefertiti Jáquez is leaving for WCAU in Philadelphia, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

It’s a return to Philly for Jáquez, who spent three years as a reporter at WTXF before joining KPRC in 2010. Her last day in Houston will be December 31.

“I have recently decided to pursue my career goals closer to home, and my family,” Jáquez told McGuff. “I will be leaving at the end of the year. I am truly leaving here with mixed feelings; happy about the next step in my life, but sad to be leaving such a great city and community.”

KPRC’s Jennifer Reyna Declares Traffic All Clear as SUV Accident Unfolds Behind Her

Traffic reporter Jennifer Reyna turned her back on a live traffic camera at just the wrong moment on a recent KPRC newscast (video above).

Reyna was discussing a highway accident that could be seen on the screen behind her. As she turned away to wrap up her report, a car swerved and crashed into an SUV, which in turn hit the fire truck that was on the scene for the first accident. “So, yeah, it looks like that one’s going to clear up,” Reyna said. Read more

Michael Goldrick Named VP of News at WRC

Michael Goldrick is joining WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC as vice president of news.

Since 2009, Goldrick has been news director at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. At WRC, he steps into the role that has been vacant since Camille Edwards left for WABC in July.

“Mike is a proven news leader who knows how to be competitive,” WRC general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “I am very excited that our newsroom and our viewers will benefit from his experience, his creativity and his strategic thinking.”

Before joining WPXI, Goldrick held leadership roles at WHEC in Rochester, KOMO in Seattle, WSOC in Charlotte and KPRC in Houston. He will begin at WRC on November 26.

Investigative Reporter Stephen Dean Lands at WRTV

Investigative reporter Stephen Dean is joining WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Dean spent 11 years as KPRC in Houston. He left in May to join WSYX, spending just three months at the station before submitting his resignation.

“My ethics have always been completely unbendable, when I feel I cannot do my job with those ethics, then I can’t do my job at that station,” Dean told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff about his departure from the station.

Dean joins WRTV in late October. Read more

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