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Former KOLD Anchor Randy Garsee Dies

Randy Garsee, former anchor for Tucson CBS affiliate KOLD, died over the weekend at his home in Virginia.

“I’m in shock, as a lot of his friends are. We can’t believe this happened,” said his former co-anchor Kris Pickel. “He was an eloquent man and prolific writer. Just a hell of a guy. I was lucky to be paired up with him.”

Garsee was a news anchor for KOLD from 1997 until 2006 before moving to KTEN in Sherman, TX, and Ada, OK. He then went to work for the U.S. Marine Corps as a public affairs specialist and journalist at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq before taking a job as communications and public affairs officer for the Center for Naval Analyses.

He is remembered by colleagues for his humor and focus, “When he would get into a story, he would really get into it,” said KOLD anchor Scott Kilbury.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Garsee died in his sleep. He was 50.

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Cleveland’s WKYC Names Brennan Donnellan News Director

WKYC has promoted Brennan Donnellan to news director from managing editor.

“While he’s only been at Channel 3 for 18 months,” said Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC Affiliate. “He’s been instrumental in launching our new anchor teams of Russ Mitchell and Kris Pickel, Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, and Lynna Lai and John Anderson. He’s a forward-thinking manager who expects the best from his team and fights for the resources to bring high-quality newscasts to viewers in Northeast Ohio.”

Donnellan has held news management positions in Atlanta and Boston.  He left his job as news director at Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT in 2009.

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On the Move, 5/15/12

Diana Perez joins ABC News as a New York-based NewsOne correspondent. She previously was a reporter and anchor at WBZ in Boston.

WNYW reporter Katherine Creag joins rival WNBC in New York City.

MLB Network host Lisa Kerney joins WCBS in New York City as a sportscaster and feature reporter.

Araksya Karapetyan joins KTTV in Los Angeles as a reporter. She previously worked at KOIN in Portland. 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.