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Reporter Leisa Zigman Leaving KSDK After 22 Years

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Anchor/reporter Leisa Zigman is leaving St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK after 22 years at the station. Zigman is leaving the world of TV news to become president of G-Corp., a company that organizes genome science and technology conferences.

She went into more detail about the company (and why she’s leaving KSDK) in a post on her Facebook page this morning, writing:

“I have always considered it an honor and privilege to bring you the news and share reports that I hope made a difference in your lives and at the very least, encouraged you to think… The opportunity to work in a field that can transform medical care as we know it is more than a job. To me, it is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

According to The St. Louis Post-DispatchMike Shipley, the KSDK news director who is also leaving the station, said in a letter to employees that Zigman “made her mark on St. Louis television” and went on to praise her work on a series about bullying, and another about environmental issues at Coldwater Creek.

Zigman’s last day at KSDK is November 25.

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St. Louis News Director Leaving Station

ksdkThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, KSDK news director Mike Shipley has announced he is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

The Post-Dispatch says Shipley told staffers this morning he would stay until a replacement is found. He was named news director in 2000.

>UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy Shipley is retiring. He has worked in broadcasting for 41 years, 35 of those at KSDK.

After a years-long run of being the top local station for newscasts, KSDK has slipped in the ratings, being passed at times by KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI (Channel 2).

“He had a No. 1 legacy station here, and he let it slip,” said one source in local television. Read more

St. Louis Station Apologizes for Showing Home of Ferguson Police Officer

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized after showing the home of the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting and killing Mike Brown.

Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.

Viewers have complained about it on facebook, questioning the station’s judgement, with some vowing to never watch the station again.

News Crews Hit with Tear Gas, Bean Bags in Ferguson; Police: ‘We Don’t Want You Here’

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KSDK photographers and a photographer were approached at gunpoint Wednesday night by police in Ferguson, Missouri, who said “we don’t want you here,” according to a report by KSDK reporter Casey Nolan filed early Thursday morning.

Two KSDK-TV photojournalists and reporter Elizabeth Matthews were filing a story for the St. Louis NBC affiliate about the cancellation of school, with their live truck positioned in a Ferguson neighborhood just outside a perimeter established by police.

Shortly after 9 p.m., police in riot gear began dispersing demonstrators about a quarter of a mile from the crew’s location. The KSDK crew captured video of police using tear gas in the neighborhood, with one canister hitting a crew from Al Jazeera America, sending the crew running (video after the jump). The KSDK crew says police then came to them: Read more

What Did They Cover in St. Louis Last Night?

We revisit the St. Louis, MO, market in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, after the shooting death of Mike Brown.

All the stations seemed to center their shows around the visit of Al Sharpton, his call for peace and the Town Hall meeting that took place last night.

The interesting thing in the first five minutes of coverage, was that both NBC affiliate KSDK and FOX affiliate KTVI spent time on the release of the name of the officer who shot Brown, while CBS affiliate KMOV addressed the racial disparity in the Ferguson police department.

Courtney Gousman Jumps Stations in Chicago

courtney gousmanCourtney Gousman is joining WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter. Gousman comes from rival WBBM, the CBS-owned station in the market, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2012.

“A Chicago native, Courtney is a perfect fit for ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ news team,” WGN interim news director Jennifer Lyons told Robert Feder. “She’s experienced, dynamic and active in the community. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”

Gousman will begin at WGN on July 9. She will be a reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before WBBM, Gousman worked at KSDK in St. Louis, WEHT in Evansville, Ind., KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and WMAR in Baltimore.

Pat McGonigle Re-Ups with KSDK

Pat-McGonigleKSDK morning anchor Pat McGonigle has signed a multi-year contract with the St. Louis NBC affiliate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We are very happy to have Pat sign a new multi-year contract with KSDK,” president and GM Lynn Beall said in a statement. “It’s very apparent how much Pat loves St. Louis. He really cares about this community.”

McGonigle started at KSDK in September 2011 from WHEC in Rochester, NY. Details of the contract were not released.

Drone Hits St. Louis Office Building, Police and FAA Looking for Owner

drone_AP_304A remotely piloted quadcopter crashed into a downtown St. Louis skyscraper Monday.

While the story doesn’t directly involve a local TV station (as far as we know right now) it does highlight the dangers of unmanned aerial vehicles. TVSpy has been covering stories like this since UAV’s are being eyed and sometimes used by many local TV stations.

St. Louis police and the FAA are looking for the person who was piloting the DJI Phantom II which was found by security guards on the 30th floor of the Met Square building. The drone had an HD camera attached. Watch KSDK’s report on the drone after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we check out St. Louis TV to see what they covered in last night’s 6:00 p.m.

One surprise? The Sinclair owned ABC affiliate has no local news.

Also, with the exception of FOX affiliate KTVI, the trend in St. Louis seemed to be a first block filled with short quick stories about local crime.

NYT: Undercover Reports on School Security Raise Ethical Questions

kirkwood_hsUsing the recent school scare caused by a reporter at KSDK as an example, The New York Times looks at the “broader questions about the ethical and practical implications” of undercover reporting on school security:

Jen Wilton, who has two sons at the [St. Louis] school, said she was frightened when one of them texted to tell her about the lockdown. The news station had crossed the line, she said. “They certainly didn’t do me any service,” she said. “I have a few more gray hairs because of it, and it terrified my kids and a lot of other kids.”

Critics say these kinds of undercover efforts do not provide an accurate portrait of school safety, and question whether they serve any public good. Some journalists question whether the news organizations become too much a part of the story, and whether it is dangerous for reporters to wander into schools now that students and staff are often on heightened alert. Read more

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