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Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

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KTBS Reporter Eric James ‘Placed on Administrative Leave’ After Arrest

eric cox mugshot_304x200KTBS anchor-reporter Eric James, also known as Eric Cox, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with obscenity, which is a felony. The Shreveport ABC affiliate posted a brief report on its website about the arrest.

Rival station KSLA reports James “exposed himself and asked undercover agent to perform sexual favors.” Another man was also arrested in the incident.

“We have heard the report of his arrest. We are in the process of gathering more information and investigating the matter,” the station said in a statement. “In the meantime, Eric James has been placed on administrative leave.

Charisse Gibson Makes Her Debut on KSLA Morning News

Charisse Gibson has joined Shreveport, LA, CBS affiliate KSLA as morning anchor.

Gibson made her station debut on Friday’s noon news. She was welcomed on-air to KSLA in a toss to weather during the 5:00 a.m. show. She admitted to co-anchor Doug Warner and meteorologist Ron Young, she had trouble finding the station due to heavy fog. “You’re just learning the city, so…” said Young. “Fog or not, I was about to say,” said Warner. “Charisse, everyone,” introducing Gibson to the viewers. “New to the show. We would expect you to get lost once or twice.”

Gibson comes to KSLA from WLOX in Biloxi, MS, where she was a news producer/reporter/multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor. She has also worked at WDSU and WWL in New Orleans.

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Brittany Pieper Joins KOMU From KSLA

Brittany Pieper is the new evening co-anchor at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Beginning March 4, Pieper will co-anchor with Angie Bailey for the 5 p.m. newscast and with Jim Riek for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She and Riek will also anchor the 9 p.m. newscast on KOMU’s CW-affiliated digital subchannel.

Pieper comes from Shreveport, La., where she is an anchor and reporter covering education at KSLA. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her career as a student reporter and anchor at KOMU.

“We knew Brittany to be a terrific journalist when she worked with us before. So when the opportunity came to bring her back to work with us again, I jumped at the chance,” news director Stacey Woelfel said in a statement. “She has all the skills Mid-Missouri wants in a news anchor –intelligence, a passion for news and the ability to communicate in a way people will love.”

Busted! KSLA Gets Back at Alleged On Air Scammer

KSLA, the CBS affiliate for Shreveport, LA thought it was doing a good deed Friday night when it aired the story of a family left homeless by Hurricane Isaac.  The story was prompted by an email from a good Samaritan looking to help the family get back on its feet.  According to the station website, the station soon discovered it may have been fooled.

After the story aired, KSLA News 12 received phone calls from viewers saying that the couple was known for scamming on innocent people and that they were not homeless. We met up with Maston to give him a chance to address the allegations.

Sasha Jones, the reporter on the story, quickly invited the couple to the station to answer the allegations.  The suspect and his wife showed up, sat down for an interview and were promptly arrested by Shreveport Police.  You can watch the video after the jump.

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Sara Celi Will Leave WXIX After 4 Years in Cincinnati

After four years a reporter for Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX, Sara Celi announced this week that she is leaving the station for a anchoring job in Oklahoma City.

Celi, who grew up in Cincinnati, did not disclose which Oklahoma City station she is going to. “It’s been a great four and a half years here in Cincinnati,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “It has been such a pleasure for me to have a chance to report the news in the city where I grew up.”

Celi got her start at KSLA, where she was a “one-man band” journalist who did all her own reporting, writing and shooting. She eventually graduated to a fill-in anchor at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, LA, before joining WXIX in 2007. Her last day will be September 4, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.