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Two Reporters to Join Austin FOX Station

spinetto_saabElizabeth Saab and Nick Spinetto will join Austin FOX owned station KTBC next Wednesday.

Saab comes to the station through the FOX ranks. She last worked for FOXNews.com.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with FOX at KTBC and am excited to move back to my home state,” Saab said in a statement.

Spinetto will work on Good Day Austin as a reporter. He last worked at WMUR in Manchester, NH.

“I look forward to joining the talented team of FOX 7 journalists,” Spinetto said. “Most of all, I’m counting the days until I can call Austin home – a fantastic place because of the culture, music, food and the people.”

Saab has also worked for Hermedia Group, LLC in New York, News Corp.’s The Daily, FiOS1 News in Rye Brook, NY, and NY1 News in New York. Spinetto started his career at KRHD in Bryan, TX. and has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, FL, and WSHM in Springfield, MA.

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Former Intern Named Weekend Anchor at Austin FOX Station

paredez_cropped ktbcFOX owned Austin, TX, station KTBC has named Ashley Paredez weekend evening anchor.

“During Ashley’s tenure filling in on the weekend newscasts, it was clear she was the best choice to be our weekend anchor,” said VP and news director Pam Vaught in a statement. “She connects with our viewers and is always looking for stories that will have an impact on our community.”

Paredez interned at KTBC in 2008. Recently, she has been working as a reporter for the station. Before working at KTBC, she was a morning anchor, reporter and EP at KFDA in Amarillo, TX.

Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Anchor Shuffle at Austin FOX Station

petrowski_ktbcKTBC weekend anchor Lauren Petrowski is moving to “Good Day Austin” for the FOX owned station.

Beginning Monday, February 3 she’ll join Amanda Salinas and Dave Froelich.

Petrowski replaces Keri Bellacosa who left the station last week. Michael Lewis, KTBC GM said in a statement, “We mutually agreed to part ways. We want to thank Keri for her many contributions to FOX 7 during her time with us.”

[Austin 360]

Former KTBC Anchor Diagnosed with Leukemia

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez left Austin FOX owned station KTBC earlier this month. She told viewers she was leaving to be with her husband and two year old son in Washington, D.C.

But, as Austin360.com reports, when Hernandez had some blood work done as part of the process to have a second child via in vitro fertilization, doctors found she had leukemia.

“The doctor called me crying,” Hernandez told Austin360. “I said, ‘What? You must be kidding.’ I was yelling and crying. It was unreal.”

Sadly, her doctor wasn’t kidding. She was very, very ill.

Hernandez wasted little time, booking a last-minute ticket and arriving at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital late Monday. She expects to start six weeks of on-and-off chemotherapy Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They told me, ‘This can’t wait,’” she said.

The support from friends, former co-workers — and viewers who’ve never met the vibrant broadcast journalist — has been, from the start, overwhelming, Hernandez said. She says she is so incredibly grateful.

“I’m so touched,” she said. “My stomach hurts from crying so much, but I know I can beat this. I can kick its ass. I look at my precious son and I say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”

KTBC Adds Anchor to ‘Good Day Austin’

salinas_kdafAmanda Salinas has been named anchor for “Good Day Austin,” the morning news show for Austin FOX owned station KTBC.

“As a native Texan, who graduated from the University of Texas and has spent most of her career reporting and anchoring here, there is no one better versed on all things Austin than Amanda,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Salinas comes to KTBC from KDAF in Dallas. She has also worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach, WFAA in Dallas, KCEN in Waco and KGNS in Laredo, TX.

Beginning January 20, she joins Dave Froehlich, Zack Shields and Keri Bellacosa on “Good Day” and Froehlich as anchor on the Noon news.

Loriana Hernandez Leaving Austin FOX Station

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez has announced she is leaving KTBC.

“I have some bitter sweet news to share this Tuesday morning,” Hernandez wrote on her facebook page. “After 7 years here at Fox 7 I have decided it is time for me to join my husband Cesar in the DC area so we can raise our 19-month old son Gabriel under one roof. My husband and I have commuted for the past few years so I could keep doing what I love doing here at FOX 7 but we need to be together as a family.”

The morning anchor for the Austin FOX owned station went on to say her last day on-air would be January 3, but plans to stay in Austin until late January.

Hernandez came to KTBC in 2007. She started her career at CNN and CNN En Español and has also worked at KSEE in Fresno and KXAS in Dallas.

[Austin 360]

Ashley Paredez Joins Austin FOX Station

paredez_kfdaAshley Paredez has joined Austin FOX owned station KTBC as a general assignment reporter.

Paredez came to KTBC from KFDA in Amarillo, TX. She interned at KTBC in 2008. You can watch her KFDA farewell video after the jump.

She announced the move on facebook saying she was moving closer to home, “It’s a bitter sweet moment to leave Amarillo and the friendships I’ve made here but I look forward to the future God has planned for me.” Read more

Foti Kallergis Set to Join KTRK in Houston

foti kallergisFoti Kallergis is joining KTRK in Houston as a reporter.  He begins at the ABC O&O on September 30.

It is a return to Texas television for Kallergis, who has previously worked at KVUE and KTBC in Austin. He left KTBC in 2012 to help run his family business.

“I always dreamed of reporting in my hometown, so this is a major career accomplishment. It’s also a full-circle moment because I started my TV News career at Ch.13 as an intern,” Kallergis wrote on Facebook. “I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity, and I can’t wait to serve my hometown.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

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