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KTBS Anchor Arrested for DWI

lowery ktbsThe Inquisitor reports, KTBS anchor Jody Lowery was arrested by Louisiana State Police for DWI on July 31.

The arrest happened on July 31st in Red River Parish. State police booked Lowery under her full name: Jody Lowery Waldo.

>UPDATE: According to the arrest report, Lowery was booked on charges of DWI, operating a vehicle on a suspended license and open container. TVSpy added a partial screen grab of the report after the jump.

TVSpy has asked Lowery for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Lowery co-anchors the 10:00 p.m. news on Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate and the 9:00p.m. news on CW affiliate KPXJ. Read more

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Sherri Talley Returning to KTBS

talley ktbs_304Sherri Talley will be returning to Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gerry and Joe and the rest of the team, again,” Talley told KTBS. “KTBS is like a family to me. It’s good to be back home.”

Talley, who worked at KTBS from 1994 until April 2011, left to work in public relations and later start her own social media company.

The station said she will rejoin “old friend and colleague” Gerry May on the KTBS 6:00 p.m. news next Monday.

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Shreveport Station Adds Morning Anchor

Carly Flynn Morgan is joining Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS as a morning anchor.

In a promo introducing her to viewers, Morgan learns Louisiana has parishes instead of counties, few basements and humidity that’s worse than its heat.

Morgan comes to KTBS from WDSI in Chattanooga, TN, where she was an anchor and producer.

[Arkansas TV News]

Anchor Leaving Shreveport Station for More Family Time

coile_ktbsKTBS morning anchor Chrissi Coile has announced she is leaving the Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate to spend more time with her family.

“Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know after nearly 10 years, my last day at KTBS 3 will be this Friday, December 13th,” Coile wrote on her facebook page.

She told TVSpy, “I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old and I want to make sure I’m able to spend as much time as possible with them while they’re growing up.”

On her station bio page, Coile said she grew up watching KTBS. She started her career at KLFY in Lafayette, LA.

[Arkansas TV News]

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.

Austin Morning Anchor Following Investigative Reporter Husband to Oregon

KTBC morning anchor Katherine Kisiel plans to follow her husband, investigative reporter Chris Willis, to his new job in Portland, OR, in a couple of weeks.

Last week we reported Willis, who used to work for Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, had been hired by Portland NBC affiliate KGW.  The station said he’ll start there in early July.

The Austin FOX owned station has plans for an on-air goodbye for Kisiel, though the date for that has not been set. Kisiel started her career as a reporter/anchor in Yuma, AZ. She’s also worked in Yakima, WA, and Tri-Cities, WA.

[Austin360.com]

Ed Walsh Leaving KTBS

Ed Walsh, anchor for Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS, has announced he is leaving the station.

Walsh, who has worked at KTBS for over ten years, told TVSpy he’s going to work for Caeser’s Entertainment. “I’ll be the new Public Relations, Advertising, Communications, and Entertainment Supervisor for their two properties in Bossier City, LA.”

He’s also worked in Monroe, LA, and New Orleans. His last day will be next Friday, June 14.

[Arkansas TV News]

KTBS Sports Director Sets Record Straight Before Signing Off

Tim Fletcher, sports director for KTBS in Shreveport, LA, has confirmed with TVSpy he will be leaving the station Monday but not before attempting to address rumors about his departure.

Fletcher sent TVSpy a copy of his facebook posting saying why he is leaving the ABC affiliate,

I proposed a plan that would allow me to continue working at KTBS; increase my reporting workload; but allow me to be home three nights a week after 7pm. The station, as is their prerogative, chose instead to accept my two-week notice dated 3/18/13. Basically, I pitched an ultimatum to the station and they made the choice to pass on my proposal.

The unconfirmed news about his departure was posted Wednesday by Arkansas TV News blog. In the comments section of the blog post, some guessed he was jumping to cross town NBC station KTAL for a salary of $150,000. Read more

Jessica Crandall New KTBS Weekend Anchor

Jessica Crandall has joined KTBS, the Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate, as weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

Crandall comes to KTBS from KIFI-KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID where she was an anchor and reporter.

She began working at KIFI in 2010. Previously she worked as a reporter and fill-in weather anchor for Park City Television, Park City, UT.

[Arkansas TV News]

KTBS Fires Rhonda Lee For Violating Social Media Policy. Lee: ‘I have yet to see this policy’

Former KTBS meteorologist Rhonda Lee, who was terminated at the Shreveport ABC affiliate last month for “repeated violations” of the station’s social media policy, is firing back at station management, claiming she was unaware such a policy existed.

In October, a viewer wrote on the station’s Facebook page: “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady. the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but its still not something myself that i think looks good on tv.”

Lee posted a lengthy response to the viewer, which she provided to Journal-isms:

Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Read more

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