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KTRK Assistant ND to Retire

kobos mcguffEarlier this week, we reported Houston ABC owned station KTRK had promoted executive news producer of special projects Wendy Granato to news director. Now we find out assistant news director Don Kobos, is retiring.

According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the news, Kobos had been a reporter at the station since 1982. He moved into the Assistant ND role in 2000.

Before joining KTRK, Kobos was an investigative reporter at WRAL in Raleigh. He started his career also worked at WWBT in Richmond, Va. in 1976.

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Wendy Granato Named KTRK News Director

KTRK LOGOHouston ABC owned station KTRK has named Wendy Granato VP of news and digital content.

Granato started at KTRK in 1998. For the past 12 years, she has worked as executive news producer of special projects.

“Wendy gives us a seasoned news manager who will hit the ground running,” KTRK president and GM, Henry Florsheim said in a statement. “She knows the market, the staff and has demonstrated the ability to create top quality content across a range of formats and platforms.”

She started her career at KATC in Lafayette, La. She had also worked at KWNS in Houston where she was made news director in 1996.

[Rick Gevers]

Dave Strickland Resigns from KTRK

KTRK LOGOKTRK news director Dave Strickland has resigned.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, said Strickland told staffers Friday “the job was affecting his family, life and personal relationships.”

Strickland started at the station as an intern. He left in 1994 to work at WAVY in Hampton Roads, VA, as an executive producer before being named news director in 1996. He returned to KTRK in 2000 as news director.

ABC News on Apple TV Goes Local

Lost Remote reports on ABC News’ Apple TV launch this morning, which in addition to a variety of national and global news content, offers some local news flavor.

The new Apple TV product, which launched this morning at 10amET, offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of the country’s biggest markets. At launch, content from eight ABC-owned stations — including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno — can be found under the local tab. Content from WISN, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, will also be offered.

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“The local experience is something that we’re very eager to launch and then expand upon,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said.

Simon Gutierrez Joins KPTV From KTRK

Simon Gutierrez has joined KPTV, the Fox affiliate in Portland. Gutierrez comes from KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston, where had been a reporter since January 2013.

It is a return to Oregon for Gutierrez, who grew up in Elmira and attended the University of Oregon. He has previously worked at KSAT in San Antonio and at ESPN.

[h/t Mike McGuff]

How Houston Stations Covered the KTRK Shooting

Houston stations covered breaking news about a rival newsroom this morning as a woman was arrested for firing several shots at KTRK‘s studio and parking lot around 9 a.m.

KPRC broke into the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show with a brief report of the news anchored by Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill. “We want to tell you first and foremost that everyone is okay from when we called over there to our friends at KTRK to check on what’s going on,” McNeill said. The station had Ryan Korsgard reporting from the scene for the 11 a.m. newscast.

Fox owned KRIV reported the news during the station’s regular 9 a.m. newscast, anchored by Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson. “Gunfire at our colleague station just down the street along Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway, KTRK,” Zizka reported. KRIV had Hilary Whittier reporting from the scene for the station’s noon newscast.

CBS affiliate KHOU led its noon newscast with Andrew Horansky at the scene. “We are happy to report that none of our friends or colleagues here at Channel 13 were injured this morning,” Horansky said. “Police are telling us they do not expect to be making any more arrests in this case.”

KTRK Grateful Staffers Are ‘Safe and Sound’ After Shooting

ktrk shooting 2Following a shooting outside the KTRK studios this morning, the ABC-owned station in Houston has issued a statement thanking law enforcement and a witness.

“We want to thank Jeff Tobin, the alert eyewitness who heroically took photos while shots were still being fired, which helped police quickly apprehend the suspect,” the station said in a statement provided to TVSpy. “We are grateful to Houston Police Department for their fast response, that no one was injured and the ABC-13 staff is safe and sound.”

A female suspect is in custody in connection to the shooting, which left bullet holes in cars parked outside KTRK. In a story posted online, KTRK said the car the suspect was arrested in appears to be similar to one caught on surveillance video of a shooting outside the station last month.

Watch the station’s report on the shooting after the jump. Read more

Shots Fired at KTRK in Houston

Shots have been fired at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. A tipster tells us all employees are being kept inside the station for safety reasons.

>Update: KTRK has posted a story about the incident online: Read more

Veteran Houston Anchor Back on Air After Surgery

ward_ktrk croppedKTRK anchor Dave Ward is back on the anchor desk after successful shoulder surgery.

“The cartilage had worn out on my right shoulder,” Ward told the Houston Chronicle. “So they put in some kind of plastic cartilage replacement and a rod in the ball joint and sewed me up, and here I am.”

He was absent from ABC owned station KTRK for three weeks while recovering.

Ward has been with KTRK since 1966 and has been its primary anchor since 1968. He returned to air last week to anchor the 6:00 p.m. news. According to the Chronicle, he hopes to be back on the 10:00 p.m soon.

“I’ve had a little maintenance,” said Ward. “But I’m good for another 50,000 miles.”

Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

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