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Carey Peña Out at KTVK

Carey-Pena2Carey Peña, a longtime anchor for Phoenix’s KTVK, has decided to leave the independent station. Peña, currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at KTVT since 1998.

Peña announced the news on Facebook last night, writing:

After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on. I would like to thank Ed and Leona for their efforts…

She went on to thank her loyal viewers who have “quite literally, watched me grow up.” Peña told her Facebook fans that she’s looking forward to taking a break, spending time with family for the holidays and that she’s “excited to see what the future holds.”

No word yet on who will replace her.

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Phoenix Chopper Pilot Returning to the Air

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner will, once again, fly his helicopter in the Phoenix market. A Meredith spokesperson confirmed, he will shoot and report for independent station KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO starting in October.

We reported in May that the KTVK chopper pilot was moving on from the station after the lease between Haffner’s company, KTVK, which at the time was still owned by Gannett, and the helicopter’s sponsor expired.

“It’s unbelievable because really this is what I love doing.” Haffner told the PBJ. “To be able to do what you love to do for work, there’s just nothing like it in the world.” Read more

Phoenix Reporter Caught in Middle of Dust Storm During Live Report


Jaime Cerreta gave viewers an up close and personal look at what it’s like to stand in the middle of a dust storm Thursday.

The reporter for Phoenix independent station KTVK was interviewing two storm chasers in Chandler, AZ, when the dust storm overtook both her and her photographer.

“This is an Arizona monsoon folks!” said Cerreta.

The storm stuck around for a few hours, knocking out power to thousands.

Gannett Completes Sale of Phoenix Stations to Meredith

meredith logo_304x200Gannett and Sander Media today announced they have completed the sale of Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK and CW affiliate KASW to Meredith Corporation.

The total sale price of the sale announced in December including KMOV in St. Louis was $407.5 in cash. The KMOV deal closed in February.

Meredith chairman and CEO Stephen M. Lacy, said in a statement, “These are high performing stations and will add to our already strong cash flow. We will increase our presence in the large and growing Phoenix market, where we also own KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate.”

According to Meredith both it and SagamoreHill have “voluntarily agreed to divest KASW through a cash sale, swap transaction or combination thereof.”

Meredith announced Wednesday it was buying WGGB in Springfield, MA, from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million.

KTVK ‘Chopperguy’ Leaving Station

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner, chopper pilot and reporter for KTVK, has announced he is leaving the Phoenix independent station.

“I’ve been at Channel 3 my whole career and they’ve given me an incredible opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past 20 years,” Haffner told The Arizona Republic. “They’ve spent a lot of money on me and put me where I’m at right now. I owe them my career.”

According to The Republic, the lease between Haffner’s company Chopperguy, the station and the helicopter’s sponsor is expiring.

“I’m totally loyal to Channel 3,” Haffner said. “I never thought about going anywhere, but now that I own a million-dollar helicopter, I have to go where the work is.”

Haffner started at KTVK as a photographer in 1984 and became the station’s chopper pilot in 1995.

Landlord Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Phoenix Photographer


A Mesa, AZ, landlord was arrested Friday night after he knocked a KTVK photographer to the ground.

The crew for the independent Phoenix station was looking into a viewer complaint that bees were living in the roof of his apartment building when the landlord Mike Djordejvich showed up and demanded the crew leave the property. According to the station, Djordejvich “used his shoulders to butt the photographer, who went tumbling to the ground.”

Djordejvich was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Brandon Lee Joins KTVK in Phoenix

lee_ktvk_croppedBrandon Lee has joined Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK as 4:30 p.m. anchor.

Lee was known as Brandon Rudat when he worked at WGCL in Atlanta. According to KTVK’s press release, “to honor his adopted family and keep a promise made to his adopted father, David Lee, Brandon will go by his middle name ‘Lee’ on air.” He left WGCL in July.

“Brandon will be a great addition to the 3TV news team,” Cameryn Beck, executive news director said in a statement. “His dedication to news excellence and warm personality are a perfect fit for our newsroom and product.”

Lee will also contribute to the station’s other evening shows. He starts anchoring with Jaime Cerreta next Wednesday.

Phoenix Reporter Rescues Stranded Motorist

KTVK reporter Steve Ryan helped a stranded motorist to safety after flash floods made some streets around Phoenix, AZ, unsafe to drive on.

The reporter for the Phoenix independent station told viewers he was conducting interviews when he heard screams for help coming from a car stopped in the middle of a flooded street. Ryan said the driver tried to make her way out of her car by herself, but he waded in and carried her to drier land. Ryan assured viewers it was more treacherous than it looked on video and he had cables to help steady him while he walked through the ankle deep water.

“It’s a team effort out here, Carey” Ryan told anchor Carey Peña. “When someone’s panicking we help out.”

After the rescue, the unidentified woman Ryan carried told him, “I just kinda freaked out. I thought I was going to drown.” When Ryan assured her she didn’t drown, she replied, “Right.” You can watch video of the rescue after the jump. Read more

Phoenix Stations Remember Journalists Killed in 2007 Helicopter Accident

Phoenix stations took time this weekend to mark the six year anniversary of a helicopter crash that killed four local journalists.

July 27, 2007, the helicopters for ABC affiliate KNXV and independent station KTVK collided while covering a police chase. KNXV’s Craig Smith and Rick Krolak and KTVK’s Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox were all killed when the helicopters went down in Steele Indian School Park.

“On July 27th will always be a difficult time for us, but something we are determined not to let die,” Jim Cox’s father Alan Cox told FOX owned station KSAZ. “This memorial in the park is just fantastic and the folks who put this together should be commended. We thank them very, very much.”

The Cox family has created the James Alan Cox foundation for Student Photographers. Click here to learn more. Watch the coverage from the two stations affected after after the jump. Read more

Jaime Cerreta Leaving Oklahoma City for Phoenix

KOKH anchor Jaime Cerreta is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate for Phoenix independent station KTVK.

She announced the news on facebook, “Hi friends! I always said the only reason I’d leave OKC is to go home… I have accepted a weekend anchor job at KTVK 3TV in my hometown of Phoenix.”

Cerreta told TVSpy, “After almost seven incredible years in OKC, I’m excited to return to my family in Phoenix as weekend evening anchor at KTVK.”

Cerreta came to KOKH from KBMT in Beaumont, TX, she’s also worked in Joplin and Springfield, MO. Cerreta’s last day will be August 2.

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