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KTVK’s Lisa Haffner Victim of Purse Snatching

Lisa Haffner, former reporter and current host of KTVK‘s lifestyle show, “Your Life A to Z,” had her purse snatched by a man in a moving vehicle.

“It’s an intensive violation that you don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” Haffner told Mike Watkiss, reporter for the Phoenix independent station.

Haffner said she was pushing a shopping cart out of a Safeway grocery store when a man drove up behind her, reached out of his vehicle and grabbed her purse. Read more

Meteorologist Brittney Shipp Joins WCAU

Meteorologist Brittney Shipp will join WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, early next year.

Shipp moves to Philadelphia from Phoenix, where she has been a weekend meteorologist and special assignment reporter at KTVK for five years. She began her career at KYMA, the NBC affiliate in Yuma, Ariz.

“Providing our viewers with the best possible weather information is always one of our main goals. Brittney’s exceptional skills, along with her warmth and enthusiasm, will be a great addition to our team,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement.

KTVK Posts Raw Footage of Arizona Governor’s Reaction to Climate Change Question

When KTVK political editor Dennis Welch asked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer about climate change last week he probably didn’t expect the internet storm that followed in its wake.

In response to the growing speculation that the Arizona Governor punched (Tucson Citizen, The Atlantic Wire), slugged (Huffington Post, Jim Romenesko), took a swing (Yahoo! News) or tapped the reporter for the Phoenix independent station, KTVK posted the raw video of the interview for all to see.

In the raw video, Welch asked the Governor whether she believed humans are responsible for global warming or not.  Then after stumbling through an answer, the Governor began walking away.  She then turned back with a bemused look on her face, tapped the KTVK reporter and asked, “Where in the hell did that come from?”  You can form your own opinion of whether it was a punch, tap or slug by viewing the raw video after the jump.

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Yetta Gibson Promoted to Evening Anchor at KTVK

Yetta Gibson, who has worked as a reporter and morning field anchor for KTVK since 2010, has been promoted to evening anchor at the Phoenix independent station.

Beginning Monday, Gibson will anchor KTVK’s 6 p.m. newscast alongside Fields Moseley, and solo anchor the station’s 10 p.m. news.

“Can’t wait 2 work w/u!” Gibson tweeted to Moseley on Wednesday.

As part of KTVK’s evening shuffle, Moseley and Carey Pena will move from 10 p.m. to co-anchor the station’s hour-long 9 p.m. newscast.  Pena will also host “Politics Unplugged,” KTVK’s weekly public affairs show. Read more

Dennis Welch Joins KTVK as Political Editor

KTVK, the independent station in Phoenix, has hired Dennis Welch as political editor, TVNewsCheck reports. He will begin June 1.

Welch will oversee the station’s political coverage and co-host “Politics Unplugged,” the station’s political affairs show. He joins KTVK from the Arizona Guardian, where he was owner and editor. He has been a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” for the past several years.

“Dennis gives us a first-rate political reporter who really knows Arizona’s political landscape,” executive news director Brad Remington saidRead more

Happy National Hug An Anchor Day!

Happy National Hug An Anchor Day, everybody!

In a tradition reportedly started by “Fox & Friends” in 2009 (although they called it “Hug A Newsman Day” back then–video above), today, April 4th, is the time to show some affection to your favorite news anchor.

Anchors across the country have been taking part in the holiday on-air. Read more

Kaley O’Kelley’s Co-Anchor Sets the Record Straight About Her On-Air ‘F-Bomb’

KTVK has moved swiftly to counter reports that anchor Kaley O’Kelley dropped the f-bomb on-air this morning after hearing that Peyton Manning had decided to sign with the Broncos.

The station posted a video to YouTube this afternoon in which O’Kelley’s co-anchor, Scott Pasmore, sets the record straight.

“Kaley, sitting right next to me, said, ‘Oh, I just lost a buck,” Pasmore says in the video, referring to a $1 bet O’Kelley had about where the star quarterback would end up (video above).

VIDEO: Did KTVK Anchor Drop the F-Bomb On-Air After Hearing Peyton Manning News?


KTVK anchor Kaley O’Kelley appeared to drop the f-bomb this morning after she heard that Peyton Manning was signing with the Broncos (video above).

During a segment about this recent study, O’Kelley was speaking with two local radio personalities when one of them mentioned that he had just seen a tweet about Manning signing with the Broncos, instead of the hometown Cardinals.

KTVK had yet to report on Manning’s decision at the time. It’s unclear exactly what spurred O’Kelley’s apparent curse, though. >Update: KTVK news director Brad Remington tells TVSpy that O’Kelley said “buck.” Read more

KVOA Hires Allison Alexander, Rebecca Taylor

Tucson NBC-affiliate KVOA has hired a pair of new anchors: Allison Alexander (pictured) and Rebecca Taylor.

Alexander replaces Martha Vazquez, who resigned last month following a shoplifting incident, as the station’s noon and 4 p.m. anchor. The move is a return to Tucson for Alexander, who worked at ABC-affiliate KGUN from 2002-04. More recently, she has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at KTVK in Phoenix. Her first day at KVOA will be March 19.

Taylor will be the weekend anchor at KVOA beginning on March 21. She returns to the station after leaving in 2010 to move to Nashville. Taylor replaces Emily Guggenmos, who joined Buffalo’s WIVB last month.

Anchor Stella Inger Joining KTVK From KPSP

KPSP morning anchor Stella Inger has been hired at KTVK, the independent station in Phoenix.

Inger was the morning anchor at Palm Springs CBS-affiliate KPSP, and she will serve in the same role at KTVK.

“I love the mornings because I’m able to show my personality more and have a great time while still bringing the viewers the news,” Inger told the Desert Sun. “Waking up with people — I love it.”

Inger has worked at KPSP since 2008. Her last day at the station will be February 29, and she will begin at KTVK in mid-March.

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