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Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

Two Days, Two San Antonio Reporters Hired by KTVT

Add Brian New as the second San Antonio reporter hired by Dallas CBS O&O KTVT this week.

The investigative reporter for CBS affiliate KENS joins Mireya Villarreal-Gideon who was hired from San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI Monday.

“I am very excited to be joining a station that is committed to original investigative reporting as well as good story telling,”  New told TVSpy. “(news director) Adrienne Roark‘s commitment to investigative reporting is a big reason why I decided to join her news team”

New has been at KENS since 2007.  He previously worked as a reporter/anchor at Cheyenne, WY ABC affiliate KTWO, Amarillo ABC affiliate KVII and Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT.

A KTVT spokesperson told TVSpy New will begin working as a general assignment reporter on New Year’s Eve.

[unclebarky.com]

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon Jumps to KTVT

Mireya Villarreal-Gideon is making the jump from San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI to Dallas CBS O&O KTVT.

Villarreal-Gideon, who has been hired at KTVT as an investigative reporter, has been a member of WOAI’s “Trouble Shooters” investigative team since 2008.

She began her on-air career for NBC affiliate KGNS in Laredo, TX as a sports anchor/reporter.  Before working for WOAI, she was a general assignment reporter at ABC affiliate KRGV in Welasco, TX.

A KTVT spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, Villarreal-Gideon’s first day at the station will be January 2.

[unclebarky.com]

Melissa Newton Leaving KTVT to Join Husband in Oklahoma City

Melissa Newton, reporter for KTVT, will be leaving the Dallas CBS O&O to join her husband in Oklahoma City.

“I will miss my colleagues from whom I have learned so much, and all of the amazing viewers who have made this experience a great one,” Newton told TVSpy.  “I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life.”

Newton posted the news and the reason for the move on her twitter account yesterday.  You can see a screen grab of the twitter post after the jump.

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Lisa Blegen Named Managing Editor at WFTV

There is a new managing editor at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Lisa Blegen will join the station from KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Blegen steps into the role formerly held by Matt Parcell, who was promoted to news director at the station last month. At KTVT, Blegen was the executive producer of investigations and special projects.

“We are extremely excited to bring in someone with Lisa’s great investigative and hard news experience,” Parcell said.

The move is a return to Florida for Blegen, who spent 13 years as an investigative and executive producer at WTVT in Tampa before moving to Dallas in 2010.

Jay Gormley Signing Off From KTVT After 15 Years

Veteran reporter Jay Gormley is leaving KTVT, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Gormley, who has been a nightside reporter since he joined the station in 1997, has accepted a job as the director of communications for Time Warner Cable in Dallas. He will sign off from KTVT, the CBS O&O, next Friday.

“It was such a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass on it,” Gormley told Bark. “I have nothing but glowing things to say about Channel 11 … I’m leaving on great terms. I’m leaving on a high.”

Keith Garvin Set to Join KPRC in Houston

Keith Garvin is joining KPRC, the NBC-affiliate in Houston, as a night reporter and anchor of the 4 p.m. newscast, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Garvin comes from KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. He previously worked at WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC.

Garvin replaces Iain Page as 4 p.m. anchor. Page is rumored to be “leaving the station soon to pursue other opportunities,” according to McGuff.

KTVT Hires Whitney Drolen, Promotes Teresa Frosini

Starting next month, traffic anchor Teresa Frosini (left) will shift into a reporting role at KTVT in Dallas, the CBS O&O announced today. She will be replaced by Whitney Drolen (right) who joins KTVT from KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles.

“Teresa and Whitney are both talented professionals, and we’re glad to have both of them on our news team,” KTVT general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement.

Frosini has been KTVT’s traffic anchor since 2006. In her new role, she will report on arts and entertainment, as well as special reports. “North Texas is a rich tapestry of art, entertainment and culture, and I look forward to bringing our viewers those stories,” she said. Read more

Brendan Higgins Joins KTVT as Morning Anchor

Brendan Higgins is joining KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, as a morning anchor.

Higgins will be paired with Adrienne Bankert from 4:30 to 7 a.m. beginning June 25. He most recently worked at rival KXAS, where he was the early morning anchor from 2004-10.

“Brendan is well-known and well-liked by local viewers,” KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement. “We believe he and Adrienne will make a strong connection with morning news viewers based on their knowledge, experience and warm personalities.”

Keith Garvin, the current early-morning anchor, will remain with KTVT as a reporter and fill-in anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Adrienne Bankert Named Morning Anchor at KTVT

Adrienne Bankert is joining KTVT as co-anchor of the weekday morning newscast, the Dallas CBS O&O announced today.

Bankert joins KTVT after eight years at KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento, where she anchored the morning and noon newscasts and hosted “Common Ground,” a monthly newsmagazine. She begins at KTVT on June 25.

“Adrienne is intelligent and engaging,” KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement. “I think our viewers will enjoy her personality and appreciate her genuine interest in the community.”

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that Bankert will replace Lisa Pineiro, who has anchored the morning newscast since 2010.

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