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Sports Anchor Turned News Anchor then Retired Anchor Hired to do Sports at KUSA

Fox31 anchor Ron Zappolo is retiring.Ron Zappolo, the former sports anchor who retired last year as a news anchor is coming back to Denver airwaves.

The Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow reports Zappolo will be the “weekend sports conversationalist” for Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

He’ll be paired with Sam Adams, Denver comedian and sportswriter (for the Rocky Mountain News), to talk sports as a segment within the newscast. The first taping is Friday, to air this weekend.

“We’ll see what develops,” Zappolo said late Tuesday. “Anything’s on the table.”

KUSA President and General Manager Mark Cornetta calls the move an “experiment,” as a way to inject talk about sports, sometimes in a debate style, in the weekend newscast. “As with anything, if it is good, there is the possibility it could expand,” Cornetta said. Read more

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KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

KUSA News Director Patti Dennis Gets Expanded Role with Gannett

dennis_kusa_croppedPatti Dennis, VP of news at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, has been given a role in choosing who works for the station’s parent company Gannett.

“In her new role, Patti will work directly with our stations to help recruit both on and off air candidates,” Rob Mennie, Gannett Broadcasting’s SVP of news, said in an email sent to staffers. “She will create an online database of potential employees and work with a small team of people in order to find the best and brightest for our properties.”

Mennie added Dennis will be less involved in day to day operations of KUSA but will keep her title.

Dennis told The Denver Post via email, “I am working on the new assignment as well as working with the newsroom in Denver for a while.”

[The Denver Post]

KUSA Adds Whitney Wild As Reporter

wild_wjla_croppedWhitney Wild is joining Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Wild told TVSpy she starts Monday, March 24 as a general assignment reporter and added, “I’m greatly looking forward to joining KUSA.”

Wild comes to KUSA from WJLA in Washington, D.C. where she started in 2011.

Denver Station’s Website Hacked

kusa_olympic logoDenver NBC affiliate KUSA had its website hacked.

Patti Dennis KUSA’s VP of news told TVSpy, “The photo gallery section of our website was hacked on Tuesday evening.  We immediately noticed the changes and worked quickly to shutdown that portion of our site.”

Dennis also told us the problem with the website’s security has been fixed

Last night anchor Kyle Clark told viewers, “Our apologies to everyone who stopped by 9News.com tonight and saw the obscene images posted by someone who got on to our website. We got them down in short order and we have temporarily removed our photo galleries while we scrub out the filth. It is a delightful world we live in. Again, our apologies for that.”

Amelia Earhart Flying Away from KUSA

earhart_kusa_croppedAmelia Earhart, traffic reporter for KUSA, will leave the Denver NBC affiliate when her contract is up in April.

Earhart, who is no relation to the famous missing aviator, has scheduled an around-the-world flight in June in honor of her namesake.

“It was good timing ahead of the around-the-world flight,” Earhart told The Denver Post’s Joan Ostrow.

She told viewers on her facebook page, “It’s now time to go all in with my career in aviation, inspiration, and the Fly With Amelia Foundation. Now through June, my focus will be on flight training, planning, and preparation for the around the world flight.” Earhart added her last day will be April 11 and she plans to come back on a fill-in basis.

According to Ostrow, KUSA news director Patti Dennis has been aware of Earhart’s plan since late last year and already has someone in mind to take her place, though no one was named. Dennis told Ostrow, “She’s going full bore into the Fly With Amelia Foundation. She wants to devote herself to aviation.”

KUSA Investigative Reporter Will Ripley Joins CNN International

will ripley cnnAfter three years at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, Will Ripley is joining CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent.

“Will is a tenacious, dedicated, courageous reporter – exactly what we look for at CNN,” EVP and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the CNN family as we continue to strengthen our coverage in the Asia region.”

At KUSA, Ripley was an investigative journalist and anchor. Before that, he worked at KRGV in Welasco, Texas and KRCG in Columbia, Mo.

KUSA Photog Makes Amazing One-Handed Catch During Broncos Game


KUSA photographer Brian Olson was standing behind the uprights when the Denver Broncos attempted a field goal against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

When Broncos kicker Matt Prater 54-yard attempt hit the upright, the photographer for the Denver NBC affiliate had to one-up the kicker by catching his kick…with one hand…and all without missing the refs call.

[FTVLive]

Denver Stations Break In to Regular Programming for School Shooting

denver_shooting_mixDenver TV stations broke into afternoon programming to cover the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO.

CBS owned station KCNC broke in first. At 12:54 p.m. Alan Gionet told viewers about the shooting and reported police were in the area with emergency vehicles on their way. Gionet said Grayson Robinson, Araphaoe County Sheriff, told the station there were two possible victims and an active shooting situation at the time. Gionet promised further updates before returning to regular programming.

NBC affiliate KUSA broke in to “Extra” at 12:55 with Cheryl Preheim in the newsroom. ABC affiliate KMGH interrupted “General Hospital” at 1:16 with John Ferrugia reporting the station had spoken to students at the scene who said they heard three shots fired. FOX affiliate KDVR was last on at 1:30 p.m. with a combination of studio anchor and live helicopter shot showing the scene at the high school.

The shooting happened just a few miles from the scene of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.

Denver Anchor Mends Jimmy Fallon’s Jacket During Station Visit

KUSA anchor Adele Arawaka flashed some seamstress skills on Friday during a station visit by NBC “Late Night” talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon, who will take over “The Tonight Show” in February, was in town for his “Clean Cut Comedy Tour” when he stopped by the Denver NBC Affiliate. According to the station, he popped a button off his jacket and Arakawa, who the station said “is pretty handy with a needle and thread,” sewed it back on for him. Read more

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