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What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

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El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James

wildman croppedKVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Wildman is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate for a station in Tallahassee, but not before imitating NBA star LeBron James.

James wrote a piece in Sports Illustrated detailing his recent decision to head back to his hometown of Cleveland to play for his first team, the Cavaliers. It was called, “I’m Coming Home” and has been spoofed by Frank Caliendo in Morgan Freeman‘s voice on ESPN radio.  Let’s just say James sentiments inspired Wildman.

In the opening paragraph, LeBron wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. (click here to read the entire LeBron piece)

Wildman wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would start my broadcasting career, I was a red headed Jewish step child from Parkland, Florida. It’s where I played little league. It’s where I got bar mitzvah’d. It’s where I laughed. It’s where I slept. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up thanks to social media. I sometimes feel they live vicariously through my Facebook or Twitter account. (click here to read the entire Wildman piece)

Of course, some of Wildman’s facebook followers thought he was being serious. One commenter wrote, “Wow, Asher; this made me even prouder of you! I wish every El Pasoan who has returned read this and understood the importance of their return!”

Matt Dougherty Signs Off from KVIA

dougherty kviaEl Paso ABC affiliate KVIA gave anchor weekend anchor Matt Dougherty a send off Saturday night.

Apparently, Dougherty is known for his fabulous hair since he was given a collection of hair care products as part of his on-air goodbye. Click here to watch the video.

Dougherty started at KVIA in 2012 and began his career in the Rio Grande Valley before working in Victoria, TX. He has also worked in Louisiana. There’s no word where he’s headed.

KVIA Raises Questions Over Coverage of Rival Anchor’s Arrest for Domestic Violence

El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA is under fire for its coverage of KTSM anchor Adrienne Alvarez‘s recent arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

After teasing the story of Alvarez’s arrest off the top of its 10:00 p.m. news, anchor Ashlie Rodriguez told viewers the station sent a crew to Alvarez’s house to get her side of the story. They then aired footage of a KVIA intern approaching Alvarez in what appeared to be Alvarez’s driveway. When Alvarez backed away from the intern, the intern said, “That’s fine. Thank you for your time,” which was echoed by what sounded like the photographer saying the same thing.

That report left some in El Paso, including a writer at the El Paso Times, questioning if the station was a little too aggressive in its reporting.

KVIA apologized to viewers for its coverage, once at at the end of the 10:00 p.m. news and once the next day when anchor Estela Casas told viewers, “Well last night we aired a story about KTSM’s Adrienne Alvarez. It was a misguided attempt to provide someone accused of wrongdoing a chance to explain her side of the story. However, we exercised an error in  judgment. That type of report does not meet our standards for ethics or journalism and what you’ve come to expect from ABC-7. We assure  you this has been a learning experience for those involved. We apologized at the end of yesterday’s newscast and we apologize again tonight.” Read more

Paul Cicala Leaving KVIA, Station Names Successor

KVIA has announced sports director Paul Cicala (pictured left) is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate and will join Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA.

“We are sad to lose such a talented, genuine person like Paul,” said KVIA news director Brenda De Anda-Swann in a statement. “He is a truly unique, authentic talent and his enthusiasm is always contagious. He has a special bond with the audience and I know he’ll be missed.”

Cicala is moving to Tucson to tend to family matters, the station said.

The station also announced Asher Wildman (pictured right) will step into Cicala’s sports director role as soon as Cicala leaves in one month.

Wildman has worked at KVIA for more than a year. Prior to working at KVIA, he was host of Golfweek TV in Orlando, FL.

[El Paso Times]

El Paso’s KVIA Adds Reporter

Collin Carroll will join El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA as a multimedia journalist.

KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell confirmed with TVSpy Carroll will start in September.

This will be Carroll’s first TV station. He is currently finishing up his master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

UTEP Coach Says Player Left Team Because Of ‘How He Was Portrayed on Local TV’

The University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball coach has linked the departure of one of his players to reporting by KVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman (pictured).

The player leaving UTEP, Chris Washburn Jr., allegedly assaulted a bouncer at an El Paso bar last month after he was declined entry for being underage. Wildman obtained the police report and reported on the incident on the El Paso ABC affiliate. No arrests have been made in the May incident.

Washburn was the first UTEP freshman to finish the season with three double-figure point totals in more than a decade. In an interview with the El Paso Times this week, UTEP coach Tim Floyd talked about Washburn’s departure:

He has expressed an interest in getting back closer to home in the Dallas area and we couldn’t satisfy his minutes. He wanted a little more playing time. Plus, he was also a little disappointed by how he was portrayed on local TV by Asher Wildman of Channel 7.

Patricia Martinez, an El Paso radio host, penned a column in support of Wildman’s reporting: Read more

Abe Lubetkin Says Goodbye to WISN

Abe Lubetkin is leaving Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

Lubetkin, who is a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter at WISN, will join the power solutions division of Johnson Control. He joined the station in 2010 from KVIA in El Paso, where he was an anchor and reporter.

“Leaving television news was a difficult decision for me,” Lubetkin told the Journal Sentinel. “But having worked in the news business since graduating from college, I decided it was time for a new challenge. … I deeply appreciate all the viewers who made me feel right at home here.”

Indra Petersons Joins CNN From KABC

KABC meteorologist Indra Petersons has joined CNN as a weather anchor and correspondent, TVNewser reports.

Petersons will primarily contribute to “New Day,” CNN’s morning newscast set to launch on June 17. Her first assignment for CNN will be covering the tornado devastation from Moore this week.

Before joining KABC in 2003, Petersons worked at KEYT in Santa Barbara and KVIA in El Paso.

KVIA Adding 9:00 p.m. News to Sister Station

KVIA has announced plans to produce a 9:00 p.m. news to air on its sister station CW affiliate KVIA-DT2.

The weekday newscast will air on the El Paso ABC affiliate’s digital subchannel 7.2 and will be anchored by Stephanie Valle and meteorologist Karla Huelga.

“Since the El Paso/Las Cruces CW launched in 2007, we’ve wanted to provide the station’s viewers with news and weather,” said KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell.  “Now that the station is well established, we’re ready to use ABC7’s resources to bring CW viewers a newscast that’s an hour earlier than our ABC7 10 p.m. newscast.”

The station also announced weekend morning anchor Denise Olivas will replace Valle as co-anchor of the noon news with Bob Harp.  Olivas will also begin reporting for the weekday morning show, “Good Morning El Paso.”

The first newscast on the CW will air Monday, March 25.

[El Paso Times]

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