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Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

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Longtime KVOA Anchor Leaving TV After Contract Expires

mcnamara kvoa croppedTom McNamara has announced he is leaving Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA after his contract expires in December to go into real estate.

“Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now,” McNamara said in a statement. “KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months.  I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process.”

McNamara started at KVOA in July 1997. He’s worked either as a reporter or an anchor in Scranton, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

“We’ve been aware of Tom’s intentions for a couple of years now,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA president & GM. “He’s been upfront with us on his desire to expand his local business. We fully support him and wish him all the best.”

The station said McNamara’s replacement would be named later.

Nichole Szemerei Promoted to Anchor of KVOA’s ‘Tucson Today’

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Nichole Szemerei, formerly a traffic reporter for “Tucson Today” on NBC affiliate KVOA, has been promoted to anchor. Szemerei will join co-anchor John Overall weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Szemerei joined KVOA in December 2011. She previously worked at WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Champaign, Ill.

“Nichole is a natural to move into the anchor chair on Tucson Today,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “She’s been a dynamic member of our morning team and is an excellent communicator, a proven journalist and an Arizona native.”

Szemerei begins her new position next week.

Marisa Mendelson to Join KVOA

mendelsonMarisa Mendelson has announced she is joining Tucson, AZ, NBC affiliate KVOA as an investigative reporter.

KVOA news director Cathie Batbie-Loucks confirmed with TVSpy Mendelson will start April 15.

“I’m heading to Tucson, Arizona!” Mendelson wrote on her facebook page. “I’m looking forward to joining their great team.”

Mendelson last worked as a reporter for WFTV in Orlando, FL. She came to WFTV from KOKH in Oklahoma City, OK, and has also worked at WFTX in Fort Myers, FL, WOI in Des Moines, IA, and WHBF in Rock Island, IL.

Tucson’s KVOA Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA is marks 60 years on the air this week.

In an interview with KVOA, Frank Barreca, the station’s first news director and anchor, recalled the bare bones station when it first went on the air in 1953.

“We made a crash course in studying the film industry, learning about lights and how the lights should be installed in the studio that was being built,” Barecca said (video after the jump). “…I remember the typewriters were on crates and I think we had a couple of folding chairs.”

Watch Tom McNamara‘s KVOA after the jump. Read more

KVOA, KGUN Walk Back False Suicide Reports

Two stations in Tucson are walking back reports about a young child whose mother said he killed himself after witnessing a deathly accident, Tucson Weekly reports.

ABC affiliate KGUN interviewed Genesee Pineda, who said that her son took his own life after he saw his best friend run over by a Pima County police cruiser. NBC affiliate KVOA also reported the death, saying on multiple newscasts “we’re told [he] committed suicide days after” his friend died.

“He was asking about heaven, he had repeated that he didn’t want his friend to go to heaven by himself,” Pineda told KGUN. “They took him to UMC, where he died there.”

After running the story, KGUN investigative reporter Craig Smith — who Tucson Weekly notes did not file the original story — did a follow-up report revealing neither the police or the hospital had any record of a the death. Smith also noted that the photo Pineda provided of her son was identical to one on HBO’s website.

Both stations have done follow-up reports on the story’s inaccuracies, although neither station has addressed why Pineda’s claims were not investigated before the original reports went to air.

KVOA’s report can be seen here; KGUN’s report has been stripped from the website, but a cached version remains online here.

TVSpy has reached out to KVOA and KGUN for comment.

Sportscaster Ryan Recker Joins WTAE

Ryan Recker is joining WTAE as the morning sports anchor and reporter, the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate announced this afternoon. He begins July 18.

Recker, a Pittsburgh native, comes from KVOA in Tucson, where he has been the sports director for six years. He has also worked at WTOV in Stubenville, Ohio.

“When Ryan first visited us he made an immediate connection with our newsroom, especially the morning team. WTAE is happy to see a home-grown storyteller come back to Pittsburgh in this role,” news director Justin Antoniotti said in a statement.

KOLD Names Greg Newton Sales Manager

Greg Newton has been named sales manager at KOLD, Raycom’s CBS affiliate in Tucson.

Newton joins KOLD from rival KVOA, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, where he has been national sales manager since 2011. Prior to that, he spent eight years in radio, working at Clear Channel Communications and Cumulus Media.

“Greg brings strong and diverse sales and sales management experience to the table along with deep local, regional and national relationships,” director of sales David Rash said in a statement. “We are lucky to have him on our team.”

KGUN Names Sally Shamrell Co-Host of ‘The Morning Blend’

Sally Shamrell is joining Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN as co-host of “The Morning Blend,” the station’s daytime lifestyle and information show.

It is a return Tucson for Shamrell, who worked at NBC affiliate KVOA until 2003. Since then, she has worked in infomercials and as an actress.

“We are very pleased to have Sally back in Tucson where she can utilize her great talents in the unique environment of The Morning Blend on KGUN9 and CW58,” KGUN general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement.

Shamrell will co-host the program with Amanda Guralski.

Rob Guarino Out at KVOA

Rob Guarino, chief meteorologist for Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA, is no longer with the station, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Guarino was arrested in early April on suspicion of DUI. At the time, KVOA general manager Bill Shaw told the Daily Star about Guarino, “He’s here and he’s going to be here going forward.” This time the Daily Star said Shaw wouldn’t comment.

Guarino came to KVOA in 2011 from KOAT in Albuquerque.

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