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KXLY Faces Backlash Over Report About Felon Giving Money Away

kxly good samKXLY first reported a Spokane man, who wanted to remain anonymous, was giving out cash on the street. Then, the Spokane ABC station did a check on the guy and discovered he had multiple convictions for fraud and theft and was on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.

Poynter reports, when KXLY reported what they found, some viewers were not pleased with the station. Some even accused the station of lying to Edward Jarzabek about keeping his identity secret when they revealed who he was once they discovered his past.

The station went back to Jarzabek to confront him about his prison record and he admitted it was all true. He had been in a lot of trouble but he said he was turning his life around and wanted to help others. He could not say exactly where all of that money came from though. KXLY didn’t go for the sensational “chase the bad guy down the street while shouting at him” interview. They sat down in an office and gave him a chance to tell his story.

KXLY was surprised to find that people were upset with their reporting. People posted angry messages on the station’s website supporting Jarzabek’s “charity.” Read more

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KXLY Discovers ‘Good Samaritan’ Not So Good

kxly good samWhen a man contacted Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY about giving away $5,000 every week as part of his “Give Project”

He told the station he wanted to remain anonymous. Monday, reporter Aaron Luna rode along with him as he handed out nearly $2,000 in cash to the homeless. He also promised free iPhone6+’s. Turns out homeless advocates who were against the stunt had nothing to fear.

Tuesday the station learned his real name. KXLY reports, Edward Carmine Jarzabek “has a history of committing fraud and theft and is on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.”

Jarzabek told KXLY4′s Aaron Luna that he earned the money through smart business decisions. But, his criminal past raises serious questions about the origin of the stacks of cash he showed off to kxly4 cameras. He’s been convicted several times of writing bad checks from accounts he knew were closed, as a way to get cash from banks. Each time he was released from prison, court records show he began operating a similar scheme. According to the Idaho Department of Corrections, he was released to supervision in July and allowed to live in Washington. Read more

KXLY Adds Weekend Weather Anchor and MMJ

kxly hendricks_donovanAlyssa Donovan and John Hendricks will soon join Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY.

Hendricks starts June 2nd as a multimedia journalist while Donovan starts June 9th as weekend weather anchor and multimedia journalist.

Donovan comes from WEEK in Peoria, IL, where she started her career. Hendricks comes from KTVZ in Bend, OR.

Former Anchor Richard Brown Warns Reporters To Be Careful When Reporting on Crime

brownandjoeWhile speaking at a business event in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, former local and network TV anchor Richard Brown (pictured right with KGO co-anchor Terilyn Joe) had some advice for journalists on reporting crime in the community.

The Battleford’s News-Optimist reports the city was named “Canada’s crime capital” in a CTV News report the night before Brown spoke. A local resident asked the former KGO, WCBS and KXLY anchor how his town could get more balanced coverage from the media.

Brown said the root of what appears to be unfair reporting has two causes, the way the story is told and what he said was the media’s “Watergate mindset,” looking for the bad story underneath the good.

Brown encouraged the community to look for the good news to give to reporters, “whether it is an anti-bullying story, whether it is stories about having communities coming together, because it’s easy for reporters to find the bad news. What you have to do is hand them the good news.”

“You can make the numbers say anything you want,” he said.

“If you’ve got three guys who commit 15 B and Es, that’s not a crime wave. That’s three idiots committing 15 B and Es, but the numbers show up like 15 B and Es.” Read more

And Reporter Makes Three: Anusha Roy Leaves KXLY

Anusha Roy, the North Idaho reporter for KXLY, the Spokane, WA, ABC affiliate, has left the station.

Roy’s departure follows those of Mike Gonzalez and sports director Ben Kaplan, making her the third on-air personality to leave the station in the last two weeks.

KXLY news director Jerry Post told TVSpy, “Anusha chose to leave. She gave her notice a couple months ago.  We are in the process of hiring her replacement.” Read more

Ben Kaplan Second Anchor To Leave KXLY

KXLY has cut a second anchor from its lineup. Sports director Ben Kaplan is the latest to get the ax from the ABC affiliate for Spokane, WA.

“We’re restructuring the sports staff between our TV & radio properties, as we also own the local ESPN radio affiliate,” news director Jerry Post told TVSPy. “Ben has done a tremendous job for us as Sports Director, but this move made the best strategic and financial sense going forward.”

This week, evening anchor Mike Gonzalez was also let go from KXLY in what looks to be a round of cost cutting moves.

Post told TVSpy the station was looking to Dennis Patchin to lead the sports team for both KXLY and ESPN radio affiliate KXLX.

Kaplan joined KXLY from WWSB in Sarasota, FL.  He started his career with KFBB in Great Falls, MT.

Mike Gonzalez Departs Spokane’s KXLY

Mike Gonzalez, co-anchor for KXLY, the ABC affiliate for Spokane, WA, is no longer with the station.

Jerry Post, the KXLY news director, told TVSpy the station was going with a single anchor for the 5 and 6 p.m. news. “I can’t comment on Mike’s departure, other than to say he’s a great guy with a bright future ahead. Looking ahead, we feel very comfortable with Nadine Woodward as our main anchor, so there are no plans to replace Mike.”

Gonzalez, who was also the host of KXLY’s Latin cultural and cooking show, “En La Cocina,” came to the station from Omaha, NE where he was an anchor and reporter.  He previously worked at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, NE and KOMU in Columbia, MO.

KCBS-KCAL Reporter Heading to Charlotte

KCBS-KCAL reporter Kirk Hawkins is leaving Los Angeles for an anchoring job at WCCB, the Fox-affiliate in Charlotte.

Hawkins has been with KCBS-KCAL since 2008.  His last day is Friday and he’s set to start at WCCB at the end of the month.

Before joining KCBS-KCAL, Hawkins worked at WFTV in Orlando, KXLY in Spokane, and KCOY in Santa Barbara.

Hawkins will anchor WCCB’s weekend evening newscasts.

“I’m really excited to join the team at Fox Charlotte,” Hawkins said.

KXLY Swaps Morning and Evening Anchor Teams

KXLY, the Spokane ABC affiliate, is making some in-house changes to their talent lineup this fall: the morning team is going to evenings and the evening team is going to mornings.

Beginning September 12, Nadine Woodward and Mike Gonzalez — currently the station’s morning anchors — will take over the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts. That same day, Robyn Nance (pictured) and Derek Deis will debut as the morning anchor team for the station. Nance is currently the anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts; Deis is currently the KXLY sports director.

“This move is going to be great for everyone involved,” Nance said in a statement. “Mike and Nadine work so well together and Nadine is really at home in the evenings. I also feel so comfortable with the morning news. It’s where I got my start and I love the idea of helping people get their day started.”

Former Spokane Anchor Winds Up on the News After Driving Her SUV Into a Creek

Debra Gilbert Wilde, a former Spokane anchor, became the subject of news over the weekend when she drove her SUV into a creek and had to be rescued by a police dive team.

Wilde, who worked for KHQ and KXLY from 1980 to 2007, somehow lost control of her vehicle on Sunday afternoon, driving the Jeep Cherokee over a guardrail, down a 20-foot embankment and then 60 yards into the frigid water of Latah Creek, near Spokane.

Firefighters reached Wilde first and secured the vehicle from moving further downstream. The water rescue team eventually removed Wilde from the car and swam her back to safety.

Wilde, 60, received treatment for hypothermia at a nearby hospital and was eventually arrested for a DWI.