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WRC Sports Anchor Hakem Dermish Joining ESPN

WRC sports anchor Hakem Dermish is leaving the NBC O&O to join ESPN, a station spokesperson confirmed to TVSpy.

Dermish signed off from WRC last night after five years at the Washington, DC station. Prior to joining WRC, Dermish worked at WTVG in Toledo and WLUC in Marquette, MI.

News of the ESPN hire was first reported by dcrtv.com.

Dermish will join former WRC colleague Lindsay Czarniak at ESPN. A spokesperson for WRC said the station is committed to local sports coverage and actively looking to fill the two open sports anchor positions.

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An On-Air Meeting Has a Storybook Ending for Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin

ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak met her future husband while she was on the air at WRC — literally. When Craig Melvin, who was then an anchor at the NBC O&O, introduced her sports segment, the two had never talked. “I’ve never met you before,” she recalls saying during the newscast in the Washington Post. “Good to meet you!”

Melvin and Czarniak were married this weekend in Washington, DC, with former WRC colleagues Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, Wendy Rieger and Dan Hellie in attendance. The Post reports that the pair’s respective career moves were perfectly timed:

Both knew when they got engaged that their contracts with NBC4 would be up in a few months. Each loved the station and felt like part of a family there, but they decided to move on to grow in their careers. In May, Czarniak got an offer to become an anchor for ESPN; a few weeks later, Melvin was hired by MSNBC. Read more

WRC’s Craig Melvin Joins MNSBC As Dayside Anchor

WRC anchor Craig Melvin is joining MSNBC as a daytime anchor. Melvin joins the cable network after three years at the NBC O&O in Washington, DC, where he anchored the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend broadcasts.

Melvin will also contribute to NBC News as a reporter across all platforms. “I’m most excited about the prospect of anchoring breaking news, live events, and interviewing news makers on a daily basis,” Melvin told TVSpy in an email. “Additionally, I’ll be able to get from behind the desk from time to time and cover big stories from the front lines. I’m thrilled about the new opportunity.”

Melvin, who will be on the air at MSNBC as early as next week, said that relocating to New York City was an important part of the career move for him — his fiancee, former WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak, recently joined ESPN in Bristol, which is about two hours north of New York City.

“Making the move to be near my new wife was paramount,” Melvin said. “We decided living in different cities wasn’t the best way to start a marriage. We’re both pleased things worked out the way they have for us.”

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Lindsay Czarniak Says Goodbye to WRC

Three weeks after Lindsay Czarniak announced she will join ESPN, the sports anchor bid farewell to WRC this week. Czarniak said she was excited to make the move to Bristol, but admitted leaving her hometown of Washington, DC was hard.

The NBC O&O put together a tribute segment to Czarniak that included a look back at her career and well-wishes from some of the athletes she covered while at WRC. Watch the tribute, as well as Czarniak’s emotional response, over at SportsNewser.

WRC’s Lindsay Czarniak Heading to ESPN

WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak is heading to the big leagues.

The D.C. NBC O&O announced this week that Czarniak, who has been with the station since 2005, will be leaving to join ESPN in mid-July.

“Lindsay has been an important part of our station for the last six years,” said Camille Edwards, WRC’s vice president of news. “We would have loved for her to continue to be part of our team. She will always have a lot of friends at NBC4, and we truly wish her all the best.”

Czarniak, 33, was hired by legendary WRC sports anchor George Michael, who took her under his wing and eventually handed her the reins when he departed the station in 2007. He once called her “the best hire I’ve ever made.”

In April, Czarniak got engaged to WRC weekend anchor Craig Melvin.